Curtis K. Chan

Curtis K. Chan

Curtis K. Chan

(Organizational Behavior)
Ph.D. Date: May 2017 (Expected)
Dissertation Title: The Double-Edged Sword of Organizational Culture: Doing and Undoing Normative Control with a Legitimized and Ambiguous Frame
Dissertation Committee: Michel Anteby (Co-chair), Leslie Perlow (Co-chair), Frank Dobbin, and Christopher Winship
Research Interests: Culture; organizational theory; sociology of work and occupations; workplace inequality; organizational ethnography; field research
Teaching Interests: Organizational behavior, organizational theory, management, strategic management, communications, human resources, leadership, work and labor relations, and qualitative methods

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Organizational Behavior program jointly offered by Harvard Business School and the Department of Sociology at Harvard University. As an ethnographer and field researcher, my interests focus on how people experience and interpret their work and cultural contexts, as well as how this shapes inequality, job quality, and organizational outcomes like normative control. A guiding question in my research is: How do people come to experience what is seemingly the same work in different ways? I specialize in utilizing in-depth, inductive field studies to discover and theorize novel, hidden, and nuanced processes that answer this question—including studies of screeners at the Transportation Security Administration and consultants at a strategy consultancy. My scholarly research is published in Administrative Science Quarterly and the Academy of Management Annals. Please see my website at www.curtiskchan.com for more details.

Previous Degrees:
A.B., Anthropology (summa cum laude), Harvard College
A.M., Sociology, Harvard University

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