Faculty Directory

Pino Audia

Professor of Management and Organizations



DegreePhD, University of Maryland, 1996; MBA, Università Bocconi, 1990; BA, Università della Calabria, 1989

AREAS OF EXPERTISEOrganizational behavior, organization theory, strategy implementation, leadership

Current Research Topics

  • Psychological barriers to organizational learning and leadership effectiveness
  • Self-enhancement and decision making
  • Subjective assessments of social networks
  • Social barriers to entrepreneurship
  • Communities and organizations

Selected Publications

  • With A. Kleinbaum and A.H. Jordan, “An Altercentric Perspective on the Origins of Brokerage in Social Networks: How Perceived Empathy Moderates the Self-Monitoring Effect,” Organization Science, March 2015
  • With H. Greve and S. Brion, “Self-assessment, Self-enhancement, and the Choice of Comparison Organizations for Evaluating Organizational Performance,” Advances in Strategic Management, forthcoming, 2015
  • With J. Kurkoski, “An Ecological Analysis of Competition Among U.S. Communities,” Industrial and Corporate Change, forthcoming, 2012
  • With A.H. Jordan, “Self-Enhancement and Learning from Performance Feedback,” Academy of Management Review, 37, 2012
  • With J.H. Freeman, "Community Context and Founding Processes of Banking Organizations," Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 33, 2011
  • With C.I. Rider, "Close, But Not the Same: Locally-Headquartered Organizations and Agglomeration Economies," Research Policy, 39, 2010
  • With S. Brion, "Reluctant to Change: Self-Enhancing Responses to Diverging Performance Measures," Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 102, 2007
  • With J.A. Goncalo, "Success and Creativity Over Time: A Study of Inventors in the Hard Disk Drive Industry," Management Science, 53, 2007
  • With J.H. Freeman and P. Reynolds, "Organizational Foundings in Community Context: Instruments Manufacturers and Their Interrelationship with Other Organizations," Administrative Science Quarterly, 51, 2006
  • With J.H. Freeman, "Community Ecology and the Sociology of Organizations," Annual Review of Sociology, 32, 2006
  • With H. Greve, "Less Likely to Fail: Performance, Firm Size, and Factory Expansion in the Shipbuilding Industry," Management Science, 52, 2006
  • With C.I. Rider, "A Garage and an Idea: What More does an Entrepreneur Need?" California Management Review, 48, 2005

Working Papers

  • With F. Yao, "The diffusion of an invisible corporate practice: Evidence from stock backdating, 1981–2005"
  • With M.K. Stimmler, "The symbolic management of performance: Public opinion and attention to performance in a public arena during the Iraq war"

Selected Research in Progress

  • Self-enhancement and the choice of idiosyncratic social comparisons. With Sebastien Brion (IESE, Spain) and Horacio Rousseau (IESE, Spain)
  • Attractiveness and social networks. With Adam Kleinbaum and Alex H. Jordan (both at Tuck)
  • Status, centrality in mobility networks, and analysts’ accuracy. With Matteo Prato (University of Lugano, Switzerland)
  • Civil society’s response to mafia murders and anti-mafia organizations in Palermo, 1980–2010.  With Giambattista Dagnino (University of Catania, Italy)


  • Academy of Management's award for most significant publication in the field of organizational behavior, 2001, winner
  • Best paper published in the Academy of Management Journal, 2001, finalist
  • Excellence in teaching award, Haas School of Business, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006
  • California Management Review’s Accenture Award, 2007, finalist
  • UC Berkeley XLAB (Experimental Social Science Laboratory) grant for research on “Decision makers’ search behavior under conditions of performance ambiguity,” Spring 2006
  • Kauffman Foundation grant for research on “Industrial Agglomerations and Entrepreneurship.” Spring 2006
  • UC Berkeley research grants. 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Faculty Director, Center for Leadership, Tuck School, 2009–14
  • Tuck School of Business, 2007–present
  • Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, 2002–07
  • Assistant and Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, London Business School, 1996–2002

Editorial Boards

  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Organization Science
  • Strategic Organization

Research & Teaching

Pino Audia’s research into psychological barriers to organizational learning and leadership effectiveness plays an important role in how Tuck teaches leadership. Audia believes that self-knowledge is the basis of successful leadership skills. He teaches the core Personal Leadership course.