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Biography of David Krackhardt
David Krackhardt is Professor of Organizations at the Heinz School of
Public Policy and Management and the Graduate School of Industrial
Administration, 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
Over the past 15 years, his research has focused on how the
theoretical insights and methodological innovations of network
analysis can enhance our understanding of how organizations function.
He pioneered the concept of "cognitive social structures", wherein
individuals provide their perceptions of the entire network in which
they are embedded. He empirically has related these perceived
structures to turnover, reputations and power in organizations.
Another interest of his has been in developing methodologies for better
understanding networks and their implications. His contributions in this
arena include adapting the quadratic assignment procedure to multiple
regression analyses of network data. In addition, he has developed
methods drawing from graph theory for studying the shape and structure of
organizations as a whole.
His published works have appeared in a variety of journals in the fields
of psychology, sociology, anthropology and management. His current
research agenda includes developing models of diffusion of controversial
innovations, exploring and testing visual representations of networks,
identifying effective leverage points for organizational change, and
exploring the roles of Simmelian (super-strong) ties in organizations.
Prof. Krackhardt was born in 1950 in Massachusetts. He is married with