Workshop Dates

February 5, 2020
Submission Deadline for Applications
Mid-February 2020
Notification of Application Decisions
March 25, 2020
Doctoral Workshop at SMS Special Conference in Berkeley
March 25-27,2020
SMS Special Conference in Berkeley

Doctoral Workshop

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 
08:00 - 12:30 hrs, including a mid-morning coffee break 

Workshop Information

The SMS will host a Doctoral Workshop on March 25th, 2020, during the SMS Special Conference Berkeley “Designing the Future: Strategy, Technology, and Society in the 4th Industrial Revolution”. Attending doctoral students will be accepted through an application process.

The main objectives of this Doctoral Workshop, focusing on strategy and innovation in a digital era, are to foster interaction among leading faculty scholars and doctoral students on various aspects of research and on preparing for a professional career in academia. The doctoral student participants will broaden their academic network with senior faculty from around the world and develop a better understanding of the particularities of the academic career.

The doctoral workshop will have an interactive intent. During the first part, you will encounter senior faculty and other participating students to receive an initial response to your research proposal. In the second part, you will pitch your research, practicing to anticipate, critically reflect and nuance your contribution as part of the academic debate.  The intent is to strengthen and effectively position your research (e.g. the research question, the importance of the research gap, theoretical reasoning, and selection of target journals). Throughout the workshop, you will get a chance to present your work and engage in a constructive dialogue with senior faculty and your peers.

Applicant preference for this workshop will be given to doctoral students whose interests and research to date relate to the focus of the SMS Special Conference in Berkeley. Leading researchers in the field will bring their experience into the discussion to further develop participants’ insight into the key themes of this conference.

The format of the workshop will be a combination of presentations by and interactive discussions with a panel of senior international faculty.


Application Requirements

All current doctoral students interested in participating in the workshop are invited to submit one file in the Application Box that includes their Curriculum Vitae (highlighting work corresponding to the conference theme) and a description of their planned dissertation research (maximum 3 pages, single-spaced). The dissertation research document should include the following:

  1. research question(s) and importance
  2. intended contributions to theory and practice
  3. theory or theories to draw from and core constructs of interest (include a conceptual model if possible)
  4. the empirical context and methods, and
  5. stage of your work and expected completion date

Applications should be submitted through the workshop website by February 5, 2020.

Applicants will be notified in mid-February 2020 of their application status by the workshop organizers. Participants in the workshop must be registered for SMS Special Conference in Berkeley. 

Workshop Program

The following workshop program is tentative and is subject to changes as seen fit by the organizers. 

  • Introductions       
  • Symposium presentions: 
    • Presentation of invited papers by distinguished scholars in the field of social networks
    • Q&A 
    • Panel discussion including distinguished scholars on the frontiers of social network research
  • Mid-morning coffee break 
  • Social network analysis tools and method

Workshop Organizers

picture of Hendrik Leendert Aalbers
Hendrik Leendert Aalbers
Radboud University
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Saeed Khanagha
VU Amsterdam
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Krsto Pandza
University of Leeds

Application Box