When you think of the word networking, what comes to mind? Business connections? Introductions? Ladder climbing?
I recently read an article that cited new research that found that calculated professional networking for the purpose of career advancement leaves some people feeling physically dirty. At first I couldn’t understand this research, which will soon be published in Administrative Science Quarterly. Networking, if done correctly, can be a powerful and mutually beneficial tool.
So why is it that the act of networking makes people feel gross?