Booth’s Ronald S. Burt explains how networks behave and why network structure is so important.
Academic Areas Organizations and Markets Faculty and Research
The organizations and markets faculty at Chicago Booth are conducting pathbreaking research in this field, including examining how social networks create competitive advantage, and the impact of social and cultural factors on organizational behaviors and market outcomes.
Our faculty in this area publish widely (more information is available on their faculty websites) and they are involved in numerous organizations, including serving on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, and Organization Science. Ronald S. Burt serves as an elected fellow of the Academy of Management and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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Research with Impact
“The networks that are associated with value are the networks that are diverse and open. . . . The more closed the network, the more homogeneous and more tied together the people, the more likely you do pedestrian work.”
Ronald S. Burt, speaking about his research on how networks behave and why network structure is so important.
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Partnering Across the University of Chicago and Beyond
Our organizations and markets faculty members are active in and outside of the University of Chicago.
Ronald S. Burt is an elected fellow of the Academy of Management, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Sociological Research Association. Amanda Sharkey is associate editor of Management Science and serves on the editorial boards for Organization Science and Administrative Science Quarterly.
Discover some of the latest working papers and published papers from our organizations and markets faculty.
“One Path Does Not Fit All: A Career Path Approach to the Study of Professional Women Entrepreneurs”
Ronald S. Burt, with coauthor Jennifer Merluzzi (The George Washington University School of Business)
“Under Pressure: Reputation, Ratings and Inaccurate Self-reporting in the Nursing Home Industry”
Amanda J. Sharkey, with coauthor Amandine Ody-Brasier (Yale University, School of Management)
IGM organizes Booth faculty efforts to influence public policy and the practice of business around the world. By hosting expert panels, visiting thought leaders, and conferences, IGM raises the impact of Booth research.
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