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.