Faculty Directory

Adam M. Kleinbaum

Associate Professor of Business Administration



DegreeDBA, Harvard University, 2008; AB, Harvard College, 1998

AREAS OF EXPERTISESocial networks, organizational structure, corporate entrepreneurship

Current Research Topics

  • The emergence and evolution of social networks in organizations
  • Role of intra-firm social networks in promoting coordination and innovation
  • Relationship between formal and informal organizational structures
  • Electronic communication

Selected Publications

  • With A. Jordan and P. Audia. “An Alter-Centric Perspective on the Origins of Brokerage in Social Networks: How Perceived Empathy Moderates the Self-Monitoring Effect.” Organization Science (accepted)
  • With T. Stuart, “Network Responsiveness: The Social Structural Microfoundations of Dynamic Capabilities.” Academy of Management Perspectives (forthcoming)
  • With T. Stuart, “Inside the Black Box of the Corporate Staff: Social Networks and the Implementation of Corporate Strategy.” Strategic Management Journal 35(1):  24-47, 2014
  • With T. Stuart and M. Tushman, “Discretion Within Constraint: Homophily and Structure in a Formal Organization,” Organization Science 24(5): 1316-1336, 2013
  • With Y. Xu and D. Rockmore, "Hyperlink Prediction in Hypernetworks Using Latent Social Features." Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Discovery Science. 2013
  • “Organizational Misfits and the Origins of Brokerage in Intra-firm Networks,” Administrative Science Quarterly, 57: 407-452, 2012
  • With E. Quintane, “Matter Over Mind? E-mail Data and the Measurement of Social Networks,” Connections, 31(1), 2011
  • “Interdependent Innovation,” in World Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurship, 2011
  • With M.L. Tushman, “Managing Corporate Social Networks,” Harvard Business Review, 86(7-8), 2008
  • With M.L. Tushman, C.A. O’Reilly, A. Fenollosa, and D. McGrath, “Relevance and Rigor: Executive Education as a Lever in Shaping Practice and Research,” Academy of Management Learning & Education, 6(3), 2007
  • With M.L. Tushman, “Building Bridges: The Social Structure of Interdependent Innovation,” Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 1(1), 2007

Working Papers

  • With D. Feiler, “Network Extroversion Bias: Why People Are Not As Outgoing As You Think (Unless You're an Introvert)”
  • "The Un-Scaffolding Hypothesis: How Changes in Formal Structure Trigger Network Dissolution"
  • With C. Parkinson and T. Wheatley, "The Neural Encoding of Social Network Structure"


  • Best Symposium Finalist, Academy of Management, OMT Division, 2014
  • Paul E. Raether Fellowship for Associate Professors, Tuck School of Business, 2013-14
  • Wyss Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research, Harvard Business School, Harvard University, 2008
  • Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 2007

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Tuck School of Business, 2009–present
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Organizational Behavior, Harvard Business School, Harvard University, 2008–09

Nonacademic positions

  • Development Manager, Morgan Stanley, 2000–02
  • Associate, L.E.K. Consulting, 1998–2000

Editorial positions

  • Editorial Review Board Member, Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Academy of Management Journal
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Strategic Management Journal
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Organization Science, Management Science, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Industrial and Corporate Change, California Management Review, Journal of Retailing (ad-hoc expert reviewer in social networks), Stanford University Press  and Rotman University of Toronto Press

Research & Teaching

Adam Kleinbaum’s innovative methods of exploring social networks within organizations have included statistical analysis of millions of emails and calendar entries in a large company to see who communicated with whom, the history of crossed paths, and likely patterns of interaction. Professor Kleinbaum teaches the core course Leading Individuals and Teams and the elective Social Networks in Organizations.