Foreword. Social networks and socio-technical information systems research
Social-network-based information systems have become well known among a large audience, thanks to web-based services such as Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, and LinkedIn. The manifestation of relationships among friends and business acquaintances provides an easier means to render interpersonal relationships by making the connections involved more transparent and traceable. Social networks can reflect communities, teams, organizations, businesses, or even geographical regions, and ultimately have the power to influence end-user behaviors. Organizations can investigate the structure and dynamics of these online social networks, helping to better understand their internal workings and the decision-making processes involved. As inter-organizational collaboration and user participation have been found to be central to organizational effectiveness and innovation, insight into social networks continues to be increasingly important for organizations of all types.