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Karen Stephenson


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Dr. Karen Stephenson, hailed in Business 2.0 as "The Organization Woman", is a corporate anthropologist and lauded as a pioneer and "leader in the growing field of social-network business consultants." In 2007, she was one of only three females recognized from a distinguished short list of 55 in Random House's Guide to the Management Gurus. In 2006, she was awarded the first Houghton Hepburn Fellow at Bryn Mawr College for her groundbreaking contributions to civic engagement. In 2001, her consulting firm Netform was recognized as one of the top 100 leading innovation companies by CIO. Her prominence catapulted in 2000 when she was featured in a New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell, regarding the social dynamics of office spaces. Even before these accolades, Stephenson had earned praises for innovatively solving a variety of complex problems which have been featured in The Economist, Forbes, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and Wired. 


Organizational network analysis
Anthropological method
business advisory services 


2010 "Afterword: A Social Imperative", Six degrees of Connection, Leadership Philadelphia, pp. 151-6.

2009 "Neither Hierarchy Nor Network: An argument for Heterarchy", HRPS_P&SIssue31.4_pgs4-13

2008 "Rethinking Governance", The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Policing: Current Conceptions and Future Directions.Edited by Tom Williamson. C  2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

2007 "The Community Network Solution" Strategy+Business, 49.