Research Fellows

Senior Research Fellows

Greg Bovitz

Greg Bovitz is founder and president of Bovitz, Inc., a multidisciplinary market research and strategy firm. Bovitz advises on the design, implementation, and analysis of proprietary custom studies that the Center conducts on behalf of industry partners and government leaders. Bovitz holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego and specializes in consumer research methods.

Bovitz’s work at the Center includes a leadership role in the implementation and dissemination of the longitudinal Digital Future study. By helping organizations incorporate the Center’s longitudinal insights into highly customized, proprietary research programs, he enables organizations to stay ahead of emerging developments, rather than simply reacting to them.

Sergio Godoy

Sergio Godoy is a specialist in the business of communications and its strategic implications. Godoy directs Chile’s first PhD program in this field at Universidad Catolica de Chile (UC).

Godoy studies competitive intelligence, and reputation management. He is involved in several international research networks related to digitization, communications, and business. Godoy has participated in the policy discussions about digitization of broadcasting and health communication strategies in Chile.

Prior to his academic career, Sergio worked for the United Nations, the Chilean presidency of the republic, and other private and public organisations as content producer, managing editor for the news service of presidents Aylwin and Frei, trade intelligence and analyst in London, and electoral observer in Eastern Europe. Among other works, he wrote Publicly profitable? Evaluation of Chile’s Market Oriented Public Broadcaster (Santiago: Ediciones UC, 2000), and The Firm is the Message (El Mercurio Editions, 2015) together with Eduardo Opazo.

Kumar Mehta

Dr. Kumar Mehta is an expert on innovation science and is dedicated to providing knowledge that helps accelerate the rate of innovation in the world. The founder of Bridges Insight, a think tank, Kumar was studying innovation long before the term became a buzzword, basing his 1990 dissertation on how groundbreaking ideas and technologies are adopted. Since then he has created the conditions for innovative thought throughout his tenure in a large corporation as well as in other imaginative and forward-thinking companies.

Kumar spent nine years as the CEO of an enterprise that employs more than 1,200 professionals worldwide. For 13 years, he worked at Microsoft, honing his skills in innovation, business strategy, data analytics, and research. He frequently speaks on these topics at programs worldwide.

Kumar serves on the board for the Committee for Children, a global nonprofit dedicated to fostering the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning and development.

Research Fellows

John Beck

John C. Beck is a professor and director at Hult International Business School and president of the North Star Leadership Group, Inc.  Previously, Beck was dean at Globis University (Japan), where he was the first non-Japanese to lead a bilingual professional degree program. Before that, he was the director of international research at Accenture, a senior advisor to the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore and a senior advisor at Monitor Group.

An expert on business in Asia, strategic management, globalization and technology, Beck has published hundreds of articles, books, and business reports. He has served on the boards of a variety of corporations and universities and was co-director of the “Project on Strategies of the World’s Largest 50 Companies” for the United Nations.

Uday Karmarkar

Uday S. Karmarkar is Times Mirror Professor of Management Strategy and director of the Center for Management in the Information Economy at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. Karmarkar’s research focuses on information-intensive industries, technology management, and operations strategy for manufacturing, service, and information-based companies. He previously taught at the University of Chicago and at the Simon School at the University of Rochester.

Karmarkar has consulted and conducted research in technology management, operations strategy, industrial marketing, business development, and supply chain management with a wide variety of global firms. He serves on the advisory boards for several start-up companies as well as more established firms.

Karmarkar is widely published and was recognized as a distinguished alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay) where he serves on their advisory board.  He holds a B.Tech. degree in engineering from IIT and a Ph.D. in management science from MIT.

Barry Wellman

Barry Wellman directs NetLab as the S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on community sociology, the Internet, human-computer interaction, and social structure as manifested in social networks in communities and organizations.

Wellman’s overarching interest is in the paradigm shift from group-centered relations to networked individualism. He has written more than 300 articles, chapters, reports and books, many of which have been co-authored with students who comprise about half of his nearly 100 co-authors. He is the co-editor of The Internet in Everyday Life, Networks in the Global Village and Social Structures: A Network Approach.

Wellman is a Fellow of the Royal Sociology of Canada. He has won career achievement awards for social network analysis, community sociology, the sociology of communication and information technologies, and Canadian sociology. He learned to keypunch in 1964 and sent his first email in 1976.