WissenschaftsCampus project granted, job opening
Posted on April 7, 2017 by Sonja Utz
Overcoming cognitive and motivational barriers for networking:
contact recommendation systems in professional settings
Our Wissenschaftscampus project (Sonja Utz & Alexandra Kirsch
(Department of Computer Science, Tübingen)
has been granted. More details and job openings will come in a few
weeks - PhD position and student assistant wanted
(background in psychology, cognition science, or computer science).
Having the right people in one’s network is an important precondition
for receiving valuable information, especially for knowledge workers.
Since the rise of smartphones, many people are permanently connected
with their networks and use professional social network sites for
building and maintaining their networks. On many of these social
network platforms, cognitive interfaces aim to filter the most relevant
contacts from the vast amount of potential contacts in social media
networks and provide users with contact recommendations (“people you
might know”; “people we think you might want to follow”). Current
contact recommendation systems focus however mostly on similarity in
interests or common friends. This makes sense for interpersonal
relationships, but less so in professional settings, especially
knowledge work, where heterogenous networks and a higher proportion of
weaker ties are more beneficial for receiving knowledge and creative
new ideas. Thus, current recommendation systems do not suggest the most
useful contacts for knowledge workers. Even more important, research in
computer science has mainly focused on developing algorithms that
extract matches without considering the question of acceptance, thereby
neglecting recent psychological studies on the cognitive and
motivational barriers that withhold people from instrumental
networking. The current project is going to tackle both problems. It
aims to develop a new cognitive interface suited for knowledge work by
a) developing an algorithm which makes better contact recommendations
for professional contexts, and b) incorporating theory-based and
empirically tested ways of presenting the contact recommendations in
such a way that people actually use them.
Eurostars project Dr.TIDE
Posted on May 1, 2016 by Sonja Utz
The Eurostars project Dr.TIDE (Digital Research Tailored
Information Detector has started.
Follow-up Study on social media use by scientists -
academics from all disciplines wanted!
Posted on January 7, 2015 by Sonja Utz
Our follow-up study on social media use by academics is still open.
In the first study, we had many psychologists and communication
but we are looking for academics from all disciplines. The main focus
is on ResearchGate, but also non-users of
ResearchGate are cordially invited! Please share! Click
Social media use by scientists -
Posted on July 15, 2014 by Sonja Utz
We are currently running an online survey on social media use
by scientists. The main focus is on ResearchGate, but also non-users of
ResearchGate are cordially invited! The study will be online until the
end of July, 2014. Click
Posted on April 30, 2014 by Sonja Utz
Since April 30, 2014, I am officially full professor for
communication via social media at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.
Beruflicher Erfolg durch soziale Medien?
TeilnehmerInnen für Onlinestudie gesucht
Posted on July 4, 2013 by Sonja Utz
„Das Geheimnis für beruflichen Erfolg? Kontakte”. Mit diesem
wirbt das professionelle Onlinenetzwerk Xing. Wollten Sie auch schon
immer wissen, was Sie an Ihren sozialen Netzwerken haben und wie Sie
die Nutzung optimieren können? Dann sind Sie genau richtig bei unserer
Studie! Wir suchen Personen, die soziale Medien auch beruflich nützen
(z.B. Xing, LinkedIn, twitter) und bereit sind, einige ihrer Kontakte
um Rat bei einem konkreten beruflichen Problem zu fragen.
geht's zur Studie.
Building up my research group - open for
Posted on April 11, 2013 by Sonja Utz
I start to get settled in Tübingen. I got a warm welcome from
my new colleagues, and my PhD student, Chao Zhang
started to work on the informational benefits of social media use. The
student assistant will start next week, and the selection procedure for
the post-doc has started. Together, we will examine the question how
social media can support (organizational) knowledge sharing. I am open
for cooperation with organizations in the area!
Filed under Career
Move to Tübingen
Posted on March 15, 2013 by Sonja Utz
By April 1st I will move to Tübingen and start as a research
group leader at the Knowledge
Media Research Center.
Looking forward to this new position, my new colleagues and a new city!
New year, new projects - ERC project
ReDefTie has started
Posted on January 3, 2013 by Sonja Utz
January 1, 2013, was the official start date of my ERC
starting grant project ReDefTie -
redefining tie strength: How social media (can) help us to get
non-redundant useful information and emotional support. I
will start to work on the preparation of the longitudinal study
together with Danielle Boshove (student assistant). The first PhD
student will start in April. Looking forward to the next five years!
Project website and twitter account will follow.
PhD position - application procedure now
open - deadline 12 november
Posted on October 30, 2012 by Sonja Utz
Application for the first PhD position within the ERC starting
grant is now open!
This subproject focuses on the informational benefits of social media
use, mainly on the automatic information processing of tweets and
status updates. Therefore,
I am looking for a candidate with a strong background in social
cognition. Experience in experimental research is required as well as
good English language skills.
More information here
Posted on August 8, 2012 by Sonja Utz
I'm just back from holiday and received two grants in the
The smaller one is a KNAW Academy assistant grant and finances two
student assistants for the project
Transcending or confining: how knowledge sharing among
multi-embedded members transcends the boundaries between different
knowledge networks. This is an interdisciplinary project
knowledge, information, and networks (KIN) research group (Marloes
Agterberg, Bart van den Hooff) and the department of communication
science (Nicoleta Balau, Sonja Utz).
The bigger one is my ERC starting grant project ReDefTie
- redefining tie strength: How social media (can) help us to get
non-redundant useful information and emotional support. This project
includes a longitudinal study
of a representative sample of Dutch internet users and two PhD
Talk at Brown Bag Lunch in Jena
Posted on June 27, 2012 by Sonja Utz
I'm invited to the Brown
Bag Lunch of the Jena Graduate School
Human Behavior in Social & Economic Change. I'll give
a talk on "Context collapse on social media: implications for
interpersonal and marketing communication"
Sheets Sowijs Symposium Social Community
Posted on June 27, 2012 by Sonja Utz
On May 14, 2012, the symposium 'Social Community' took place
in Leeuwarden. We presented the RAAK project Social Community that
focuses on the question how social media can be used to enhance citizen
participation. I gave a workshop on twitter use by the police in which
I presented the results of our first experiment and discussed the
results with the practitioners in the audience. The sheets of all
presentations can be found here.
Digital natives' traces - Workshop 2012
Posted on May 2, 2012 by Sonja Utz
On May 4, I'll give a talk on privacy and self-disclosure on
social network sites at the digital natives' traces workshop in Siegen. This will be
an interdisciplinary workshop, bringing together people from social
sciences, law, economics and computer science.
Posted on February 22, 2012 by Sonja Utz
Our Eurostars proposal has been granted! INFUSE (intelligent
fund search) combines vertical semantic search technologies and social
media knowledge sharing tools. The technology is developed by
Scan4News, Norway, in cooperation with Gjovik University College,
Norway. At VU university, two PhD students will focus on a) the
strategic processes underlying information sharing and b) the
development of new strategic marketing analysis based on the principles
of network economics.
Associate lector social media and
Posted on October 31, 2011 by Sonja Utz
From tomorrow on (1 November, 2011), I will work two days a
week at the NHL Leeuwarden as associate lector social media and reputation management.
In cooperation with insurance company achmea, we will study how
organizations can and should use social media to increase or restore
their reputation. I'm looking forward to conduct exiting research!
Lecture on the role of social networks
Posted on May 13, 2011 by Sonja Utz
Friday, May 20, 2011, I will give a lecture in the course digital branding & social
media, organized by the European Institute for
Brand Management (EURIB), Rotterdam.
Summer School Making sense of
Posted on March 11, 2011 by Sonja Utz
I will teach at the summer school Making
sense of social media. Empirical research and future directions,
organized by the Leibniz Graduate
School for Knowledge Media Research and the ScienceCampus Tuebingen.
Looking forward to work with enthousiastic and talented students at a
Top paper at ICA 2011 in Boston
Posted on March 10, 2011 by Sonja Utz
The paper "Crisis PR in social media: An experimental study of
the effects on organizational crisis responses on Facebook", (Kerkhof,
Beugel, Beukeboom, & Utz) has been selected as a Top Paper in
Public Relations. It will be presented on May 29, 3p.m. at ICA in
Posted on November 9, 2010 by Sonja Utz
I have been nominated for the Research Price of the Faculty of
Social Sciences (Best Researcher of the Faculty 2010)
and the Jenny Gierfeld Fellowship.
Interview about the consequences of
Posted on October 4, 2010 by Sonja Utz
Why do people often feel bad after reading the blog posts of
other people? Interview
in der Süddeutschen Zeitung (German)
Best empirical conference paper award
Posted on July 1, 2010 by Sonja Utz
Wolfgang Steinel, Lukas Koning and I received the award for
the BEST EMPIRICAL CONFERENCE PAPER at the 23rd Annual Conference of
the International Association for conflict Management (IACM) in Boston,
Massachusetts. The paper is also conditionally accepted by OBHDP.
Keynote at "Online communication.
Decoding the digital revolution - trends and tools in corporate
Posted on October 20, 2009 by Sonja Utz
Thursay, October 22, I will give the keynote at the conference
communication. Decoding the digital revolution - trends and tools in
corporate communication", here in Amsterdam. This conference
is organized by the Quadriga University of Applied Sciences (Berlin),
and it deals with the use of social media for corporate communication,
reputation management, PR and viral marketing. Speakers from companies
such as SAP, Philips, Microsoft or NGOs as Amnesty International will
present case on how they use social media. I'm looking forward to this
Talks, talks, talks
Posted on September 14, 2009 by Sonja Utz
It's been/is a busy month. The semester has started again, I
gave a presentation at the
conference of the German social psychologists and another
one at the
the German media psychologists . Next week, I
will give an invited presentation on the impact of the internet on
social relationships. This has been organized by LaRed, a professional
Symposium on Online Research
Posted on May 29, 2009 by Sonja Utz
The Erasmus Research Institute of Management and Globalpark
organize a symposium on "Online
research: Insights into methods and their application in practice"
in Rotterdam. I will present the results of two online experiments in
my talk "The reparation of trust after negative feedback - the results
of two online experiments among eBay users".
Talk on "online communication and
interaction - from the Usenet to Social Network Sites" in Marburg
Posted on November 19, 2008 by Sonja Utz
I've been invited to give a talk at the conference of the
psychology division of the Cusanuswerk. The topic is "Encounters in
Cyberspace - social
life with and within the Internet"
Welcome to my website!
Posted on August 1th, 2008 by Sonja Utz
Here you can find some information about my research, my
my background. Enjoy :)