Working Papers

These papers are working drafts of research which often appear in final form in academic journals. The published versions may differ from the working versions provided here.

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Hayagreeva Rao, Sunasir Dutta
November 2017

We extend the emergent lens on strategy formulation by arguing that great strategies arise from insurgent identity movements. In motivating the paper, we depict Steve Jobs as an activist constituted by the personal computing movement...

Aruna Ranganathan, Ranjitha Shivaram
October 23, 2017

Using ethnographic, personnel, and field experimental data from an Indian garment factory, this paper investigates whether manager gender affects worker productivity and if so, how. We argue that female managers motivate greater worker productivity than...

Adina Sterling, J. Perry-Smith
September 2017

This paper tackles the intersection of two trends, the increasing prevalence of flat, so-called horizontal organizations and the greater gender diversity of the workers that such organizations employ. We investigate why these organizations may be...

Mary-Hunter McDonnell, Sarah A. Soule, Brayden King
May 7, 2017

Scholars agree that the tenor of a firms’ past interactions with contentious activists - which represent a strong signal of the openness of a firm’s opportunity structures - impacts the likelihood that the firm will...

Gabriel Doyle, Amir Goldberg, Sameer B. Srivastava, Michael C. Frank
March 1, 2017

Cultural fit is widely believed to affect the success of individuals and the groups to which they belong. Yet

Aruna Ranganathan, Alan Benson

Does monitoring workers improve or impair their productivity? Existing studies offer conflicting predictions. Using personnel and operational data from an Indian garment manufacturing plant, we examine how an RFID monitoring intervention on three of the...

Adina Sterling, C. Rider

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Adina Sterling, Roberto M. Fernandez
June 2016

Under 2nd Review, Management Science

Women pursue managerial credentials at nearly the same rate as men but evidence suggests they receive lower salaries from the onset of their managerial careers. While demand-side contributions to this gender...

Robert A. Burgelman
March 7, 2016

This paper examines Meg Whitman’s tenure as HP’s CEO from September 2011 till March 2016. It considers the external contextual forces shaping radical changes in the information technology industry as well as the internal contextual...

Robert A. Burgelman
January 2016

This paper conceptualizes HP’s history of becoming between 1939 and 2015 in terms of an integral process overview encompassing seven distinct epochs and associated corporate transformations, and discusses the differential contributions of successive CEOs to...

Amir Goldberg, Sameer B. Srivastava, V. Govind Manian, Christopher Potts
December 8, 2015

How do people adapt to organizational culture and what are the consequences for their outcomes in the organization? These fundamental questions about culture have previously been examined using self-report measures, which are subject to reporting...

Amir Goldberg, Sameer B. Srivastava, V. Govind Manian, Will Monroe, Christopher Potts
September 15, 2015

A recurring theme in sociological research is the tradeoff between fitting in and standing out. Prior work examining this tension has tended to take either a network structural or a cultural perspective. We instead fuse...

Adina Sterling
June 8, 2015

Research suggests that finding and hiring the right workers may be as important to firms as managing workers after they join organizations.  However, hiring the right workers is difficult.  In this paper trial employment is...

John-Paul Ferguson, Thomas Dudley, Sarah A. Soule
April 2015

This paper examines whether protest assocated with the “long protest wave” of the 1960s and 1970s positively influenced private-sector union support. Past research has found no such influence. We use measures designed to more closely...

Ran Duchin, Amir Goldberg, Denis Sosyura
March 20, 2015

Using hand-collected data on divisional managers at conglomerates, we find that a change in industry surplus in one division generates large spillovers on managerial payoffs in other divisions of the same firm. These spillovers arise...

Robert A. Burgelman
March 2015

This paper discusses the phenomenon of “built to become:” an open-ended ongoing process for which there is no grand ex ante plan possible and which unfolds through a series of transformations in the course of...

Mary-Hunter McDonnell, Brayden King, Sarah A. Soule

This project explores whether and how corporations become more receptive to social activist challenges over time. Drawing from social movement theory, we suggest a dynamic process through which contentious interactions lead to increased receptivity. We...

Elizabeth G. Pontikes, William P. Barnett
August 2014
It is known that organizations benefit from stability, but that they often are compelled to change by circumstances. We argue that the relationship between organizational stability and change hinges on a key distinction between an organization changing...
David W. Lehman, Balázs Kovács, Glenn R. Carroll
June 4, 2014

Organization theory highlights the spread of norms of rationality in contemporary life. Yet rationality does not always spread without friction; individuals often act based on other beliefs and norms. We explore this problem in the...