Siobhan O’Mahony

Feld Family Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Professor, Management & Organizations
  • Phone 617-358-6073
  • Office 647
    Questrom School of Business
    Rafik B. Hariri Building
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

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  • PhD, Stanford University, 2002
  • MPA, Cornell University School of Public Affairs, 1993
  • BS, Cornell University School of Industrial Labor Relations, 1991
  • O'Mahony, S., Bechky, B. (In Press). "Parsing Novelty in Technology and Work", Journal of Management Inquiry
  • O'Mahony, S., Miller, A., Cohen, S. (In Press). "Opening the aperture: Explaining the complementary roles of advice and testing when forming entrepreneurial strategy", Organization Science
  • O’Mahony, S., Cohen, S. (2022). "Navigating the promises and perils of researching emerging phenomena in strategy and organizations", Strategic Organization, 20 (4), 872-885
  • O'Mahony, S., Massa, F. (2021). "Order from Chaos: How Networked Activists Self Organize by Creating a Participation Architecture", Administrative Science Quarterly, 66 (4), 1037-1083
  • Leibel, E., Falchetti, D. (2021). "When money isn’t everything—Exploring different patterns of entrepreneur resource acquisition",
  • O'Mahony, S., Karp, R., Miller, A. (2021). Governing for Growth in Scope: Cultivating a Dynamic Understanding of how Peer Production Collective Evolve."Peer Production Handbook",
  • 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
    Research Presentations
  • O'Mahony, S. How entrepreneurs manage the presentation-performance gap, Bayes College, London, 2024
  • O'Mahony, S. Plug and Play? How entrepreneurs manage the presentation-performance gap, University of Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland, 2023
  • O'Mahony, S. Vaporware or nearly there? How entrepreneurs manage the presentation-performance gap”, Insead, Fountainbleu, 2023
  • O'Mahony, S. How entrepreneurs manage the presentation-performance gap, Said School of Business Seminar, Oxford, England, 2023
  • O'Mahony, S. Confronting the presentation performance gap: How entrepreneurs strategically leverage symbolic and substantive action to shift the costs of integrating digital innovations in established organizations, U of Washington Foster School of Business, Seattle WA, 2023
  • O'Mahony, S. Opening the Aperture: Explaining the complementary roles of advice and testing when forming entrepreneurial strategy”,, University of Irvine Strategy seminar, Irvine, CA, 2023
  • O'Mahony, S. Opening the Aperture: Explaining the complementary roles of advice and testing when forming entrepreneurial strategy, NYU Stern School of Business, NYU, 2022
  • O'Mahony, S. Conducting Field Research and the Future of Work, Boston Field Research Conference, MIT, 2022
  • O'Mahony, S. , Li, C. , Miller, A. Cultivating the diversity advantage: How. Underrepresented founders develop scalable ventures, Women and Under Represented Minorities in US High-Growth Entrepreneurship: Challenges and Opportunities, Brookings Institution, Washington DC, 2022
  • O'Mahony, S. , Miller, A. Widening the Aperture: How does external advice inform entrepreneurial strategy?”, West Coast Research Symposium, Oregon, 2021
    Awards and Honors
  • 2022, Broderick Award for Outstanding Contribution to Doctoral program
  • 2018, Academy of Management Journal Best Article of 2017
  • 2018, Batten Research Fellow
  • 2018, Henry Morgan Award for Outstanding Contributions to Entrepreneurship
  • 2017, Broderick Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to the Doctoral Program
  • 2017, Dean's Research Scholar
  • 2016, Dean's Research Scholar
  • 2015, 2015 Questrom Award for Institutional Excellence
  • 2010, 2010 Outstanding Author Contribution Award
  • 2005, American Sociological Association, Computer Information Technology Division, Outstanding Paper Award