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Research Lecture: David Krackhardt

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Phelps 1410


Open to the Public


Dr. David Krackhardt, Professor of Organizations, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management and Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

Title: The Power of Simmelian Tie Decomposition in Organizational Analysis    

Abstract: In the pursuit of understanding how people behave in organizations, scholars frequently underscore the importance of relationships that employees or stakeholders develop in the organization.  Strong positive and reciprocated relationships are seen as providing trust that enables cooperation; they are seen as vehicles for influence and political behavior; and, they are conduits for information flow and innovation throughout the organization.  Simmel's work suggests that this reliance on these aspects of strong ties is misplaced.  In Simmel's view, it is the triadic context in which the tie happens that makes a difference, not the tie itself.  I will discuss a decade's worth of work on Simmelian ties to argue that much of the traditional research on networks in organizations leads to faulty reasoning and conclusions, because the theories do not account for these Simmelian ties.

Biography: David Krackhardt is Professor of Organizations at the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management and the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. Prior appointments include faculty positions at Cornell's Graduate School of Management, the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, INSEAD (France) and the Harvard Business School. He received a BS degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD from the University of California, Irvine.




The Technology Management Program Dean’s Research Lecture Series is the premier event that brings accomplished and inspiring professors to campus to explore topics related to the field of technology management and organizations. The lecture series provide a forum for the academic community to learn from and engage in conversations with outstanding scholars on cutting-edge research findings.

Each quarter will feature several preeminent speakers. Lectures will last approximately one hour and take place in the TMP Executive Learning Center, Phelps Hall 1410. Lunch is provided for all guests who RSVP.

Attendees are required to register prior to the event for lunch and space reservation. For more information, contact Amanda Higham via email (amanda@tmp.ucsb.edu)or by phone at 805-893-7577.