Matthew Lee

Assistant Professor, Management & Organizations

NYU Stern

I am an Assistant Professor at the New York University Stern School of Business, where I teach strategy in the MBA program.

My research focuses on organizational hybridity, and in particular how businesses organize to simultaneously manage social welfare and environmental sustainability goals alongside commercial performance. For instance, some of my recent work studies framing strategies of an anti-Mafia social movement-turned-business, how social categories theory affects impact investing decisions, and how the perceptions of entrepreneurs that claim to pursue a social impact differ according to the entrepreneur's gender. I also serve on the editorial review boards at Administrative Science Quarterly and Academy of Management Journal, two of the leading journals in organization theory and management.

Before joining NYU, from 2014-2019 I was a professor at INSEAD and based in Singapore. I completed my doctoral studies at Harvard Business School, and prior to that was a strategy consultant at the Bridgespan Group, a strategy consulting firm serving social sector organizations.

This page is primarily an online C.V. and is not regularly updated. But please feel free to get in touch (mlee [at] Thanks for visiting.

Links: Full C.V. | Google Scholar | ResearchGate | Publons

P.S. If your institution is hiring this year, please have a look at the work of Arzi Adbi, my PhD student and collaborator who is on the 2019-2020 job market. You will be glad that you did!

Published and forthcoming research (last update August 2019)

(* equal authorship | † graduate student co-author)

Under peer review and invited revisions

  • “Commercialization of mission-oriented organizations as a structural hybridization process.” (with Tommaso Ramus, Antonino Vaccaro, and Pietro Versari). Received 2nd revise & resubmit, Academy of Management Journal.

Working papers

  • "Collective behavior at the base of the pyramid: Evidence from a liquidity shock in microfinance.” (with Arzi Adbi and Jasjit Singh)
  • “In search of structure: Toward a compensatory control theory of institutional cognition.” (with Jennifer Whitson)
  • “Mission and markets? The organizational viability of hybrid social ventures.”