In February, Dr. Barry Wellman introduced me to a colleague from his Netlab at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Dimitrina (Dima) Dimitrova has extensive research experience, which includes evaluation research and project management engagements.
Her areas of expertise are social networks, workplace and technology. She was the Principal investigator of the NetMap consulting project, which examined the social network and collaboration practices of researchers and partners of the Canadian Water Network. Here is one of her presentations on this work:
Her doctoral research “The Telework Mosaic (University of Toronto, 2002)” focused on the social implications of new technologies for social networks and new forms of workplace arrangements. As well, she has conducted research in the areas of diversity, health care, and industrial relations.
She is active at scholarly conferences, presenting and organizing several sessions, peer review work, and in community research. Her latest publication is a co-authored chapter on Virtual Communities of Practice. Other research findings have been published, as co-author or independently written work, in the US, Austria, Britain, Norway, Italy, Russia, and Bulgaria.
Dima is currently teaching at York University and working on a paper on the use of social capital in collaborative research. She is a member of NetLab, a social network group at the University of Toronto led by Barry, who is a leading authority in social network research and theory and a founder of the International Network of Social Network Analysts.
In the weeks since meeting, Dima and I have met several times. At the second meeting she showed up with a printed copy of my ebook that had so many highlighter marks and post it notes attached to it, I needed to pull out a copy myself just to remember how to answer all of her diligent, expert questions.
While the ebook has been viewed well over 10,000 times now, downloaded more than 1,500 times, featured by Scribd, marked as a favourite by about 60 Scribd users, “liked” by about 30 more and Olav Sorenson has given it a thorough read … I am quite confident at this point that there is no one who has given Social Capital Value Add more thorough, qualified consideration than Dima.
We have crafted a proposal to test the Social Capital Value Add approach in a precedent set of Fortune 100 companies. If your company would like participate in this research & development program or financially support the design phase of the program please contact me.
This will be an initiative that will help define corporate management methods designed for the network era on a scale equal to similar work by MIT and IBM.
SCVA research & development program is a similar opportunity for 3 to 5 companies.