Professor Rob Cross
Chief Research Scientist, Connected Commons
Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Business, Babson College
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.
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.
Enabling talent in a Connected Economy requires organizations and individuals to add Social Capital strategies to the heritage Human Capital strategies.
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.
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.