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3rd Amsterdam Workshop on Social Networks and Organizations
Amsterdam, 20-22 June, 2013

Deadline for extended abstracts 30 April  2013 

A network perspective on organizational and management questions continues 
to appeal to a wide range of theoretical interests. These include strategy, 
entrepreneurship, HRM, organizational behavior, knowledge management and 
information systems, and many more. The diversity in theoretical approaches 
to network research has yielded equally diverse methodological approaches, 
analyzing both structural and relational dimensions of networks and networking 
in organizational settings (e.g., Borgatti & Halgin, 2011; Brass et al., 2004; 
Burt, 2004; Faraj & Johnson, 2010; Thompson, 2005; Zaheer & Soda, 2009).
The dramatic growth of network approaches to social processes is in addition 
fueled by the emergence of new forms of organization such as knowledge, 
development and interest communities on Internet. These repositories of 
interaction and content allow the study of large scale interactions in a 
continuous fashion. New challenges emerge methodologically (Howison, 
Wiggins, & Crowston, 2011) as well as with regard to theories (Faraj, 
Jarvenpaa, & Majchrzak, 2011). Analysis of large scale networks until now 
focuses on network description and has added only a limited set of theoretical 
insights. Attention to the dynamics of social and interest network evolution 
(Conaldi, Lomi, & Tonellato, 2012) might spur interesting new approaches to 
networks. In the nascent field also interest in the manner in which to 
theoretically interpret and analyze the mass of network and content data 
available on blogs, community forums and twitter is blooming. We are 
interested in the cross connections that are possible between language, 
culture and social network studies.  
Scholarly interest in capturing and interpreting network dynamics is also 
increasing (e.g., witnessed in the recent special issue in Organization Science 
[Ahuja, Soda, & Zaheer, 2012]). However, research on social network 
dynamics remains a theoretically and methodologically challenging territory 
where new themes continue to emerge. For instance, how and why do the 
structure, the content, and the meaning of relationships emerge and change 
over time, but do networks nonetheless manage to maintain a clear focus? 
What conclusions can be drawn about the interplay between meaning and 
structure, and their contributions to network change and downfall over time? 
And what do network dynamics mean for the interactions between people, 
teams, organizations, and whole systems? Insights in these questions can help 
both management research and practice to draw meaningful conclusions about 
the utility and hindrance of networks at different points in time, and 
understand how to better leverage the power of networks in support of 
personal and organizational objectives.
Prof.  Dan Brass, LINKS Centre,  University of Kentucky 
Prof.  Joe Labianca, LINKS Centre, University of Kentucky 
Prof. Allesandro Lomi, CORE, University of Lugano
Additional  (to be announced)

Workshop objectives
This proposed workshop aims to bring together researchers interested in 
organizational processes from a network perspective. The workshop offers a 
forum to share the state of the art in network analysis and theorizing. It seeks 
to gather contributions from diverse theoretical perspectives and 
methodological approaches that build on or extend network research. It is 
designed to attract papers that are in advanced state but not yet published 
and thus can benefit from the feedback from peers, and for each a senior 
scholar will act as a discussant. 
Logistics, participants and support
The workshop is hosted by VU University Amsterdam, June 20 – 22, 2013. In 
terms of participants, a balance will be sought to accommodate a mix of 
researchers representing different theoretical perspectives, as well as 
different stages in their career. The workshop will include round table sessions 
with paper presentations and discussants, key note presentations by 
prominent network scholars; and ample opportunity for social networking 
among participants. 
The workshop is organized as a collaborative effort between researchers in 
the departments of Social Science, Business Administration, and Computer 
Science, with support of the Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI). 
So doing, the workshop offers a unique combination of thematic expertise on a 
wide array of topics related to social network structures and dynamics in 
offline settings and in virtual environments, as well as skill-building support to 
young researchers in early stages of their careers. 

Organizing committee VU University
Prof. dr. Peter Groenewegen, Professor  of Organization Sciences
Dr. Julie Ferguson, Assistant Professor of Organization Sciences
Dr. Dirk Deichmann, Assistant Professor of Organization Sciences
Adina Nerghes, PhD Organization Sciences

Supported by:
Department of Organization Sciences & Network Institute 
Faculty of Social Sciences, VU University, Amsterdam
Amsterdam Business Research Institute, VU University, Amsterdam
Time schedule
We aim to have a maximum of 25 participants. In the program the emphasis 
will be on work in progress both theoretical and empirical. Based on the 
contributions invited we want to base discussions on integrating and agenda 
setting, so ample room for discussion is foreseen. The workshop also will be a 
place to discuss potential future projects.
If you are interested in participating, please send an abstract of your paper of 
no more than 3000 words and a brief explanation of the project in which the 
paper fits by 30 April to Peter Groenewegen at [log in to unmask]
Ahuja, G., Soda, G., & Zaheer, A. 2012. Introduction to the Special Issue: The 
Genesis and Dynamics of Organizational Networks. Organization Science, 23
(2): 434-448.
Borgatti, S.P., & Halgin, D.S. 2011. On Network Theory. Organization Science, 
22(5): 1168–1181.
Brass, D. J., Galaskiewicz, J., Greve, H. R., & Tsai, W. 2004. Taking Stock of 
Networks and Organizations: A Multilevel Perspective. Academy of 
Management Journal, 47(6): 795-817.
Burt, R. S. 2004. Structural Holes and Good Ideas. American Journal of 
Sociology, 110(2): 349-399. 
Conaldi, G., Lomi, A., & Tonellato, M. 2012. Dynamic Models of Affiliation and 
the Network Structure of Problem Solving in an Open Source Software Project. 
Organizational Research Methods.
Faraj, S., & Johnson, S. L. 2010. Network Exchange Patterns in Online 
Communities. Organization Science, 22(6): 1464-1480 
Faraj, S., Jarvenpaa, S. L., & Majchrzak, A. 2011. Knowledge collaboration in 
online communities. Organization Science, 22(5): 1224-1239.
Howison, J., Wiggins, A., & Crowston, K. 2011. Validity Issues in the Use of 
Social Network Analysis for the Study of Online Communities. Journal of the 
Association of Information Systems, 12(12): 767-797.
Thompson, M. 2005. Structural and Epistemic Parameters in Communities of 
Practice. Organization Science, 16(2), 151-164.
Zaheer, A. & Soda, G. 2009. Network Evolution: The Origins of Structural 
Holes. Administrative Science Quarterly, 54(1): 1-31. 

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