“Has a social network analysis (SNA) been created to link diverse candidates in the tech field? What if businesses had access to SNA data, would the difficulty with identifying and backfilling strategic roles in the Tech sector, with deeply rooted gender and ethnicity imbalances, be solved? Can SNA be secret sauce in the talent pipeline?”
Julia, very interesting idea, and I do wonder how something like this would work. I think that individuals certainly have an opportunity to leverage network visualization to aid in their recruiting efforts. Sites like Socilab provide the ability to visualize your LinkedIn network (see mine in the image above). That visualization, in turn, could help you pinpoint individuals in your network whom you could connect to others, or whose connections you could call on when looking to fill a role. Looking at my own network this morning, I was quite surprised by some of my contacts who bridge the gaps between my different network groups. I realized that I will have to spend more time exploring some of these connections.
I’m not sure, though, how businesses would best use network information for recruiting, without being intrusive or violating privacy. We may find ourselves backing in to finding out, now that Microsoft has purchased Linked In. Microsoft has promised to integrate LinkedIn data into Outlook in innovative ways, but I do wonder if, in their eagerness to foster connections, Microsoft may inadvertently risk violating users’ privacy with this sort of integration. It’s a risk we will have to be aware of as we use these software tools.