Framing the Network Leadership Challenge: Cases and Concepts
A Conversation with William Snyder

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William M. Snyder, A.B., Harvard College; Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education; Ph.D. in Organization Theory, University of Southern California
Visiting Scholar, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2006-2007

Presenter Biography

William M. Snyder writes and consults to help leaders organize action-learning networks that serve the common good. He has consulted for 25 years on large-scale change efforts in the private, public, and non-profit sectors with organizations such as AT&T, Colgate-Palmolive, Daimler-Chrysler, McKinsey & Company, the Veterans Administration, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Annie E. Casey Foundation. Bill is a global thought-leader on the topic of “communities of practice” – groups that facilitate learning, innovation, and collaborative action among practitioners with a shared passion. His research and consulting work focuses on civic communities of practice at local, national, and global levels.

Selected reports on Bill Snyder's research and experience with multi-stakeholder networks

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Framing the Leadership Challenge

Bill will draw on his research on communities of practice and experiences with multi-sector civic networks to propose conceptual frameworks that highlight key leadership challenges and ways to address them: Why use intentional networks and what kind? What are key network leadership functions? How develop leadership capabilities? What are your organizing challenges?

Selected co-authored publications:

"Communities of Practice: The Organizational Frontier" (Harvard Business Review, 2000)
Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge (Harvard Business School Press, 2002)
Communities of Practice: A New Tool for Managers,” (in Collaboration: Using Networks and Partnerships, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003)
Our World as a Learning System,” (in Create a Learning Culture: Strategy, Practice, and Technology, Cambridge University Press, 2004)

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