Bei Yan (byan7)

Bei Yan

Assistant Professor

School of Business


  • PhD (2018) University of Southern California (Communication)
  • MA (2012) University of Southern California (Global Communication)
  • MS (2011) London School of Economics (Global Media and Communications)
  • BS (2010) Renmin University of China (Marketing Management)


Human-machine teaming, crowdsourcing, group dynamics, social influence, social networks, big data analysis, text mining, computational social science

Institutional Service

  • Stevens Graduate Curriculum Committee Member

Professional Service

  • Scientific Reports Reviewer
  • Journal of Management Information Systems Reviewer
  • International Journal of Electronic Commerce Reviewer
  • Advances in Methods, Theories, and Philosophy Track, International Conference on Information Systems Associate Editor
  • Communication Research Reviewer
  • Computers in Human Behavior Reviewer
  • Internet Research Reviewer
  • Organization Science Reviewer
  • Small Group Research Reviewer
  • Group Communication Division, National Communication Association Secretary


2018-2020 Project Scientist, University of California, Santa Barbara

Honors and Awards

Best Paper Award, 83rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), 2023
Best Paper Award, 80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), 2020
Dennis Gouran Research Award, Group Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2020
Top Paper Award, International Conference on Global Cultural and Creative Industries, 2019

Professional Societies

  • International Communication Association Member
  • Association for Information Systems Member
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Member
  • Academy of Management Member
  • Association for Computing Machinery Member
  • Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGroup) Member
  • National Communication Association Member
  • International Network of Social Network Analysis (INSNA) Member

Grants, Contracts and Funds

CRII Early Career Award, National Science Foundation (NSF), 2021-2024, $221,000
Research Enhancement Fellowship, University of Southern California, 2017-2018
Dean’s Big Data/Social Networks Research Fund, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, 2015-2016
Annenberg Graduate Fellowship, The Annenberg Foundation, 2012-2013
Global Research Fellowship, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, 2011-2012

Selected Publications


Erickson, J., Yan, B., & Huang, J. (2023). Bridging Echo Chambers? Understanding Political Partisanship through Semantic Network Analysis. Social Media + Society. (Open Access)

Tang, J. L., Yan, B., Chang, H., Nan, Y., Zhen, L. & Yang, A. (2023). Policy communication in times of public health crisis: Longitudinal network analysis of U.S. politician-health agency interactions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Computers in Human Behavior.

Zheng, L., Mai, F., Yan, B., Nickerson, J. V. (2023). Stigmergy in Open Collaboration: An Empirical Investigation Based on Wikipedia. Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS). (Open Access)

Yan, B. & Hollingshead, A.B.(2022). Motivating the Diverse Crowd: Social Value Orientation and Rewards in Crowd Idea Generation. Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS). (Open Access)

Zhen, L., Yan, B., Nan, Y., Tang, L. & Yang, A.(In press). Misinformation Spread as a Networked Social Process: Exploring the Role of Homophily, Cyberbalkanization, Strategic Advocacy and Bot Application. Information Society.

Ren, R., & Yan, B. (2022). Personal Network Protects You from Troubling News Exposure on Social Media: Evidence from Two Surveys During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Frontiers in Psychology. (Open Access)

Yan, B., Hollingshead, A.B., Alexander, K. S., Cruz, I., Shaikh, S. J. (2021). Download PDF Communication in transactive memory systems: A review and multidimensional network perspective. Small Group Research, 25(1).

Yan, B., Jian, L, Ren, R., Fulk, J., Sidnam-Mauch, E., & Monge, P.(2020). The paradox of having a community: The effects of communication network centralization and shared task experience on wisdom of crowds. Communication Research.

Danowski, J. A., Yan, B. & Riopelle, K. Riopelle (2020). A Semantic network approach to measuring sentiment. Quality and Quantity. (Featured in National Institute of Health (NIH)’s Nature Public Health Emergency Collection).

Ren, R., Yan, B., & Jian, L. (2019). Show me your expertise before teaming up: Sharing online profiles predicts success in open innovation. Internet Research.

Yan, B. and Jian, L. (2017). Beyond reciprocity: The bystander effect of knowledge response in online knowledge communities. Computers in Human Behavior, 76: 9- 18.


Yan, B. & Gurkan, N. (2023). It depends on the timing: The ripple effect of AI on team decision-making. Proceedings of the 55th Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences. Maui, HI (Jan). Best paper nomination.

Liao, T., & Yan, B. (2022). Are you feeling happy? The effect of emotions on people’s interaction experience toward empathetic chatbots. Proceedings of the ASME 2022 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE2022). St. Louis, MI (Aug).

Yan, B., Lewis, K., Figge, P., Hollingshead, A. B., Alexander, K. S., Kim, Y. J., & Fang, C. (2020). Intelligent Machines and Teamwork: Help or Hindrance? Proceedings of the 80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), Vancouver, Canada (Aug). Best Paper Award.

Ren, R. and Yan, B.* (2017). Crowd diversity and performance in Wikipedia: The mediating effects of task conflict and communication. CHI2017: Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computer Systems, 6342-6351. New York: ACM Press.


Danowski, J. A., Yan, B. & Riopelle, K. Riopelle (2021). Cable News Channels' Partisan Ideology and Market Share Growth as Predictors of Social Distancing Sentiment during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In E. Segev (ed.). The Meaning of Words: Semantic Network Analysis and its Applications. Routledge.

Yan, B., Kim, Y. J., Hollingshead, A. B, & Brandon, D.P. (2019). Conceptualizing online groups as multidimensional networks. In A. Attrill-Smith, C. Fullwood, M. Keep, & D. J. Kuss (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Cyberpsychology, Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. Dennis Gouran Research Award, Group Communication Division, National Communication Association.


BIA600 Business Analytics: Data, Models, and Decisions
BIA658 Social Network Analytics