Charles M. Harper Leadership Professor of Sociology and Strategy
Phone: (773) 702-0848
Ronald Burt studies the ways that social networks create competitive advantage in careers, organizations, and markets. Originally a pre-med major, Burt became curious as to why he couldn’t account for people’s behavior. He went into physiological psychology, then social psychology, finally finishing his doctorate under mathematical sociologist James Coleman at the University of Chicago. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social and behavioral science from Johns Hopkins University in 1971 and a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago in 1977. He sought a better understanding of European business by spending two years as the Shell Professor of Human Resources at INSEAD, and came to better understand practical applications of his research by spending two years as the Vice President of Strategic Learning at Raytheon Company.