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. (2021). "Template Variation within a Common Frame: Supporting Mission Cohesion in Dispersed Organizations",
  • Leibel, E., Falchetti, D. (2021). "When money isn’t everything—Exploring different patterns of entrepreneur resource acquisition",
  • Leibel, E., Shah, S., Wrzesniewski, A., Lee, H., Leibel, E., Roach, M., Shin, J., Agarwal, R., Cho, Y., Huang, L., Sauermann, H., Shah, S. (2020). "Why Become an Entrepreneur and Why It Matters? Effects of Motives on Entrepreneurial Outcomes", Academy of Management Proceedings, 2020 (1), 18402-18402
  • 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
  • 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
    Research Presentations
  • Leibel, E. Template variation within a common frame: Supporting mission cohesion in dispersed organizations, WU Wien, Department of Management Research Seminar Series, 2021
  • Leibel, E. , Vinokurova, N. How Organizations Choose Templates: Evidence from Slow Money, Strategic Management Society - Annual conference, 2021
  • Falchetti, D. , Leibel, E. When Money isn’t Everything: Exploring Different Patterns of Entrepreneur Resource Acquisition, Strategic Management Society - Annual conference, 2021
  • Falchetti, D. , Leibel, E. When Money isn’t Everything: Exploring Different Patterns of Entrepreneur Resource Acquisition., 13th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC), Milan, Italy, 2021
  • Leibel, E. , Vinokurova, N. How Organizations Choose Templates: Evidence from Slow Money, 18th Annual West Coast Research Symposium, 2021
  • Leibel, E. Template variation within a common frame: Supporting mission cohesion in dispersed organizations, Academy of Management - Annual meeting, 2021
  • Leibel, E. , Vinokurova, N. How Organizations Choose Templates: Evidence from Slow Money, UC Davis Conference on Qualitative Research, 2021
    Awards and Honors
  • 2018, Academy of Management ONE Dissertation Award Finalist, Organization and Natural Environment (ONE) Division, Academy of Management