The Berkman cooperation group is going to be hosting Haiyi Zhu from
Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University who
is going to talk about some of her research on shared leadership in
The meeting will Tuesday 10/2 at 4:15pm at Harvard at the Berkman
Conference room at 23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge (right near
Harvard Law School). The seminar will include time for discussion and
should end by 17:30.
An abstract and biography follows.
Traditional research on leadership in online communities has
consistently focused on the small set of people occupying leadership
roles. We use a model of shared leadership, which posits that
leadership behaviors come from members at all levels, not simply
from people in high-level leadership positions. Although every
member can exhibit some leadership behavior, different types of
leadership behavior performed by different types of leaders on
different types of followers may not be equally effective. We
investigate how distinct types of leadership behaviors
(transactional, aversive, directive and person-focused) and the
legitimacy of the people who deliver them (people in formal
leadership positions or not) and the experience of the people who
receive them (newcomers and experienced members) influence the
contributions that the receivers make in the context of Wikipedia.
Haiyi Zhu is a fourth year PhD student in Human Computer Interaction
Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She is interested in how to
manage people to achieve the common goal that transcends individual
interest in an environment which lacks hierarchical structure and
monetary incentives. Specifically, she has investigated shared
leadership, group identification, goal settings and social modeling
in the context of Wikipedia. One of her papers is nominated for best
paper award in the 15th ACM Conference on Computer Supported
Cooperative Work. She got her bachelor degree in computer science
from Tsinghua University in 2005.
Hopefully, we'll see some of you Tuesday!
Benjamin Mako Hill
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