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       "Social Network Analysis in IS Research"

                   Minitrack at
      Americas Conference on Information Systems
                   (AMCIS 2008)
      AMCIS 2008, August 14-17, Toronto, Ontario


This mini-track focuses on current research issues in the area of social 
network analysis (SNA). The term social network refers to the social 
structure that emerges from human actors' interactions with each other. 
Over the years, scholars in various disciplines have proposed different 
methods and techniques to discover these structures and to draw 
conclusions about how these social networks operate. These methods and 
techniques are generally summarized under the term social network analysis.
The rise of Web 2.0 and social networking sites on the Internet has 
fostered two trends in scientific research about social networks. On one 
hand, sociological researchers, who have traditionally conducted SNA 
research, started relying on IS researchers to handle large amounts of 
electronically stored data. On the other hand, IS and management 
scholars started integrating their own methods of data collection and 
analysis into SNA research. These two trends come along with new tools 
and methods to understand how patterns of behavior shape individuals and 
This mini-track is interdisciplinary in nature. We invite contributions 
from a broad spectrum including information systems, computer science, 
economics, management, sociology, psychology, anthropology, biology and 
physics in order to fully incorporate the methodological, technical as 
well economic aspects of social network analysis. We also invite 
practitioners that will enrich the discussions through their experiences 
with business applications of social networking sites.


The AMCIS 2008 minitrack on social network analysis focuses on but is 
not limited to the following topics:
* Network evolution and dynamic social network analysis
* New data collection methods
* Network visualization
* Economic analysis of social networks
* Structural properties of social networks
* Social capital
* Analysis of social networking sites on the Internet
* Collaborative innovation networks, communities of practice
* Decision support systems employing SNA
* Organizational network analysis



Paper Abstracts Due (optional): February 5, 2008
Papers Due                    : March 3, 2008
Notification of Acceptance    : April 14, 2008
Camera Ready Copy Due         : April 28, 2008
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Submit final papers via the AIS Review System:


*Kai Fischbach (primary contact),
Detlef Schoder,
Johannes Putzke
Department of Information Systems and Information Management
University of Cologne
Pohligstr. 1, 50969 Köln, Germany
Phone: +49 (221) 470-5394
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Peter A. Gloor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Center for Collective Intelligence
Sloan School of Management
77 Massachusetts Avenue, NE20-336
Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Phone: +1 617 253 7018
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Michael D. Smith
H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management
Carnegie Mellon University
4800 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
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Dr. Kai Fischbach
Department of Information Systems and Information Management
University of Cologne

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Phone:  +49 221 470-5394
Fax:    +49 221 470-5393
Mail:   Pohligstr. 1, 50969 Cologne, Germany

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