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2009. Global Action Networks: An Organizational Innovation

Global Action Networks: An Organizational Innovation. Reflections: Journal of the Society for Organizational Learning.

Abstract:  GANs, or Global Action Networks, are a leading innovation for scaling impact to address issues of common good. GANs are a specific type of innovation that contrasts starkly with traditional approaches to global challenges and opportunities that focused upon national and intergovernmental organizations. Over the past few decades, as the pace of globalization has increased and environmental issues have grown, the limits of the nation-state have become increasingly apparent. This article introduces the five strategic qualities of  GANS, the stages these networks typically move through, and includes examples of successful initiatives the author has been involved with.

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