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HICSS ’41 Minitrack
January 7-10, 2008
Big Island, Hawaii, USA
Important Dates:
Full Paper Submission: June 15, 2007
Author Notification: August 15, 2007
Final Version Submission and Registration: September 15, 2007
Conference: January 7-10, 2008

Social network analysis and understanding of social networks is a
rapidly growing field within computer science and information systems.
Recent Web developments, in particular the development of Web 2.0 and
paradigms of real time experimentation provide an opportunity to examine
“on-line social networks” and use that information for better software
and better organizations. Social networks provide an abstraction that
can represent almost any type of human interaction. There are over 40
years of empirical results that have helped to better understand and
manage regions, organizations and individuals. Computer technology has
aided this effort by providing the ability to visualize, analyze and
simulate social networks. In addition, collaborative software broadened
the possibilities of interaction. The Social networks and collaboration
minitrack will include social networks as it relates to information
systems which may include business processes, network analysis of
collaborative software, simulation of social links by analogy and other
methods on the Web, semantic networks, algorithms, visualization,
persuasion, and knowledge networks.
The topics for this the Social networks and collaboration minitrack
include but are not be limited to:

• Distribution of knowledge – how do people make decisions based on
  advice networks.
• Innovation – organization network structure of innovation, how
  structure affects innovation.
• Productivity – organizational network structure that affects
• Tools – tools that map, track or visualize social networks to provide
  management decision support.
• Case studies of using social network analysis.
• Effect of network density on quality – innovation is doing things
  differently; quality often means doing things the same.
• Organizational network measurement – ways of tracking and mapping the
  social networks in organizations.
• Organizational network education – how network knowledge affects
  management decisions, productivity or innovation.
• Organizational knowledge sharing – tools that aid sharing of knowledge
  through social networks.

Authors submit full papers by June 15. Follow the Author Instructions to
be found on the HICSS web site (, as deadlines
approach. All papers will be submitted in double column publication
format and limited to 10 pages including diagrams and references.
Authors of accepted papers submit Final Version of paper by September
15. At least one author of each accepted paper must register by
September 15 with specific plans to attend the conference.
Authors may contact Minitrack Chairs for guidance and indication of
appropriate content at anytime.
Minitrack organizers:

Harri Oinas-Kukkonen (Primary contact)
University of Oulu, Department of Information Processing Science
Rakentajantie 3, 90570 Oulu, Finland
Direct phone: +358-8-553-1914
Departmental phone: +358-8-553-1900
Departmental fax: +358-8-553-1890
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Andrew B. Hargadon
University of California Davis, Graduate School of Management One
Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, U.S.
Direct phone: (530) 752-2277
Departmental phone: (530) 752-7658
Departmental Fax: (530) 752-2924
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

Donald F. Steiny
University of Oulu, Department of Information Processing Science
Rakentajantie 3, 90570 Oulu, Finland
Departmental phone: +358-8-553-1900
Departmental fax: +358-8-553-1890
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Alternate US phone: +1-831-471-1671

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