The Distinguished Lecture Series on Social Networks

“A Network Theory of Life, the Universe, and Everything”

Stephen P. Borgatti
Chellgren Endowed Chair and Professor in the Dept. of Management at the Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky

Thursday, January 28, 2010
4 p.m.
McKenna Hall, Room 210-214.
Open to the public

Abstract: A recent request-for-proposal by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) invited researchers to develop a broad, generic, adaptable, flexible and modular theory of social networks that spans all relevant disciplines. Having received a grant to do this, my co-workers and I are now faced with actually delivering the "integrated theory". When we began, we assumed the goal was unattainable, but that the journey would be useful in itself. Two years into it, we feel the journey has indeed allowed us to elucidate some fundamental issues in social network analysis. But in addition, we have surprised ourselves in becoming more positive about the possibility of integrating large portions of network theory.

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