Posts Tagged 'research'

Open Source Science

Thanks to Matt Rhodes I became aware of the recent hype around social media’s impact on science. The numerous discussions cover topics like scientific blogging, copyright issues, and open source science, often referred to altogether as Science 2.0.

As this subject is very close to my heart – I’m pursuing research via this blog, even though I don’t have a formal affiliation with any of the scientific institutions – I’d like to delve deeper into what I consider as open source science. Continue reading ‘Open Source Science’


The New Psychology of Leadership

If you have been exposed to some usual leadership models, you can probably quote several skills or personality traits of effective leaders. Such skills can include charismatic inspiration, initiative, technical skills and many others. In a Scientific American Mind article The New Psychology of Leadership, S. D. Reicher, M. J. Platow and S. A. Haslam argue that recent research in psychology calls for a different focus in defining effective leadership. Based on their approach, we can come up with several rules that can apply to leading efforts in a social networking environment.

Rule #1: Understand the values and opinions of the followers.

Strong leadership, based on the article, is a product of the relationship between leaders and followers within a social group, which calls for an understanding of the group psychology. The authors say that “leaders are most effective when they can induce followers to see themselves as group members and to see the group’s interest as their own interest”. Continue reading ‘The New Psychology of Leadership’

Digital Community Research

A few days ago I came across an interesting research topic at AnthroVlog focusing on digital participation. I was drawn by the title “What Defines a Community?”, and although I haven’t reviewed too much of its content yet, it has pointed my attention to two facts.

Firstly, to be able to lead a virtual group of people who need to work together, there must be a sense of community among them. This is a major motivational factor: when I feel I’m part of a community, I also want to contribute.

Secondly, this research is conducted by an anthropologist. Looking for ways to define leadership in social networks, I have thought about disciplines such as sociology, management, social psychology, but I haven’t considered before anthropology to be important. Well, I guess I was wrong…