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Friday Seminar 4
Illustrating Social Network Analysis's Potential for I-O: Workplace Interpersonal Affect

Conceptualizing organizations and industries as a set of interrelating nodes (e.g., individuals, groups, departments, organizations) has generated a great deal of research excitement and established social networks as one of the premier research perspectives in the field of management. Although the network perspective certainly has application to the study of more traditional organizational behavior and I-O psychology topics, there are some adjustments that need to be made in order to study concepts that have more emotional bases (e.g., job satisfaction). This seminar will discuss how to adapt social network analysis to study I-O and OB topics.
Following this session, participants will be able to:

1. Describe a theoretical introduction to the network perspective.
2. Explain how a network perspective can be used to study I-O and OB-oriented topics in a theoretically sound manner.
3. Discuss the mechanics of collecting data (in particular data that captures interpersonal liking and disliking).
4. Describe some typical data analytic techniques used in network research.

Jonathan Johnson is a professor in the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, where he has been on the faculty since 1996.  He graduated with a BS in zoology and an MBA from the University of Arkansas before earning a PhD from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.  His research—which has appeared in numerous journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology—focuses on corporate governance and social networks within and between firms, and he has served on the editorial review board of the Academy of Management Journal.  Jon teaches strategy, organization theory, sustainability, and ethics, and has taught at every level in the college, from freshmen to doctoral seminars.  Jon has led the University of Arkansas’s recent sustainability initiatives, including establishing the Applied Sustainability Center in July 2007, which seeks practical solutions for improving the sustainability of corporate business practices.

Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca is a Gatton Endowed Associate Professor of Management at the Gatton School of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. He received his PhD from Penn State in 1998 and was a faculty member at Tulane and Emory before moving to UK in 2006. He has taught undergraduate-, MBA-, and PhD-level courses in organization and management, organization theory and design, organizational behavior, human resources management, organizational change management, and negotiations and conflict resolution. Joe conducts research on social networks in the workplace.  Recent projects focus on the causes and consequences of disliking people in your workplace social network, understanding individuals’ network building behaviors, and understanding the relationship between social networks and justice perceptions. Joe’s work has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Advances in Strategic Management, Journal of World Business, Management International Review, Organization Science, and elsewhere.  Joe serves on Organization Science’s editorial board, and as a member of the executive board of the Academy of Management’s Organization and Management Theory Division.

Coordinator:  Hock-Peng Sin, Michigan State University

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