Professor Brian Uzzi

Lecture title:

Outstanding Scientific Knowledge: How Status and Cohesion Shapes Scientists' Collaboration Networks and their Performance


Professor Brian Uzzi, Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

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Semester: Winter 2008

Date: Friday, February 22, 2008

Time: 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Venue: Ross School of Business, Room E0530

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Introducer: Natalie Cotton, Ph.D. Student, Ross School of Business. Co-Sponsored with Strategy.


We review the literature showing that outstanding scientific, patenting, and artistic work is increasingly the domain of teams, not individuals. We then examine how the global network structure of a field within which teams of collaborators are embedded influences their success, highlighting the importance of small world networks. Finally, we model how rules for choosing collaborators based on their status or cohesiveness can lead to global networks that appear to enhance or deplete the performance of the teams embedded within them. Our analyses use a range of databases from entire Web of Science database, 1955-2005, to data derived from an agent based model.

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