Author Archive

Welcome back on campus, Noshir!

11
Apr

We welcome back Noshir Contractor to the Northwestern University campus after spending the 2017 Winter Quarter as the Distinguished WTO Visiting Scholar at the Center for Work, Technology, & Organizations (WTO) in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University’s School of Engineering. For more details, please see here.

SONIC PhD candidate Jackie Ng’s paper judged as one of the best accepted papers at AOM 2017

04
Apr

“Teaming at the Limit: Enhancing Team Effectiveness with Enterprise Social Media Affordances”, a paper written by SONIC lab member, Jackie Ng, in collaboration with Noshir Contractor, Paul Leonardi & Leslie DeChurch, was judged to be one of the best accepted papers (top 10%) in the 2017 Academy of Management Meeting taking place in Atlanta Georgia, August 4-8. This high honor entitles the paper to be published in the Proceedings of the 2017 AoM Meeting.

Brennan Antone will join SONIC as a PhD student in Fall 2017

03
Apr

Currently, Brennan is working in SONIC as an undergraduate research assistant. He is an invaluable member of the CREWS project team. Brennan will be entering the PhD program in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences at Northwestern University in Fall 2017, and will continue to work with SONIC in his new role. He is the recipient of a Harold Richards Graduate Fellowship for researchers in organization theory and systems analysis. Congratulations to Brennan!

ANN-SONIC 8th International Workshop on Network Theory, 2017

24
Mar

This year, the 8th ANN-SONIC International Workshop on Network Theory is held at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA. This year’s theme is “Wisdom in Networks” Twitter #WisdomNetwork You can view the workshop program by following this link. The program lists the speakers, the participants, and the complete workshop schedule.   Selected SONIC and ATLAS members are attending the workshop March 23-24th. The workshop is being organized by the Annenberg Networks Network (ANN) at the University of Southern California, the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) research group, and the Advancing Teams, Leaders and Systems (ATLAS) research group at the Northwestern University.

Noshir Contractor appointed as a member of Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Applications to National Security Committee

22
Mar

This new project will carry out a decadal survey on the social and behavioral  sciences (SBS) in areas relevant to national security. The survey will identify opportunities that are poised to contribute significantly to the intelligence community’s analytic responsibilities. Please follow the link for the full statement of task. This project kicked-off with a national summit that was held on October 4-5, 2016. The first meeting for the Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Applications to National Security will be held March 23 – March 24, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Noshir Contractor appointed as a member of Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Applications to National Security Committee

22
Mar

This new project will carry out a decadal survey on the social and behavioral  sciences (SBS) in areas relevant to national security. The survey will identify opportunities that are poised to contribute significantly to the intelligence community’s analytic responsibilities. Please follow the link for the full statement of task. This project kicked-off with a national summit that was held on October 4-5, 2016. The first meeting for the Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Applications to National Security will be held March 23 – March 24, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Noshir Contractor presented at a CITEP conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina

20
Mar

On March 13th Nosir Contractor presented at a conference titled “Assembly required. Organizing in the 21st century”. The conference was organized by the Center of Technological and Pedagogical Innovation (CITEP – Centro de Innovación en Tecnología y Pedagogía) of the University of Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Noshir delivered on creating effective teams and demonstrated “MyDreamTeam”, a web-based teaming platform used to understand and facilitate the formation of teams in educational contexts.

Eric Forbush, a former SONIC member, was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

20
Mar

Congratulations to Eric Forbush, former SONIC Lab Manager and a post-baccalaureate researcher! Eric is now a graduate student at PENN, studying towards his PhD at the Annenberg School of Communication. For the 2017 competition, NSF received over 13,000 applications, and made 2,000 award offers. We are proud of Eric for having received this prestigious award!

Global patterns of synchronization in human communications

17
Mar

by Alfredo J. Morales, Vaibhav Vavilala, Rosa M. Benito, Yaneer Bar-Yam Social media are transforming global communication and coordination and provide unprecedented opportunities for studying socio-technical domains. Here we study global dynamical patterns of communication on Twitter across many scales. Underlying the observed patterns is both the diurnal rotation of the Earth, day and night, and the synchrony required for contingency of actions between individuals. We find that urban areas show a cyclic contraction and expansion that resembles heartbeats linked to social rather than natural cycles. Different urban areas have characteristic signatures of daily collective activities. We show that the differences detected are consistent with a new emergent global synchrony that couples behaviour in distant regions across the world. Although local synchrony is the major force that shapes the collective behaviour in cities, a larger-scale synchronization is beginning to occur. Read the full article here.

Snap: Rewriting ‘Art of War’ for social networking — by not documenting anything

03
Mar

Social networks may be the most valuable and durable types of businesses powered by “network effects,” the phenomenon of products or services becoming more powerful the more people use them. The social-networking companies in our recently launched Network Effect Index — a group of current and formerly public consumer-Web companies valued at $1 billion or more — outperformed the S&P by over 170 percent in the last five years, the most of any business category in the index. This is one reason the imminent IPO of social/mobile app Snap, which thrives on network effects, is being so closely watched. Another is that Snap — the parent of the ragingly popular Snapchat service, and a company expected to be valued at roughly $20 billion at its offering — represents the first credible threat to the Facebook social-networking colossus. Interestingly, Snap has grown by following a path very different than Facebook’s — so much so that we believe Snap ultimately could be valued less like a traditional social network and more like a hardware-software company, like Apple, or a media business, like Comcast. Read the full article here.