*****  To join INSNA, visit  *****

Tweet it: CFP: Collaborative Orgs. & Social Media | Invited talks by George Ritzer, @nicole_ellison, @pgloor, and Jennifer Earl

Follow us: @socialnetlab




Collaborative Organizations and Social Media 2013 (COSM2013)

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

Friday, April 12 2013 @ Bowdoin College


Social media and social networking sites have become important objects of interdisciplinary study. Collaborative Organizations and Social Media (COSM) is a one-day symposium which will consider the ways in which developing scholarship might be incorporated into thinking critically about how social computing may be affecting and even forming organizations. The focus will be around exploring the use of social media in collaborative organizational structures. We invite participants to this inaugural conference. Details at:

The program features invited speakers Nicole Ellison (Michigan), George Ritzer (UMD), Peter Gloor (MIT), and Jennifer Earl (Arizona).

This conference will enable participants to present on their current research in this emerging field. The questions and areas the conference will address include, but are not limited to the following:

- How do we evaluate the utility of social computing technologies to virtual organizations?

- Do we treat social computing technologies as merely deterministic technologies?

- How do social media and social networking technologies shape organizational structures?

- Can social media and social networking enhance trust relationships within organizations?

- How do we identify and understand social media cyberinfrastructures within virtual teams?

- What can social network analysis tell us about how social media affects collaborative organizations?

- How does collaboration operate within organizational social media?

- What role do social media cyberinfrastructures play in creating and fostering face-to-face and virtual collaborative communities?

- What are the impacts of social media on traditionally underrepresented groups in organizations?

- What methods of visualization of social media-based organizational networks are effective?

COSM2013 seeks to tackle, in particular, the ways in which we can use the insights of multiple disciplines to answer these questions.

Dates and Location

The conference will be held April 12, 2013 on the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. The location is easily accessible from Boston as well as by air from Portland Airport [PWM].


We plan to curate some open submission panels as well as an invited panel and a keynote session on social media and collaborative organizations. The symposium will consist of invited talks from prominent researchers in the field, oral paper presentations of selected papers, and a poster session.


Papers of three types are invited:

- Reports of original research results

- Reviews of previous research in one or more fields relevant to symposium topics

- Position papers about research agendas for the field of social media based organizations

Some of the papers submitted will be invited for oral presentation, others for presentation as posters. Accepted papers will be indexed in Google Scholar and other prominent portals via our arXiv proceedings.

Papers may be up to 15 pages in length. The deadline for submission is November 7, 2013. Download the submission format at: Papers should be submitted through the EasyChair conference system at this address:

Important Dates

 Paper submission deadline: November 7, 2012

 Notification of paper acceptance / rejection: January 15 2013

 Camera-ready papers due: February 15, 2013

 Conference date: April 12, 2013


National Science Foundation

Social Network Innovation Lab

Bowdoin College

We encourage you to pass this information to others who may be interested. For a more complete description of the scope, please visit

The COSM 2013 conference is an open enrollment conference. There will be no charge to participate in the conference. This is done to help encourage a high level of participation. By eliminating the registration fee we hope to encourage participants to invest in travel to participate in the conference in person. Additionally, we hope to be able to provide some travel assistance to interested graduate students and PhD candidates in the region. Please indicate your desire to be considered for travel assistance when you register.

Register early to save your spot at

For any additional questions, please email snil [at] bowdoin [dot] edu


Dhiraj Murthy

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Director, Social Network Innovation Lab

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME 04011

207-721-5152 (o)

207-725-3023 (f)

dmurthy [at] bowdoin [dot] edu

SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social
network researchers ( To unsubscribe, send
an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line
UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.