Dr. Michael Weiler

M.A. Sociology




Michael Weiler (born 1984) studied Sociology at the Ruprechts-Karls-University of Heidelberg. The focus of his studies was on social network analysis. In June of 2013 he finished university with a masters degree in sociology. His final thesis “A scene that prides itself on doing-it-yourself: network formation and innovation within the first wave of Californian Hardcore Punk (1978-1986)” empirically investigates the development of network structures over time, the innovative capacity of the actors and processes of genre differentiation depending on the network structures.

Since October 2015 he was a doctoral student at the research training group “Privacy and Trust in mobile devices”. He gained practical experiences in market research at a small owner-based company. Furthermore, he worked as an academic research assistant at the Max-Weber-Institute of the University of Heidelberg in a project about the “Internationalen Bauausstellung (IBA 22)”.

Core Areas
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Cultural production of goods
  • Social capital, social support

Weiler, Michael / Jansen, Nora / Hinz, Oliver (2024): "Can we measure the structural dimension of social capital with digital footprint data? – An assessment of the convergent validity of an indicator extracted from digital footprint data", Schmalenbach Journal of Business Research, forthcoming.

Hinz, Oliver / Lanz, Andreas / Schlereth, Christian / Stolz, Simon / Weiler, Michael (2022): "Premiummitgliedschaften als Booster in Karrierenetzwerken?", Schmalenbach IMPULSE, 2 (1), pp. 1-4.

Weiler, Michael / Stolz, Simon / Lanz, Andreas / Schlereth, Christian / Hinz, Oliver (2022): "Social Capital Accumulation Through Social Media Networks: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment and Individual-Level Panel Data", Management Information Systems Quarterly (MISQ), 46(2), 771-812.

Weiler, Michael (2019): "The Value and Use of Accumulating Social Capital: New Insights from Social Media Networks", Dissertation, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main.

Weiler, Michael / Uhlmann, Markus (2018): “Interplay of Economic and Social Capital in Social Media Networks (SMNs): The Role of Social Capital in a Project-based Labor Market”, Amsterdam Privacy Conference (APC), Amsterdam, Netherlands

Uhlmann, Markus / Shrishak, Kris / Weiler, Michael (2018): “The Role of the Trust Category for the Development of New Data Protection Approaches”, Amsterdam Privacy Conference (APC), Amsterdam, Netherlands

Weiler, Michael (2018): "Measuring Real-World Tie Strength With Digital Footprint Data: An Assessment of Convergent Validity", International Conference on Information Systems 2018, San Francisco, USA. [Download]

Weiler, Michael / Hinz, Oliver (2018): "Without each other, we have nothing - A state-of-the-art analysis on how to operationalize social capital", Review of Managerial Science, (0:0), pp. 1-33.