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Brian Uzzi Named to Thomas Professorship

December 5, 2006

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Brian Uzzi, professor of management and sociology at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, has been appointed the Richard L. Thomas Professor in Leadership and Change.

His award-winning and highly cited research uses social network analysis and complexity to model creativity and innovation, the dissemination of ideas and outstanding achievement in settings that range from banking and law to university science and the creative arts.

His research has appeared in many leading journals, including the American Sociological Review and the American Journal of Sociology and Science, among others. Support for his research includes grants from the National Science Foundation and Sigma Xi.

At Kellogg Uzzi teaches courses on leadership, persuasion and change management. He has received five teaching awards, including twice being named the Executive Masters Teacher of the Year. He serves on the executive committee of Northwestern's Complexity Institute (NICo) and the University's American Musical Theatre Project (AMTP).

Uzzi's teaching innovations include TeamNet and LeadNet, two 360-degree performance review systems that enable firms and individuals to better manage their professional networks through developmental feedback and structural mapping. His Six Degrees of Separation Worksheet is a network analysis tool that helps individuals understand what they can do to strategically improve their social capital.

Uzzi advises and speaks at major firms worldwide, including Deloitte, Frito-Lay and Hearst Media Worldwide, among other corporations.

Uzzi, who joined the Northwestern faculty in 1993, 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.

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