Computational Approaches to Research on Technological Innovations




To discuss exemplar papers that apply (or inspire the application of) computational approaches to the studies of technological innovations


In Fall 2007, we usually meet on Thursdays 2-3 PM in Room 4113, Hornbake Building, South Wing, see maps and directions here.  Please note our first meeting on September 27 will begin at 1:30 PM.  If you plan to attend the reading group meetings and would like to have a copy of any paper listed below that you cannot obtain otherwise, request a password by emailing any of the contact persons listed below, then go to and log in with your password to download the paper(s).

Date Time Room Presenter Paper
09/27/07 1:30-3 PM HBK4113 Ping Wang Boyack, K. W., Klavans, R., and Börner, K. "Mapping the Backbone of Science," Scientometrics (64:3), 2005, pp. 351-374.
10/04/07 2-3 PM HBK4113 Doug Oard Hopkins, D., and King, G. "Extracting Systematic Social Science Meaning from Text," Working Paper, 2007, available
10/11/07 2-3 PM HBK4113 David Kirsch Berger, J. A., and Heath, C. "Idea Habitats: How the Prevalence of Environmental Cues Influences the Success of Ideas," Cognitive Science (29:2), 2005, pp. 195-221.


2-3 PM

HBK4113 Tan Xu Crane, G. "What Do You Do with a Million Books?," D-Lib Magazine (12:3), 2006, available


2-3 PM

HBK4113 Steven Johnson Harrison, J. R., Lin, Z., Carroll, G., and Carley, K. M. "Simulation Modeling in Organizational and Management Research," Academy of Management Review (32:4), 2007, pp. 1229–1245.


2-3 PM

HBK4113 Xiaoqing Wang Kling, R. "Learning About Information Technologies and Social Change: The Contribution of Social Informatics," The Information Society (16), 2000, pp. 217-232.


2-3 PM

HBK4113 Vedat Diker Martinez, I. J., and Richardson, G. P. "An Expert View of the System Dynamics Modeling Process: Concurrences and Divergences Searching for Best Practices in System Dynamics Modeling," Proceedings of the 20th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Palermo, Italy, 2002.


2-3 PM

HBK4113 No Meeting


2-3 PM

HBK4113 Kari Kraus Martindale, C. "A Psychological Theory of Aesthetic Evolution," in The Clockwork Muse: The Predictability of Artistic Change, Basic Books, New York, 1990, pp. 34-76.


2-3 PM

HBK4113 Chia-jung Tsui Corman, S. R., Kuhn, T., McPhee, R. D., and Dooley, K. J. "Studying Complex Discursive Systems: Centering Resonance Analysis of Communication," Human Communication Research (28:2), 2002, pp. 157-206.


> Akrich, M., Callon, M., and Latour, B. "The Key to Success in Innovation Part II: The Art of Choosing Good Spokespersons," International Journal of Innovation Management (6:2), 2002, pp. 207-225.
> Barley, S. R., Meyer, G. W., and Gash, D. C. "Cultures of Culture: Academics, Practitioners and the Pragmatics of Normative Control," Administrative Science Quarterly (33:1), 1988, pp. 24-60.
> Bettencourta, L. M. A., Cintron-Arias, A., Kaiser, D. I., and Castillo-Chavez "The Power of a Good Idea: Quantitative Modeling of the Spread of Ideas from Epidemiological Models," Physica A (364:2006), 2006, pp. 513-536.
King, G., and Lowe, W. "An Automated Information Extraction Tool for International Conflict Data with Performance as Good as Human Coders: A Rare Events Evaluation Design," International Organization (57:3), 2003, pp. 617-642
> Maguire, S. "The Co-Evolution of Technology and Discourse: A Study of Substitution Processes for the Insecticide DDT," Organization Studies (25:1), 2003, pp. 113-134.
Ren, Y., Carley, K. M., and Argote, L. "The Contingent Effects of Transactive Memory:  When Is It More Beneficial to Know What Others Know?," Management Science (52:5), 2006, pp. 671-682.


General Rules

> We meet weekly, on Thursday afternoons.
> Attendance is open to anyone interested in computational approaches to research on technological innovations.
> Each meeting focuses on one paper.  Attendees are expected to read the paper prior to the meeting.
> Group members take turns to present papers and lead their discussions.
> After the presentation, the paper is then discussed among members in the group.
> At the beginning of each meeting, the group selects the paper for the next meeting.

Suggestions for the Presenter

Rather than requirements, these are just suggestions, but they may make the reading group a more interesting use of our time.  Thank you for considering them!

The first part of your presentation lasts about 10-15 minutes.
> You are encouraged to use slides with readable fonts.
> Start with a brief summary and highlight the main contribution of the paper.
> Place the paper into the broader literature (if you can).
> Walk the audience through major sections of the paper.
> Let audience ask clarification questions during or after the walk-through.
> End this part in 15 minutes, so that there is enough time for the second part (critical discussion).

In the second part of your presentation (25-30 minutes), you act as the moderator of the discussion.
> List several critical considerations.
> You may elaborate on these considerations or leave some to the audience as seeds for discussion.


Ping Wang
pwang at umd dot edu
Ken Fleischmann
kfleisch at umd dot edu
Doug Oard
oard at umd dot edu