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Brian Uzzi Bio

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. He has lectured and advised companies and governments around the world and has been on or visited the faculties of INSEAD, University of Chicago, and Harvard University. In 2007-2008, he was on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley where he was the Warren E. and Carol Spieker Professor of Leadership.

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. Brian brings his work work into the classroom or the boardroom, lecturing on leadership, persuasion, and change.  He has won 12 teaching awards worldwide. 

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.

"Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology," his book on gender differences in science and scientist’s networks was published by Cambridge University Press.

Synopses and commentaries on his research have appeared internationally in Newsweek International, the New Scientist, Science, The Economist, Kellogg World, the Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg, CNN, Discovery Channel, Forbes, NPR, US News and World Reports, ABC News, and other international media outlets

Among Uzzi's scholarly awards are NSF, NIH, and NBER grants, and several scholarly contribution prizes including the W. Richard Scott Best Paper Award (3 times), the Administrative Science Quarterly Distinguished Scholarly Contribution Award, the Management Science Best Dissertation Proposal Prize (2nd place), the Louis R. Pondy Best Paper Award, several conference best paper prizes, and the Distinguished Association for Corporate Growth’s Fellow Prize.

Brian has been awarded teaching prizes in Kellogg's MBA program, Domestic Executive MBA program, and in the Asian, Middle East, and South American International Executive MBA programs, including the Executive Master's Teacher of the Year Award (5 times), the Sid Levy Teaching Award, Core Course Teaching Award (4 times), and the MBA Alumni Professor of the Year Award.

His teaching innovations include TeamNet (c) and LeadNet (c), two 360 degree performance review systems that enable firms and individuals to better manage their professional networks and relationships through developmental feedback and structural mapping. The Six Degrees of Separation Worksheet (c) is a network analysis tool that enables individuals to understand how their networks form and what they can do to strategically improve their social capital and the social capital of the people around them, and finally, his Build Your Personal Board of Directors (c) tool helps leaders build an informal board of directors network.

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.

Outside Kellogg, he has been a summer fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, a board director, and a consulting editor for the leading journals in his fields of expertise.

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.

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