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Social Network Perspectives in Organizational Research: Past, Present and Future
Release time:January 9, 2018

Topic: Social Network Perspectives in Organizational Research: Past, Present and Future

Speaker: Li Ning, Associate Professor from the University of Iowa

Host: Zhao Kai (Associate Professor)

Date: 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Jan 10, 2018

Venue: A618, New Main Building


Over the past decade, social network research has been a powerful tool to understand important organizational phenomena spanning different research areas, such as leadership (Carter, DeChurch, Braun, & Contractor, 2015), teamwork (Li, Zhao, Walter, Zhang, & Yu, 2015), creativity and innovation (Perry-Smith & Shalley, 2003), career (Seibert, Kraimer, & Liden, 2001), power and influence (Ibarra & Andrews, 1993). A social network approach allows organizational scholars to capture the complex and dynamic interactions among individuals in the workplace and gain a finer grained understanding of the phenomenon of interest. Moving forward, with the fast development of information technology, modern technologies have transformed the way employees work in contemporary organizations. As a result, organizations are increasingly using digital collaboration platforms to encourage more efficient collaborations among employees. Therefore, social network analysis is also a powerful tool in understanding employee behaviors in the digital era. In this presentation, I will synthesize various applications of social network analysis in organizational research in the past and discuss promising future directions of social network research such as digital collaboration, network change, and big data.

Bio of the Speaker:

Ning Li is an Associate Professor with tenure and Pioneer Research Fellow in the Department of Management and Organizations at the University of Iowa. Prior to joining the University of Iowa, he received a bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in management and received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. His current research interests include big data in management, team collaboration, social network analysis, team leadership, citizenship behaviors, and proactive phenomena in organizations. His work has been published in many top-tier management and psychology journals such as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, and Harvard Business Review. His work has also been reported by Forbes, Business News Daily, Yahoo, and INC. Over the past several years, he has been invited to give research presentations by many top research universities. In 2015, he received the Early Career Research Award from Tippie College of Business, The University of Iowa. He is currently an editorial board member for Journal of Applied Psychology and Journal of Organizational Behavior.

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