Social Network Analysis


Researchers are increasingly interested in studying social network to reveal how social structure and its underlying mechanisms (informational or relational processes) shape organizational phenomena (e.g., leadership, voice, information sharing, and boundary spanning). Social network analysis has been recognized as a powerful tool for studying such complex processes. Many substantive researchers are eager to learn how they can better apply social network methods to build their own analytical toolboxes. This workshop uses examples from the management and organizational research literatures to introduce the logic and procedures of social network analysis, how to use social network measures to investigate relations at multiple levels of analysis (e.g., individual, groups, and organizations), and how to re-examine old research questions with the social network lens. We will also illustrate various approaches of social network analysis and basic operations in user-friendly social network analysis software.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Mo Wang is the Lanzillotti-McKethan Eminent Scholar Chair at the Warrington College of Business at University of Florida. He is also the Department Chair of the Management Department, as well as the Director of Human Resource Research Center at University of Florida. He specializes in research areas of retirement and older worker employment, occupational health psychology, expatriate and newcomer adjustment, leadership and team processes, and advanced quantitative methodologies. He received Academy of Management HR Division Scholarly Achievement Award (2008), Careers Division Best Paper Award (2009), European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for Work, Organizational, and Personnel Psychology (2009), Emerald Group’s Outstanding Author Contribution Awards (2013 and 2014), Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology’s William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award (2016), and Journal of Management Scholarly Impact Award (2017) for his research in these areas. He also received Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award from Academy of Management’s OB Division (2017), Early Career Contribution/Achievement Awards from American Psychological Association (2013), Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2013), Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (2012), Academy of Management’s HR Division (2011) and Research Methods Division (2011), and Society for Occupational Health Psychology (2009). He was the invited speaker for White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team twice (2015 and 2016) and conducted a Congressional Debriefing on Retirement for U.S. Congress in 2015. He was the Editor of Oxford Handbook of Retirement and currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Work, Aging and Retirement and an Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Psychology. He also serves on numerous academic journal’s editorial boards. He is also a Fellow of APA, APS, and SIOP. Dr. Wang was the President of Society for Occupational Health Psychology (2014-2015) and the Director for the Science of Organizations Program at National Science Foundation (2014-2016).