Chain Network—communication flows according to the formal chain of command, both downward and upward. If accuracy is important, the chain network works well.
Wheel Network—communication flows between a clearly identifiable and strong leader and others in a work group or team. The leader serves as a hub through which communication passes. If having a strong, identifiable leader is important to the organization or work unit, the wheel network is the best communication network. Accuracy is also very high with the wheel network.
All-Channel Network—communication flows freely among all members of a work team. If high member satisfaction is a concern, the all channel network is preferable.