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Full Professor
Department of Management and Technology

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Courses a.y. 2017/2018

30389 SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS (Introduction to Network Science)

Biographical note

Degree in Business Administration from Università Bocconi. PhD in Business Administration and Management, Università Bocconi.

Academic CV

Professor of Organization Theory and Design and Network Analysis at the Department of Management and Technology of Bocconi University. He has been the Head of the Department of Management and Technology and is currently Dean of SDA Bocconi.  His research has looked at both when and how firms should leverage greater connectivity within and across their boundaries to enhance performance. More precisely, he investigates how organizational architectures, organizational networks and inter-firm collaborations make influence on organizational level outcomes. He is also recognized as one of the leading scholars who advanced the organizational design methodologies by linking the use of network analysis to the design of effective organizations and firm governance. His work has been published in the top management journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science,  Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Organization, Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Management, Organization Studies, Research in the Sociology of Organizations. He serves the Editorial Board of Organization Science and Strategic Organization, and he is member of the Research Committee of the Organization Management Theory Division at the Academy of Management .


Research areas

Prof. Soda research interests are broadly concerned with understanding how organizational networks and inter-firm collaborations making influence on organizational level outcomes, where networks come from and how they evolve over time. He has also investigated how network analysis can be used to design effective organizations and firm governance. Broadly, themes that he has been researching include: Antecedents, mechanisms and forms of Interfirm networks; the performance implications of inter-organizational networks; the impact of time on the relationships between network structures and outcome; the genesis and dynamics of network structures; network approach to organizational design; co-evolution of meanings and network structures within organizational teams.

Selected publications

“Bringing Tasks Back In: An Organizational Theory Of Resource Complementarity and Partner Selection”, Journal of Management, forthcoming 2014.
“More Formally: Rediscovering the Missing Link between Formal Organization and Informal Social Structure”, The Academy of Management Annals, 8(1): 1–47, 2014 (with Bill McEvily and Marco Tortoriello).
"A Network Perspective on Organizational Architecture: Performance Effects of the Interplay of Formal and Informal Organization". Strategic Management Journal, 33(6): 751-771, 2012 (with Aks Zaheer).
"Genesis and Dynamics of Organizational Networks", Organization Science, 23:434-448, 2012 (with G.Auhja and A. Zaheer).
"The Evolution of Network Structure:Where do Structural Holes Come From?" Administrative Science Quarterly, (March, 2009) (with A. Zaheer).
"Network Memory: The Influence of Past and Current Networks on Performance", (with Alessandro Usai and Akbar Zaheer) Academy of Management Journal (2004).
"Think different? An investigation of network antecedents and performance consequences of creativity as deviation". Strategic Organization 10: 2 May 2012 (with Lorenzo Bizzi).
"Discovering the Topology of the Plausible: Counterfactual Analysis, Network Analysis and the Plausible Fit of Unobserved Organizational Configurations". Strategic Organization forthcoming 2012 (with Santi Furnari).
"Imitative Behavior: Network Antecedents and Performance Consequences", (with Akbar Zaheer and Alessandra Carlone) Advances in Strategic Management (2008).
"Inter-firm networks: antecedents, mechanism and forms" (with A. Grandori), Organization Studies (16/2).
"A relational approach to organizational design", (with Anna Grandori) Industry and Innovation (2006).