Faculty Directory

Steven J. Kahl

Associate Professor of Business Administration



DegreePhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, 2007; MPhil, University of Minnesota, 1995; BA, Dartmouth College, 1991

AREAS OF EXPERTISEOrganizational theory, organizational change, innovation, social cognition

Current Research Topics

  • Social structure and cognitive foundations of market emergence
  • Organizational structure and strategy
  • Identity and strategic change
  • Role of services in technology and industry evolution

Selected Publications

  • With M.Cusumano and F. Suarez, “Services and the Business Models of Product Firms: An Empirical Analysis of the Software Industry,” Management Science, Vol. 59 No. 2
  • With C. Bingham, “The Process of Schema Emergence: Assimilation, Deconstruction, Unitization and the Plurality of Analogies,” Academy of Management Journal, forthcoming
  • With J. Yates and G. Liegel, “Audience Structure and the Failure of Institutional Entrepreneurship,” Advances in Strategic Management, 29, 2012
  • With Y. Kim and D. Phillips, “Identity Sequences and the Early Adoption Pattern of the Jazz Canon (1920–1929),” Research in Sociology of Organizations, 31, 2010

Working Papers

  • With J. Yates, “The Hard-Working Obedient Moron: The Role of Power and Authority In Computer Use in Insurance, 1947–60s”
  • With B. King and G. Liegel, “Intraorganizational Struggles for Jurisdictional Control: Technology Innovation and Occupational Change in Manufacturing Firms, 1954–80”
  • With M. Cusumano and F. Suarez, “A Theory of Services in Product Firms”
  • With C. Bingham, “The Logic and Structure of Category Formation”
  • With D. Phillips, “Market Order and Structure: Investment Bank’s Application of the “Fair Market” Rule During the Financial Crisis, 2007–09”


  • Best Paper Proceedings, Organization and Management Theory Division, Academy of Management, “The Process of Schema Development: How the Insurance Industry Conceptualized the Computer: 1947–75,” 2011
  • Best Paper co-winner, “Structural Position and Social Movement Strategies,” UC Davis Conference on Qualitative Research, 2010
  • University of Chicago Booth Scholar 2008–09
  • Best Paper Proceedings, TIM Division, Academy of Management, “Considering the Customer: Determinants and Impact of Using Technology,” 2007

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Tuck School of Business, 2012–present
  • Assistant Professor, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 2007–12 

Nonacademic positions

  • Associate/Vice President, Global Investment Research, Goldman, Sachs & Co., 1999–2002
  • Research Analyst, US Bancorp Piper Jaffray, Inc., 1997–99
  • IT consultant, Deloitte & Touche LLP, 1995–97
  • Systems Analyst, Andersen Consulting, 1991–93

Editorial positions

  • Co-Editor, Advances in Strategic Management, vol. 29
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, American Journal of Sociology, Management Science, Organization Science, Organization Studies

Research & Teaching

Steve Kahl’s research examines how new markets emerge through sociological and cognitive perspectives. He examines how markets come to understand new firms and innovations through historically grounded content and discursive analysis. Steve teaches the core course Leading Organizations and an elective course called Leading Entrepreneurial Organizations.