BRANDY AVEN

I am an Associate Professor in Organizational Behavior and Theory at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. I received my PhD in Sociology from Stanford University. 

My research investigates social factors that facilitate or undermine individuals' ability to coordinate. In particular, I focus on network relations, employing a variety of methods, including content analysis, historical data, and experimental approaches. Substantively, my main areas of interests are fraud and entrepreneurship.

You can find my CV here. 

PUBLICATIONS

"The Effects of Individual Status and Group Performance on Network Tie Formation among Teammates in The National Basketball Association" (2018) with Jeremy Koster. PLOS ONE.

"Structural Role Complementary in Entrepreneurial Teams" (2017) with Henning Hillmann. Management Science.

"Communication Networks, Transactive Memory Systems, and Team Performance" (2017) with Linda Argote & Jonathan Kush. Organization Science.

"The Effects of Social Network Distance on Organizational Learning" (2016) with Evelyn Zhang, Sociological Science 3: 1103-1131.

"The Paradox of Corrupt Networks: An Analysis of Organizational Crime at Enron" (2015) Organization Science, 26(4): 980–996.

"Fragmented Networks and Entrepreneurship in Late Imperial Russia" (2011) with Henning Hillmann, American Journal of Sociology, 117(2): 484-538. 

“Assessing Trustworthiness in Online Goods and Services” (2009) with Karen Cook, Coye Cheshire, & Alexandra Gerbasi in ETrust: Forming Relationships in the Online World, edited by Karen S. Cook, Chris Snijders, Vincent Buskens & Coye CheshireNew York, New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

"Using Product and Social Network Data to Improve Online Advertising" (Granted in 2009) with David Burgess, Jonathan Haynes, James Merino, & Paul Moore, U.S. Patent Number: WO/2009/085,524. 

WORKING PAPERS

"When Ties Bind and When Ties Divide: The Effects of Communication Networks on Shared Social Identity and Group Performance" with Jonathan Kush & Linda Argote.

"The Valley of Trust: The Effect of Relational Strength on Monitoring Quality" with Lily Morse & Alessandro Iorio. 

"Dyadic Analysis: Methods and Software for Organizational Networks" with Jeremy Koster & George Leckie.

"Disentangling the Effects of Preference and Role Homophily on Tie Formation: Evidence from an Online Communitywith Evelyn Zhang & Ming Leung.

"Structural Blindness? Mobility and Performance Disruption in Organizationswith Evelyn Zhang & Adina Sterling.

"Lay Theories of Networking Ability" with Ko Kuwabara, Xi Zou, Claudius Hildebrand, & Sheena Iyengar.