Doctoral Disseratation – Three paper format

Dear friends,

I enjoyed your company at OCIS and AMCIS doctoral consortium. It was a pleasant and learning experience. It was reassuring that all of us are in the same boat and have quite similar issues facing us.

I am wondering if you are following three paper format for your thesis (or for that matter any one in your department) and do you have specific guidelines for three paper format (like when to defend your proposal e.g. after second paper is completed or at the time of formulating third study etc).

As nobody in my area group has yet defended three paper format proposal we do not have very clear guidelines and it is very difficult to arrive at consensus regarding appropirate time to defend the proposal. It will be a great help if you could share those guidelines/ documents/ information.

Wish you all the best in your quest for thesis completion and job search

Best regards,



Navigating the jungle of survey tools

Creating online surveys, to put it mildly, is a test of optimism, perseverance, and character!

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AMCIS 2007 – photo gallery

(photograph taken by Dennis Galletta, AIS president)

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AOM Session #809: Summary

I attended a symposium on Monday afternoon of AOM entitled, Email Data in Social Network Analysis (full details from the program are below the break). It was co-sponsored by the Organizational Management Theory (OMT) and Organizational Communication and Information System (OCIS) divisions. The panel members were: Adam Kleinbaum (Harvard), Marshall Van Alstyne (Boston U.), Nathaniel Bulkley (U. of Michigan) and Eric Quintane (U. of Melbourne); Ron Burt was also in the audience.

Paraphrasing Adam Kleinbaum, here’s the motivation for the symposium:

There have been few innovation in data collection methods in social network analysis field since it began 70 years ago. This symposium is intended to crystallize a conversation that is emerging in different corners of the field about how and when to use email data for social network analysis.

The benefits including comprehensiveness (including longitudinal), ability to observe content of ties (via content analysis) and analysis at a new scale (far more people in a common network). The challenges include getting access to email, the ability to get and use data (permission), and being able to manage and analyze data (e.g., the need for data manipulation skills).

There are also major theoretical challenges including:
– what does an email tie really mean in an analysis.
– what kind of validity does the tie have?
– when and under what circumstances is email analysis a helpful complement to other analysis?

Marshall Van Alstyne and Nat Buckley both presented details of studies on executive recruiting. You can find some of this research at Van Alstyne’s SSRN site. Kleinbaum talked about his study of a very large data set that includes: 30,000 employees; 46 million email messages, and 5.3 million calendar entries. His interest is on unit-to-unit level communication. Eric Quintane provided a methodological paper on similarities and differences between perceived and observed networks.

In all, I found the session to be quite informative and highly relevant to the work that I do on large-scale communication networks. I’m not convinced that the symposium met its lofty goals (“crystallize how and when to use email analysis”) but it keep an important dialog going. The researchers on the symposium panel are forming a Google group on using email data for SNA analysis. I’ll post the name once I track it down again!

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AOM OCIS 2007 – photo gallery

The 2007 AOM OCIS meeting in Philly was full of excitement, joy and intellectual spark!

Although I’m tired and exhausted from traveling to AOM and AMCIS back to back last week, I can’t wait to share the photos with you.

The meeting took place in the beautiful Philly downtown area:

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AOM – My Reflection…?

Just came back to Waltham, MA (Greater Boston) and finished dealing with some admin work. The AOM conference was great and I met so many nice folks there. Anyway, there were so many people…! How about you?

As to our OCIS sessions, the session of “Software Development – Cross-Cultural Issues and Shared Meaning,” was very interesting. The session included the Caroline Dexter Award paper by Catherine Cramton and Pamera Hinds, ” Intercultural Interaction in Distributed Teams: Salience of Adaptations to Cultural Differences.” (see

Aside of the conference sessions, there were parties every nights. Some were hosted by universities and others were hosted by AOM divisions. It was interesting to see that some parties are so popular and others are not. I think that “free drink”, “good food”, and “small room” may be the factors that attract people? I found the following comments from one of the conference participants…what do you think? Go to and find “Academy of Management Report”… I agree some. I want to see cross-division social events too!

Overall, I had a great experience and really enjoyed there. I hope that we have more students from various disciplines and from various countries in the next year’s AOM. We will plan great social events and have a fun there!

Guys, please post your experiences.



Please join me in congratulating the contest winners…

First of all, it was great at the Academy of Management conference to meet in person so many people who have contributed to our blog. It was equally gratifying to hear from so many that you read the site regularly. I hope we’ll all continue our conversations here online in the upcoming months between conferences.

Now, on to the main event… the wireless connection that the Philadelphia Marriott went all dodgy on me, so I apologize for not getting this up sooner.

Contest Results

We had a strong field finalists to choose from. There were many votes cast with clear winners in each category. Please join me in congratulating the winners of the OCIS Student Website Participation Contest:

Most Informative Post – Peter Baloh

Most Interesting Post – Jijesh Devan

Informative Comment – David Bray

Interesting Comment – Israr Qureshi

Participation Award – Vinay Tiwari

Congratulations to all of the finalists and to our five winners. Also, thank you everyone who participated in the contest by posting, commenting or voting.