Jason Owen-Smith
Associate Professor, University of Michigan
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Jason Owen-Smith is Executive Director of the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) and Director of the Barger Leadership Institute at the University of Michigan. He is the Barger Leadership Institute Professor of Organizational Studies, Professor of Sociology and Research Professor in the Institute for Social Research (ISR) Survey Research Center (SRC) at the University of Michigan. His research examines how science, commerce, and the law cohere and conflict in contemporary societies and economies. Together with collaborators, Owen-Smith works on projects that examine the dynamics of high-technology industries, the public value of the research university, and network organization of surgical care. He seeks to understand how organizations, institutions, and networks can maintain the status quo while generating novelty through social transformations, scientific discoveries, and technological breakthroughs. Findings from his research have been published in outlets including Administrative Science Quarterly, the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, Cell, Cell Stem Cell, Higher Education, Management Science, Medical Care, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Methods, Organization Science, Research Policy, Science, and Social Studies of Science. In 2006, he received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industries Studies Fellowship in Biotechnology. In 2008 he was awarded the University of Michigan’s Henry Russel Award, which recognizes mid-career faculty for exceptional scholarship and conspicuous teaching ability. In 2014 he was awarded the LSA Excellence in Teaching Award and the John Dewey Award by the college of Literature, Science and the Arts. He received his M.A and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology at the University of Arizona and a B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy from the New College of Florida.

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