Stanford EE Computer Systems Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011
Skilling Auditorium, Stanford Campus

Pearson to Person: Social Networking in the Enterprise

Karen Gettman
About the talk:

Pearson is a large, international, highly geographically distributed media company. It has operations in 70 countries, 38,000 employees, and conducts business 60 languages.

Pearson Education provides educational material and learning technologies, test development, processing and scoring services to educational institutions, corporations and professional bodies around the world. Pearson publishs across the curriculum under a range of respected imprints including: Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison-Wesley, Allyn and Bacon, Benjamin Cummings and Longman.

Pearson FT Publishing includes: the Financial Times and; a range of specialist financial magazines and online services; and Mergermarket. The FT Group also has a stake in a number of joint ventures, including those with FTSE International, Vedomosti in Russia, BDFM in South Africa and a 50% stake in The Economist Group

Pearson Penguin operates around the world through a series of connected national publishing houses. It publishes under a number of well-known imprints including Putnam, Viking, Allen Lane, Hamish Hamilton, Berkley, the Penguin Press, Puffin and Dorling Kindersley

Coordinating such a diverse workspace presents some unusual and difficult problems.

Since February 2011, Pearson has had in place an internal social network ("Neo") with the goal of providing a virtual environment for Pearson employees to communicate and collaborate. This talk will describe Pearson's internal social network and explore the impact the social network has had on Pearson's business processes, workflow, and work environment. And finally we will consider the relevance of a social network to business organization now and in the future.

This talk will be conducted in an interview syle; questions and comments from the live audience are encouraged.


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About the speaker:

[speaker-photo] Karen Gettman is the VP and Director of Community and Collaboration at Pearson, one 0f the world's leading education companies with 38,000 employees across 70 countries. Prior to her current Community and Collaboration role, Karen was Editor-in-Chief within the Pearson Technology Group.

Contact information:

Karen Gettman