The Science of Science and Innovation
The Kellogg Center for Science of Science & Innovation is the first academic hub of its kind to bring together the world’s foremost experts in complex systems and network science to uncover fundamental patterns in careers, collaboration, the progress of knowledge, and more.
Here is a collection of faculty research and insights related to the science of science. For more information about the Kellogg Center for Science of Science & Innovation, visit kell.gg/cssi.
A new study quantifies how U.S. taxpayer-funded research is used in patents, media, and policy decisions.
Yin Yin, Yuxiao Dong, Kuansan Wang, Dashun Wang and Benjamin F. Jones
July 7, 2022
New research reveals a recipe for success.
Lu Liu, Nima Dehmamy, Jillian Chown, C. Lee Giles and Dashun Wang
October 4, 2021
Turns out, there’s a “special sauce” that can help you get there. But expertise can also come with a curse.
Jan A. Van Mieghem, Brian Uzzi, Luis Rayo, Lu Liu, Jillian Chown, Dashun Wang, Matthew D. Rocklage, Derek D. Rucker, Loran Nordgren and Steven Franconeri
October 25, 2021
The global pandemic has changed how researchers work. The impacts will be felt for years.
July 6, 2021
In an era of misinformation, policy based on “dubious science” could mean a greater loss of life and economic hardship.
Yian Yin, Jian Gao, Benjamin F. Jones and Dashun Wang
January 7, 2021
A new study dispels some of the mystery behind success after failure.
Yian Yin, Yang Wang, James Evans and Dashun Wang
December 2, 2020
An excerpt from the book The Science of Science shows how robots may soon be able to run their own experiments—from start to finish.
Dashun Wang and Albert-László Barabási
November 17, 2020
The extent varies a good deal by field, but the single biggest factor is whether a scientist is caring for young children.
Kyle R. Myers, Wei Yang Tham, Yian Yin, Nina Cohodes, Jerry G. Thursby, Marie C. Thursby, Peter Schiffer, Joseph T. Walsh, Karim R. Lakhani and Dashun Wang
July 15, 2020
When consumers replace the old with the new, surprising trends emerge. A new mathematical model can better predict long-term sales.
Ching Jin, Chaoming Song, Johannes Bjelland, Geoffrey Canright and Dashun Wang
April 1, 2020
A look at the surprising benefits of striking out, and how to make the most of your mistakes.
Dashun Wang, Benjamin F. Jones, Yang Wang, Craig Wortmann, Edward (Ned) Smith, Col. Brian Halloran and Eric T. Anderson
February 10, 2020
Assembling and managing successful teams is a core leadership skill, whether you are convening a temporary task force, managing a full department, or running a school fundraiser.
November 18, 2019
A study of young scientists who were denied grants provides a striking example of why you should never give up.
Yang Wang, Benjamin F. Jones and Dashun Wang
October 1, 2019
A study of professional sports teams suggests that one factor is clearly more important, but the best teams combine them both.
Satyam Mukherjee, Yun Huang, Julia Neidhardt, Brian Uzzi and Noshir Contractor
June 3, 2019
Large and small teams produce different types of breakthroughs, according to an analysis of 50 million patents, software products, and academic papers.
Lingfei Wu, Dashun Wang and James Evans
February 13, 2019
Plus, ideas for designing spaces that encourage employees to team up in unique ways.
Benjamin F. Jones
September 6, 2017
Here’s why consequences stick to some team members more than others, according to a new study of retracted academic papers.
Ginger Zhe Jin, Benjamin F. Jones, Susan Feng Lu and Brian Uzzi
February 1, 2019
A conversation between researchers at Kellogg and Microsoft explores how behavioral science can best be applied.
Noshir Contractor and Duncan Watts
September 10, 2018
Bursts of brilliance happen for almost everyone. Explore the “hot streaks” of thousands of directors, artists and scientists in our graphic.
Lu Liu, Yang Wang, C. Lee Giles, Chaoming Song, Roberta Sinatra and Dashun Wang
July 11, 2018
A definitive new study dispels the myth of the Silicon Valley wunderkind.
Pierre Azoulay, Benjamin F. Jones, J. Daniel Kim and Javier Miranda
May 15, 2018
Scientific research leads to marketplace innovations more frequently and quickly than expected.
Mohammad Ahmadpoor and Benjamin F. Jones
November 2, 2017
There is an overarching pattern in how innovators, like Elon Musk, shift their focus over time.
Tao Jia, Dashun Wang and Boleslaw K. Szymanski
August 2, 2017
Researchers, have hope: your most successful paper can occur at any point in your career.
Roberta Sinatra, Dashun Wang, Pierre Deville, Chaoming Song and Albert-László Barabási
November 2, 2016
There are ways to split the pie that encourage innovation.
Hans K. Hvide and Benjamin F. Jones
June 6, 2016
How gender discrimination affects hiring
Ernesto Reuben, Paola Sapienza and Luigi Zingales
March 10, 2014
The right mixture balances conventionality, novelty, and collaboration
Brian Uzzi, Satyam Mukherjee, Michael Stringer and Benjamin F. Jones
November 4, 2013
Scientists who make breakthroughs are older than ever
Benjamin F. Jones
May 19, 2011
Collaborating at a distance pays off
Benjamin F. Jones, Stefan Wuchty and Brian Uzzi
October 10, 2008