Edward (Ned) Smith
Edward (Ned) Smith

MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATIONS
Associate Professor of Management & Organizations
Associate Professor of Sociology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences (Courtesy)

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Ned Smith is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology at Northwestern University. Prior to joining Northwestern, Ned was the NBD Bancorp Assistant Professor of Strategy and Business Administration at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2010 and BAs in East Asian Studies (Chinese literature and language) and Political Science from Yale University in 2003.

Ned's research is on the construction and consequences of organizational identity, with particular empirical emphasis on financial markets and the hedge fund industry. He draws on sociological and network-based theories of markets to develop and test new identity-based models of decision-making, organizational behavior, and market evolution. His research in this area was awarded a Kauffman Foundation Fellowship in 2009. More recently, Ned's article on investor decision-making in the hedge fund industry ("Identities as Lenses," Administrative Science Quarterly) was awarded the Best Published Paper Award by the Academy of Management. A second avenue of Ned's research works to connect research on cognitive processes and network theories of social capital to better understand how people utilize (and squander) the resources available to them in their social networks. This research has been recognized by Forbes and Qualtrics as the best research using the Qualtrics platform and analyzes how people mentally construct their social worlds -i.e., their social networks- according to various psychological and situational factors. Ned has published his research in leading management and sociology journals including the American Journal of Sociology, Administrative Science Quarterly, The Journal of Mathematical Sociology, Management Science, Organization Science, Social Networks, and Research in Organizational Sciences.

Ned teaches courses on social network analysis, strategy implementation, and social media at the MBA and executive levels and a PhD-level course on research methods. He was awarded the University of Michigan Neary Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 and was nominated for that award in 2011.



Areas of Expertise
Behavioral Finance
Creativity and Innovation
Group Dynamics
Management of Organizations
Organizational Structure and Relationships
Strategic Leadership
Strategic Management and Implementation

Print Vita
Education
Ph.D., 2010, Economic Sociology and Organizational Behavior, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
B.A., 2003, East Asian Studies (Chinese Language and Literature), Political Science, Yale University, Yale University
Mandarin Chinese Immersion, 2001, Beijing Capital University of Economics and Business

Academic Positions
Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, MORS, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2013-present
Bank One Corp Assistant Professor of Strategy and Business Administration, Strategy, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, 2012-2013
Assistant Professor, Strategy, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, 2010-2013

Grants and Awards
Fellow, Searle Institute for Teaching and Learning
Forbes "Data Freaks" Award for Best Published Research Using Qualtrics Platform
Best Published Paper Award, Academy of Management (OMT Division)
Neary Teaching Excellence Award, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
Kauffman Foundation Fellowship for research in entrepreneurship
Economist Intelligence Unit Global Business Professor of the Year (Nominee), Economist Intelligence Unit

Editorial Positions
Editorial Board Member, Administrative Science Quarterly, 2014-Present
Associate Editor, American Journal of Sociology, 2009-2010

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Research Interests
Decision Making, Social Networks, Organizational and Group Structure and Relationships, Market Emergence, Creativity and Innovation, Social Structure of Organizations and Markets

Articles
Smith, Edward (Ned)Catherine Shea, Tanya Menon and K. Emich. Forthcoming. The affective antecedents of social network structure. Social Networks.
Smith, Edward (Ned) and Yuan Hou. Forthcoming. Redundant Heterogeneity and Group Performance. Organization Science.
Menon, Tanya and Edward (Ned) Smith. 2014. Identities in Flux: Cognitive Network Activation in Times of Change. Social Science Research. 45: 117-130.
Bothner, Matthew, Young-Kyu Kim and Edward (Ned) Smith. 2012. How Does Status Affect Performance? Status as an Asset versus Status as a Liability in PGA and NASCAR. Organization Science. 23(2): 416-433.
Smith, Edward (Ned), Tanya Menon and Leigh Thompson. 2012. Status Differences in the Cognitive Activation of Social Networks. Organization Science. 23(1): 67-82.
Smith, Edward (Ned). 2011. Identities as Lenses: How Organizational Identity Affects Audiences' Evaluation of Organizational Performance. Administrative Science Quarterly. 56(1): 61-94.
Bothner, Matthew, Joel Podolny and Edward (Ned) Smith. 2011. Organizing Contests for Status: The Matthew Effect Versus the Mark Effect. Management Science. 57(3): 439-457.
Bothner, Matthew, Richard Haynes, Wonjae Lee and Edward (Ned) Smith. 2010. When do Matthew Effects Occur?. Journal of Mathematical Sociology. 33(2): 80-114.
Bothner, Matthew, Edward (Ned) Smith and Harrison White. 2010. A Model of Robust Positions in Social Networks. American Journal of Sociology. 116(3): 943-92.
Working Papers
Smith, Edward (Ned). "We do what we must, and call it by the best names": Can Deliberate Names Mitigate the Consequences of Organizational Nonconformity?.
Smith, Edward (Ned) and W. Rand. 2014. Simulating macro-level effects from micro-level observations.
Smith, Edward (Ned) and Heewon Chae. 2014. The evaluator's option: Identity, performance, and endogenous reference group selection.
Smith, Edward (Ned). Transmitters, Transformers, and Market Change: A Structural Explanation of Organizational Heterogeneity in the Hedge Fund Industry.
Smith, Edward (Ned), C Wang and Tanya Menon. Networks as Self-Defense: Identity Threat and Compensatory Cognitive Network Activation.
Smith, Edward (Ned) and Tanya Menon. Network heuristics: A judgment and decision making perspective on social network research.
Smith, Edward (Ned) and Tanya Menon. Tempering the glass ceiling? Gender and network activation under contrasting feelings of self-efficacy.
Smith, Edward (Ned). Social Distance and Network Measurements of Social Centrality.
Hou, Yuan, Edward (Ned) Smith and Reid Hastie. Structurally redundant heterogeneity and group decision-making.
Book Chapters
Smith, Edward (Ned). 2013. "From Role Conflict to Evaluation Discordance: How do Conflicting Performance Evaluations Affect Risk Taking in Multiple Audience Contexts?." In Received Wisdom, Kernels of Truth, and Boundary Conditions in Organizational Studies, edited by Daniel J. Svyantek, Kevin T. Mahoney, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

 
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Doctoral
Macro-Organizational Research Methods (MORS-426-2)
This course offers an introduction to empirical social science methods with particular attention to issues relevant to organizational research done outside the laboratory. It focuses on questions of research design – how to turn a research question into an empirical study that can answer the question. Organizational research employs a plurality of methods and the course is designed to allow students to fully understand, evaluate and employ different methods. The course offers a survey of the most common non-experimental research approaches in organization studies, strategic management and economic sociology, examines their logic of inquiry, and evaluates the relative advantages. In addition, we examine how common challenges, such as measurement, causality and multi-level data structures, are addressed across designs. In practice, modes of scientific inquiry not only involve empirical designs for data collection and inference, but also genres of motivating, writing and publishing research, and so the course addresses these aspects as well.

Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Strategy Implementation (MORS-455-0)

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

Two-thirds of business and corporate strategies fail not due to poor strategy or flawed logic but poor execution. However smart a new strategy may be, it takes informed managers and strong leadership to make it a successful one. Expanding on the lessons from MGMT 431, this course focuses on strategy implementation, with emphasis on the decisions, actions, structures, and conditions that facilitate the successful attainment of strategic objectives. Our guiding framework involves applying principles of social organization to mobilize the necessary resources to pursue a given strategy.