SONIC Speaker Series Presents: David Krackhardt

Video now available on YouTube:

SONIC is proud to welcome Professor David Krackhardt of Carnegie Mellon University to speak on Power and Networks in Organizations.

David Krackhardt

Professor of Organizations and Public Policy

Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Joint Appointment with The Tepper School of Business



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SONIC at CESUN 2023 Symposium

Earlier this week, SONIC Director Noshir Contractor and Graduate Student Researcher Neelam Modi attended and participated in the Council of Engineering Systems Universities 2023 Symposium. The Council provides a mechanism for member universities to work together on developing engineering systems as a new field of study. An overall objective of the Council is to broaden engineering education and practice. Neelam gave a talk on Social Influence & Customer Preferences: A Case Study in the U.S. New Car Buyer Market, and Noshir served on a panel discussing Network Methods for Multi-Agent Sociotechnical Systems. Congrats, Noshir and Neelam!

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Yesterday, SONIC Director Noshir Contractor gave a keynote speech at the 7th ICCOMAC 2023. Professor Contractor traveled to Bali for the International Conference on Corporate and Marketing Communication and was joined by many other speakers sharing their expertise. Congratulations!

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Noshir Contractor to Give Keynote at 4th COMNEWS 2023

SONIC Director Noshir Contractor will be one of four keynote speakers at the 4th COMNEWS 2023, the International Conference on Communication and New Media Studies. This year’s conference topic is “Rethinking post-digital society: Imagining the future of media, communication, and sustainability”. Noshir Contractor’s keynote will focus on leveraging computational social science to address societal challenges, illustrating how increased access to big data offers social scientists and social network scholars an unprecedented opportunity to engage more actively in monitoring, anticipating, and designing interventions to address grand societal challenges. The conference is supported by the ICA Indonesia Chapter and will take place October 25th and 26th in Sanur, Bali.


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Introducing: The SONIC Team Fall 2023

We have no shortage of work to do and projects to complete here at SONIC. Luckily, we have the best team behind us! This quarter, our entire SONIC team meets together once a week to discuss current happenings, give progress updates, and encourage team bonding. We are so grateful to have our team’s combined expertise, and we can’t wait to see the achievements and successes this coming year brings!

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New Research on Teams in the Digital Workplace

SONIC Director Noshir Contractor has collaborated with Jacqueline Lane (Harvard Business School), Paul Leonardi (UC Santa Barbara), and Leslie DeChurch (Northwestern University) on a new article surrounding technology’s role for communication, collaboration, and performance. The research examines the use of digital collaboration technologies by organizational teams and their effect on team communication and collaboration. By analyzing the ways in which digital communication technologies revolutionize how teams work, the paper explores the potential relationships between technology affordances and essential team processes. Read the article here.

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Noshir Contractor Organizes 10th Annual ANN-SONIC-NICO Workshop

This past summer, SONIC Director Noshir Contractor was an organizer of the 10th International Workshop on Network Theory. The organization of the conference is a joint effort between Annenberg Networks Network, Northwestern University’s SONIC Lab, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO). The theme for this past year’s workshop was “Human AI Social Networks @ Work” and focused on topical areas such as human agent/robot teaming, virtual organization, crowd sourcing, social media, networks, and more. To see the full weekend’s schedule and read more about featured speakers, check out the ANN-SONIC-NICO webpage. Also, be sure to watch the weekend’s workshops on our SONIC YouTube page.

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Preston Colloquium with Noshir Contractor

SONIC Director Noshir Contractor will be the first Ivan Preston Colloquium speaker of this academic year at UW-Madison.  His talk, “People Analytics: Using Digital Exhaust from the Web to Leverage Network Insights in the Algorithmically Infused Workplace,” will take place on Monday, October 9, 2023. The discussion will present empirical examples to demonstrate how people analytics can be leveraged to mine data created by individuals in their digital transactions to address challenges they face with issues such as team assembly and team conflict. Professor Contractor’s colloquium is the first of five talks that the university will host this year.

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Noshir Contractor Speaks at 74th International Astronautical Congress

Earlier this week, SONIC Director Noshir Contractor traveled to Baku to share insights from the SIRIUS-21 mission partnership research between SONIC and ATLAS Labs at the 74th International Astronautical Congress. Supported by insights from the mission, Professor Contractor discussed the future of crossing boundaries in space exploration multiteam systems. The ICA offers the opportunity to share SONIC research findings and innovative solutions with a broad audience of space industry members and state officials, scientists and researchers, space experts, and practitioners. The Congress aims to facilitate the forging of strong partnerships among a variety of stakeholders while promoting cooperation, innovation, peace, and prosperity within the global space industry.

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