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Dr James Coutinho

Research Fellow


Dr. James Coutinho received his PhD from the University of Manchester in 2016. His research uses social network analysis (SNA) to understand the behaviour of organizations, both at the micro-level (within organizations), and at the macro-level (studying organizations in their wider contexts, such as within markets or economic sectors). He is a member of the MelNet Social Networks Group, and the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis at the University of Manchester. Outside of academia he has worked in research and public policy for both local and national government.

Ongoing research projects include working with the Boeing Company to understand how networks of knowledge search, transfer and creation drive innovation in their global R&D operation, and working in partnership with Canadian Law Enforcement to study the behaviour of organized criminal groups in illicit markets. In the past he has conducted research on worker co-operatives (firms that are collectively-owned and democratically-managed by their employees).

Interests: Organization studies, organizational behaviour, social network analysis, innovation, criminal networks

Fields of Research

  • Sociology - 160800
  • Innovation And Technology Management - 150307


Also published as: Coutinho, James; Coutinho, J.
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