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Research Collaborators


Ron Burt

Ron Burt’s work describes social networks creating advantage. Applications focus on personal networks and the network structure of markets. In addition to computer software and articles in research journals, Professor Burt’s last three books are the one with which he launched the concept of structural holes, Structural Holes: The Social Structure of Competition (1992, Harvard University Press), a broad review of links between network structure and performance, Brokerage and Closure: An Introduction to Social Capital (2005, Oxford University Press), and argument and evidence on the substantial extent to which network advantage depends on the person at the center of the network, Neighbor Networks: Competitive Advantage Local and Personal (2010, Oxford University Press).

Professor Burt’s college work at Johns Hopkins University included pre-medical training, physiological psychology, and behavioral science. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a Ph.D. in sociology, then was on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University before returning to join the University of Chicago faculty in 1993. In 1999, he began a leave of absence to learn more about European business as the Shell Professor of Human Resources at INSEAD. In 2000, he began a leave of absence to learn more about practical implementation as the Vice President of Strategic Learning in Raytheon Company. He continues today at the University of Chicago.

Chris Ernst

By integrating deep global experience with applied expertise, Chris Ernst, Ph.D is uniquely positioned to enable innovation and change in complex, multi-stakeholder, cross-boundary environments. He has worked with organizations and communities across sectors in most parts of the world from generals and ambassadors in Iraq to the Executive Director of a leading nonprofit in India to the CEO of a disruptive innovation company in Silicon Valley.

Currently, Chris oversees the leadership and organization effectiveness agenda for Juniper’s 1,300+ Executives, Vice Presidents, and People Managers globally. Prior to Juniper, Chris spent 15 years with the globally top-ranked Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) serving in a variety of leadership and expatriate roles.

As an active speaker and writer on global issues, his work is published in top academic journals and magazines such as HBR, Forbes, Chief Learning Officer and MIT Sloan Management Review, and in authoring two books, including CCL’s best-seller, Boundary Spanning Leadership: Six Practices for Solving Problems, Driving Innovation, and Transforming Organizations (McGraw-Hill Professional). Out of these successful experiences, and plenty of unsuccessful ones along the way, he holds the conviction that the most pressing problems in business and society span boundaries, yet appreciate first-hand that collaborating across complex boundaries is hard work.

Sally Colella

Sally Colella, an Executive educator, team facilitator and coach who specializes in translating network research into practical approaches that lead to new insights and pathways to reaching desired outcomes.

A current focus is coaching leaders who are interested in developing a network of relationships that are a source of inspiration, resilience and well being. Recent findings from the neuroscience field inform customized approaches that provide renewal in the midst of demanding professional and personal lives.

Sally is co-author of the Organizational Network Fieldbook, published by Jossey-Bass in June 2010. She has spoken about executive development topics for The Human Capital Institute, the CLO Magazine Symposium and the Conference Board. As an educator with Duke C.E. worked globally with leaders to increase their awareness of networks and implement targeted strategies to increase effectiveness.

Prior to launching her consulting practice, Sally was an organization development leader at Fannie Mae, The Washington Post and the National Cooperative Bank.

Rob Cross

Rob Cross, Ph.D is an associate professor of commerce at University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. His research focuses on how relationships and informal networks in organizations can provide competitive advantage. In this program of research he has worked with almost 300 well-known organizations in consulting, pharmaceuticals, software, electronics and computer manufacturers, consumer products, financial services, petroleum, heavy equipment manufacturing, chemicals, and government to assess and develop strategically important networks.

Ideas emerging from this work have resulted in eight book chapters and 42 articles, some of which have won awards at the Academy of Management. In addition to top scholarly outlets, this work has been featured in such venues as Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Academy of Management Executive and Organizational Dynamics. He is also the author of two books: Driving Results Through Social Networks (Jossey Bass) and The Hidden Power of Social Networks: Understanding How Work Really Gets Done in Organizations (Harvard Business School Press). Rob holds a PhD from Boston University and a BS and MBA from the University of Virginia. He speaks, consultants and conducts executive education both domestically and internationally and currently lives in Charlottesville where he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He can be reached at:

Adam Grant

Adman Grant is Wharton's youngest full professor and top-rated teacher. He is the author of Give and Take, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book that is being translated into more than two dozen languages and has been named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal-- as well as one Oprah's riveting reads, Fortune's five must-read business books, Harvard Business Review's ideas that shaped management in 2013, Forbes' most dynamic social innovation initiatives of 2013, and the Washington Post's books every leader should read. Malcolm Gladwell recently identified Adam as one of his favorite social science writers, calling his work ‘brilliant.’

Adam has been recognized as the single highest-rated professor in the Wharton MBA program three times, and as one of BusinessWeek's favorite professors and the world's top 40 business professors under 40. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NFL, Merck, Pixar, Goldman Sachs, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, Facebook, Estée Lauder, Apple, MTV, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, JP Morgan, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Nickelodeon, and the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy. At Wharton, he has been honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award for all of his classes and earned the Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty MBA Teaching Award.

Amy Halliday

Amy Halliday is a freelance editor and writer with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of business and management. She is a contributing Articles Editor at the Harvard Business Review, where she has worked since 1992, and she is currently involved in the Core Curriculum project at Harvard Business Publishing. She is also a writer and editorial consultant at the Batten Institute at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. In that role, she has edited numerous scholarly and popular books and articles on a wide range of topics related to innovation and entrepreneurship. She also reports on research and events sponsored by the Batten Institute for its website.

Amy has worked extensively with UVA professor Rob Cross, an expert in the field of Organizational Network Analysis, and with Jeanne Liedtka, a professor at UVA's Darden School of Business, who has written several books on the applications of design thinking to business and societal issues. Amy has an AB from Brown University and an M.Phil. from the University of Oxford.

Andy Hargadon

Andy Hargadon has written extensively on knowledge and technology brokering and the role of learning and knowledge management in innovation.He has published numerous articles and chapters in leading scholarly and applied publications.

Hargadon is at the forefront of teaching, research and practice in cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship, and is founding director of two key centers at UC Davis — the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Energy Efficiency Center. These centers are dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation through educational programs bridging science, engineering and business. They provide a successful framework for university scientists and engineers to move their ideas out of the lab and into the world.

Hargadon received his doctoral degree from the Management Science and Engineering Department in Stanford University’s School of Engineering, where he was named Boeing Fellow and Sloan Foundation Future Professor of Manufacturing. Prior to his academic appointment, Hargadon worked as a product designer at Apple Computer and taught in the Product Design program at Stanford University.

A senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, Hargadon is the author of How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate (Harvard Business School Press).

Sal Parise

Sal Parise, Doctorate in Business, is an associate professor in the Technology, Operations, and Information Management Division at Babson College. His main research work focuses on how organizations are using social technology platforms both internally among employees and externally among customers and business partners. His research uses social network analysis to understand technology-mediated networks, innovation, collaboration, talent management, and customer analytics. Sal has received several research grants from Babson College, as well as from different corporate sponsors. Prior to obtaining his Doctorate in Business at Boston University, Sal was an engineer and researcher at IBM.

Sal’s research has been published in several leading academic and management journals including Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, MIS Quarterly, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and the IEEE Engineering Management Review. Sal has also been involved with creating and delivering executive education programs that focus on how business executives and managers can effectively use social technologies that lead to innovation in their organizations. He has worked directly with managers and executives across a wide range of industries including management consulting, technology, consumer products, healthcare, financial services, petroleum, and government. Sal can be reached at:

Andrew Parker

Andrew Parker, Ph.D is an associate professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management. His research examines how positive and negative networks of relationships influence individual performance in organizations. He also focuses on how people create problem solving networks as well as how factors such as stress and performance evaluations affect the way in which people build and manage their networks. Recently he has focused on the interconnection of the formal and informal organization and how they jointly influence organizational change. He has worked with over 100 well-known organizations in consulting, pharmaceuticals, information technology, consumer products, financial services, oil and gas, and government to assess and improve employees’ networks.

His articles have appeared in Science, Social Networks, Sloan Management Review, Organizational Dynamics, and California Management Review. Andrew is also the co-author of The Hidden Power of Social Networks: Understanding How Work Really Gets Done in Organizations (Harvard Business School Press) and co- editor of Networks in the Knowledge Economy (Oxford University Press). He holds a PhD in sociology from Stanford University, an MSc from The London School of Economics, and a BSc and MA from Northeastern University. He currently lives in Grenoble, France. He can be reached at:

Bill Pasmore

Bill Pasmore has been advising leaders for nearly forty years. As the founding partner of Pasmore Advisors, he is responsible for the strategy of the firm and the selection and development of talent. He is actively involved in delivering services to clients as a coach to CEOs, designer of complex organizations, and trusted advisor in matters pertaining to leadership and change.

In addition to his role in the firm, he holds the position of Professor of Practice at Teachers College, Columbia University, in which he helps link scholarship in the field of organization development & leadership to practice. He teaches in the College's doctoral and masters degree programs and conducts research in leadership and organizational change.

Bill is also Senior Vice President at the Center for Creative Leadership with responsibilities for the organization's global organizational leadership business. Before that, he was a senior partner with the New York-based consulting firm, Oliver Wyman Delta Consulting, and prior to that, a tenured full professor in the School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

As a thought leader in the field of organization development, he has published twenty-five books and numerous articles, including Developing a Leadership Strategy, The Board's new roles in Succession Planning, How to make Sure your Next CEO is a Winner, Choosing the Best Next CEO, Designing Effective Organizations, Creating Strategic Change, Research in Organization Change and Development, and Relationships that Enable Enterprise Change. He is a frequent international keynote speaker.

He resides in New York with his wife, Mary and is the proud father of two young professional women pursuing careers in social media marketing and consulting.

Bill holds a BS in Aeronautical Engineering/Industrial Management and a Ph.D in Administrative Sciences, both from Purdue University.

Greg Pryor

Greg Pryor is vice president of leadership and organization effectiveness at Workday, a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications delivering human capital management, financial management, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest organizations. Greg is responsible for applying Workday’s technology to optimize the company’s internal talent management programs, including leadership and manager effectiveness, learning management, and performance management.

Before joining Workday, Greg served as the vice president of talent for Juniper Networks where he helped create Juniper’s Talent Matters practice that has been featured as an innovative performance management practice by the Corporate Executive Board, Mercer, Bersin by Deloitte, Fortune, and Strategy & Business. Greg’s culture work at Juniper is featured as a best practice in Ann Rhoades’ book Built on Values.

Greg also served as head of talent management for Merrill Lynch’s Global Technology and Operations function and as partner in Accenture’s Human Performance Practice. Since 1998, he has provided active leadership for North America’s oldest leadership development institute — the Leadership Forum at Silver Bay.

Jean Singer, Ph.D

Jean Singer, Ph.D, is an organizational consultant specializing in the use of social network principles and techniques to improve performance. She combines 20+ years of experience in the fields of organizational development and business process improvement with the latest tools of network analysis to help companies build better cross-functional collaboration, enhance process efficiency, and create the diverse knowledge-sharing connections needed to foster innovation. She brings in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry as well as experience with major companies in financial services, high technology, energy, and consumer products.

Jean is also a partner in Collaborative Analytics, a management consulting practice dedicated to helping companies deliver on the promise of their investments in external alliances. In her Collaborative Analytics role, Jean focuses on helping companies to become expert at relationship management, using the theories and tools of network science to build the infrastructures of collaboration that alliances need to succeed.

Jean is a co-editor of The Organizational Network Field Book: Best Practices, Techniques and Exercises to Drive Organizational Innovation and Performance as well as author of a number of articles and book chapters on organizational development, business process improvement and organizational networks. She holds a PhD from Fielding Graduate University, an MBA from the Wharton School, and an SB from MIT. She can be reached at:

Margaret Schweer

Margaret Schweer has more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive, writer, educator and professional speaker. She has an established track record of building relationships with leaders at all levels of the organization to create innovative practical solutions to address their business needs. A practitioner at heart, Margaret has worked in the global consumer products, hospitality, and university settings as a human resource generalist. She holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University with an emphasis in organizational behavior.

Her most recent consulting work has been on opportunities related to enhancing collaboration and employee engagement. While her current research focuses on how successful organizations drive individual and organizational performance by leveraging social networks through key talent practices.

A popular and effective speaker in the area of talent management, she has been an invited presenter at a variety of executive conferences and technical symposiums. Her work in the area of leadership development has been profiled in such publications as SHRI Magazine, Computer World, CIO Magazine, IT World, and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Tammy Erickson Associates is a firm of renown thought-leaders and senior business leaders committed to helping executives understand and build Intelligent Organizations. TEA thought-leadership has been recognized by Thinkers50, a premier biennial ranking of global business thinkers, with advisors drawn from America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Katy Strei

Katy Strei is an independent executive-level practitioner with 20+ years experience in leadership and organization development. She collaborates with clients to architect and deliver high-impact leadership, talent and organization development strategies, programs and processes for organizations across the spectrums of industry, size, complexity and maturity.

Prior to establishing her own practice in early 2014, Katy served for 9 years as Vice President of Leadership and Organization Development at MedImmune, the biologics business of Astra Zeneca. In this role she partnered with executive leadership to build the leadership and organizational capabilities to fuel aggressive growth. She led the function (from start-up) and was responsible leading a team accountable for global solutions for Leadership & Organization Development, Talent & Performance Management, Engagement and Change Management.

Her previous experience includes internal leadership and organization development roles in Financial Services (Fannie Mae) and Health Care Service Delivery (ManorCare Health Services).

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