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Journal Articles:

Whalen, R., Lungeanu, A., DeChurch, L. A., & Contractor N. (in press). Patent Similarity data and innovation metrics. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.

Lazer, D. M. J., Pentland, A., Watts, D. J., Aral, S., Athey, S., Contractor, N., Freelon, D., Gonzalez-Bailon, S., King, G., Margetts, H., Nelson, A., Salganik, M. J., Strohmaier, M., Vespignani, A., & Wagner, C. (2020). Computational social science: Obstacles and opportunities. Science, 369(6507), 1060–1062.

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., 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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