Complementing Economic-based Theory with Psychological Theory to Ask New Questions
Libby Weber is an Associate Professor of Strategy at The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. She has an MBA and PhD from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. She also has an MS in Neuroscience and Behavior from the University of California, Irvine and a BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Libby’s research examines how employees’ perceptions and the many influences on them (including their identity, the way the company is organized, inherent cognitive biases, etc.) impact the company’s performance, by shaping employee decisions, contracts, exchange outcomes and relationships with other companies. She has published her work in the premier journals in the field including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review and Organization Science, as well as California Management Review, a journal that brings academic research to managers.
Libby has been recognized for her research and reviewing excellence by receiving a Distinguished Paper Award from the Business Policy and Strategy Division at the 2014 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, a Developmental Reviewer Award from the Academy of Management Review in 2020, the Academy of Management Journal Best Reviewer Award in 2012, the Best Reviewer Award from Business Policy & Strategy Division at the Academy of Management in 2012. She also received Best Paper Nominations for the Strategic Management Society Annual Conference in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016, and was recognized as a finalist for this award in 2016. She also served on the editorial board of Academy of Management Journal, and is currently serving on the Academy of Management Review. She is also very active in both the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society. She was elected to the Business Policy and Strategy Division’s Executive Committee leadership team in the Academy of Management and as a representative at large for the Corporate Strategy interest group in the Strategic Management Society. Plus, she is currently elected as a representative at large for the Behavioral Strategy interest group and is serving as the co-director of the Doctoral Workshop for the Strategic Management Society.
Libby has several years of industry experience. She started her career in the defense industry and then moved to the opposite end of the spectrum by joining a B2B firm in the middle of the dotcom boom. Libby continued in that industry for several years, ending up as the VP of Marketing for a B2B software firm. She also served as a healthcare strategy and marketing consultant, and spent some time at a medical device firm.