I am an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management and Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology at Northwestern University. I am also a core faculty member of the Northwestern Institute for Complexity (NICO) and faculty affiliate of the Northwestern Institute for Policy Research (IPR). I currently serve as Senior Editor at Organization Science. Prior to joining Northwestern, I was an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Prior to that I received my PhD from the University of Chicago in 2010 and BA in East Asian Studies (Chinese literature and language) and Political Science from Yale University in 2003.

I am an economic sociologist focused on how social and cognitive processes shape the decision making, behavior, and performance of individuals and organizations, as well as the functioning of markets at large (notably financial and labor markets). I am continually fascinated (and motivated) by the power of organizations and markets to affect behavior. My research seeks to understand how organizations and markets can be better utilized to solve pressing social and economic needs. A second avenue of my 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 uses experimentation and computational simulations to explore how people mentally construct their social worlds according to various psychological and situational factors.

I teach MBA and executive-level courses on strategy, social networks, strategic alliances, change management, leading with data, and social media, and doctoral-level courses on quantitative research methods, causal inference, and social processes in organizations.

I live in Wilmette, IL with my wife, Erin, and our four children, Finnegan, Beckett, Eliza, and Cecily.


Contact Info:

Edward (Ned) Smith
Associate Professor of Management & Organizations
Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
2211 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208