Readership: Academics, researchers, and advanced students of Management and Organization Studies, Social Networks, and Sociology; Management consultants and practitioners.
Ronald S. Burt, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Ronald Burt is the Hobart W. Williams Professor of Sociology and Strategy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He studies the social structure of competitive advantage in careers, organizations, and markets. He is the author of Structural Holes: The Social Structure of Competition, (Harvard University Press, 1992) and Brokerage and Closure: An Introduction to Social Capital, (Oxford University Press, 2005). He earned a bachelor's degree in social and behavioral science from Johns Hopkins University in 1971, a master's degree in sociology from the State University of New York at Albany in 1973, and a PhD in sociology from
the University of Chicago in 1977. He has been on the faculty at INSEAD, Columbia University, SUNY at Albany, and the University of California at Berkeley. He took a leave of absence from Chicago to work at Raytheon Company as the Vice President of Strategic Learning.
"Winner of the 2011 Academy of Management's George R. Terry Book Award 'for outstanding contribution to the advancement of management knowledge.'"
"Scholars interested in rigorous analytical approaches to social capital, social dynamics, or network phenomena will greatly enjoy Neighbor Networks." - Brian Rubineau, Industrial and Labor Relations Review
"The core contribution of Neighbor Networks is the rich detail devoted to explaining when it matters to be connected to well-connected others. Theoretically, the book explains how the social capital benefits accruing to individuals are largely the result of their immediate networks. Empirically, the book offers a bevy of evidence in support of these claims. The contribution
also delineates the cases of closure in neighbour networks (and the effects of such closure on reputation and relationship development) and the benefits of having a strategic partner inside a neighbor network. This is a fine book of interest to graduate students and researchers across the social sciences." - Martin Kilduff and Blaine Landis, Administrative Science Quarterly
"Burt ... has an impressive ability to establish connections between "classical" theories and to show how they relate to network concepts. Would you expect a book about social networks to rely on references as varied as Weber, Veblen, Durkheim, Von Hayek, McClelland, and many others? Burt is not merely theorizing on brokerage across social groups; he is one of the brokers that are described in
the book. A broker who spans structural holes across disciplines, questions theories and levels of analysis, and who combines all this in a theory of his own." - Barthélémy Chollet, M@n@gement
Part I: Establishing Secondhand Brokerage
2: Process Clues in Network Spillover
3: Balkanized Networks
4: More Connected Networks
Part II: Testing the Perimeter
5: Industry Networks
6: Closure and Stability
7: Mishpokhe, Not
Part III: Exploring Implications
8: Bent Preferences
Appendices and References