GenTIC researchers Jörg Müller and Julio Meneses, together with Anne Laure Humbert (Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University) and Elisabeth Anna Guenther (Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations at WU Vienna), have published an article at Behavior Research Methods on the use of sensor data for team research.
The article presents a validation study of sensor-based proximity metrics for detecting friendship and advice-seeking ties under three organizational contexts: research labs, private companies, and university-based teams. Results show that, in general, Bluetooth (BT) detections correlated strongly with self-reported measurements. Nevertheless, the organizational context affects both the strength of the observed correlation and its direction. To conclude, the authors offer recommendations for fine-tuning the validity of wearable sensors measurements as a social science research instrument.
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