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Professor of Education and, by courtesy, of Sociology and of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsThe majority of my current research projects concern the sociology of science and research innovation. Here are some examples of projects we are pursuing:
1. the process of intellectual jurisdiction across fields and disciplines
2. the process of knowledge innovation diffusion in science
3. the propagators of scientific careers and advance
4. the role of identity and diversity on the process of knowledge diffusion and career advance
5. the process of research translation across scientific fields and into practice
6. the formal properties and mechanisms of ideational change (network analysis, or holistic conceptions of scientific propositions and ideas)
7. developing methods for identifying the rediscovery of old ideas recast anew
8. investigating the process of scientific review
I am also heavily involved in research on social networks and social network theory development. Some of my work concerns relational dynamics and cognitive networks as represented in communication. This often concerns the communication of children (in their writings and speech in classrooms) and academic scholars. I am also co-editing a special issue in Social Networks on "network ecology", or a theoretical account of social networks dynamics; a special chapter on education and social networks for Cambridge Press; and I am a coauthor on a social network methods textbook coming out with Cambridge Press (Forthcoming, by Craig Rawlings, Jeff Smith, James Moody and Daniel McFarland).
Last, I am heavily involved in institutional efforts to develop computational social science, computational sociology, and education data science on Stanford's campus.
BioWilliam F. Meehan III is the Raccoon Partners Lecturer in Strategic Management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Senior Partner Emeritus of McKinsey & Company.
As a faculty member of the Center for Social Innovation and Public Management Program, he has taught the popular course “Strategic Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations and Social Ventures” for 20 years; developed a pioneering course, “Private Equity in Frontier Markets; ” and continues to teach Managing Difficult Conversations” and Social Ventures Practicum.” As a Faculty Director, he helped launch the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED). Earlier, was instrumental in creating the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford GSB.
In addition, at Stanford, he has advised the Stanford Board of Trustees and President on strategy and governance. He is currently a founding member and vice-chair of the Natural Capital Advisory Council; a Special Advisor to the Stanford Initiative in Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI); and a Special Advisor to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars. Previously he was a founding member of the Advisory Council to the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACs) and the Arts Advisory Council.
In 2014, he received the Excellence in Leadership Award from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
His recent book, co-authored with Kim Starkey Jonker, Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector, engineofimpact.org, is a bestseller in its field. Previously, Jonker and Meehan have published a range of articles on non-profits and philanthropy in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and are currently columnists for forbes.com.
Previously, he was a Board Member and Special Advisor to King Philanthropies; and a Board Member of GiveDirectly, which is pioneering the use of digital cash transfers to alleviate extreme poverty. He is also a Life Governor of the San Francisco Symphony; Chair Emeritus of Guidestar; a member of the North American Council of Ashoka, and a member of Positive Coaching Alliance’s National Advisory Board. He has also advised, pro bono, innumerable nonprofit leaders, Boards, and organizations.
Previously, he was Chair of the United Way of the Bay Area, a member of the Board of Fordham Prep, the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy (STEP) and the California Roundtable. He was also a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Endowment Board and, earlier, its Board.
Mr. Meehan retired in December 2008 after over 30 years at McKinsey & Company where his focus was working with chief executives on strategy, organization and leadership, including mentoring many new CEOs in shaping their leadership agendas. In addition to his service to clients, he held many leadership roles with the Firm. As a member of the Shareholders Council, McKinsey’s Board, he was Chair of the Client Committee and Chair of the McKinsey Investment Office, which oversees more than $8 billion in investments. He was also Vice-Chair of the Senior Partners Review Committee, founder and leader of the Private Equity Practice; Chair of the West Coast Practice, and Managing Director of the San Francisco Office.
He is a former Director of Juniper Networks and Westward Leaning and currently a Director of Big Switch.
Shirley R. and Leonard W. Ely, Jr. Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Professor of Economics, Senior Fellow at SIEPR and Professor, by courtesy, of Economics at the GSB and of Management Science and Engineering
BioPaul Milgrom is the Shirley and Leonard Ely professor of Humanities and Sciences in the Department of Economics at Stanford University and professor, by courtesy, in the Stanford Graduate School of Business and in the Department of Management Sciences and Engineering. Born in Detroit, Michigan on April 20, 1948, he is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a winner of the 2008 Nemmers Prize in Economics, the 2012 BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge award, the 2017 CME-MSRI prize for Innovative Quantitative Applications, and the 2018 Carty Award for the Advancement of Science.
Milgrom is known for his work on innovative resource allocation methods, particularly in radio spectrum. He is coinventor of the simultaneous multiple round auction and the combinatorial clock auction. He also led the design team for the FCC's 2017 incentive auction, which reallocated spectrum from television broadcast to mobile broadband.
According to his BBVA Award citation: “Paul Milgrom has made seminal contributions to an unusually wide range of fields of economics including auctions, market design, contracts and incentives, industrial economics, economics of organizations, finance, and game theory.” As counted by Google Scholar, Milgrom’s books and articles have received more than 80,000 citations.
Finally, Milgrom has been a successful adviser of graduate students, winning the 2017 H&S Dean's award for Excellence in Graduate Education.