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CALL FOR PAPERS: SOCIAL NETWORKS AND COLLABORATION
HICSS ’42 Minitrack
January 5-8, 2009
Big Island, Hawaii, USA
Important Dates:
Full Paper Submission: June 15, 2008
Author Notification: August 15, 2008
Final Version Submission and Registration: September 15, 2008
Conference: January 5-8, 2009

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 productivity.
· 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.

SUBMISSION OF PAPERS
Authors submit full papers by June 15. Follow the Author Instructions to
be found on the HICSS web site (http://www.hicss.org), 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:
Donald F. Steiny (Primary contact)
University of Oulu
Department of Information Processing Science
Rakentajantie 3, 90570 Oulu, Finland
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Jeffrey V. Nickerson
Stevens Institute of Technology
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Harri Oinas-Kukkonen
University of Oulu
Department of Information Processing Science
Rakentajantie 3, 90570 Oulu, Finland
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