Ronald Stuart Burt
|Ronald Stuart Burt|
|Fields||Mathematical sociology, Social networks|
|Institutions||University of Chicago (1993– )
Columbia University (1982–1993)
University of California, Berkeley (1976–1983)
|Alma mater||Johns Hopkins University (B.A., 1971)
University at Albany, SUNY (M.S., 1973)
University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1977)
|Doctoral advisor||James Samuel Coleman|
|Known for||Structural holes, Network models of social capital|
|Notable awards||Distinguished Scholar of Organizations and Management Theory, Academy of Management (2007)
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1993)
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1984)
Ronald Stuart Burt (born 1949) is an American sociologist and the Hobart W. Williams Professor of Sociology and Strategy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is most notable for his research and writing on social networks and social capital, particularly the concept of structural holes in a social network.
Originally a pre-med major, Burt earned his B.A. in social and behavioral sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 1971 with a focus on social psychology. He earned an M.A. in Sociology from The State University of New York at Albany in 1973 working with Nan Lin. He moved to the University of Chicago to work with mathematical sociology professor James Samuel Coleman and earned his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1977. His dissertation committee also included the social network analyst Edward Laumann.
Prior to joining the University of Chicago in 1993, he was a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University. He is also the former Shell Professor of Human Resources at INSEAD and has held various organizational development positions at Raytheon.
He currently resides in the Chicago metropolitan area.
He is the author of several books on sociology, organization behavior and network analysis, including Structural Holes: The Social Structure of Competition (Harvard University Press, 1992) and Brokerage and Closure: An Introduction to Social Capital (Oxford University Press, 2005) His research has been published in numerous academic journals, including Administrative Science Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Organization Behavior, Organization Science, Social Networks, Sociological Inquiry, and others.
- Burt, Ronald S. (2010). Neighbor Networks: Competitive Advantages Local and Personal. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199691913.
- Burt, Ronald S. (2005). Brokerage and Closure: An Introduction to Social Capital. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199249152.
- Burt, Ronald S. (1992). Structural holes: the social structure of competition. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-84371-4.
- Burt, Ronald S.; Minor, Michael J., eds. (1983). Applied Network Analysis: A Methodological Introduction. Sage Publications. ISBN 978-0803919075.
- Burt, Ronald S. (1982). Toward a Structural Theory of Action: Network Models of Social Structure, Perception, and Action. Academic Press. ISBN 978-0121471507.
- Burt, Ronald S. (1997). "The Contingent Value of Social Capital". Administrative Science Quarterly 42 (2): 339. doi:10.2307/2393923. ISSN 0001-8392.
- Burt, Ronald S. (2000). "The network structure of social capital". Research in Organizational Behavior 22: 345–423. doi:10.1016/S0191-3085(00)22009-1. ISSN 0191-3085.
- Burt, Ronald S. (2004). "Structural Holes and Good Ideas". American Journal of Sociology 110 (2): 349–399. doi:10.1086/421787. ISSN 0002-9602.
- Burt, Ronald S. (1987). "Social Contagion and Innovation: Cohesion versus Structural Equivalence". American Journal of Sociology 92 (6): 1287. doi:10.1086/228667. ISSN 0002-9602.
- Burt, R S (1980). "Models of Network Structure". Annual Review of Sociology 6 (1): 79–141. doi:10.1146/annurev.so.06.080180.000455. ISSN 0360-0572.
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