CYGNA: Social network analysis and managing large research teams
Since moving to the UK, I have been involved in running CYGNA. The network was established in June 2014 as a combined initiative of Argyro Avgoustaki, Ling Eleanor Zhang, and Anne-Wil Harzing, later joined by Shasha Zhao. The name CYGNA derives from the female version of the Latin word for SWAN (Supporting Women in Academia Network). The main objective of the group is to promote interaction among female academics based in the London area and to provide a forum for learning, support, and networking.
We typically hold four or five meetings a year with a mix of presentations and informal discussions. A quick overview of the topics covered can be found here. Yearly meeting overviews with pictures can be found here. In February 2018, I have started to write up our meetings as blogposts so from February till June 2018 you'll find reports on a mix of recent and older CYGNA meetings on my blog. A full list of the blogposts of our mid 2014 to mid 2018 meetings can be found at CYGNA: Resource collection for the summer holidays. We also maintain a readings and inspirations section for female academics and have a Twitter hashtag #cygna_london.
17th meeting 22 September 2017 (Middlesex University)
We met in the Hendon Town Hall, our favourite meeting place on the Middlesex campus. We had a mixed group of old-timers and Middlesex colleagues. Special guest was Barbara Myloni (bottom row, right), who was my very first PhD student 20 years ago and is now at the University of Patras in Greece. We had two presentations dealing respectively with social network analysis and managing large research collaborations.
Using SNA in various research streams and as personal network analysis
- How to incorporate Social Network Analyis in various research streams and use a personal network analysis for personal development [presentation download] by Daniela Lup, Middlesex University
In this presentation I shared some of my experience with social network analysis (SNA) as a research and analytic tool, but also showed how SNA could be used as a personal development tool. To illustrate how to use SNA, I collected data from Cygna members and analyzed it, with an eye toward understanding how the network functions currently (see sample below), so that we can strengthen connections between its members in the future.
Herding cats: how to manage large research networks
- Herding cats: how to manage (and participate in) large research networks [presentation download] by Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University).
In this presentation I drew on my experience of leading several large-scale international research projects, where I managed a team of researchers collecting data in 25+ countries. The results of these projects are described in the blogpost Language effects in international mail surveys. Here I focused on the process of managing large teams. As there is no picture of me presenting I am including on of the two lessons learned slides here.
- The four C's of getting cited
- How to keep up-to-date with the literature, but avoid information overload?
- What’s that conference networking thing all about?
- How to write successful funding applications?
- How to find your next research project?
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Anne-Wil Harzing is Professor of International Management at Middlesex University, London and visiting professor of International Management at Tilburg University. In addition to her academic duties, she also maintains the Journal Quality List and is the driving force behind the popular Publish or Perish software program.