Exploring the Networking of Academic Health Science Leaders: How and Why Do They Do It?

Title

Exploring the Networking of Academic Health Science Leaders: How and Why Do They Do It?

Creator

Lieff Susan J; Baker Lindsay; Poost-Foroosh Laya; Castellani Brian; Hafferty Fred W; Ng Stella L

Publisher

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Date

2020
2020-01

Description

PURPOSE: Networking is essential to leadership effectiveness in the business context. Yet little is known about leadership networking within the academic health science context. If we are going to train academic leaders, we must first understand the relational, network-based activities of their work. The purpose of this study was to explore how academic health science leaders engage in networking activities in the academic health science context. METHOD: A constructivist grounded theory approach guided our study. The authors interviewed 24 academic health science leaders who were enrolled in the New and Evolving Academic Leadership program at the University of Toronto and used social network mapping as an elicitation method. Interviews, which were conducted between September 2014 and June 2015, explored participants' networks and networking activities. Constant comparative analysis was used to analyze the interviews, with attention paid to identifying key networking activities. RESULTS: Academic health science leaders were found to engage in 4 types of networking activities: role bound, project based, goal/vision informed, and opportunity driven. These 4 types were influenced by participants' conception of their role and their perceived leadership work context, which in turn influenced their sense of agency. CONCLUSIONS: The networking activities identified in this study of academic health science leaders resonate with effective networking activities found in other fields. The findings highlight that these activities can be facilitated by focusing on leaders' perceptions about role and work context. Leadership development should thus attend to these perceptions to encourage effective networking skills.

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Update Year & Number

March 2020 Update

Citation

Lieff Susan J; Baker Lindsay; Poost-Foroosh Laya; Castellani Brian; Hafferty Fred W; Ng Stella L, “Exploring the Networking of Academic Health Science Leaders: How and Why Do They Do It?,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed January 16, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/10984.

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