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Liechtenstein Information Systems Seminar: Expanding the Horizons of Social Network Research in IS

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Dr. Eoin Whelan


Friday, October 9th 2015, 13.00 - 14.30
University of Liechtenstein, S7


Dr. Eoin Whelan
National University of Ireland, Galway

The study of social networks has attracted much interest from the IS community in recent years, driven mainly by the accessibility of trace data that remain as a by-product of interactions conducted through technology-enabled platforms. Despite its rapidly growing influence, there are potential limitations to the current trajectory of social network research in the IS field. This presentation will explore these dangers and articulate an alternative direction based on the combination of trace data with qualitative approaches. We'll begin with an examination of two central concerns: 1) problems of tie definition, and 2) problems defining the network. An agenda for future IS social network research is then presented where I suggest how qualitative approaches can best complement trace data in addressing focal social network questions. I conclude by discussing the challenges of conducting qualitative studies of digitally enabled social networks.

Short bio
Eoin Whelan is a Lecturer in Business Information Systems at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Previously he was on the faculty of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick. He received his PhD from NUI Galway in 2009. His research interests focus upon information networks, with a particular emphasis on open and networked innovation and the role of information and communication technologies within these paradigms. His works have appeared in a variety of journals including MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Information Technology, R&D Management, Information & Organization, and Information Systems Journal. He is also a Senior Editor of Information Technology & People and Information & Organization. Prior to becoming an academic, Eoin held a variety of business analyst positions in Ireland, New Zealand, and the US.

The participation is free of charge.

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