Doctoral Student

Curtis Kwinyen Chan

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Organizational Behavior program jointly offered by Harvard Business School and the Department of Sociology at Harvard University. I am an ethnographer and field researcher studying how people experience and interpret their work and cultural contexts, as well as how this shapes inequality and organizational outcomes like normative control. I specialize in utilizing in-depth, inductive field studies—including studies of screeners at the Transportation Security Administration and consultants at a strategy consultancy—to discover and theorize novel, hidden, and nuanced processes in these areas of inquiry. I was awarded the 2014 Best Student Paper Award from the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management (AOM). My scholarly research is published in Administrative Science Quarterly and the Academy of Management Annals, with written pieces also appearing in the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Work and Occupations, and the Industrial and Labor Relations Review. 

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