SONIC Speaker Series welcomes Prasad Balkundi in April 2018

Despite a resurgence of research on negative ties in social networks, a comprehensive understanding of negative and positive has yet to be provided. Incorporating evidence from prior 163 independent samples we examine whether the initiation of positive and negative relationships (i.e., out-degree) or the reception of positive and negative relationships (i.e., in-degree) is more impactful to the focal employee’s effectiveness.… Read the rest

Noshir Contractor participates in the induction of IIT Madras’ Robert Bosch Center for Data Science & Artificial Intelligence

On April 25th 2018, Noshir Contractor participated in ceremonies to induct IIT Madras’ Robert Bosch Center for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence as the first member of the Web Science Trust Network (WSTNet) of laboratories from India.

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SONIC attends and presents at SIOP 2018

SONIC members present various projects throughout SIOP 2018:

April 19th, Thursday
5:00 – 6:00 pm, Room Chicago 7 – Panel Symposium

Life in the Network: From People Analytics to Relational Analytics

Prasad Balkundi, Ron Burt, Noshir Contractor, Paul Leonardi, Tracey Rizzuto, Jacqueline Ng

April 20, Friday
5:00 – 5:50 pm, Room Chicago 10, Session M – Symposium

Symposium: Qualitative Perspectives on 21st Century Teams

“A Qualitative Examination of Informal Leadership Emergence in Space Teams”

Lindsay Larson & Leslie DeChurch

7:45 – 10:00 pm, Grand Ballroom

SIOP Shaken & Stirred: “What’s the Big Idea?” A Special Evening Event for the I/O Psychology Community

Leslie DeChurch

April 21, Saturday
10:00 -10:50 am, Riverwalk A – Poster Session

The Language of Leaders: Semantic Indicators of Informal Leader Emergence”

Zachary M.

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Noshir Contractor presents at the Institute for Policy Research Colloquium

Noshir Contractor presented on “Leveraging Computational Social Science to Address Grand Societal Challenges” on April 16, 2018.

The increased access to big data about social phenomena in general, and network data in particular, has been a windfall for social scientists. But these exciting opportunities must be accompanied with careful reflection on how big data can motivate new theories and methods.… Read the rest

Students’ social interactions and daily routines to make predictions about freshman retention

Sudha Ram’s Smart Campus research tracks students’ social interactions and daily routines via their CatCard usage — and leverages that information to make predictions about freshman retention. The goal of Ram’s Smart Campus research is to help educational institutions repurpose the data already being captured from student ID cards to identify those most at risk for not returning after their first year of college.
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