Thanks to Niko Pelka and his team for hosting another very productive meeting!
Still can’t believe I had to miss Sophia’s 5th grade promotion ceremony for my Oslo trip–especially since she was selected as a student speaker sharing her reflections on her time at elementary school and the transition to middle school.
So proud of all you have accomplished already, Sophia, and of the person you’ve become!
Congratulations to the “Zombie Dragons” for a successful (and almost undefeated!) Spring soccer season. Sophia came back after a few seasons off and played better than ever!
Another Summer swim season is starting with the South Riding Stingrays!
By Wayne Baker (Wiley)
Comprehensive advice on how to make sense of social networks–and make them work for you.
Today, I hosted a workshop on social networks for Sophia’s FUTURA class at Cardinal Ridge Elementary School. And I have to say that I was more nervous before this workshop than about pretty much any other speaking engagement I’ve done over the last few years–but it turned out great, and the students were amazing! Thanks to Mrs. Bowers for inviting me!
Today, I was awarded this year’s “Outstanding World Executive MBA Faculty Award” at the George Washington University’s School of Business Award Ceremony. Thanks to our WEMBA students for bestowing this great honor on me!
A new article “Before they were ties: Predicting the value of brand-new connections,” co-authored with Daniel Levin (Rutgers University), has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Management.
Complementing and extending prior studies on the value of existing work relationships, this study examines whether we can predict the value of brand-new ties before people ever meet. We examine this question by developing three sets of hypotheses reflecting the three main perspectives in the social networks literature: the resource (actor), dyadic (tie), and structural (network) perspective. To test our hypotheses, we asked executives to reach out for advice from someone they had never met and to complete a survey of their various thoughts about the other person both before and after making a connection. We find support for all three perspectives after a connection has been made; however, before tie formation, we find evidence only for the structural perspective. Our results suggest that the lack of reliable information about strangers obscures which brand-new ties will turn out to be more valuable but that surrounding network structures remain a reliable predictor of value, even for brand-new ties.
Truly enjoyed Spring Break with the family, especially my 6am visits to the beach alone with Max, who did not see the point of sleeping in on your vacation…
I’m honored and thankful to our PhD students for nominating me again for this year’s Peter B. Vaill Outstanding Doctoral Educator Award!
My co-author Daniel Levin (Rutgers) and I just published a commentary titled “Is tie maintenance necessary?” in the Academy of Management Discoveries.
In this commentary, we build on our research on dormant ties to contrast what we would call the activity-based perspective of tie maintenance—i.e., the premise underlying the vast majority of social networks research that ties to individuals who are associated with one’s past are important to maintain—with we would call the memory-based perspective on tie maintenance, i.e., that the memory of a prior relationship is often sufficient and that past relationships can retain considerable value, without the need for active maintenance.
Spent the day at Liberty Mountain skiing with the kids–and they’re getting better and better…
Happy to see that the research I have published over the last few years have made an impact–so far, it has been cited over 1,000 times on Google Scholar!
From the Walter Family
Thanks to Opa & Oma’s generosity, the Walter Family enjoyed a fantastic week of skiing in Flims/Laax, Switzerland
Congratulations to to the organizers Laura Cardinal, Chet Miller, and Anthea Zhang for a great Strategic Management Society conference in Houston, TX!
As Associate Program Chair for the Strategy Process IG, I co-organized two workshops:
Thanks to all panelists and participants for making this happen!
Congratulations to the “Cheetahs” for a successful Fall soccer season! Jonathan and I are so proud of the team, which just won their end-of-the-season game at Loudoun Soccer Park 6-5!
My oldest friend from my St. Gallen days came for a brief visit, and we enjoyed exploring the DMV region (such as Dirt Farm Brewery in Bluemont, VA)
Another relaxing summer vacation with family & friends in the Outer Banks, NC
July 4th fireworks in the Washington National Mall
Sophia’s going off to college–at least for 12 days. She’ll be joining the University of Virginia’s Summer Enrichment Program, living in a student dorm and taking classes at UVA’s historic campus. First time away from home alone…
Just came back from the SMS Special Conference in Banff where I represented the Strategy Process Interest Group. It was a great experience to meet the other IG leaders and the SMS Board and jointly plan the SMS International Conference later this year in Houston.