Brian Uzzi, PhD

Brian Uzzi, PhD is the Richard L. Thomas Distinguished chair in leadership at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

He also co-directs NICO, the Northwestern Institute in Complex systems and holds professorships in Sociology and in the McCormick School of Engineering. His award winning and highly cited research uses social network analysis and complexity theory to understand outstanding human achievement in business, science, and the arts. He has won 10 teaching awards worldwide.

Professor Uzzi is the author of “Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology,” his book on gender differences in science and scientists’ networks. His work has appeared in Science, Nature, PNAS, Am J. of Sociology, Harvard Business Review, PlosOne, Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Physics, or other leading scientific journals. Stories on his research have appeared in Newsweek International, the New Scientist, Science, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg, CNN, Discovery Channel, Forbes, NPR, US News and World Reports, ABC News, the New Yorker, and other international media outlets.

Professor Uzzi speaks on the topics of leadership with a focus creating and developing networks that enhance executive creativity, R&D innovation, and the implementation of new products and ideas. Professor Uzzi advises and speaks at major organizations around the world, including the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Baker and McKenzie, Deloitte, Pepsico, Kraft, Abbott Labs, CreditSuisse, P&G, McKinsey, the World Bank, FBI, CIA, Intel, Thomson Reuters, Microsoft, and other corporations and professional service firms.