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Social Science Community of Practice

page owner: jhummel@anl.gov

 

 

The MORS Social Science Community of Practice (COP) was initiated at the 76th MORS Symposium that was held at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London CT in June 2008.  The purpose of the Social Science COP purpose is to broaden the traditional MORS analytic portfolio to include the social sciences.  This page is meant to serve as a medium to exchange information and ideas between members of the social sciences and the analytical community.  The Social Science COP has links to the MORS Working Groups 3 (Deterence and Stability), 30 (Operational Environment - Factors, Interactions, and Impacts), and 32 (Warfighter Performance and Social Science Methods).  For further questions, please contact the COP organizer John Hummel (jhummel@anl.gov).

 

MORS Social Science COP Charter

 

General information on Communities of Practice (academic and business school literature on the phenomenon, not specific MORS COP practices)

 

Upcoming Events of Interest 

 

Interested members

(Please sign up by hitting the edit tab - membership in MORS is not necessary to participate in this COP)

 

Ted Bennett (theodore.j.bennett@navy.mil)

John Lawson (john.r.lawson.ctr@usmc.mil)

Danielle Miller (danielle.miller.ctr@osd.mil)

Bob Sheldon (robert.sheldon.ctr@usmc.mil)

Yuna Wong (yuna.wong.ctr@osd.mil)

Patricia Rossmaier (patricia.rossmaier@usmc.mil)

Rafael E. Matos (rmatos@wbbinc.com)

Karen Grattan (karen.grattan@groupw.com)

Anne McGee (anne.mcgee@jieddo.dod.mil   or anne.e.mcgee@saic.com)  

Bill Meyer (william.d.meyer@usace.army.mil)

Gene Visco (eugene.visco@lmco.com) 

Dean Hartley (DSHartley3@comcast.net)

Elizabeth Lyon (elizabeth.a.lyon@us.army.mil)

 

Comments (8)

Yuna Wong said

at 5:40 pm on Aug 13, 2008

Hmm...prefer having a talk page like MediaWiki. PBwiki is a bit basic, no?

Ted Bennett said

at 6:04 pm on Aug 19, 2008

John distributed a comprehensive list of books and articles about the social sciences. The list was developed as part of the Social Science 101 tutorial at the workshop.

Are there any blogs or websites that are relevant to the social science COP? They would be a good complement to the list of books and articles.

Could we start a collection of important speeches, articles, etc. by the leadership of DoD and other agencies? For example, an issue of the MORS Phalanx from about a year ago had an article by Trip Barbor, Navy CNO N81, about the Navy's analysis agenda. it included a statement of the importance of social factors.

Yuna, thanks for the note about adding my name to the list of participants.

Thanks.

Ted

Danielle Miller said

at 11:05 am on Sep 5, 2008

The list of books is helpful, but I think it would be more helpful for people who have read the books or articles to write a small review and make a recommendation about the text.

It would also be helpful to know who is doing research in what areas, so that if we need guidance or reference on a topic we would know who to contact.

Yuna told me about the site www.socialresearchmethods.net, which is very useful

Ted Bennett said

at 11:44 am on Aug 20, 2008

Hi,

Alidade Incorporated offers a series of seminars titled "Where's the Math?" Their latest offering is titled "Military Applications of Social Network Analysis." It will be presented on Tuesday, September 9 at 0800 - 1700. the venue will be the Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC. This seminar could be of interest to our COP.

I copied the email announcement for the seminar into a Word file and posted it on the wiki as "080820 Alidade Social Network Analysis."

Could we set up a page for our COP that has postings such as this seminar announcement?

Thanks.

Ted

Danielle Miller said

at 5:18 pm on Sep 15, 2008

COP EVENTS:

Brown Bag Lunch
Speaker: Dr. Bill Young, N816
Title: "Lessons Learned in Saudi Arabia and Iraq: the relevance of culture in encounters between Arabs and American military officers overseas."
Time: 11:30 - 1:00
Date: Wednesday, September 24 2008
Location: JDS conference room.
2521 S. Clark Street, Suite 550
Arlington, VA 22202
703-699-1704
Food/Venue: Either BYOBB (bring your own brown bag) or order deli sandwiches when you get to JDS.

Please RSVP to Courtney Bray (cc'd) via e-mail or at 703-699-1724 by Friday, 19 September, so we can get a rough head count.

Directions to JDS: From the Pentagon, take the #3 bus to Crystal City to the last stop. Cross the street to 2521 S. Clark Street (National Center 2, or NC2). If driving, underground parking is available on the Crystal Dr. side of the building.

Clearance information: although the event is unclassified, an escort is required for those without clearances on file at JDS. If you would like to send your clearance, please contact Courtney Bray at courtney.bray.ctr@osd.mil or 703-699-1704.



First meeting of the DC Chapter of the MORS Social Science Community of Practice (COP) right after the
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM.
Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Location: JDS conference room.
2521 S. Clark Street, Suite 550
Arlington, VA 22202
703-699-1704
Please RSVP to Courtney Bray (cc'd) via e-mail or at 703-699-1724 by Friday, 19 September, so we can get a rough head count.
Directions to JDS: From the Pentagon, take the #3 bus to Crystal City to the last stop. Cross the street to 2521 S. Clark Street (National Center 2, or NC2). If driving, underground parking is available on the Crystal Dr. side of the building.

Clearance information: although the event is unclassified, an escort is required for those without clearances on file at JDS. If you would like to send your clearance, please contact Courtney Bray at courtney.bray.ctr@osd.mil or 703-699-1704.

Yuna Wong said

at 5:27 pm on Sep 15, 2008

I'm not sure how there could be such a thing as a comprehensive list of books and articles on the social sciences. That would be WAY too large to be of any use. It's like saying someone has a comprehensive list of references for science. Again, I urge people to create/distribute/socialize topic-specific reading lists. Annotated bibliographies or literature reviews would be especially helpful. This is because we need to offer assessments of the literature that is out there, not necessarily just to list things.

Eugene Visco said

at 8:16 am on Jun 23, 2009

re: comment by Yuna Wong on the difficulty of having a comprehensive list of books, etc, it should be possible to establish some frame of reference of particular interest to this community, e.g., human behavior under stress (for example, in combat) and gather reference material about that phenomenon.

Eugene Visco said

at 9:56 am on Jun 24, 2009

All hands should get a copy of Paul K. Davis & Kim Cragin, eds. Social Science for Counterterrorism. Putting the Pieces Together, National Defense Research Institute, The RAND Corporation, undated (but probably 2009), 486 pages. Particular attention should be paid to Paul's chapter 11: Representing Social-Science Knowledge Analytically, and Benjamin Bahney's appendix B: Analytic Measures for Counterterrorims and Counterinsurgency. Both pieces are of more general application than just for terrorims and insurgency matters.

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