Date of release: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Dr Vanina TorloTwo University of Greenwich academics have won international recognition for their expertise in business network analysis.

Dr Vanina Torlo, from the Centre for Business Network Analysis, within the university’s Business School, won the Best Paper Award for Practice Implications at the recent Strategic Management Society Conference in Miami. This is the world’s premier academic conference for business strategy, and the society is the publisher of highly ranked publication Strategic Management Journal.

Dr Torlo, a Lecturer in Strategy, won the award for her paper, Networks, Performance and Risk Taking in the Hedge Funds Industry. Co-authored by Charles Baden-Fuller, Simone Ferriani and Stefano Mengoli, it examines ‘herding behaviour’ amongst hedge fund managers in the run-up to the current financial crisis.

Dr Guido Conaldi, Lecturer in Economic Sociology within the Centre for Business Network Analysis, has also achieved recent international recognition. Dr Conaldi had a paper accepted for publication in one of the world's leading social science journals, Organisational Research Methods, a publication of the Academy of Management.

His paper, Dynamic Models of Affiliation and the Network Structure of Problem Solving in an Open Source Software Project, was co-authored with Alessandro Lomi and Marco Tonellato.

The centre’s Director, Dr Bruce Cronin, says: “This is further evidence of the Business School’s growing position as not only a leading centre of teaching excellence in the UK, but also as an emerging centre of world-leading research on business networks. We undertake social network analysis of a wide range of business problems, and we have the largest group of researchers in this field in Europe.”

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Picture: Dr Vanina Torlo.