Esther Leibel

Assistant Professor, Strategy and Innovation
  • Phone 617-353-5105
  • Office 658C
    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.

  • 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. A Comparative Analysis of Vocabulary, Meaning, and Practices of Social Entrepreneurs and Investors, Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Academy of Management, Chicago, IL, 2018
  • Leibel, E. Exploring the interplay of organizations and careers in the emerging field of big data analytics consulting, Academy of Management Special Conference on Big Data and Managing in a Digital Economy, Academy of Management, Surrey, UK, 2018
    Awards and Honors
  • 2018, Academy of Management ONE Dissertation Award Finalist, Organization and Natural Environment (ONE) Division, Academy of Management