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Dimitris G. Assimakopoulos is Professor of Information Systems & Technology Management, Founder and Director of the Laboratory for Learning and Innovation in Networks and Communities (LINC Lab), and the Director of the Doctorate of Business Administration programmes in partnership with the Universities of Newcastle (UK) and Tongji (China), at Grenoble Ecole de Management


Dimitris G. Assimakopoulos studied at the Universities of Patras, Sheffield, Grenoble and Stanford. He holds an HDR in Economics from the University Pierre Mendes France (Grenoble 2); a PhD and Masters in Architectural Studies from the Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of Sheffield, England; and a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece. He was also twice a Visiting Scholar in Economic Sociology at Stanford University, California. The broad area of his research is social and business informatics, with particular focus on the emergence of new technological communities and networks of practice across organisational and national boundaries; and, informal collaboration networks and communities of practice fostering learning and innovation in computer based technologies throughout the European Union, Silicon Valley and mainland China. His latest monograph on ‘Technological Communities and Networks: Triggers and Drivers for Innovation’ was published by Routledge within its series on ‘Technology, Work and Organisations’, in 2007. Dimitris has recently co-edited a volume on 'Innovation Networks and Knowledge Clusters' published by Macmillan Palgrave in January 2008; and, also co-editing as the co-founding editor the ‘Intl. Journal of IT and Management’, published by Inderscience, since 2002. His research has also appeared in learned journals such as ‘Environment and Planning B’, ‘Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice’, ‘International Journal of Technology Management’, ‘International Small Business Journal’, ‘Prometheus’, ‘R&D Management’, and ‘Science & Public Policy’.

Emilio J. Castilla is an Associate Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he teaches courses in organizational behaviour and strategic human resource management. He joined MIT after being a faculty member in the Management Department at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, for three years. He is a member of the Institute for Work and Employment Research at MIT; and also a research Fellow at the Wharton Financial Institutions Center and at the Center for Human Resources at the Wharton School. He received his post-graduate diploma degree in business analysis from the Management School in Lancaster University (UK) and his PhD (and MA) from Stanford University.
Emilio’s research primarily focuses on the sociological aspects of work and employment. He is particularly interested in examining how social networks and organizational processes influence employment outcomes over time, and he tackles these questions by examining different empirical settings with unique longitudinal datasets, at both the individual and organizational level. His work has been published in several academic journals and edited volumes. In a recent article, Castilla examines the performance implications of hiring new employees using employees’ referral networks (“Social networks and employee performance in a call center,” American Journal of Sociology March 2005). Currently, he explores the organizational processes at work behind the formal merit-based practice linking performance evaluations to employee compensation and other key career outcomes (“Gender, Race, and Meritocracy in Organizational Careers,” American Journal of Sociology May 2008). He is also involved in an empirical network analysis of start-up companies and their venture capital funding in different technology regions of the world. He has just completed the writing of a book on the use of longitudinal methods in social science research (Elsevier and Academic Press). In Spanish, he has published Análisis Dinámico (CIS, 1998) and La Sociedad Transversal (with Jesus M. De Miguel y Jordi Cais, Winner of the 1994 Miguel Angel Terribas Book Award.) He received the W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship of the American Sociological Association in 2001 (with Fernandez and Moore). He is the recipient of the Cilker Teaching Award and the Stanford Centennial Teaching Award.

Soong Moon Kang is Lecturer at the Department of Management Science and Innovation, University College London. He specialises in management of technology and innovation, business strategy, entrepreneurship and social network analysis. He teaches courses in Strategy and Business Enterprise. His current research focuses on topological properties of social networks, the relationship between the performance of venture capitalists and their position in co-investment networks, the emergence of organisational reputations within business communities, and the institutional mechanisms of innovation and firm creation in high technology industries. In recent articles, he develops a new network measure (“A note on measures of similarity based on centrality,” Social Networks January 2007) to demonstrate micro-macro linkages in social networks that evolves over time based on a large longitudinal dataset of venture capital co-investments in the U.S, semiconductor industry (Equicentrality and network centralization: A micro-macro linkage,” Social Networks October 2007).
Soong holds a Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering, a M.A. in Sociology and a M.S. in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University, and a degree of Diplom-Ingenieur in Mechanical Engineering from Technische Universität Berlin. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/msi/people/soong

Marco Tortoriello is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Business Policy at HEC Paris School of Management. Professor Tortoriello's research focuses on understanding mechanism and returns to social relationships defined within and across organizations. In his research he explores the social context of intra- and inter-organizational relationships focusing on social networks, knowledge management, organizational innovativeness, and performance. Marco received his Ph.D. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds an M.S. in Organizational Behavior and Theory from Carnegie Mellon University and an undergraduate degree from Bocconi University. At HEC he teaches the core Strategy course. Recent selected publications include: «The temporal dynamics of professional networks on law firm performance», Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, 2005 (with Jonathan Jaffee, Bill McEvily); «The social underpinnings of absorptive capacity: external knowledge, social networks, and individual innovativeness», Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, 2006; "Activating cross-boundary knowledge: the role of Simmelian ties in the generation of innovations", accepted and forthcoming, Academy of Management Journal, 2009 (with D. Krackhardt).


In the last few decades network organisations and social network theory and methods have risen as a key field for research in Management and Business Studies (e.g., Brass et al 2004). This 2nd EDEN seminar is going to introduce Social Network Analysis (SNA) theory, methods and techniques for doctoral students who aim collecting, analysing and visualising network data for their research in diverse organisational settings and application areas.

Hands-on teaching of social network analysis and visualisation software such as Ucinet and Netdraw is going to be deployed throughout the seminar. Examples from several research projects in doctoral and post-doctoral levels from both sides of the Atlantic are going to illustrate many of the qualitative and quantitative issues related to network theory and SNA of relational data at community, inter-organisational and inter-personal levels of analysis. Particular attention is going to be paid in the dynamic analysis of longitudinal data in the last one and a half days of the seminar using the Stata software. In addition students are going to be allocated time in each and every day of the seminar for reflecting on what they will have learned the previous day and also presenting their own ongoing doctoral projects for getting advice and feedback from faculty and other participants during and after the seminar, see final draft schedule.

The primary aim here it is to create an intimate environment conducive for learning at the Cultural Centre / Museum of Megaro Gyzi at the scenic capital of Fira, at the island of Santorini (Greece), for about 20 doctoral students and 4 faculty from top EU/US Business Schools to share best practices and learning in the state of the art in SNA across boundaries in Europe and beyond.


Our seminar is going to combine lectures covering a broad range of issues, in depth tutorial discussions, and hands on training for SNA and dynamic analysis. Four modules are planned to be delivered as they are outlined below, including several required or/and recommended readings, that the students should ideally review and prepare before the seminar so that they accrue maximum value from it. A supporting web-site hosted by the EIASM it is going to provide access to some of these readings and related resources. Students are also required to bring along their personal computers and download before the seminar the Ucinet/Netdraw/Pajek software from http://www.analytictech.com/ucinet/ucinet.htm


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The seminar will be held in Gyzi Cultural Centre, Fira, Santorini, Greece.
The programme will start on June 6, 2011 and is scheduled to end June 10, 2011

The participation fee is 1500 €. This fee includes participation to the seminar, the documents, lodging and full board.
Doctoral students will be assigned rooms for two.

Should you wish a single room, an extra fee of 50 € per night will be charged to you.

Cancellations made before May 15, 2011 will be reimbursed with 10% deduction of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after this date.

The Institute offers a limited number of scholarships of 700 € each. Scholarships are strictly limited to students coming from an EIASM Institutional Member (the Academic Council). Allocation of the scholarships is entirely at the discretion of the European Institute.

Interested doctoral students should register online (and add the required documents) no later than April 6, 2011. Besides doctoral students, other researchers may participate. The number of participants will be limited to create a stimulating environment. The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the Institute’s Faculty. They will review the following documents which should necessarily complement each application form:

  • the applicant’s curriculum vitae demonstrating his/her capabilities of doing research ;
  • a letter of recommendation of his/her local faculty supporting the application ;
  • a two-page description of his/her doctoral research, indicating the general objectives.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Nina Payen
Tel: +32 2 226 66 61 - Fax: +32 2 512 19 29
Email: payen@eiasm.be