Personal Networks: Frontiers of Ego-Network Analysis

Consumer finance and new technologies: research and practice

Recent years have seen a rapid expansion of research focused specifically on personal networks, as evidenced by new books such Egocentric Network Analysis (Cambridge, 2018) and Conducting Personal Networks Research (Gulford, 2019), and multiple sessions at the last several International Network of Social Network Analysis (Sunbelt) annual conferences devoted to the topic. A forthcoming special issue of Network Science is devoted entirely to the methodological and substantive papers on egocentric network analysis.

This work builds on an important tradition of research, many of the core ideas of which remain relevant. We believe there is a need for a serious volume that, through a combination of classic and new papers, examines where we have been and where we should head. The volume, Personal Networks: Classic Readings and New Directions, aims to become required reading on the topic.

This invitation-only conference will provide an opportunity for contributors to the volume to exchange ideas in a lively, constructive, and engaging environment.

The conference is co-hosted by Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Harvard University, and Indiana University.

Sept 26-27, 2019

Conference registration is by invitation-only.

Contact us with any questions you may have.

Kellogg School of Management
Conferences Team


Conference sponsors

mosaic bar


Thursday, September 26

Time Event
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration and Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Opening Remarks
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Session 1
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Break 1
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Session 2
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Unstructured time
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception and Dinner

Friday, September 27

Time Event
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Session 3
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Morning Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Session 4
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Session 5
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wrap up and next steps


Getting Here & Parking

Major airlines fly into both O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport. O’Hare Airport is approximately 45 minutes from Kellogg and Midway Airport is approximately 60 minutes from Kellogg, but you may want to allow more time for traffic.

Taxi service from both airports can be arranged in advance of your visit for a reduced fare. Pre-arranged rides start at approximately $35 from O’Hare and $50 from Midway. For up-to-date fare information, please contact a taxi service directly. 
We are happy to provide a parking permit for visitors that drive to campus. Upon arriving, park at either the South Campus Parking Garage (1847 Campus Drive) or the North Campus Parking Garage (2311 North Campus Drive.) The North Campus Parking Garage is closer to the Global Hub. Before leaving campus make sure to ask the staff for a validated parking ticket to exit the garage.

Where to Stay

Hotel information coming soon.

Conference Organizers

Brea Perry

Brea Louise Perry

Associate Professor of Sociology / Indiana University Bloomington

Bernice A. Pescosolido

Distinguished Professor of Sociology / Indiana University
Mario Small

Mario Luis Small

Grafstein Family Professor of Sociology / Harvard University
Ned Smith

Edward (Ned) Smith

Associate Professor of Management & Organizations; Associate Professor of Sociology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences (Courtesy) / Kellogg School of Management