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Journal Articles:

Fu, J. S., Schumate, M., & Contractor, N. (in press). Organizational and individual innovation decisions in an interorganizational system: Social influence and Decision-making authority. Journal of Communication.

Mell, J. N., Mell, J. N., DeChurch, L., Contractor, N., & Leenders, R. (2020). Identity Asymmetries: An experimental investigation of social identity and information exchange in multiteam systems. Academy of Management Journal.

Cedeno-Mieles, V., Hu, Z., Ren, Y., Deng, X., Adiga, A., Barrett, C., Contractor, N., Ekanayake, S., Epstein, J. M., Goode, B. J., Korkmaz, G., Kuhlman, C. J., Machi, D., Macy, M. W., Marathe, M. V., Ramakrishnan, N., Ravi, S. S., Saraf, P., & Self, N. (2020). Networked experiments and modeling for producing collective identity in a group of human subjects using an iterative abduction framework. Social Network Analysis and Mining, 10(1), 11.

Contractor, N. (2019). A “modest proposal” on writing that is not modest enough. [Forum commentary on the article “On writing in communication and media studies” by Boczkowski P. & M. Delli Carpini]. International Journal of Communication, 14, Forum 432-435.

Hogan, B., Janulis, P., Phillips II, G., Melville, J., Mustanski, B., Contractor, N., & Birkett, M. (2019). Assessing the stability of ego-centered networks over time using the digital participant-aided sociogram tool Network Canvas. Network Science. 1-19. doi:10.1017/nws.2019.27

Hilbert, M., Barnett, G., Blumenstock, J., Contractor, N., Diesner, J., Frey, S., … Zhu, J. J. H. (2019). Computational Communication Science: A Methodological Catalyzer for a Maturing Discipline. International Journal of Communication, 13(0), 3912-3934.

Larson, L., Wojcik, H., Gokhman, I., DeChurch, L., Bell, S., & Contractor, N. (2019). Team performance in space crews: Houston, we have a teamwork problem. Acta Astronautica, 161, 108–114.

Gómez-Zará, D., Andreoli, S., DeChurch, L. A., & Contractor, N. S. (2019). Discovering collaborators online: Assembling interdisciplinary teams online at an Argentinian University. Cuadernos.Info, (44), 21-41.

Kim, M. J., Lee, C.-K., & Contractor, N. S. (2018). Seniors’ usage of mobile social network sites: Applying theories of innovation diffusion and uses and gratificationsComputers in Human Behavior, 90, 60-73. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2018.08.046

Lungeanu, A., Carter, D. R., DeChurch, L. A., & Contractor, N. S. (2018). How Team Interlock Ecosystems Shape the Assembly of Scientific Teams: A Hypergraph Approach. Communication Methods and Measures, 1-25.

Mukherjee, A., Xiao, P., Chang, H., Wang, L., & Contractor, N. (2017). Plebeian Bias: Selecting Crowdsourced Creative Designs for Commercialization. Submitted to SSRN.

Sha, Z., Huang, Y., Fu, J.S., Wang, M., Fu, Y., Contractor, N., & Chen, W. (2018). A Network-Based Approach to Modeling and Predicting Product Co-Consideration Relations. Complexity, 2018(3), 1–14.

Schecter, A., Pilny, A., Leung, A., Poole, M. S., & Contractor, N. (2017). Step by step: Capturing the dynamics of work team process through relational event sequences. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 2017, 1–19.

Wax, A., DeChurch, L., & Contractor, N. (2017). Self-Organizing Into Winning Teams: Understanding the Mechanisms That Drive Successful Collaborations. Small group research, 48(6), 665-718. doi:10.1177/1046496417724209

Norton, W. E., Lungeanu, A., Chambers, D. A., & Contractor, N. (2017). Mapping the growing discipline of dissemination and implementation science in health. Scientometrics, 112(3), 1367–1390. doi:10.1007/s11192-017-2455-2.

Wang, M., Chen, W., Huang, Y., Contractor, N.S. and Fu, Y. (2016) Modeling customer preferences using multidimensional network analysis in engineering design, Design Science, 2. doi: 10.1017/dsj.2016.11.

Pilny, A., Schecter, A., Poole, M. S., & Contractor, N. (2016). An illustration of the relational event model to analyze group interaction processes. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice:: Special Issue on Statistical Methods. 20(3), 181-195. doi:10.1037/gdn0000054.

Ghasemian, F., Zamanifar, K., Ghasem-Aqaee, N., & Contractor, N. (2016). Toward a better scientific collaboration success prediction model through the feature space expansion. Scientometrics, (1-25). doi: 10.1007/s11192-016-1999-x

Leenders, R., DeChurch, L. A., & Contractor, N. S. (2016). Once upon a time: Understanding team dynamics as relational event networks. Organizational Psychology Review. doi: 10.1177/2041386615578312

Zhang, C., Phang, C. W., Zeng, X., Wang, X., Xu, Y., Huang, Y., & Contractor, N. (2015). Circadian Rhythms in Socializing Propensity. PloS one, 10(9), e0136325.

Carter, D. R., Asencio, R., Wax, A., DeChurch, L. A., & Contractor, N. S. (2015). Little Teams, Big Data: Big Data Provides New Opportunities for Teams Theory. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 8(04), 550-555. doi: 10.1017/iop.2015.82

Tiropanis, T., Hall, W., Crowcroft, J., Contractor, N., & Tassiulas, L. (2015). Network Science, Web Science and Internet Science: Comparing interdisciplinary areas. Communications of the ACM, 58(8), 76-82. doi: 10.1145/2699416

Foucault Welles, B., & Contractor, N. S. (2015). Individual motivations and network effects: A Multi-Level Analysis of the Structure of Online Social Relationship. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 659, 180-190. doi: 10.1177/0002716214565755

Sullivan, S. D., Lungeanu, A., DeChurch, L. A., & Contractor, N. S. (2015). Space, time, and the development of shared leadership networks in multiteam systems. Network Science, 1-32. doi:10.1017/nws.2015.7

Carter, D., DeChurch, L.A., Braun, M., & Contractor, N. (2015). Social network approaches to leadership: An integrative conceptual review. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Foucault Welles, B., Vashevko, A., Bennett, N., & Contractor, N. (2014). Dynamic Models of Communication in an Online Friendship Network. Communication Methods and Measures, 8(4), 223-243. doi:10.1080/19312458.2014.967843

Lungeanu, A., & Contractor, N. S. (2014). The effects of diversity and network ties on innovations: The emergence of a new scientific field. American Behavioral Scientist. doi:10.1177/0002764214556804

Foucault Welles, B., Rousse, T., Merrill, N., & Contractor, N. (2014). Virtually friends: An exploration of friendship claims and expectations in immersive virtual worlds. Journal for Virtual Worlds Research, 7(2), 1-15.

Contractor, N. S., & DeChurch, L. A. (2014). Integrating social networks and human social motives to achieve social influence at scale. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(Supplement 4), 13650–13657.

Lungeanu, A., Huang, Y., & Contractor, N. S. (2014). Understanding the assembly of interdisciplinary teams and its impact on performance. Journal of Informetrics, 8(1), 59–70.

van de Wijngaert, L., Bouwman, H., & Contractor, N. (2014). A network approach toward literature review. Quality & Quantity, 48(2), 623–643.

O’Hara, K., Contractor, N. S., Hall, W., Hendler, J. A., & Shadbolt, N. (2013). Web Science: Understanding the emergence of macro-level features on the World Wide Web. Foundations and Trends® in Web Science, 4(2–3), 103‐267.

Huang, M., Barbour, J., Su, C., & Contractor, N. (2013). Why do group members provide information to digital knowledge repositories? A multilevel application of transactive memory theory. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64(3), 540-557.

Contractor, N. (2013). Some assembly required: Leveraging Web Science to understand and enable team assembly. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 371(1987), 20120385–20120385. doi:10.1098/rsta.2012.0385

Zhu, M., Huang, Y., & Contractor, N. S. (2013). Motivations for self-assembling into project teams. Social Networks, 35(2), 251–264.

Huang, Y., Shen, C., and Contractor, N. (2013) Distance matters: Exploring proximity and homophily in virtual world networks. Decision Support Systems, 55(4), 969–977.

Keegan, B., Gergle, D., and Contractor, N. (2013). Hot off the Wiki: Structures and dynamics of Wikipedia’s coverage of breaking news events. American Behavioral Scientist, 57(5), 595-622.

Contractor, N. S., DeChurch, L. A., Carson, J. B., Carter, D., & Keegan, B. (2012). The topology of collective leadership. The Leadership Quarterly, 23(6) 994-1011.

Contractor, N. S., Whitbred, R. C., Fonti, F., & Steglich, C. (2012). Understanding the Ties that Bind: A Longitudinal Investigation of the Evolution of a Communication Network. Western Journal of Communication, 76(4), 333-357. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2012.674172

Mathur, S., Poole, M. S., Peña-Mora, F., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., & Contractor, N. (2012). Detecting interaction links in a collaborating group using manually annotated data. Social Networks, 34(4), 515–526.

Williams, D., Contractor, N., Poole, M. S., Srivastava, J., & Cai, D. (2011). The Virtual Worlds Exploratorium: Using large-scale data and computational techniques for communication research. Communication Methods and Measures, 5(2), 163-180.

Wang, J., Huffaker, D. A., Treem, J. W., Fullerton, L., Ahmad, M. A., Williams, D., Poole, M. S., & Contractor, N. (2011). Focused on the prize: Characteristics of experts in massive multiplayer online games. First Monday, 16(8).

Whitbred, R., Fonti, F., Steglich, C., & Contractor, N. (2011). From microactions to macrostructure and back: A structurational approach to the evolution of organizational networks. Human Communication Research, 37(3), 404-433.

Castells, M., Monge, P., & Contractor, N. (2011). Network Theory| Prologue to the special section| Network multidimensionality in the digital age. International Journal of Communication, 5, 6.

Contractor, N., Monge, P., & Leonardi, P. M. (2011). Multidimensional networks and the dynamics of sociomateriality: Bringing technology inside the network. International Journal of Communication, 5, 39.

Su, C., & Contractor, N. (2011). A multidimensional network approach to studying team members’ information seeking from human and digital knowledge sources in consulting firms. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 62(7), 1257-1275.

Falk-Krzesinski, H.J., Contractor, N., Fiore, S.M., Hall, K.L., Kane, C., Keyton, J., Klein, J., Spring, B., Stokols, D., & Trochim, W. (2011). Mapping a research agenda for the science of team science. Research Evaluation, 20(2), 145-158.

Falk-Krzesinski, H.J., Börner, K., Contractor, N., Fiore, S.M., Hall, K.L., Keyton, J., Spring, B., Stokols, D., Trochim, W., & Uzzi, B. (2010). Advancing the science of team science. Clinical and Translational Sciences, 3(5), 263-266.

Börner, K., Contractor, N., Falk-Krzesinski, H.J., Fiore, S.M., Hall, K.L., Keyton, J., Spring, B., Stokols, D., Trochim, W., & Uzzi, B. (2010). A multi-level systems perspective for the science of team science. Science Translational Medicine, 2(49), 24-49. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3001399

Tian, Y., Srivastava, J., Huang, T., & Contractor, N. (2010). Social multimedia computing. Computer, 43(8), 27-36.

Mahmassani, H.S., Chen, R.B., Huang, Y., Williams, D., & Contractor, N. (2010). Time to play? Activity engagement in multiplayer online role-playing games. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2157(1), 129-137.

Su, C., Huang, M., & Contractor, N. (2010). Understanding the structures, antecedents and outcomes of organisational learning and knowledge transfer: A multi-theoretical and multilevel network analysis. European Journal of International Management, 4(6), 576-601.

Yuan, C. Fulk, J., Monge, P., & Contractor, N. (2010). Expertise directory development, shared task interdependence, and strength of communication network ties as multilevel predictors of expertise exchange in transactive memory work groups. Communication Research, 37(1), 20-47. doi: 10.1177/009365020351469.

Varda, D., Forgette, R., Banks, D., & Contractor, N. (2009). Social network methodology in the study of disasters: issues and insights prompted by post-Katrina research. Population Research & Policy Review, 28(1), 11-29.

Lazer, D., Pentland, A., Adamic, L., Aral, S., Barabasi, A. L., Brewer, D., Christakis, N., Contractor, N., Fowler, J., Gutman, M., Jebara, T., King, G., Macy, M., Roy, D., Van Alstyne, M. (2009). Life in the network: The coming age of computational social science. Science 323 (5915), 721-723.

Xia, M., Huang, Y., Duan, W., & Whinston, A. B. (2009). Ballot box communication in online communities. Communications of the ACM, 52(9), 138-142. doi:

Castronova, T., Williams, D., Shen, C., Ratan, R., Xiong, L., Huang, Y., & Keegan, B. (2009). As real as real? Macroeconomic behavior in a large-scale virtual world. New Media & Society, 11(5).

Contractor, N., Wasserman, S., & Faust, K. (2006). Testing multitheoretical, multilevel hypotheses about organizational networks: An analytic framework and empirical example. Academy of Management Review, 31(3), 681-703.

Palazzolo, E. T., Serb, D., She, Y., Su, C., & Contractor, N. S. (2006). Coevolution of communication and knowledge networks in transactive memory systems: Using computational models for theoretical development. Communication Theory, 16(2), 223-250.

Katz, N., Lazer, D., Arrow, H., & Contractor, N. (2004). Network theory and small groups. Small Group Research, 35(3), 307-332.

Contractor, N. S., & Monge, P. R. (2002). Managing knowledge networks. Management Communication Quarterly, 16(2), 249-258.

Fesenmaier, J., & Contractor, N. (2001). The evolution of knowledge networks: An example for rural development. The Journal of the Community Development Society, 32(1), 160-175.

Pollock, T., Whitbred, R. A., & Contractor, N. (2000). Social information processing and job characteristics: A simultaneous test of two theories with implications for job satisfaction. Human Communication Research, 26(2), 292-330.

Contractor, N. S. (1998). Self-organizing systems research in the social sciences: Reconciling the metaphors and the models. Management Communication Quarterly, 13(1), 154-166.

Heald, M., Contractor, N., Koehly, L. M., & Wasserman, S. (1998). Formal and emergent predictors of coworkers’ perceptual congruence on an organization’s social structure. Human Communication Research, 24(4), 536-563.

Ehrlich, M.C., & Contractor, N. S. (1998). “Shock” meets “community service”: J.C. Corcoran at KMOX. Journal of Radio Studies 5(1), 22-35.

Hyatt, A., Contractor, N., & Jones, P. M. (1997). Computational organizational network modeling: Strategies and an example. Computational and Mathematical Organizational Theory, 2(4), 285-300.

Contractor, N. S., Seibold, D. R., & Heller, M. A. (1996). Interactional influence in the structuring of media use in groups: Influence of members’ perceptions of group decision support system use. Human Communication Research, 22(4), 451-481.

Contractor, N. S., & Seibold, D. R. (1993). Theoretical frameworks for the study of structuring processes in group decision support systems: Adaptive structuration theory and self-organizing systems theory. Human Communication Research, 19(4), 528-563.

Contractor, N., & Ehrlich, M. (1993). Strategic ambiguity in the birth of a loosely coupled organization: The case of a $50-million experiment. Management Communication Quarterly, 6(3), 251-281.

Michaelson, A., & Contractor, N. (1992). Structural Position and perceived similarity. Social Psychology Quarterly, 55(3), 300-310.

Monge, P. R., Cozzens, M. D., & Contractor, N. S. (1992). Communication and motivational predictors of the dynamics of organizational innovation. Organization Science, 3(2), 250-274.

Waterman, D., Schechter, R., & Contractor, N. (1991). Overcoming barriers to the live arts: Can the media compensate? Journal of Cultural Economics, 15(2), 19-40.

Rice, R., & Contractor, N. S. (1990). Conceptualizing effects of office information systems: A methodology and application for the study of alpha, beta and gamma change. Decision Science, 21(2), 301-317.

Contractor, N. S., Singhal, A., & Rogers, E. M. (1988). Metatheoretical perspectives on satellite television and development in India. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 32(2), 129-148.

Cozzens, M. D., & Contractor, N. S. (1987). The effect of conflicting information on media skepticism. Communication Research, 14(4), 437-451.

Contractor, N. S., Fulk, J., Monge, P. R., & Singhal, A. (1986). Cultural assumptions that influence the implementation of communication technologies. Vikalpa, 11(4), 287-300.


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