Monthly Archives: February 2008

The Big Question and lots of answers!

 The Big Question

Strangely addictive.   They have questions form anyone, especially young folks.  Different experts post an answer.  Its like a hybrid wikipedia-britannica.

My fave is “How long would it take you to ride a chicken around the world?”

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Map of Science based on 172 ISI subject categories 2006

Map of Science based on 172 ISI subject categories 2006

Expand later….

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Map of Social Networking Sites around The World (from Le Monde)

A nice person at socnet forwarded this map of SNS sites around the world. My French is quel horrible but it seems that a quarter of all activity is North America. WE can see that Orkut still has its lock in in Brazil which drives Latin America. I had not hear of Bebo, so now I would like to check this out.

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Professional Development Workshop Ideas (for any Management/Org Studies Conference)

Some professional email correspondence led me to brianstorm the kinds of PDWs I would like to see happen or participate in.

As I will never get around to all of these, here they are for the taking:

Ideas for AOM PDWs

– Collaborative knowledge tools for researchers (how to use blogs, wikis, podcasts, and so on).  My thinking was more about how to use them to support and advance research (as opposed to self-promotion, but that could fit too.)

– Qualitative and Mixed Method Network Analysis (Dvaid Obstfeld and I have kicked this around in passing).

– Network Analysis/Netcentric thinking for Org and Strategic Interventions.  At Sunbelt or AOM once David Krackhardt (And a few others) talked about this.  Could be OMT and ODC joint project and focus on more full cycle research (not just anecdotes).

– The “lost” theory of networks (Simmel, White, Econ Sociology, Complexity, Emirbayer): An attempt to push back on networks as all method no theory idea.  I don’t agree, but am  a little wary of opening a structuralist vs. individualist cat fight.  I mean, I like healthy disagreement, as opposed to paradigm policing.

– Using Web 2.0 to collect data:  I have been doing some research on SecondLife and other virtual worlds.  I have also wondered how to take advantage of facebook et al to get some network data.  So, this would be like sharing tips and tricks of the trade.  Also, discussing thorny issues of human subject review.  And privacy.   Maybe AOM could throw its weight around (ha ha) and get us a social network CEO to come and talk about corporate-research data sharing.

– Institutions, Organizations, and Networks: Common Ground and Common Agendas:  I feel like there is some sort of gap between institutional theory and network research.  or maybe its just niche proliferation, but i have been wondeirng why some sort of “grand synthesis” hasn’t been created (or maybe it has and I missed it out here in the wilds of Pennsylvania).

– Social Entrepreneurs and Networks.  Do the networks and network strategies of social entrpreneurs/innovators differ from the plain old “normal” ones?  Does the prima facie need to address a social concern and claim a higher moral authority effect how social entrepreneurs get things done?  Maybe a SIM, ENT, OMT, CMS joint project.

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Filed under conferences, economic sociology, organization studies, Orgs Stuff (theory, science, studies), Research, Scholars, Social Networks, virtual worlds

Amusing Election Satire

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Blog goals

I keep meaning to improve this blog…

  1. blog hits counter
  2. Figure out diff between tags and categories (do I need both?)
  3. go to three column?
  4. fill out blogroll
  5. consolidate categories (life, writing, politics & government, local, words, research, networks, sociology, economics, organization theory… is that enough?)
  6. Explore wordpress site and forum for more ideas

Maybe more later…

UPDATE:

I just figured ou the diff between wordpress.com and org, basically between teh software hsoted on a server I control versus the free hosting.  SO far, I think I will stick with free, but its nice to know I could download and customize of my blogging heart so desires some day.

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wikimanagement

Self-management is an ongoing project for me.  I have a vast array of interests.  I have many projects of scholarship, teaching, and praxis I want to pursue.

I need a manager!  My wife could do it, but it woudl add too much stress to our relationship.

Fortunately, my writing group stepped up.  I will use them by sending a list of three (or so) writing goals for each week.  Even if they don’t read them, just knowing i am accountabele to someone else will be  a big help.

Maybe I could use twitter the same way.

Its the dawning of wikimanagement.

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Living Web Social Innovation

Yesterday, I listened to most of Nick Yeo’s conversation over at the social innovation center’s conversations network.  He is the communications director for Taking ITGlobal, a youth- and development-oriented social networking pllatform.

One thing that stood out (and that I think Vishant might like) is that he discussed how they discovered that their users in places like Africa were often huddled five or six aroudn a computer using the site, and they thought of ways to cross leverage that liittle face2face net with the networking of their platform.

Their official elevator pitch:

TakingITGlobal.org is an online community that connects youth to find inspiration, access information, get involved, and take action in their local and global communities. It’s the world’s most popular online community for young people interested in making a difference, with hundreds of thousands of unique visitors each month.

The other link is to google.org.   Read this in Fast Company’s Fast list for 2008.  They seem to combine corporate philanthropy, R&D, and wiki-type decision making (letting lots of people propose and rank ideas for grants and investing).  Also interesting to see that Hal Varian, whose book Network Rules was one of the better strategy books i read at IESE, is their chief economist.

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Amazing Adam Smith Quotation

Glenn Greenwald digs up this real gem from Adam Smith.

 In great empires the people who live in the capital, and in the provinces remote from the scene of action, feel, many of them, scarce any inconveniency from the war; but enjoy, at their ease, the amusement of reading in the newspapers the exploits of their own fleets and armies . . . .

They are commonly dissatisfied with the return of peace, which puts an end to their amusement, and to a thousand visionary hopes of conquest and national glory from a longer continuance of the war.

I joke with friends about what its like to be living during the apex and fall of the empire.   Especially when you consider how much our army looks like a mercenary army between private contractors and the growth of citizen-seeking legal aliens.  Machaivelli had something to say about what happens to the prince who relies on mercenaries.

This also happens to remind me of the admonishments the younger Holmes had for his father in their civil war correspondence.  Been reading that in Louis Menand’s the Metaphysical Club. The younger one basically keeps telling Pa to lay off about how the war should be fought and that poorly fought wars, even for a good cause, are still major cluster fucks.  Well, I’m paraphrasing.

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Market contagion

This will make economic sociologists of all of us.   Expand later…

A Crisis of Faith – New York Times
Today, we’re witnessing another kind of contagion, not so much across countries as across markets. Troubles that began a little over a year ago in an obscure corner of the financial system, BBB-minus subprime-mortgage-backed securities, have spread to corporate bonds, auto loans, credit cards and now — the latest casualty — student loans.

Indeed, this week the state of Michigan suspended a major student-loan program because of the sudden collapse of another $300 billion market you’ve never heard of, the market for auction-rate securities.

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