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Networks and Leadership Webinar Series: "Unpacking Goal-Directed Networks" with Angel Saz-Carranza


Join us for the third session of the Networks and Leadership Webinar Series on "Unpacking Goal-Directed Networks" with Angel Saz-Carrenza (Director of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics)

Monday February 8, 2016

9:00-10:00 am Pacific | 12:00 - 1:00 pm Eastern


In this third webinar of the Network Leadership Series, Professor Angel Saz-Carranza will explore the question of how formal networks of organizations, created to reach a collective goal (also known as goal-directed networks), work to support the overarching network goals. Goal-directed networks often create a separate organizational unit to broker and administer the network as a whole called Network Administrative Organizations (NAOs).

The webinar will answer questions like:

  • How organizational units lead and broker the work of network members to ensure that the network as a whole achieves a collective network goal. finds the direction it needs, aligns the activities of its members, and helps them stay committed and ready to collaborate
  • How leadership strategies are different when the work is not internal to a single organization

Drawing from the work of immigration coalitions in the U.S. as examples of an important type of network, Saz-Carranza unpacks the leadership dynamics of formal goal-directed networks. These network member organizations join together to accomplish a common goal that is different from each organizational member but that contributes to advance their individual missions.



Angel Saz-Carranza (Barcelona, 1976) is Director of ESADEgeo Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics in addition to being Lecturer of the Department of Strategy and General Management.

He earned a PhD in Public Management from ESADE as a Visiting Scholar at Wagner School of Public Service (New York University) where he spent three years. Previously he earned a Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College (University of London).

A beneficiary of La Caixa and Fulbright scholarships, he has managed several European Framework Program research grants. In addition to his research, he also works and consults with several non-profit and governmental institutions in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia.








  • Would an industry association be considered an NAO? (Sheila Bravo)  
    Yes. If it is set up by autonomous corps to broker and further their advocacy/lobby activities collectively, then yes.
  • Can a network be successful if formed by a NOA and with self selection participation? (Mimi Kiser)
    Ideally, members set up a NAO. A NAO setting up a network, looks more like a lead-member governed network: i.e. where one member takes on the network governance/leadership.
  • Are these NAO's staffed in one office or a distributed team? (Daniel Dow)
    Mostly in one office. But some have regional antennas.
  • Are there best practices to getting to unity and the three bullets you list. (Lucia Corral Pena)
    Probably, the best practices are:
                a) setting a vision everybody can identify with and support;
                b) set clear and accepted engagement rules;
                c) underscore that--most of the time--diversity and differences are OK.
  • Have you worked with NAOs that incorporate both residents that are not working for organizations and organizational staff? (Holly Payne)
    NAOs tend to have staff employed by themselves, as well as seconded staff from members, and member reps leading working groups.
  • Are there Memorandum of Understanding or some kind of agreement between NAO and the network? (Erin Robinson)
    yes. NAOs tend to be organizations set up specifically by member organizations. Hence, legally, member organizations are owners/shareholders of the NAO.


If you missed the first two sessions, catch up by following these links.