Noshir and Leslie will be delivering the Welcome Plenary at INGroup 2020

We are excited to announce that our Lab Director Noshir Contractor and ATLAS’ Lab Director Leslie DeChurch will be delivering the Welcome Plenary titled Teaming in the Time of COVID-19: Reconfiguration of Workplace Communication Networks” at the 15th Annual 2020 INGRoup Conference.
They will present their latest work on Enterprise Social Media and the effect COVID-19 has on the nature of work and teams. As many of us may have known, COVID-19 strongly affected the working force, forcing many, if not all, companies to transition to remote work. This transition, in turn, changed an organization’s communication structure and produced interesting effects.
Check out a full description of their speech here and join the livestream here. It’ll be this Thursday (Oct 1) from 10AM – 11AM EDT.
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SONIC at OCMC 2020

Although this year’s OCMC 2020 have a different feel (i.e. virtual conference), we are delighted to announce that four of our graduate students (Diego Gomez-Zara, Jasmine Wu, Kyosuke Tanaka, and Niloufar Izadinia) were presenting there!

Diego Gomez-Zara kicks off our SONIC speakers on Friday (09/25) at OCMC 2020 with his poster presentation titled “Do I know you? The effects of social capital on self-assembled teams.”

On Saturday (09/26), Jasmine presented her work on “Status and network mobilization in organizations during the times of COVID-19,” while Niloufar presented her work on “New metrics for evaluating individual and team performance in multi-team systems” during poster session.

On Sunday (09/27), our 6th year graduate student Kyosuke Tanaka also presented his talk on “Positional and Dispositional Factors That Predict Who Commits Social Network Routing Errors and Who Learns from Them” during the Organizing Online and Offline Session. 

Kyosuke presented his research “Positional and Dispositional Factors That Predict Who Commits Social Network Routing Errors and Who Learns from Them”

Find out more about the conference here.

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Check out our latest publication!

We are beyond thrilled to share our latest publication at the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Patent Similarity Data and Innovation Metrics.

Congratulations to authors Drs. Ryan Whalen, Alina Lungeanu, Leslie de Church, and Noshir Contractor!

Citation: Whalen, R., Lungeanu, A., DeChurch, L. and Contractor, N. (2020), Patent Similarity Data and Innovation Metrics. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 17: 615-639. doi:10.1111/jels.12261

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New NSF funded project!

Excited to share that we have a new project funded by the National Science Foundation to study teaming in the time of Covid-19: understanding how technology affordances can enable collaboration during sudden workplace disruption.

Congratulations to PIs Noshir Contractor, co-I Leslie DeChurch, and collaborators Paul Leonardi, Jackie Ng Lane, and Michael Johnson!

Read more about the project here: bit.ly/3kmiKbt

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CSCW 2020 Paper acceptance

Sharing some wonderful news – We have a paper accepted to CSCW 2020!! Congrats to lead author Diego Gómez-Zará and his co-authors Dr. Leslie DeChurch and Dr. Noshir Contractor.

 

The paper is titled “Model of Online Team Assembly (MOTA): A Conceptual Framework for Understanding How Teams Emerge in Online Spaces.” Can’t wait to share it with everyone soon!

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SONIC Sunbelt Presentations 2020

Delighted to share that we have 5 presentations accepted at Sunbelt 2020! While this year the conference was virtual, we had a wonderful time presenting our research. Cited below are conference presentations we shared:

Learn more about Sunbelt 2020 events: https://www.insna.org/events/ 

Zurek, M., Harris, M., Johnson, J., N. S., DeChurch, L. A., Contractor, N. S. (2020, July 13-17). Bridging Analog Environments: comparison of group dynamics and cohesion between the human exploration research analog (HERA) and over-wintering Antarctic stations. Virtual Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA)

Johnson, J., Zurek, M., Contractor, N. S., DeChurch, L. A. (2020, July 13-17). The Social Network Ecology of Small Groups in Isolated and Confined Environments [Conference presentation]. Virtual Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA).

Antone, B., Néray, B., Munar, W., Koskinen, J., & Contractor, N. S. (2020, July 13-17). Missing Tie Imputation in Sparse Networks with Ego-Centric Responses [Conference presentation]. Virtual Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA).

Lungeanu, A., Whalen, R., Wu, Y. J., DeChurch L. A., & Contractor N. S. (2020, July 13-17). Text and Networks: Mapping changes in the expertise diversity of patent teams [Conference presentation]. Virtual Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA).

Tanaka, K., DeChurch, L. A., & Contractor, N. S. (2020, July 13-17). Origins of network acuity: Who has an ability to efficiently use their awareness of the group communication network [Conference presentation]. Virtual Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA).

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Noshir Contractor Delivered Webinar for Master of Science (MSC) in Communication program at Northwestern University

Noshir teaches “Understanding and Leveraging Networks” in both the CLP and HLP programs within MSC. On July 15th, he delivered a webinar to admitted and incoming MSC students to share his research interests in the study of the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of dynamically linked social and knowledge networks within communities. He also spoke about his background, his teaching philosophy, and his experience teaching and getting to know students in the MSC program.

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