This blog post is fun for curiosity’s sake. Given more time, I would like to look over it. I am surprised that they are all dot-coms. Who is first o join a network? Was it a network architect? No one wants to be the first guest at a party.
Monthly Archives: August 2007
I am at a 2 day conference organized by Paul Adler for chapter authors to discuss and improve their contributions to anew handbook from Oxford university press. The book is titled Oxford handbook of Org Studies and Sociology.
10 hours of discussing five chapters was very intense. My brain hurts. It is fun and a little nerve-wracking to be in the room with such smart people. At the same time, I find myself frustrated that the need to mull over and define the “Canon” is such a strong impulse. The audience is supposed to be graduate students. I imagine I know a thing or two about them… :<) Rather than 85% of who a given classic is or was, and 15% about what means for org studies today, I would rather have more of a condensation of the classic for org studies today. I want more conversations, critiques, and bunch clearing of paths less traveled but aching to be explored. If someone wants an exercise in intellectual history, they should get a different book.
Jenna Camann, a former student, sent me a very nice email from her new digs in Charlotte, NC. Jenna is mad about NASCAR and embarked on some sort of Arthurian multiyear quest to win herself a job there. Maybe she will tell me the whole story someday. Go Jenna!
Here is what she said:
There is a lot of buzz in the past two weeks about social networking sites which keep reminding me of class. The sports business quote of the day today was even from a Sports Illustrated exec mentioning that on-line social networks are “like sports talk radio online, without the commercials. It’s really a very engaging community.”
Not very surprising that they sports executives would stumble into networks and the living web one of these days. A couple of thoughts come to mind.
1) Will a sponsor’s interest in sales and control of the site collide with users’ expectations of control?
2) How many online communities can I participate in? Is there a saturation point for SNS? I bet most people only use 1-2 at most. I use facebook and LinkedIn mostly. Instead of making lame SNS that will sputter, they should see about plugging into existing ones somehow. Similarly, can they find some tools that will make a sports SNS sticky for sports fans?
3) I don’t know, but should, if anyone is making money hosting SNS?
4) With the coming of Second Life, have SNS already peaked?