Social Networks and Information Systems: Ongoing and Future Research Streams

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Citation: Harri Oinas-Kukkonen, Kalle Lyytinen, Youngjin Yoo (2010) Social Networks and Information Systems: Ongoing and Future Research Streams. Journal of the Association for Information Systems (RSS)


Download: http://aisel.aisnet.org/jais/vol11/iss2/3/

Tagged: Business (RSS) social networks (RSS), information systems (RSS), social network analysis (RSS), network analysis (RSS), introductions to special issues (RSS)


Summary:

This is an introduction to the JAIS special issue on social networks and information systems. It briefly acknowledges the increase in social network research and network analysis in IS field and accounts for some of its reasons. The authors state that studies on social networks are not 'new' per se, but new IT capabilities are changing both the networks existance (creation, maintenance, visibility) and the analysis (tracing, visualization, simulation, etc). Furthermore, it categorizes the research stream in three divisions including

  1. network analysis helping to increase organizational and individual network awareness,
  2. organizational uses of information technology involving network analysis, and
  3. research issues related to platforms for managing social networks at individual, team, organizational, and inter-organizational levels.