I am an assistant professor in Business Communication & Digital Media at Tilburg University. My research focuses on the social aspects of information technology, specifically Youth & Social Media, Online Collaboration, and Online Impression Management and Impression Formation. I also teach courses on social media, organizational communication, information technology, online collaboration and virtual teams, and research methodology. Furthermore, I like rock climbing. I'm not really good at it (about 6b French grading), but it brings you to great locations. I also do cycling, mountain biking, hiking, and of course I like all the 30-something city pastimes like shopping, drinking, going to restaurants etc.
Alexander Schouten, PhD
Assistant Professor Business Communication & Digital Media
dept. of Communication and Information Science
Warandelaan 2, room D429
P.O. Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg
t. + 31 (0) 13 466 2971
Hieronder staat de presentatie over risicovolle zelfonthulling, die ik heb voor het seminar opvoedingsfilosofie in praktijk, dd. 21-11-11.
Presentatie risicovolle zelfonthulling (pdf, ~1.5MB)
I got my PhD in November 2007.
The title of my dissertation is 'Adolescents' Online Self-Disclosure and Self-Presentation'. In the dissertation, I investigate how adolescents use new communication technologies such as Instant Messaging and social networking sites. I focus on how adolescents present and disclose themselves online, what causes online self-disclosure and self-presentation, and what the social consequences are of online self-disclosure and self-presentation.
Download my dissertation (PDF, 2 MB)
If you want more information about my dissertation or about me, don't hesitate to contact me (see below). My dissertation is part of a larger research project, about which you can find more information on our project site.
Here is a nice presentation about the research of my colleagues and me on adolescents' internet use. It gives quite a good overview of the main research results, as well as gives some interesting demographic facts on adolescents internet use.
Here is a more scientific presentation of my research I gave in Singapore last year.
Een nederlandse samenvatting van mijn proefschrift staat hier (Dutch Summary).
Hieronder staan nog twee pagina's met informatie n.a.v. gegeven presentaties.
Below I listed some of my publications. See my CV for a complete list.
My research focuses on the social aspects of information technology, specifically Social Media Use, Online Collaboration, and Online Impression Management and Impression Formation.
Social Media Use. Within the area of social media use, we study how new communication technologies affect social connections between people and how this may affect knowledge sharing, interpersonal relationship development, and organizational performance. Specific research projects are the role of public and private networks for young professionals, personal branding, and social capital influence on knowledge sharing in virtual communities.
Online Collaboration. Within this research topic we investigate how people work together using different communication technologies, and we investigate which communication technologies best suit which tasks and which types of groups. In more scientific terms, we focus on how different media capabilities affect how people work together and how this is contingent on social context and task type. An important research area is the possible use of virtual environments in providing (a) visual information processing capabilities and (b) avatar-based interaction. Specific research projects are the use of virtual environment to aid group information processing and social identification using avatar-based interaction.
Online impression management and impression formation. This research area is a spinoff of my PhD research. We investigate how people present and disclose themselves online and how other people form impressions based on this online information. In more scientific terms: in online interactions senders have greater freedom of self-presentation and self-disclosure due to the relative freedom, anonymity and chronemics (i.e., available time) of online interactions. Receivers are fueled by a basic need to reduce uncertainty and form impressions of others based on whatever information is available online. Specific research projects in this area are the effects of online self-disclosure and self-presentation on interpersonal attraction in initial interactions, and the role of online information on impression formation, and how employers judge possible job applicant based on online information.
You can read more about the specific research projects here (soon).
I teach and have taught numerous courses, mostly on social effects of IT in organizations. More on teaching here (soon).
New Ways of Working. My own Master course, focusing on how groups collaborate and communicate using new communication technologies. In the course, we discuss new ways of working from numerous theoretical perspectives (e.g., technical, managerial, or social perspective). During the course, students design, set-up, and carry out an experimental study related to new ways of working, resulting in a scientific research paper.
Business Information Technology / Information Systems. Bachelor course providing a general introduction of the use and consequences of IT in organizations. The course is a compulsory course for all Business Administration and Economics students (600+ in total). Together with a colleague I am responsible for the whole course, including development, coordination, and teaching lectures and case session.
Management of Information Systems. Master course on the use and consequences of IT in organizations.
Research methods and statistics courses. Introduction to Statistics & Research Methods; Business Research Methods, Experimental Research. The course 'Introcuction to statistics and research methods' is a course for parttime Msc students Business Administration. I developed the course myself from the ground up. I also designed a course on experimental research.
Social Processes and IT. Master course on the social consequences of IT use, for which I was responsible when I worked at the University of Amsterdam.
Master and Bachelor thesis supervision. Supervised more theses than I can count, all of them on the general topic of social consequences of IT.
In my previous position (Amsterdam School of Communications Research ASCoR), I was responsible for all research and IT related issues. Besides setting out the IT policy, my job was also to facilitate IT in research. As a consequence, I programmed and facilitated countless experiments, surveys, content analysis, media recordings, etc. etc. I did more than I can remember, but I am especially proud at a few things that I accomplished, being: the surveytool, the Comlab (our own research lab), a reaction time experiment, and automated content analysis of Lexis Nexis files.
As a result, I am quite experienced with setting up many different types of research, especially experimental research. I also know how to program in several languages (although I am absolutely not worthy compared to a real programmer), know how to run a research lab, know how to translate researcher's wishes in a functional design, and am able to deal with the different viewpoints of researchers, managers and IT staff.
Currently, I am the so-called Information Manager for the faculty of Economics and Business Administration. I am responsible for the faculties IT policy, as well as all responsibel for all communication between the faculty and IT department.
Moreover, I am a (minor) member of the 'Leerlijnen commissie' discussing the implementation of the Dublin criteria in our teaching programme.