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Research Interests

He has two main areas of research. First, he studies the effects of social structure on the behavior and decision-making of individuals and organizations. Second, he 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.

Education/Academic qualification

Economic Sociology and Organizational Behavior, PhD, The University of Chicago

… → 2010

East Asian Studies, Chinese Language and Literature, BA, Yale University

… → 2003

Political Science, BA, Yale University

… → 2003

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social network Social Sciences
activation Social Sciences
role conflict Social Sciences
Wages Engineering & Materials Science
Circuit theory Engineering & Materials Science
Sports Engineering & Materials Science
evaluation Social Sciences
rationality Social Sciences

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Research Output 2009 2018

  • 356 Citations
  • 17 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Paper
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review
3 Citations (Scopus)

Simulating macro-level effects from micro-level observations

Smith, N. & Rand, W., Nov 1 2018, In : Management Science. 64, 11, p. 5405-5421 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Agent-based modeling
Level effect
Lab experiment
Mixed methods
2 Citations (Scopus)
Hedge funds
Consumer expectations
Organizational research
3 Citations (Scopus)

The effect of organizational atypicality on reference group selection and performance evaluation

Smith, N. & Chae, H., Nov 1 2017, In : Organization Science. 28, 6, p. 1134-1149 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Decision making
Group performance
Reference groups
Group selection

Appointing a Female CEO? Beware of Media Attention

Gaughan, K. P., Smith, E. C. B. & Pierce, J., Jun 7 2016, In : Kellogg Insight from the Kellogg School of Management.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Better in the shadows? Attention, media coverage, and market reactions to female CEO appointments

Gaughan, K. & Smith, N., Jan 1 2016, p. 1069-1074. 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Media coverage
Market reaction
Chief executive officer
Media markets