professional with five years of increasing experience in
analyzing inter- and intra-organizational networks. Goal:
to leverage interpersonal relationships in corporate,
academic, and government projects to increase productivity
and knowledge sharing. Current interest in Web 2.0
projects. Born in Germany and educated in Germany,
Switzerland, and US; fluent in English and German and
easily adaptable to global business situations.
I am currently
a postdoctoral fellow and the research director of
the Program on Networked
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
I earned my PhD (Dr. oec., 2005) in Business Economics at
the University of St.
Institute of Management, Switzerland. While conducting
the doctoral coursework at the University of St. Gallen
in Switzerland, I was the project manager of
Internet portal on Strategic Management, which addresses
both business and research issues, and provides a lot of
information and teaching material.
Before my time in St. Gallen, I studied Business Economics
at the University of Kassel,
Germany, and University of
Netherlands, and graduated in 1999 (MBA).
My research focuses
on social networks as well as the diffusion and adoption
of Internet technologies. My empirical research includes
extensive social network analyses of faculty members in
Business Schools, among DNA forensic scientists, across
Members of Congress’ offices and the networking
behavior of State Health Officers as well as academics
in conference settings.
I am currently looking
into characteristics of knowledge hubs within
professional communities, and am especially interested
in understanding why people act altruistically when it
comes to knowledge sharing activities. Moreover,
together with different co-authors, I conduct research
to understand why, when and how people create, maintain
or break their online social ties and how online ties
and therefore online social networking platforms can be
made sustainable over time. Together with my co-authors,
I wrote a couple of papers on Web 2.0 applications in
the corporate context and am keen to start projects in
this area to investigate closer why people create,
maintain, break and re-connect online ties in social
To represent my research field a little better, I maintain
a website on Social Network Analysis
research on a
subpage of the Program on Networked Governance at
I am currently on the job market for assistant professor
positions and am looking into job postings from Business
Schools, Management Departments and Information Management
departments. I uploaded all information about myself (full
CV, teaching experience, research experience, publication
lists, etc.) on my KSG page.
Events and news are on my wordpress BLOG on
social network research.