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Professor Smith has three main areas of research. First, he studies the effects of social structure on the behavior and decision-making of individuals and organizations. Second, Ned 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. Third, Ned researches colletive intelligence and the "wisdom of crowds." Using empirical data from financial markets and large-scale experiments, Ned and his collaborator, Joshua Becker, are seeking to understand the conditions--for instance, structure and decision-making rules--under which a crowd will outperform the individuals (even expert indivduals) comprising the crowd.

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

Research interests

  • Behavioral finance
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Group dynamics
  • Management of organizations
  • Organizational structure and relationships
  • Strategic management and implementation

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