I am an Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. My research interests include social and cultural networks, the drivers and consequences of creativity and innovation (particularly in the music industry), the production and consumption of culture, and the dynamics of organisational and individual status.
My current research is divided among these interests in two streams. The first is around the creation and performance of cultural products: music chart and industry dynamics, the factors that contribute to creativity (especially the role played by diversity of one’s connections), the tradeoffs associated with being innovative, the implications of the shift to digital distribution, and the analysis of culture using big data. The second area of research is around the role and impact of network- and rankings-based status on organisations. My work, which has garnered me recognition on the Thinkers 50 Radar list, has appeared in Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, computational social science publications, and been covered in the press by Forbes, Business Insider, Quartz.com, The Times of London, M Magazine, the New York Post, and music industry blogs.
At INSEAD I teach in multiple Executive Education programs in addition to teaching the organisational design and leadership core course in the MBA program, for which I have received the Dean’s commendation for excellence in teaching. My teaching focuses primarily on firms’ organisational-strategic alignment (org design), leading and experiencing organisational change, managing corporate culture, and utilizing social networks.
Prior to becoming a business school academic, I had a number of roles in the business and not-for-profit sectors. I was a management consultant for the Monitor Group, working in its strategy practice and its Executive Development group. This was followed by several years as an early member of a start-up in the educational services space. Before returning to school, I was a member of the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign in California.
I received a joint PhD from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and its Sociology department. I also have an MA in Sociology from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Booth, as well as an AB in Psychology from Harvard University.
My CV is available here.
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