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Steven J. Kahl D’91

Associate Professor of Business Administration





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

Areas of Expertise

Organizational 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

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

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

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