Arrows connect Nodes, showing that one Party has a relationship with another. Most often, this is used to show a Direct Interest.
The direction of the Arrow is the direction of the relationship as phrased in an active voice.
- For Arrows representing interests, the Party at the start of the Arrow is interested in the Party at the end of the Arrow.
- For Arrows representing other relationships (e.g. father and son), decide which direction you want to emphasise (e.g. “is the father of” vs. “is the son of”).
All interest Arrows in a diagram must proceed in the same direction whenever possible, e.g. always down, or always left/right, according to your chosen Directionality.
Nature and Strength
There are two types of interest relationship: ownership and control.
- The nature of an interest is whether it is an ownership or control interest.
- The strength of an interest is how much interest exists, for instance 10% ownership vs. 90% ownership.
Just one Arrow is used to represent any nature or strength of interest.
- Under the Core Rules, the design of the Arrow provides no indication of the nature or strength of interest.
- Using the Optional Features for Annotation and Colour, you can indicate the specific nature and/or strength of interest that an Arrow represents.
You must add an Annotation to explain non-interest relationship Arrows.
Non-interest relationship Arrows should be drawn less prominently than interest Arrows, for instance using a tint.
For all kinds of Arrows:
- You may draw them straight, curly or with elbow joints – whatever works best.
- Don’t omit the arrowhead – this ensures the direction of the relationship is clear.