At what age did you know what you wanted to do for a living? As children, we have the notion that we can be and do anything.


Dan Brass was recently featured on the most recent edition of Talking about Organizations, a podcast about organizational theory. The topic was Power, Influence and Networks.

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Companies are adopting Enterprise Social Media, like Slack, to democratize social networks and foster communication and creativity. In a recent paper, co-authored with computer scientists based in Italy, Prof. Ajay Mehra examined how gender and rank shaped emergent social networks on an Enterprise Social Media platform. A copy of the published article is available here. 


Dan Halgin, Steve Borgatti, and Zhi Huang recently published “Prismatic Effects of Negative Ties” in Social Networks. Research on negative ties has focused primarily on the harm they do. In this paper, Halgin and co-authors show that negative ties can also have beneficial market effects. They argue that, like positive ties, negative ties can link actors together in the minds of observers, and theorize that negative ties with high-status others can benefit a focal actor.


Jill Holloway Smith has been named associate vice president for alumni engagement and executive director of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. Smith, a Paducah native, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management in 2005 from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics and a master’s degree in career and technical education from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 2011.


Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca, Gatton Chaired Professor of Management, recently published "Negative Ties and Signed Graphs Research: Stimulating Research on Dissociative Forces in Social Networks" along with Nicholas M. Harrigan and Filip Agneessens.


Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca, Gatton Chaired Professor of Management, gave an invited presentation at the 2020 NetSciX conference at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan on January 20 entitled, "Recognizing the Positive and Negative Ties in a Network." The presentation covered joint research conducted with former UK Ph.D. students, Josh Marineau (Assoc.


The University of Kentucky is one of 22 universities, think tanks and advocacy organizations that will receive funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in support of new, independent research intended to inform federal policy affecting the future of the internet.


Huiwen Lian has recently published a paper in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (OBHDP) titled, “Being Sensitive to Positives has its Negatives: An Approach/Avoidance Perspective on Reactivity to Ostracism."


Matt Zook (Geography) and Steve Borgatti have recently received $285,806 from NSF to study "Cryptocurrencies and New Spaces of Finance”, in which they look at exchanges among thousands of wallets.