Siobhan O’Mahony

Feld Family Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Professor, Strategy and Innovation
  • Phone 617-358-6073
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    Questrom School of Business
    Rafik B. Hariri Building
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

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Professor O’Mahony's research explores how technical and creative projects organize for innovation. She has examined how high technology contractors, open source programmers, artists, music producers, internet startups and product development teams coordinate their efforts in projects, teams and communities. She is interested in how people create organizing structures that promote innovation, creativity and growth without replicating the bureaucratic structures they strive to avoid. Dr. O’Mahony’s research has appeared in Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, Research in Organizational Behavior, Research Policy, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Industry and Innovation, and the Journal of Management and Governance. A former consultant with Price Waterhouse LLP and Electronic Data Systems, she has consulted to organizations such as IDEO, the Global Business Network, Novell, Cap Gemini, Proquest, Microsoft, McDonald Investments, and the European Union.

  • PhD, Stanford University, 2002
  • MPA, Cornell University School of Public Affairs, 1993
  • BS, Cornell University School of Industrial Labor Relations, 1991
  • Larrick, R., Miller, A., North, M., O'Mahony, S., Sah, S., Shea, C., Steffel, M., Woolley, K., Yu, S., Zhang, T. (2019). "Beyond Taking and Accuracy: Advancing Advice Research with New Perspectives", Academy of Management Proceedings, 2019 (1), 11619-11619
  • Karp, R., Agarwal, S., Gawer, A., Jarvenpaa, S., O'Mahony, S., Van Alstyne, M. (2018). "Construct Smack-Down: The Dynamics of Ecosystems and Communities", Academy of Management Proceedings, 2018 (1), 12136-12136
  • Grodal, S., O'Mahony, S. (2017). "How does a grand challenge become displaced? Explaining the duality of field mobilization", Academy of Management Journal, 60 (5), 1801-1827
  • O'Mahony, S., Dahlander, L. (2017). "A Study Shows How to Find New Ideas Inside and Outside the Company", Harvard Business Review
  • O'Mahony, S., Seidel, V., Packelen, K. (2016). Help me do it on my own: How entrepreneurs manage autonomy and constraint within incubator organizations."Research in the Sociology of Organizations", Emerald Publishing Limited 275-307
  • Dahlander, L., O'Mahony, S., Gann, D. (2016). "One foot in, one foot out: How does individuals' external search breadth affect innovation outcomes?", Strategic Management Journal, 37 (2), 280-302
  • O'Mahony, S., Bechky, B. (2015). Leveraging Comparative Field Data for Theory Generation."Handbook of Qualitative Organizational Research: Innovative Pathways and Methods", Routledge 168-176
  • Seidel, V., O'Mahony, S. (2014). "Managing the Repertoire: Stories, Metaphors, Prototypes, and Concept Coherence in Product Innovation", Organization Science, 25 (3), 691-712
  • O'Mahony, S., Ferraro, F. (2012). Managing the Boundary of an Open Project."Market Emergence and Transformation", Princeton University Press 545-565
  • Dahlander, L., O'Mahony, S. (2011). "Progressing to the Center: Coordinating Project Work", Organization Science, 22 (4), 961-979
  • Lingo, E., O'Mahony, S. (2010). "Nexus Work: Brokerage on Creative Projects", Administrative Science Quarterly, 55 (1), 47-81
  • Kochan, T., Guillen, M., Hunter, L., O'Mahony, S. (2009). "Introduction to the special research forum - public policy and management research: Finding the common ground", Academy of Management Journal, 52 (6), 1088-1100
  • O'Mahony, S., Chen, K. (2009). "Differentiating Organizational Boundaries", Research in Sociology of Organization, 26 183-220
  • Karp, R., Miller, A., O'Mahony, S.Governing for Growth in Scope: Cultivating a Dynamic Understanding of How Peer Production Collectives Evolve.."The Handbook of Peer Production.", Wiley Handbooks in Communication and Media Series, 1
  • O'Mahony, S., Miller, A., Cohen, S."Learning from External Advice: How do Entrepreneurs Decide to Pursue a Broad or Focused Strategy?", Academy of Management Journal
    Awards and Honors
  • 2018, Academy of Management Journal Best Article of 2017, Academy of Management
  • 2018, Henry Morgan Award for Outstanding Contributions to Entrepreneurship, Innovate@BU
  • 2017, Broderick Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to the Doctoral Program, Questrom School of Business
  • 2017, Dean's Research Scholar, Questrom School of Business
  • 2016, Dean's Research Scholar, Questrom
  • 2015, 2015 Questrom Award for Institutional Excellence, Boston University
  • 2010, 2010 Outstanding Author Contribution Award, Emerald Literati Network Publisher
  • 2005, American Sociological Association, Computer Information Technology Division, Outstanding Paper Award, American Sociological Association