Bruce Hoppe

Bruce Hoppe, PhD, creator of Webwhompers, teaches Web Science in the College of Arts and Science at Boston University. 

Dr. Hoppe is founder and president of Connective Associates LLC, where he has helped businesses large and small to improve productivity, innovation, and leadership with a network perspective. He writes a popular business blog Connectedness about social network analysis. Dr. Hoppe is a member of Harvard Law School’s Social Physics project on Internet & Society, and previously was a member of MIT Sloan’s Innovative Collaborative Knowledge Networks project.

As an experienced community leader, Dr. Hoppe often helps catalyze collective awareness and action. He works closely with the Leadership Learning Community, a nationwide collaborative of leadership development practitioners, funders, and thought leaders dedicated to social change.

Formerly, Dr. Hoppe was a professor of Operations Research at Rice University. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University in 1995 for his research on dynamic network optimization algorithms, which was recognized by the National Science Foundation as one of the outstanding contributions to the field of mathematics by a PhD student.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Leadership networks and collective leadership
  • Social network properties of organizations and their impact on performance
  • Computer-supported cooperative work
  • Information visualization

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

  • Reinelt, C. and Hoppe, B. (2009). "Social Networks." To appear in Political and Civic Leadership: A Sage Reference Handbook. Richard Couto, Ed. London: Sage.
  • Hoppe, B. and Reinelt, C. (2009). "Social Network Analysis and the Evaluation of Leadership Networks." To appear in Leadership Quarterly. Amsterdam: Elsevier B.V. Pre-publication draft available here.
  • Emmett, M., Hoppe, B., Russell, D., and Zackman, O. (2007). "Social Network Analysis for Leadership Learning Circles." Report to the Leadership Learning Community. PDF available here.
  • Hoppe, B. (2005). "Structural Holes and Collaborative Innovation." Report to Leader-Values, Inc. Available here.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Lecturer, Boston University, Boston, MA, 2006-2009.
  • Created Web Science curriculum. Synthesized rigorous concepts of mathematics, sociology, and economics with pragmatic basics of Web programming.
Founder, Connective Associates LLC, Arlington, MA, 2000-2009.
  • Taught managers and consultants how to improve workflow and leadership with a network perspective, thereby improving productivity.
  • Led organizational learning initiatives involving collaborative information technology and on-the-job training to improve business alignment and translate strategy into results.
Visiting Professor, Rice University, Houston, TX, 1998.
  • Invited to join the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics. Created seminar teaching students ground-breaking decision-support programming using actual data from a corporate partner.
Optimization Consultant, Princeton Transportation Consulting Group, Burlington, MA, 1989-1991, 1995-1999.
  • Helped clients save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year by teaching them how to use network optimization technology.

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP:

Chairman, Renewing Our Calling, Cambridge, MA, 2004-2005.
  • Conceived and led year-long collaborative process to establish long-term goals of 500-member organization.
Co-Founder, Consulting Alliance, Boston, MA, 2004.
  • Created group to assist Boston non-profits and promote peer-to-peer learning among consultants. Recognized by Massachusetts Bay Organizational Development Learning Group as member of the month, July 2004.
Founder and Director, Steinway Society of Massachusetts, Boston MA, 2003-2004.
  • Recruited 20 community leaders across Massachusetts and empowered them to establish the biggest annual piano competition in New England.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

  • International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA.org)
  • Harvard Law School's Social Physics project on Internet & Society
  • Massachusetts Bay Organizational Development Learning Group

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND:

  • PhD in Computer Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1995. Advised by Eva Tardos.
  • BSE in Computer Science, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1989. Advised by Robert Tarjan.
 
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