Assistant Professor, Management & Organizations
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] stern.nyu.edu). Thanks for visiting.
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)
- Lee, M., Battilana, J. “How the zebra got its stripes: Imprinting of individuals and hybrid social ventures.” Accepted, Research in the Sociology of Organizations.
- Lee, M., Adbi, A.†, and Singh, J. “Hybrid organizations, categorical cognition, and outcome efficiency in impact investing decisions.” Forthcoming, Strategic Management Journal.
- Lee, M.*, Ramus, T.*, and Vaccaro, A. 2018. “From protest to product: Strategic frame brokerage in a commercial social movement organization.” Academy of Management Journal, 61(6): 2130-58.
- Lee, M. and Marquis, C. 2018. “Large corporations, social capital, and community philanthropy.” Advances in Strategic Management, 38: 197-226.
- Lee, M.* and Huang, L.* 2018. “Gender bias, social impact framing, and evaluation of entrepreneurial ventures.” Organization Science, 29(1): 1-16.
- Dimitriadis, S.†, Lee, M., Ramarajan, L., and Battilana, J. 2017. “Blurring the boundaries between the social and commercial sectors: The interplay of gender and local communities in the commercialization of social ventures.” Organization Science, 28(5): 819-839.
- Almandoz, J., Lee, M., and Marquis, C. 2017. “Different shades of green: The impact of complex and uncertain environments on the strategies of innovative hybrid organizations.” Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 50: 31-67.
- Lee, M. and Jay, J. 2015. “Strategic responses to hybrid social ventures.” California Management Review, 57(3): 126-148.
- Battilana, J.* and Lee, M.* 2014. “Advancing research on hybrid organizing – Insights from the study of social enterprises.” Academy of Management Annals, 8(1): 397-441.
- Lee, M., Battilana, J., and Wang, T. 2014. “Building an infrastructure for empirical research on social enterprise: Challenges and opportunities.” In J. Short (ed.), Research Methodology in Strategy and Management, 9: Research Methods in Social Entrepreneurship, 241-264. Emerald.
- Marquis, C. and Lee, M. 2013. “Who is governing whom? Senior managers, governance and the structure of generosity in large U.S. firms.” Strategic Management Journal, 34(4): 483-497.
- Battilana, J., Lee, M., Walker, J., and Dorsey, C. 2012. “In search of the hybrid ideal.” Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2012.
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.
- "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.”