INF 397 - Research in Information Studies: Social, Information, and Innovation Networks

Spring 2017
Unique ID: 28151
Room: SRH 3.350
Days:  Thur
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Graduate standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic.

Methods and subjects of research in information studies. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Effective Fall 2014, MSIS students must earn a grade of B or better in the MSIS core courses (below) in order for the courses to apply to the master's degree. A grade of B- does NOT satisfy this requirement.

Instructor: Varun Rai
Cross-listing of P A 393L, offered by the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Topic Description:
Networks are ubiquitous in the natural, social, and technical worlds. What is the nature of these networks? How to characterize and understand them? How do information and technology flow over networks? How does the structure of the underlying networks mediate flow of information, knowledge, and innovations among individuals and organizations? How do various actors (managers and entrepreneurs, government agencies, non-profits, suppliers, etc.) leverage networks to improve innovation

capabilities? What role do networks play in shaping outcomes in the social and economic worlds? Concepts and methods to formulate, quantify, and analyze these questions will be discussed.

Topics will include Graphs and networks; Social networks; Technological and online networks; Measures and metrics of networks; Large-scale structure of networks; Population effects and information cascades; Small world networks; Epidemic models; Markets and information; Knowledge and innovation networks.

Topic Description:
Social, Information, and Innovation Networks

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