Esther Leibel

Assistant Professor, Strategy and Innovation
  • Phone 617-353-5105
  • Office 658C
  • BOSTON UNIVERSITY
    Questrom School of Business
    Rafik B. Hariri Building
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

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Esther Leibel is an Assistant Professor of Strategy & Innovation at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. Her research employs ethnographic and linguistic methods to study the dynamics of fields formation, with a focus on vocabulary, meanings, and practices development in the contexts of entrepreneurship and local investing. Her forthcoming Academy of Management Annals piece with Tim Hallett and Beth Bechky brings attention to the role of interactions as a source of meaning making in fields. Consistent with this view, her analysis of micro-level interactions within the Slow Money movement, which supports the development of sustainable local food systems by connecting sustainable food entrepreneurs with local investors, offers insights into meaning making and practice development as tethering of local understandings to extra local rationales.

    Publications
  • Leibel, E., Hallett, T., Bechky, B. (2018). "Meaning at the Source: The Dynamics of Field Formation in Institutional Research", Academy of Management Annals, 12 (1), 154-177
  • Leibel, E. (2019). "Institutional Customization: Geography, Meanings, and Investing Practices in the Slow Money Field", Academy of Management Proceedings, 2019 (1), 15362-15362
  • Gross, T., Zilber, T., Gross, T., Harvey, C., Heinze, K., Leibel, E., Soderstrom, S., Yang, R. (2019). "Unpacking the Role of Interactions as a Site of Meaning", Academy of Management Proceedings, 2019 (1), 18513-18513
    Research Presentations
  • Leibel, E. Understanding the geography of investing practices: A field experiment approach, Minneapolis, MN, 2019
  • Leibel, E. Understanding the geography of investing practices: A field experiment approach, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2019
  • Leibel, E. Understanding the geography of investing practices: A field experiment approach, Boston, MA, 2019
  • Leibel, E. Institutional Customization: Geography, Meanings, and Investing Practices in the Slow Money Field, Boston, MA, 2019
  • Leibel, E. Beyond field configuring events—exploring the dynamics of field formation at the national and local levels, Boston, MA, 2019
  • Leibel, E. Local institutions, meaning making, and heterogeneity in impact investing practices, Strategic Management Society, Paris France, 2018
  • Leibel, E. Local institutions, meaning making, and heterogeneity in impact investing practices, Academy of Management, Chicago, IL, 2018
  • Leibel, E. A Comparative Analysis of Vocabulary, Meaning, and Practices of Social Entrepreneurs and Investors, Academy of Management, Chicago, IL, 2018
  • Leibel, E. Local institutions, meaning making, and heterogeneity in impact investing practices, Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability, Cambridge, MA, 2018
  • Leibel, E. Exploring the interplay of organizations and careers in the emerging field of big data analytics consulting, Academy of Management, Surrey, UK, 2018
  • Leibel, E. Local Institutions, Meaning Making, and Heterogeneity in Impact Investing Practices, University of Texas, Austin, 2018
  • Leibel, E. Local institutions and heterogeneity in emerging fields: the case of Slow Money, Yale University, 2017
    Awards and Honors
  • 2018, Academy of Management ONE Dissertation Award Finalist, Organization and Natural Environment (ONE) Division, Academy of Management