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 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 Toby E. Stuart and Michael L. Tushman, “Discretion Within Constraint: Homophily and Structure in a Formal Organization,” Organization Science 24(5): 1316-1336, 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, Exemplary Contribution award
  • With M.L. Tushman, “Building Bridges: The Social Structure of Interdependent Innovation,” Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 1(1), 2007

Working Papers

  • With A. Jordan and P. Audia, “Do You Read Me? How Perceptions of Empathy Shape Self-Monitors’ Brokerage in Social Networks”
  • With Daniel C. Feiler, “Network Extroversion Bias: Consequences of Personality Homophily for Social Networks”
  • “Network Dynamics and Responsiveness to Structural Change: Evidence from a Natural Experiment”
  • With Y. Xu and D. Rockmore, “Serial Closure and the Dynamics of Brokerage”


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

Research & Teaching Summary

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.