Professor of Sociology, Professor of Organizational Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Executive Director of Research Analytics - University of Michigan Office of Research, Research Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research and Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy
Jason Owen-Smith is a sociologist who 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 public value of the research university, and the 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. Jason’s work makes use of large-scale administrative data to study fundamental process of network change and their effects in policy relevant domains.
Professor 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 where he also holds the Barger Leadership Institute Professorship in Organizational Studies. He is Professor of Sociology and (by courtesy) Public Policy. In the Institute for Social Research (ISR) he is a Research Professor in the Survey Research Center where he directs a program called Innovation Networks and Knowledge (INK) that houses IRIS and an ongoing research project about physician networks and surgical care outcomes. 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.
- Collaborative Research: New Insights into STEM Pathways: The Role of Peers, Networks, and Demand
- Collaborative Research: STEM Training, Employment in Industry, and Entrepreneurship
- Developing and Supporting the IRIS Research Community
- Empirical Assessment of Respondent Driven Sampling from Total Survey Error Perspectives
- Medical Decision-Making and Network Assembly Mechanisms in Inpatient Surgical Care
- Pathways to Science and Engineering Professions: Persistence and career choice for bachelors and masters graduateso research experiences, decision points and labor market transitions
- Patrick Kierkegaard, Owen-Smith, Jason D. 2021. Determinants of physician networks: an ethnographic study examining the processes that inform patterns of collaboration and referral decision-making among physicians. BMJ Open 11(1):e042334.
- Helena Buhr, Russell J. Funk, Owen-Smith, Jason D. 2021. The authenticity premium: Balancing conformity and innovation in high technology industries. Research Policy 50(1):104085.
- Patrick Kierkegaard, Vale,Mira, Spencer Garrison, Brent K. Hollenbeck, John M. Hollingsworth, Owen-Smith, Jason D. 2020. Mechanisms of decision-making in preoperative assessment for older adult prostate cancer patients—A qualitative study. Journal of Surgical Oncology 121(3):561-569.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Kierkegaard, Patrick , Vale, Mira D, Garrison, Spencer , Hollenbeck, Brent K, Hollingsworth, John M. 2020. Mechanisms of decision-making in preoperative assessment for older adult prostate cancer patients-A qualitative study. Journal of Surgical Oncology 121(3):561-569.
- Kim, Jinseok, Owen-Smith, Jason D, Kim, Jinmo . 2019. Generating automatically labeled data for author name disambiguation: an iterative clustering method. Scientometrics
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Everson, Jordan , Funk, Russell J, Kaufman, Samuel R, Nallamothu, Brahmajee K, Pagani, Francis D, Hollingsworth, John M. 2018. Repeated, Close Physician Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Teams Associated with Greater Teamwork. Health Services Research 53(2):1025-1041.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Ghomrawi, Hassan M. K., Funk, Russell J, Parks, Michael L, Hollingsworth, John M. 2018. Physician referral patterns and racial disparities in total hip replacement: A network analysis approach. PLOS ONE 13(2):e0193014.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Funk, R J, Kaufman, S A, Nallamothu, B K, Hollingsworth, J M. 2018. Association of informal clinical integration of physicians with cardiac surgery payments. JAMA Surgery 153(5):446-453.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D. 2018. Research Universities and the Public Good: Discovery for an Uncertain Future.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Funk, Russell J, Landon, Bruce E, Birkmeyer, John D, Hollingsworth, John M. 2017. Identifying Natural Alignments Between Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Local Health Systems: Building Broader Communities of Surgical Care. Medical care 55(2):e9–e15.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Sattari, Reza , Lane, Julia I. 2017. New Insights into Food Safety Research Teams. Measuring the Economic Value of Research: The Case of Food Safety :113-127.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Funk, Russell . 2016. A Dynamic Network Measure of Technological Change. Management Science
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Hollingsworth, John M, Funk, Russell , Luckenbaugh, Amy , Kaufman, Samuel , Nallamothu, Brahmajee . 2016. Clinical Integration is Associated with Lower Costs of Care among Patients Undergoing Prostatectomy. 2016 Annual Meeting Program AbstractsAUA Annual Meeting 195(4, Supplement):e591.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Hollingsworth, John M, Funk, Russell J, Garrison, Spencer A, Kaufman, Samuel A, Pagani, Francis D, Nallamothu, Brahmajee K. 2016. Association Between Physician Teamwork and Health System Outcomes After Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes 9(6):641-648.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Hollingsworth, John M, Funk, Russell J, Garrison, Spencer A, Kaufman, Samuel R, Landon, Bruce E, Montie, James E, Nallamothu, Brahmajee K. 2015. MP5-19 the Impact of Care Coordination on Radical Prostatectomy Outcomes. 2015 Annual Meeting Program Abstracts AUA Annual Meeting 193(4, Supplement):e52-e53.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Lane, Julia I, Rosen, Rebecca F, Weinberg, Bruce A. 2015. New linked data on research investments: Scientific workforce, productivity, and public value. The New Data Frontier 44(9):1659-1671.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Hollingsworth, J M, Funk, R J, Garrison, S A, Kaufman, S R, Landon, B E, Birkmeyer, J D. 2015. Differences between physician social networks for cardiac surgery serving communities with high versus low proportions of black residents. Medical care 53(2):160-167.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Hollingsworth, John M, Funk, Russell J, Landon, Bruce E, Hollenbeck, Brent K, Birkmeyer, John D. 2015. Assessing the Reach of Health Reform to Outpatient Surgery With Social Network Analysis. Annals of Surgery 261(3):468-472.
- Helena Buhr, Owen-Smith, Jason D. 2015. Networks as institutional support: law firm and venture capitalist relations and regional diversity in high-technology IPOs. Institutions and Entrepreneurship 21:95-126.
- Kabo, Felichism W, Levenstein, Margaret C, Owen-Smith, Jason D, Hwang, Yongha . 2015. Shared Paths to the Lab: A Sociospatial Network Analysis of Collaboration. Environment and Behavior 47(1):57-84.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Cotton-Nessler, Natalie C, Buhr, Helena . 2015. Network effects on organizational decision-making: Blended social mechanisms and IPO withdrawal. Social Networks 41:1-17.
- Kabo, Felichism W, Levenstein, Margaret C, Owen-Smith, Jason D, Cotton-Nessler, Natalie , Hwang, Yongha . 2014. Proximity effects on the dynamics and outcomes of scientific collaborations. Research Policy 43(9):1469-1485.
- Kabo, Felichism W, Owen-Smith, Jason D, Davis, Gerald F., Hwang, Yongha . 2014. Spatial Layout, Social Structure, and Innovation in Organizations. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 41(6):1100-1112.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Weinberg, B A, Rosen, R F, Schwarz, L , Allen, B M, Weiss, R E, Lane, J . 2014. Science funding and short-term economic activity. Science 344(6179):41-43.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, DeRouen, M C, McCormick, J B, Scott, C T. 2012. The race is on: human embryonic stem cell research goes global. Stem cell reviews 8(4):1043-1047.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Powell, Walter W. 2012. An Open Elite: Arbiters, Catalysts, or Gatekeepers in the Dynamics of Industry Evolution?. The Emergence of Organizations and Markets :466-495.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Scott, C T, McCormick, J B. 2012. Expand and regularize federal funding for human pluripotent stem cell research. Journal of policy analysis and management : [the journal of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management] 31(3):714-722.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Scott, C T, McCormick, J B. 2012. Democracy is working. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 31(3):726-728.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D. 2012. University Intellectual Property Policies Create Unintended Consequences. Colleges and Universities as Economic Drivers :239-276.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Scott, C T, McCormick, J B, DeRouen, M C. 2011. Democracy derived? New trajectories in pluripotent stem cell research. Cell 145(6):820-826.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D. 2011. The institutionalization of expertise in university licensing. Theory and Society 40(1):63-94.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Powell, Walter W, Smith-Doerr, Laurel . 2011. Sociology and the Science of Science Policy. The Handbook of the Science of Science Policy :56-84.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Scott, C T, McCormick, J B, Derouen, M C. 2010. Federal policy and the use of pluripotent stem cells. Nature methods 7(11):866-867.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Scott, C T, McCormick, J B. 2009. And then there were two: use of hESC lines. Nature biotechnology 27(8):696-697.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Whittington, Kjersten Bunker, Powell, Walter W. 2009. Networks, Propinquity, and Innovation in Knowledge-Intensive Industries. Administrative Science Quarterly 54(1):90-122.
- C. Thomas Scott, Owen-Smith, Jason D, J. McCormick. 2009. We must reverse the Bush legacy of stem-cell problems. :33.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, McCormick, J B, Scott, C T. 2009. Distribution of human embryonic stem cell lines: who, when, and where. Cell stem cell 4(2):107-110.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Caulfield, T , Zarzeczny, A , McCormick, J , Bubela, T , Critchley, C , Einsiedel, E , Galipeau, J , Harmon, S , Huynh, M , Hyun, I , Illes, J , Isasi, R , Joly, Y , Laurie, G , Lomax, G , Longstaff, H , McDonald, M , Murdoch, C , Ogbogu, U , Pattinson, S , Premji, S , von Tigerstrom, B , Winickoff, D E. 2009. The stem cell research environment: a patchwork of patchworks. Stem cell reviews 5(2):82-88.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Powell, WalterW , Colyvas, JeannetteA . 2007. Innovaton and Emulation: Lessons from American Universities in Selling Private Rights to Public Knowledge. Minerva 45(2):121-142.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, McCormick, J . 2006. An international gap in human ES cell research. Nature biotechnology 24(4):391-392.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D. 2005. Dockets, Deals, and Sagas: Commensuration and the Rationalization of Experience in University Licensing. Social Studies of Science 35(1):69-97.
- Owen-Smith, Jason D, Powell, Walter W. 2004. Knowledge Networks as Channels and Conduits: The Effects of Spillovers in the Boston Biotechnology Community. Organization Science 15(1):5-21.