Enabling Knowledge Networks to Enhance Innovation


Wednesdays@NICO Seminar, Noon, November 14 2007, Chambers Hall, Lower Level

Prof. Noshir Contractor, Northwestern University


Recent advances in digital technologies invite consideration of organizing as a process accomplished by global, flexible, adaptive, and ad hoc networks that can be created, maintained, dissolved, and reconstituted with remarkable alacrity. This presentation describes a multi-theoretical multilevel (MTML) model of the socio-technical motivations for creating, maintaining, dissolving, and reconstituting knowledge and social networks. Contractor will present a visual-analytic framework that can be used to Discover, Diagnose, and Design our knowledge networks using examples from his ongoing research on communities involved in a wide range of activities such as Communities of Practice, disaster response, public health and massively multiplayer online games (WoW - the World of Warcraft).