The influence of employees' social networks on organization's communication and innovativeness

조직원의 사회적 네트워크가 의사소통 및 혁신능력에 미치는 영향

  • Received : 2012.01.31
  • Accepted : 2012.04.20
  • Published : 2012.06.01


This article describes how attributes of social network contribute to enhance innovativeness of corporation which is considered to be one of the competitive factors in this global market. The study especially focused on employees' formal and informal communication that is expected to play a mediating role between the factors. 211 employees were randomly selected to participate in an online survey. The result has shown that the static correlation exists between social network, communication, and innovativeness. Closeness of social network was the only influencing factor on communication and innovativeness, and had a partial mediated effect between social network and innovativeness. Based on the suggested contribution for HRD intervention, various communication channels should be developed and supported in order to enhance innovation among social networks in organizations.