I am an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology at Northwestern University, and faculty affiliate of the Northwestern Institute for Complexity (NICO). I also 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 Ph.D. 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.

My research is on the construction and consequences of organizational identity, with particular empirical emphasis on financial markets and the hedge fund industry. I draw on sociological and network-based theories of markets to develop and test new identity-based models of decision-making, organizational behavior, and market evolution. My research in this area was awarded a Kauffman Foundation Fellowship in 2009. More recently, my articles on investor decision-making in the hedge fund industry ("Identities as Lenses," Administrative Science Quarterly) and in response to new executive appointments ("Better in the Shadows", with Kevin Gaughan) were awarded the (2012) Best Published Paper Award by the Academy of Management and the (2016) Best Paper Award by the Academy of Management, respectively. 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 analyzes how people mentally construct their social worlds—i.e., their social networks—according to various psychological and situational factors. My research has been published in leading management and sociology journals including the American Journal of Sociology, Administrative Science Quarterly, The Journal of Mathematical Sociology, Management Science, Organization Science, Social Networks, Strategic Management Journal, Social Science Research, and Research in Organizational Sciences.

I teach MBA and executive-level courses on strategy implementation, social networks, strategic alliances, and social media, and doctoral-level courses on quantitative research methods and causal inference.

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
2001 Sheridan Rd., Office 358
Evanston, IL 60208