Social networks provide the infrastructure for information flow. Understanding the social network structure of an organization gives insight on how work is completed and what intervention is required. Everyone has local knowledge of their personal relationships,
and network analysis renders global knowledge of the entire network.
Data for the first phase of the project comes from the publication and grant records of every faculty member. Collaborative relationships will be collected in order to establish and visualize networks and produce statistical data across the Swanson School.
Relevant research questions include:
- How does information flow at fine-grained (individual) and coarse-grained (discipline/department/center) levels?
- How do faculty collaboration networks evolve as individual careers progress?
- Are there individuals who are under- or over-utilized? Are there critical connections missing?
Data for the second phase of the study will utilize surveys to understand the informal networks among all organizational members, such as social/friendship, information-sharing, problem-solving, and trust networks. Evidence-based intervention will be
designed based on findings from the study.