Celebrating three paper acceptances at OCMC 2019

We are delighted to share that SONIC has three submissions accepted for talk presentations at the 2019 Organizational Communication Mini-Conference!

Our graduate student, Diego Gómez-Zará, will share his thoughts and findings regarding the diversity paradox in team formations. Contrary to the belief that diversity can bring benefits to groups, individuals might avoid working with dissimilar others. Drawing from homophily and diversity theories, he will unfold the interesting and critical results regarding the impact of one’s perception of team diversity and one’s willingness to work with diverse collaborators. 

Kyosuke Tanaka, another graduate student at SONIC, who also recently presented at AoM 2019, will explore the role of networking routing error in a specific context — knowledge sharing in organizations. Whereas the study of errors in routing information (i.e., critical information was not transferred to those needing it, or critical information was not solicited from those who possessed it) has received considerable attention in the field, Kyosuke will further advance existing work by introducing the concept of network acuity to characterize network routing errors.

Yuanxin Wang, visiting scholar from Peking University, will share her insights regarding team processes and their impact on performance in enterprise social media (ESM). To date, there is a lack of research concerning the dynamics of team processes and enterprise social media, despite a rise in the use of online social networks for business interests and activities. Addressing this research gap, Yuanxin will share her observations and findings related to the patterns in the occurrence of transition, action and interpersonal processes across time stages, and how these variations might impact project-based team performance. Her study is based on server logs of ESM data from a Chinese startup company.

Congratulations, Diego, Kyosuke, and Yuanxin, and thank you for all of your hard work!

Networks in the News: Global labor flow network reveals the hierarchical organization and dynamics of geo-industrial clusters

A research paper by Park et al. 

While there are existed studies on geo-industrial clusters, researchers have been lacking extensive empirical data to capture the organic and emergent nature of clusters and their dynamics for the global economic context. To address this research gap, recently, researchers in Indiana University and LinkedIn constructed a global labor flow network to examine the organization and evolvement of economies. Using a rich LinkedIn’s employment history data set, they focused on the flow (job transitions of workers) between firms, industries, and regions. Their results shed light on a new systematic approach to identify geo-industrial clusters and informed future economic analysis.

Read the paper here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-11380-w


Contractor received Lifetime Service Award at AoM 2019

AoM was definitely an exciting time for SONIC! We are delighted to share that our lab director, Dr. Noshir Contractor, was named this year’s recipient of the Academy of Management’s Organizational Communication & Information Systems (OCIS) Group Life Service Award.  Congratulations, Noshir!

Lungeanu presents at AoM 2019 on Leading Teams Over Time Through Space

Dr. Alina Lungeanu, will present tomorrow (Aug 13th) in the session “A Matter of Time: Advancing the Study of Team Processes in Extreme Environments.” She will shed light on the topic Leading Teams Over Time Through Space.


Lungeanu, A., DeChurch, L. A., & Contractor, N. S. (2019, August). Leading Teams Over Time Through Space. Academy of Management (AoM), Boston, MA.

SONIC alumna Jackie Ng selected as the Best Dissertation Award Finalist at AoM 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Jacqueline Ng Lane for being selected as the Best Dissertation Award Finalist from the Technology & Innovation Management Division at the Academy of Management 2019! Her dissertation topic is “Organizing in the Digital Age: How Team Collaboration Networks Form and Why They Perform.”

Jackie received her PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences (IEMS) at Northwestern University. Currently, she is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Business School conducting research at the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH). She can be reached at jnlane@hbs.edu.


Kyosuke Tanaka presents at AoM in Boston

Our graduate student, Kyosuke Tanaka, is attending the 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management at Boston from August 8th- August 13th to present his work on human information routing in communication network. He will unpack the phenomenon via an organizational perspective and further the current research through developing a novel framework by introducing human cognition. The work he is presenting will be informing his dissertation.


Tanaka, K. (2019). Toward Understanding Human Information Routing in Group Communication Networks. Poster to be presented at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Aug 8-13, Boston, MA, USA.