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Mike Gotta
Industry analyst covering collaboration and social softwre
Interests: Ethnography, anthropology
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If you’re lucky, there is some aspect of your professional life that your passionate about – something that sparks your intellectual curiosity, something that compels you to advocate for something or someone – something that actually inspires you. While I’ve... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2012 at Collaborative Thinking
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To read the full article: Can Ethnography Save Enterprise Social Networking (guest blog post on Ethnography Matters) Editor’s note: Enterprise software systems. Sounds a bit boring and inhuman. But they’re not! This month, Mike Gotta from Cisco Systems, makes the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2012 at Collaborative Thinking
While enterprise social networking has been covered extensively in the media and by IT analyst firms, one of the least discussed aspects of the topic has been the issue of design and the potential impact of design on employee adoption... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2012 at Collaborative Thinking
As much as the industry talks about social business and the need for organizations to become more “people-centric”, our conversations too often focus on the merits of social applications and platforms. While technology plays a critical role in enabling new... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2012 at Collaborative Thinking
I've submitted a proposal for the Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston. Feedback appreciated on the session and if it's worthwhile, indicate so with a "thumbs up". Thanks... http://boston2012.e2conf.spigit.com/Page/ViewIdea?ideaid=5069 Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at Collaborative Thinking
In October of 2011, AIIM (the Association for Information & Imaging Management, a non-profit research, community and educational association), published a survey-based report that examined social business and Enterprise 2.0 trends. I had the good fortune to hear about the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2012 at Collaborative Thinking
I just read an interesting report from my ex-colleague Larry Cannel from Gartner ("The Post-2.0 Era: Social in the Context of My Work"). It was recently published under the Burton IT1 Research if you have access. My thoughts - not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Collaborative Thinking
Industry discussions on the value of activity streams have been going on for a few years. The concept is pretty straightforward. Social network sites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn in the consumer space as well as many enterprise social software vendors)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2012 at Collaborative Thinking
Field, J. (2008). Social Capital (2nd ed.). Routledge. Abstract John Field is Director of the Division of Academic Innovation and Continuing Education at the University of Stirling. His book, Social Capital, is part of a complimentary collection of essays to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2011 at Collaborative Thinking
Source: Portes, A. (1998). Social Capital: Its Origins and Applications in Modern Sociology. Annual Reviews. Abstract Portes is professor of sociology at Princeton University. His primary focus is on economic sociology with an emphasis on immigration and urbanization. In this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2011 at Collaborative Thinking
There’s an unfortunate myth that persists when it comes to youth and privac (at least in my opinion, based on research and findings I've read). While it’s fashionable to make broad claims that “youth don’t care about privacy”, there are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2011 at Collaborative Thinking
Interesting research on workforce trends: PwC Survey: Millennials at work 2011 View more presentations from PwC Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2011 at Collaborative Thinking
This post is Part 2 of my Mock Thesis Proposal. Part 1 is located here. The Abstract is repeated. Abstract Social Network Sites (SNS) create multiple affordances employees leverage during their employment lifecycle. In this Masters Thesis, I examine how... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2011 at Collaborative Thinking
Abstract Social Network Sites (SNS) create multiple affordances employees leverage during their employment lifecycle. In this Masters Thesis, I examine how a SNS helps employees during transitional periods such as: joining the company, moving into a new position, and navigating... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2011 at Collaborative Thinking
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Below is the literature review submitted today for my Understanding Media Studies course. The goal is not so much to deliver a thorough synthesis of the field since this is the first course in the first semester of the Masters... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at Collaborative Thinking
The main focus on the presentation is to examine some of the possible design considerations we need to think about as we deploy tools and platforms that help mediate social networks. My emphasis is on how social structures form, how... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2011 at Collaborative Thinking
Due to the storm and subsequent outages that hit CT last week, my annotated bibliography is not as complete as I originally intended but it's almost there. There are several additional resources I plan to add. The information below builds... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at Collaborative Thinking
Rachel - how do you define "strong tie", "weak tie", and "latent tie". My understanding is that latent ties are ties that are technically possible but not activated (Ellison, Pearson). I imagine that a "latent strong tie" is actually a weak tie. Perhaps not realized as such in the mind of one of the parties but how can a strong tie be latent? I'm also not sure that communities are the only epicenter between strong and weak ties. One, yes. The only, perhaps not. Ties within a community are likely to be comprised of strong and weak ties but they are related to the community. The ego network of an individual would have many weak ties spanning beyond the community - the brokerage value could very well be greater outside the network context of a given community. Thoughts?
Source: Taylor, Charles. Modern Social Imaginaries. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004. Abstract (594 words) In Modern Social Imaginaries, Taylor provides a theoretical and philosophical perspective on the evolution of Western modernity that interweaves issues related to economics, politics, religion, science,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at Collaborative Thinking
Source: danah boyd, Scott Golder, and Gilad Lotan."Tweet Tweet Retweet: Conversational Aspects of Retweeting on Twitter." Proceedings of HICSS-42, Persistent Conversation Track. Kauai, HI: IEEE Computer Society January 5-8, 2010 Abstract In this article, boyd, Golder, and Lotan briefly explain... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at Collaborative Thinking
The Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston next week will include a workshop on Monday afternoon titled "Organization Next". In this screencast (see link below), I provide some background context to the workshop and outline some of the issues we'll be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2011 at Collaborative Thinking
In 2006, Andrew McAfee’s article on Enterprise 2.0, along with subsequent works, helped organizations think about how people use social software to more effectively share information and connect with one another. With an initial focus on tools (e.g., blogs, wikis),... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2011 at Collaborative Thinking
Delivered at Interop, May 2011, Las Vegas Driving Organizational Change With Social & Collaborative Technologies View more presentations from Mike Gotta Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at Collaborative Thinking
Delivered at AiiM info 360 March 2011, Washington DC Social Media & Social Networking: A Cautionary Tale View more presentations from Mike Gotta Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at Collaborative Thinking
Delivered September 2010 as the IASA conference in NYC: The Human Network: Adding Social Context To Enterprise Architecture View more presentations from Mike Gotta Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at Collaborative Thinking