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Brian Uzzi

Brian Uzzi is the Richard L. Thomas Distinguished chair in leadership, Professor of Sociology, and Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at the
Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also the co-director of
NICO, the Northwestern Institute in Complex systems.

His award winning and highly cited research uses social network analysis and complexity theory to model creativity, innovation, and outstanding achievement in banking, law, science, and the arts. He lectures on leadership, persuasion, and change management and has won 7 teaching awards, including the Executive Masters Teacher of the Year three times.

Among Uzzi's scholarly awards are National Science Foundation grants, a Sigma Xi grant, and several distinguished scholarly contribution prizes including, the
W. Richard Scott Best Paper Award, the Administrative Science Quarterly Distinguished Scholarly Contribution Award, the Management Science Best Dissertation Proposal Prize (2nd place), the Louis R. Pondy Best Paper Award, and
other scholarly distinctions.

His research has appeared in leading journals including the American Sociological Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, American Behavioral Scientist, American Journal of Sociology, Nature, PNAS, and Science. Synopses and commentaries on his research have appeared in
Newsweek International, the New Scientist, Science, The Economist, and other
international media outlets. His book on gender differences in university science, Athena Unbound, was published by Cambridge University Press. Read the Kellogg World stories, "Bowling for Dollars" and "The DNA of Successful Teams" on some of Uzzi's research.

His teaching awards include the
Executive Master's Teacher of the Year Award, Professor of the Year Award in the Kellogg/Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Executive MBA program, Best Professor Award in the Latin America Executive MBA program, the Sid Levy Teaching Award, the Chairs' Core Course Teaching Award (three times).

Several of 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), 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 the Build Your Personal Board of Directors (c) , a tool that helps leaders and firms build a business plan for developing their organization's social capital.

Brian advises and speaks at major firms worldwide, including Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), Baker and McKenzie, Deloitte, Pepsico, Kraft, Abbott Labs, UNITE, Total Quality Schools, Hearst Media, ABN AMBRO, Credit Suisse, P&G, McKinsey, the World Bank, and
other organizations. 

Outside Kellogg, he has been a summer fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, a board director, and a consulting editor for Administrative Science Quarterly, the American Journal of Sociology, and the American Sociological Review.

Before Kellogg, Brian worked as a management consultant, carpenter, and a musician. Brian 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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