R, Scientometrics, Knowledge Management, and Social Network Analysis

Interesting Social Network Analysis Studies

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Here are some interesting SNA studies that I found:

Connecting the Dots: Tracking Two Identified Terrorists

Early in 2000, the CIA was informed of two terrorist suspects linked to al-Qaeda. Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar were photographed attending a meeting of known terrorists in Malaysia. After the meeting they returned to Los Angeles, where they had already set up residence in late 1999. What do you do with these suspects? Arrest or deport them immediately? No, we need to use them to discover more of the al-Qaeda network.

527 Committee Donors (via ire)

In the 2004 presidential election “huge donations of a handful of wealthy liberals named Linda Pritzker, Stephen L. Bing, Peter B. Lewis and George Soros could determine the outcome. Together, they have given more than $26 million to help finance the most extensive get-out-the vote operation in history, the goal of which is to make John F. Kerry president.” These donations were made to 527 organizations. “Named after a section of the tax code, the 527 groups are doing much of the advertising and field work traditionally left to party organizations.” Included with this story is a diagram displaying contributions to Democratic 527s and a list of the biggest donors to these groups.

And finally, 17 ways to visualize the twitter universe via flowingdata.


Written by Mat

October 30, 2008 at 12:44 pm

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  1. Mathias, your post bring me back to one I’ve read in Orgtheory.net: “The dark side of networks”, by Brayden King.
    Sometimes much attention is given to positive effects of networks, but not always this is the fact. In organization studies, articles dedicated to the “other side” are still rare. One exception may be that mentioned by Brayden: Labianca, G., & Brass, D.J. (2006). “Exploring the Social Ledger: Negative Relationships and Negative Asymmetry in Social Networks in Organizations.” Academy of Management Review,31: 596-614. I hope to see other theorists in the field trying this way.


    November 10, 2008 at 8:32 am

  2. Hi Ed, thanks for pointing that out. I’ll read the article and try to find out whether there are other studies done about the negative effects of networks.


    November 10, 2008 at 8:47 am

  3. Mathias, in the International Center for Research on Social Networks in Business, you’ll find other studies (http://www.linkscenter.org/publications.htm) like that I mentioned before.


    November 11, 2008 at 9:09 pm

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