Brian Uzzi
Brian Uzzi

MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATIONS
Richard L. Thomas Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change
Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick School (Courtesy)
Professor of Sociology, Weinberg College (Courtesy)
Co-Director, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO)
Faculty Director, Kellogg Architectures of Collaboration Initiative (KACI)

Print Overview

Brian Uzzi is a globally recognized scientist, teacher, consultant and speaker on leadership, social networks, and new media. He is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He also co-directs NICO, the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, is the faculty director of the Kellogg Architectures of Collaboration Initiative (KACI), and holds professorships in Sociology at the Weinberg College of Arts of Sciences and in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at the McCormick School of Engineering.

His award winning and highly cited research uses social network analysis and complexity theory to understand outstanding human achievement in business, science, and the arts. Synopses and commentaries on his research have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Economist, The New Yorker, and in many other international media outlets and on television. His research is multidisciplinary and has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, American Behavioral Scientist, American Journal of Sociology, Harvard Business Review, Science, The Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLOS One, and Nature.

Professor Uzzi has won 12 teaching awards and several scholarly contribution awards. In addition to his position at Kellogg, he has been on the faculties of Harvard University, INSEAD, University of Chicago, and the University of California of Berkeley where he was the Warren E. and Carol Spieker Professor of Leadership.

Brian advises and speaks at major organizations and associations around the world, including the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), Baker and McKenzie, Deloitte, Pepsico, Kraft, Abbott Labs, UNITE, Total Quality Schools, Hearst Media, ABN AMBRO, CreditSuisse, P&G, McKinsey, the World Bank, FBI, Intel, Thomson Reuters, and other corporations, firms, associations, and non-profits worldwide.

Before Kellogg, Brian worked as a management consultant, carpenter, and a musician. He earned his MS in social psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Ph.D. in sociology from The State University of New York at Stony Brook.

To read more about Professor Brian Uzzi's research and teaching, visit his personal web site: www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/faculty/uzzi/index.htm



Areas of Expertise
Behavioral Finance
Creativity and Innovation
Innovation
Social Media
Social Networks
Print Vita
Education
BA, Business Economics, Hofstra University
MS, Organizational Psychology, Carnegie-Mellon University
MA, State University of New York, Stony Brook
PhD, Sociology, State University of New York, Stony Brook

Academic Positions
Faculty Director, Kellogg Architectures of Collaboration Initiative (KACI), Northwestern University, 2013-present
Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering (Courtesy), Northwestern University, 2007-present
Co-Director, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO), Northwestern University, 2007-present
Richard L. Thomas Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2006-present
Professor of Management, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2005-present
Professor of Sociology, Weinberg College of Arts of Sciences (Courtesy), Northwestern University, 2005-present
Warren E. and Carol Spieker Chair in Leadership, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, 2007-2008
Visiting Professor of Strategy, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago, 2004-2005
Associate Professor of Management, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 1996-2004
Associate Professor of Sociology, Weinberg College of Arts of Sciences (Courtesy), Northwestern University, 1996-2004
Summer Fellow, Santa Fe Institute, 2003-2003
Summer Fellow, Santa Fe Institute, 2002-2002
Visiting Professor of Strategy and Organization Behavior, INSEAD, 1999-2000
Faculty Fellow, Insitute for Policy Research, Northwestern University, 1998-2000
Assistant Professor of Management, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 1993-1995
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Weinberg College of Arts of Sciences (Courtesy), Northwestern University, 1993-1995

Grants and Awards
Kellogg Alumni Professor of the Year Award, Kellogg School of Management, 2009
Executive MBA Program Outstanding Teaching Awards, Kellogg School of Management, 2007, 1999
(EMP68(Core) 2007, EMP67(Core) 2007, EMP43(Core) 1999)

 
Print Research
Research Interests
Social Networks, Complexity Theory, Embeddedness, Diffusion

Articles
Jones, Benjamin F, Satyam Mukerjee, Michael Stringer and Brian Uzzi. 2013. Atypical Combinations and Scientific Impact. Science.
Lu, Susan, Ginger Jin, Brian Uzzi and Benjamin F Jones. 2013. The Retraction Penalty: Evidence from the Web of Science. Nature Scientific Reports. 3(3146): DOI: 10.1038/srep03146.
Uzzi, Brian, Satyam Mukerjee, Michael Stringer and Ben Jones. 2013. Atypical Combinations and Scientific Impact. Science. 342: 468-472.
Saavedra, Serguei, R. Dean Malmgren, Nicholas Switanek and Brian Uzzi. 2013. Foraging Under Conditions of Short-term Exploitative Competition: The Case of Stock Traders. Proceedings of the British Royal Society B. 280: 1471-2954.
Csermely, Peter, Andres London, Ling-Yun Wu and Brian Uzzi. 2013. Structure and dynamics of core-periphery networks. Journal of Complex Networks. 1: 1-41.
Uzzi, Brian and Shannon Dunlap. 2012. Make Your Enemies Your Allies: Three Steps to Reversing a Rivalry at Work. Harvard Business Review.
Reprinted in:
2014.
Uzzi, Brian and Ryon Lancaster. 2012. Legally Charged: Embeddedness and Profits in Large Law Firms. Sociological Focus. 45: 1-22.
Saavedra, Serguei, Daniel Stouffer, Brian Uzzi and Jordi Bascompte. 2011. Strong Contributors to Network Persistence Are Most Vulnerable to Extinction. Nature. 478: 233-235.
Saavedra, Serguei, and Brian Uzzi. 2011. Synchronicity, instant messaging, and performance among financial traders. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 108(13): 5296-5301.
Wuchty, Stefan and Brian Uzzi. 2011. Human Communication Dynamics in Digital Footsteps: A Study of the Agreement between Self-Reported Ties and Email Networks. PLoS ONE. 6(11): e26972.
Saavedra, Serguei, Jordi Duch and Brian Uzzi. 2011. Tracking Traders' Understanding of the Market Using e-Communication Data. PLoS ONE. 6(10): e26705.
Rivera, Mark, Sara Soderstrom and Brian Uzzi. 2010. Nodal and relational determinants of attachment and detachment in social networks: A Survey. Annual Review of Sociology. 36: 91-115.
Saavedra, Serguei, Felix Reed-Tsochas and Brian Uzzi. 2009. A simple model of bipartite cooperation for ecological and organizational networks. Nature. 457: 463-466.
Uzzi, Brian. 2008. A Social Network's Changing Statistical Properties and the Quality of Human Innovation. Journal of Statistical Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical,. 41(22)
Jones, Benjamin FBrian Uzzi and Stefan Wuchty. 2008. Multi-University Research Teams: Shifting Impact, Geography and Social Stratification in Science. Science. 322: 1259-1262.
Saavedra, Serguei, Felix Reed-Tsochas and Brian Uzzi. 2008. Asymmetric Disassembly and Robustness in Declining Networks. PNAS (Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences). 105:16466-16471
Uzzi, Brian. 2008. A Social Network's Changing Statistical Properties and the Quality of Human Innovation. Journal of Statistical Physics. 41(22)
Amaral, Luis A.N. and Brian Uzzi. 2007. Complex Systems: A New Paradigm for the Integrative Study of Management, Physical, and Technology Systems. Management Science. 53(7): 1033-1035.
Uzzi, Brian, Luis A.N. Amaral and Felix Reed-Tsochas. 2007. Small World Networks and Management Science Research: A Review. European Management Review.(Special Issue on Complexity): 77-91.
Wuchty, Stefan, Benjamin F Jones and Brian Uzzi. 2007. The Increasing Dominance of Teams in the Production of Knowledge. Science. 316(5827): 1036-1039.
Wuchty, Stefan, Benjamin F Jones and Brian Uzzi. 2007. Why Do Team Authored Papers Get Cited More?. Science (Letters). 317(5844): 1496-1498.
Uzzi, Brian and Shannon Dunlap. 2005. How to Build a Better Network. Harvard Business Review. 83: 53-60.
Guimera, Roger, Brian Uzzi, Jarrett Spiro and Luis A.N. Amaral. 2005. Team Assembly Mechanisms Determine Collaboration Network Structure and Team Performance. Science. 308(5722): 697-702.
Uzzi, Brian and Ryon Lancaster. 2004. Embeddedness and Price Formation in the Corporate Law Market. American Sociological Review. 69(3): 319-344.
Uzzi, Brian and Jarrett Spiro. 2003. Relational Embeddedness and Learning: The Case of Bank Loan Managers and Their Clients. Management Science. 49(4): 383-399.
Reprinted in:
Inter-Organizational Relations , edited by Steve Cropper and Mark Ebers, New York: Sage Publications , 2013.
Carruthers, Bruce and Brian Uzzi. 2000. Economic Sociology and Organization Theory in the New Millennium. Contemporary Sociology. 29(3): 486-494.
Uzzi, Brian. 1999. Embeddedness in the Making of Financial Capital: How Social Relations and Networks Benefit Firms Seeking Capital. American Sociological Review. 64(4): 481-505.
Uzzi, Brian. 1998. Contingent Employment in British Establishments: Organizational Determinants of the Use of Fixed-Term and Part-Time Workers. Social Forces. 76(3): 967-1006.
Uzzi, Brian. 1997. Social Structure and Competition in Interfirm Networks: The Paradox of Embeddedness. Administrative Science Quarterly. 42(1): 35-67.
Uzzi, Brian. 1997. Toward A Network Perspective on Organizational Decline. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. 17(7-8): 111-155.
Reprinted in:
Advances in Strategic Management: Collaboration and Competition in Business Ecosystems, edited by Ron Adner, Joanne E. Oxley, Brian S. Silverman, vol. 30, 351-387. United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2013.
Uzzi, Brian. 1996. The Sources and Consequences of Embeddedness for the Economic Performance of Organizations: The Network Effect. American Sociological Review. 61(4): 674-698.
Reprinted in:
Analysis of Markets in Modern Economical Sociology, 2008.
Russian Journal of Management, 2009.
Economic Analyses of Social Networks, edited by Matthew O. Jackson and Yves Zenou, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, 2013.
Etzkowitz, Henry, Carol Kemelgor, Michael Neuschatz, Brian Uzzi and Joseph Alonzo. 1994. The Paradox of Critical Mass for Women in Science. Science. 226(5182): 51-55.
Reprinted in:
Gender and Social Life, edited by R Satow, New York: Addison Wesley, 2000.
Uzzi, Brian. 1993. Determinants of Employment Externalization: The Case of Temporary Workers and Independent Contractors. Administrative Science Quarterly. 38(2): 195-223.
Etzkowitz, Henry, Carol Kemelgor and Brian Uzzi. 1992. Athena Unbound: Barriers to Women in Academic Science and Engineering. Science and Public Policy. 19: 157-179.
Uzzi, Brian. 1992. Book Review: "Holy Theory:" The Social Structure of Competition by Ronald S Burt. Contemporary Sociology. 22(2): 155-157.
Uzzi, Brian. 1990. A Framework for the conceptualization, design, and strategic Management of Planned Change Organizations. Knowledge in Society: The International Journal of Knowledge Transfer. 3(1): 21-45.
Working Papers
Jones, Benjamin F, Susan Lu and Brian Uzzi. 2014. The Reverse Matthew Effect: Reputation and Credit in Scientific Teams.
Book Chapters
Uzzi, Brian, Stefan Wuchty, Jarrett Spiro and Ben Jones. 2012. "Scientific Teams and Networks Change the Face of Knowledge Creation." In Networks in Social Policy Problems, edited by Balazs Vedres and Marco Scotti, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Saavedra, Serguei, Brian Uzzi and Felix Reed-Tsochas. 2011. "More on Bipartite Networks and Cooperation in Ecological and Organizational Networks." In Complex Systems and Interdisciplinary Sciences, edited by Felix Reed Tsochas and Neil Johnson, London: Word Scientific Publishing.
Uzzi, Brian, Ryon Lancaster and Shannon Dunlap. 2006. "Weighing the Worth of Social Ties: Embeddedness and the Price of Legal Services in the Large Law Firm Market." In Managing the Modern Law Firm: New Challenges, New Perspectives, edited by Laura Epsom, 91-116. London, UK: Oxford University Press.
Uzzi, Brian. 2004. "Embeddedness in the Making of Financial Capital: How Social Relations and Networks Benefit Firms Seeking Capital." In The Sociology of the Economy, edited by Frank Dobbin, 349-386. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Reprinted in:
Empirical Studies in the Sociology of Organizations, edited by Liu Yuzhao, Shanghai: Renmin Press, 2007.
Uzzi, Brian and Michael Sacks. 2000. "Networks, Transaction Costs, and the Persistence of Interfirm Ties: The New York Apparel Industry, 1985-1995." In Embeddedness and Corporate Change in the Global Economy [edited by Brian Uzzi and Rueyling Tzeng], 79-104. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
Etzkowitz, Henry, Carol Kemelgor and Brian Uzzi. 1998. "Gender Implosion: The Paradox of 'Critical Mass' for Women in Science." In The Contemporary American University, edited by Philip Altbach, New York: Garland.
Uzzi, Brian. 1996. "Close Encounters of a Sociological Kind: Organizational Fields as Markets." In The Embeddedness of Strategy, edited by J. Dutton and J.A.C. Baum, vol. 13, Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.
Etzkowitz, Henry, Carol Kemelgor and Brian Uzzi. 1994. "The Final Disadvantage: Barriers to Women in Academic Science and Engineering." In Who Will Do Science [edited by W Pearson Jr and A Fechter], Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.
Etzkowitz, Henry, Carol Kemelgor and Brian Uzzi. 1992. "Restructuring Departments of Equality." In In Search of Gender Free Paradigms for Computer Science Education, edited by CD Martin and E Murchie-Beyma, Eugene, Oregon: NECC.
Books
Uzzi, Brian. 2000. Embeddedness and Corporate Change in the Global Economy. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
Etzkowitz, Henry, Carol Kemelgor and Brian Uzzi. 2000. Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

 
Print Teaching
Teaching Interests
Leadership, Persuasion, Networks, Teams, Decision Making
Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Leadership in Organizations (MORS-430-0)

This course counts toward the following majors: Management & Organizations.

This course provides students with the social science tools needed to solve organizational problems and influence the actions of individuals, groups and organizations. It prepares managers to understand how to best organize and motivate the human capital of the firm, manage social networks and alliances, and execute strategic change. This is accomplished through knowledge of competitive decision making, reward system design, team building, strategic negotiation, political dynamics, corporate culture and strategic organizational design.

Executive MBA
Leadership and Organizations (MORSX-431-0)
This course provides students with the social science tools needed to solve organizational problems and influence the actions of individuals, groups and organizations. It prepares managers to understand how to best organize and motivate the human capital of the firm, manage social networks and alliances, and execute strategic change. This is accomplished through knowledge of competitive decision making, reward system design, team building, strategic negotiation, political dynamics, corporate culture and strategic organizational design.