E-mail Reveals Real Leaders

I’ve heard of similar studies before, but now HP has gotten into the game, studying how large groups email each other within a company to determine what the real organizational structure is. Apparently, they say that how people email each other determines who the really important people are, and who really reports to whom. They also say it determines who is at the “heart” of any sub-group. I wonder how accurate the system really is, and if it’s actually useful for anything. Will people risk getting laid off if their email usage patterns indicate they not as important as they think they are? Found via GMSV. [Techdirt]