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Barger Leadership Institute Professor of Organizational Studies and Professor of Sociology

Office Location(s): 4120 LSA
Phone: 734.936.0700
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Organizational Studies
    • Director, Barger Leadership Institute
  • Fields of Study
    • Culture and Knowledge
    • Economic Sociology and Organizations
  • About

    Jason Owen-Smith examines how science, commerce, and the law cohere and conflict in contemporary societies and economies. Together with collaborators, Jason works on projects that examine the dynamics of high-technology industries, the commercialization of academic research, and the science & politics of human embryonic stem cell research. 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.     Professor Owen-Smith has held faculty appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Organizational Studies Program at the University of Michigan since 2002. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industries Studies Fellowship in Biotechnology. In 2008 he received the University of Michigan's Henry Russel Award, which recognizes mid-career faculty for exceptional scholarship and conspicuous teaching ability. 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.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2000
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Economic Sociology, Organizational Theory, Networks, Science and Technology