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The authors would like to thank both the SE and AE for their constructive guidance throughout the review process.  This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0953285


Author Bios


Gerald C. (Jerry) Kane is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.  His research interests include exploring the role of information systems in social networks, organizational applications and implications of social media, and the use of IT in healthcare organizations. Dr. Kane has received grants from the National Science Foundation (CAREER) and from the US Army for his research on social media.  He has twice been nominated by Boston College as the US Professor of the Year. His published research has appeared in such academic journals as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Organization Science, Marketing Science, and Harvard Business Review, among others.  Dr. Kane received his Ph.D. from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University and his M.B.A. in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University. 


Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca (Ph.D., Penn State) is a Gatton Endowed

Professor of Management at the University of Kentucky and co-director

of the LINKS Social Network Analysis Center (   His

research takes a social network perspective on organizational behavior

topics such as groups, power, conflict, and gossip. His work has

appeared in Science, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of

Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Research in the Sociology

of Organizations, Social Networks, Information Systems Research,

Journal of Management Information Systems, and elsewhere. He serves on

the editorial boards of Organization Science, Strategic Organization

and Organizational Psychology Review.


Stephen P. Borgatti is the Paul Chellgren Chair of Management at the LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis, housed in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematical Social Science from the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on social networks and knowledge management; he has published more than 80 papers in these areas. He is one of the authors of UCINET, the leading software package for social network analysis.


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