Connected Commons is now part of i4cp

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Connected Commons is now part of i4cp.

Beyond Collaboration Overload Book Launch Event

A special virtual book launch in celebration of Rob Cross’s highly anticipated book, Beyond Collaboration Overload (it's available to order on Amazon and at, was held on September 14, 2021.

Beyond Collaboration Overload book launch event

Beyond Collaboration Overload

Collaborate smarter to reclaim 18-24% of your time, restore your well-being, and succeed in work and life.

Banner for Beyond Collaboration Overload by Rob Cross

You Could Be Too Much of a Team Player

The Wall Street Journal interviews Connected Commons Chief Research Scientist Rob Cross to discuss how to be a team player without burning out.

WSJ - You could be too much of a team player

How to Make Sure Agile Teams Can
Work Together

Increasing volatility, uncertainty, growing complexity, and ambiguous information has created a business environment in which agile collaboration is more critical than ever. Connected Commons collaborators describe what it takes to nimbly form and disband teams to effectively tackle issues quickly.

Case Study: Building Networks for Growth and Agility (Part I)

Learn how a healthcare leader applied organizational network analysis to determine how to better serve their client base, share expertise to solve problems, and develop innovative new products.

Case Study: Building Networks for Growth and Agility

Case Study: Building Networks for Growth and Agility (Part II)

Learn how a healthcare leader turned organizational network analysis (ONA) data into action and is implementing a plan to purposefully build collaboration across boundaries.

Case Study: Building Networks for Growth and Agility (Part II)

Collaboration Without Burnout

Too many meetings, emails and team projects? The collaborative intensity of work can easily become overwhelming and lead to burnout. Our research shows that through specific steps for strategic self-management, you can claw back 18-24% of your collaborative time.


The Best Way to Network
in a New Job

Connected Commons leaders describe how new hires should build their networks to launch their careers. Research on 40,000 people shows that the most effective strategy is not broad outreach or relying on a mentor to make introductions but instead a more selective, less superficial initial approach, followed by diversification beyond the two-year mark.

Professor Rob Cross

Chief Research Scientist, Connected Commons
Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Business, Babson College

Welcome to the Connected Commons, a research consortium co-managed by founder Rob Cross and i4cp!

We believe that in an interdependent world, networks are the organizing principle of our social and work lives. Please explore our research and resources to learn how our work over 25 years and across more than 300 organizations is advancing the performance and well-being of individuals, organizations and society as a whole.

Purpose & Focus



Today's strategies and structures are being fundamentally challenged by the collaborative intensity of today's work. The Connected Commons is leading the way with pioneering research focused on practical strategies and structures to enable organizations and people to thrive in a connected economy.


Capability Building

Enabling leaders, professionals and human capital practitioners to thrive in a connected economy, the Connected Commons applies ongoing research to help organizations build capability through learning and performance courses and tools in three application areas: Talent Optimization, Innovation & Agility and Personal Leadership.

Applications Areas


Talent Optimization

Enabling talent in a Connected Economy requires organizations and individuals to add Social Capital strategies to the heritage Human Capital strategies.

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Innovation & Agility

The post-industrial organization uses purpose-built networks to move innovation from ideation to execution and retain the agility required to respond to today’s speed of business.

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Personal Leadership

The collaborative intensity of work is challenging leaders at every level. We are helping describe and grow the new leadership practices required of the Agile Organization.

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Consistent with the purpose-built networks that are transforming the nature of business, the Connected Commons is an intentional network dedicated to developing the research, relationships and resources that enable individuals and organizations to thrive in the Connected Economy.

To learn more about this important movement, please contact us.  For specific questions about the research, please contact our Director of Applied Research, Deb Zehner.

Connected Commons Thought Leadership in the Media

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