Marya Hill-Popper Besharov

Marya Hill-Popper Besharov


(Organizational Behavior, June 2008)
Thesis Title: Mission Goes Corporate: Employee Behavior in a Mission-Driven Business
Committee: Peter V. Marsden (chair), J. Richard Hackman, Kathleen L. McGinn
Current Placement: Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University Marya Besharov is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the ILR School at Cornell University. An organizational theorist with a background in organizational sociology, she studies how organizations and their leaders sustain competing goals. Much of her research focuses on hybrid organizations such as social enterprises and mission-driven businesses that seek to address deeply rooted societal challenges while also making a financial profit. She received a BA in Social Studies, an MA in Sociology, and a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. She also holds an MBA from Stanford University. Prior to her academic career, Marya worked as a researcher and consultant in the health care field

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