Had the great privilege to co-lead (with Jonathan Tuteur from Tsymmetry and Maria Sinagra from Deloitte) an undergraduate Mentoring & Immersion Program for Consulting (MIPC) session for our impressive MIPC students. Thanks to Milinda Balthrop for organizing–my co-leads and I are looking forward to Part II later this month!
By J. D. Vance (Harper)
A little more controversial than my usual business book recommendations, Hillbilly Elegy paints a striking and thought-provoking portrait of contemporary America and is definitely worth a read.
Greetings from Strategic Management Society’s 38th Annual Conference in Paris, where I served as the Program Chair for the Strategy Process Interest Group as well as the co-chair of the Executive Discoveries Series.
We had a great time on our annual vacation in the Outer Banks, NC, with friends and family! And we were not the only ones as you can see in the video my friend Greg shot with his drone early one morning about 300 feet out into the ocean…
By Keith Ferrazzi (Crown Business)
A little over-the-top but, overall, excellent advice on how to become a master networker…
Another big milestone to celebrate after becoming U.S. citizen a few weeks ago: I was just promoted to Full Professor at the George Washington University School of Business. It has been quite a journey from getting my PhD in 2005, becoming an Assistant Professor in 2006, moving from the West Coast back to the East Coast in 2010, and getting tenure in 2014.
Looking forward to the freedom but also the responsibilities that this new chapter in my career will bring with it…
Congrats to Sophia & Max for a successful swim season with the Stingrays! Max made it to Divisionals (for breast stroke) and Sophia is a 2018 League All Star (for breast stroke)!
Another great summer-night open-air concert with family & friends at Tarara Winery
After living, studying, and working in the United States since I arrived in Philadelphia almost 15 years ago, today, I became a naturalized citizen of this great country!
Sophia’s off to college again–to join this year’s University of Virginia Summer Enrichment Program. For twelve days, she’ll be living in a student dorm and taking classes on UVA’s campus.
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 in elementary school and the transition to middle school.
So proud of all you have accomplished already, Sophia, and of the person you’ve become! Oh, the places you’ll go!
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 his 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