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 Valley of Trust: The Effect of Relational Strength on Monitoring Quality" (forthcoming in special issue on “Behavioral Field Evidence on Ethics and Misconduct” at Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes) with Lily Morse and Alessandro Iorio.

"Statistical Methods and Software for the Multilevel Social Relations Model" (forthcoming in Field Methods) with Jeremy Koster and George Leckie.

"Communication Networks, Transactive Memory Systems, and Team Performance" (2018) with Linda Argote & Jonathan Kush. Organization Science 29,(2): 191-206.


"Structural Role Complementary in Entrepreneurial Teams" (2018) with Henning Hillmann. Management Science, 64 (12), 5688-5704.

"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.