Siobhan O’Mahony

Associate Professor, Academic Director, Research & Curriculum; Innovate@BU Strategy and Innovation
  • Phone 617-358-6073
  • Office 647
    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
  • 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. (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. (2016) "Handbook of Qualitative Organizational Research: Innovative Pathways and Methods ", Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group (16), 168-176
  • Seidel, V., Packalen, K., O'Mahony, S. (2016) "Research in the Sociology of Organizations", Emerald Publishing Limited, 47275-307
  • Seidel, V., O'Mahony, S. (2014) "Managing the Repertoire: Stories, Metaphors, Prototypes, and Concept Coherence in Product Innovation", Organization Science, 25 (3), 691-712
  • Ferraro, F., O'Mahony, S. (2012) ""Managing the Boundary of an Open Project,” in Market Emergence and Transformation, W. Powell and J. Padgett, Eds,", Princeton University Press, pp 545-565545-565
  • O'Mahony, S., Dahlander, L. (2011) "Progressing to the Center: Coordinating Project Work", Organization Science, 22 (4), 961-979
  • O'Mahony, S., Lakhani, K. (2011) "Organizations in the Shadow of Communities", Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 333-36
  • O'Mahony, S., Lingo, E. (2010) "Nexus Work: Brokerage on Creative Projects", Administrative Science Quarterly, 55 (1), 47-81
  • O'Mahony, S., Chen, K. (2009) "Differentiating Organizational Boundaries", Research in Sociology of Organization, 26183-220
  • O'Mahony, S., Kochan, T., Guillen, M., Hunter, L. (2009) "Introduction to the Special Research Forum - Public Policy and Management Research: Find the Common Ground", Academy of Management Journal, 52 (6), 1088-1100
  • O'Mahony, S., Kirtley, J."Deciding When to Change: How Problems and Opportunities Trigger Change in Entrepreneurial Firm Strategy", Strategic Management Journal
  • O'Mahony, S., Massa, F."Hiding in Plain Sight: How Repertoire Reconfiguration enables Dark Communities to Organize in Secret", Organization Science
  • O'Mahony, S."From NonProfit to Venture Backed: Understanding the Process of Form Conversion",
    Awards and Honors
  • 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