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Sarah Kaplan

Sarah Kaplan

    Sarah Kaplan

    Associate Professor of Strategic Management
    On leave July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014

    Degrees: PhD in Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management
    MA in International Relations and International Economics, Johns Hopkins SAIS
    BA in Political Science, UCLA
    Email: Send an email to Sarah Kaplan
    Phone: 416-978-7403


    Sarah Kaplan is Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Rotman. She is a co-author of the bestselling business book, Creative Destruction. Her research explores how framing processes of managers and entrepreneurial actors affect the evolution of technologies, organizational response to change, and strategy making inside organizations. Her studies examine the biotechnology, fiber optics, personal digital assistant, financial services and nanotechnology fields. She is Senior Editor at Organization Science, and Associate Editor for The Academy of Management Annals, and sits on the Editorial Boards of Administrative Science Quarterly and Organization Studies.

    Academic Positions

    2009-present  Associate Professor of Strategy; University of Toronto, Rotman School
    2009-present  Fellow; Desautels Center For Integrative Thinking
    2009-present  Senior Fellow; Wharton School, Mack Center for Technological Innovation
    2013-2014  Visiting Scholar; MIT Sloan School
    2004-2009  Assistant Professor of Management; University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School

    Non-Academic Positions

    1990-1999  Management Consultant; McKinsey & Company

    Selected Publications - Papers

    • Strategy Tools-in-Use: A Framework for Understanding 'Technologies of Rationality' in Practice; Jarzabkowski, P. & S. Kaplan; Strategic Management Journal; 2014
    • Temporal Work in Strategy Making; Kaplan, S & Orlikowski, W.; Organization Science; 2013
    • Cognition and Capabilities: A Multilevel Perspective; J.P Eggers and Sarah Kaplan; Academy of Management Annals; 2013
    • Strategy & PowerPoint: The Epistemic Culture and Machinery of Strategy Making.; Kaplan, S.; Organization Science; 2011
    • Cognition and Strategy: Reflections on Two Decades of Progress and a Look to the Future.; Kaplan, S.; Journal of Management Studies; 2011
    • Bounding an Emerging Technology: Para-Scientific Media and the Drexler-Smalley Debate about Nanotechnology; Kaplan, S and Radin, J.; Social Studies of Science; 2011
    • Entrepreneurship and the Construction of Value in Biotechnology.; Kaplan, S. & Murray, F.; Research in the Sociology of Organizations; 2010
    • Taking Strategy-as-Practice Across the Atlantic.; Kaplan, S. and P. Jarzabkowski; Advances in Strategic Management; 2010
    • Cognition and Renewal: Comparing CEO and Organizational Effects on Incumbent Adaptation to Technical Change; Eggers, JP & Kaplan, S.; Organization Science; 2009
    • Framing Contests: Making Strategy Under Uncertainty; Kaplan, S.; Organization Science; 2008
    • Cognition, Capabilities and Incentives: Assessing Firm Response to the Fiber-Optic Revolution; Kaplan, S.; Academy of Management Journal; 2008
    • Thinking about Technology: Applying a Cognitive Lens to Technical Change; Kaplan, S. & Tripas, M.; Research Policy; 2008

    Research and Teaching Interests

    Strategy formulation, cognitive framing, organizational architecture (relationship between cognition, incentives and capabilities), innovation, technical change  

    Other Info

    Personal Web Site
    Senior Editor at Organization Science, Associate Editor at the Annals of the Academy of Management, Co-Editor of Special Issue on New Research Methods for the Strategic Management Journal   

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