Sharon Koppman

Sharon Koppman

Assistant Professor

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PhD, University of Arizona
MA, University of Arizona
BA, UC Santa Barbara

Research Interest

Organization Theory

Work and Occupations

Sociology of Culture

Hiring and Careers

Creative Industries

Sharon Koppman joined the Paul Merage School of Business in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Organization & Management. Her research examines sociological factors underlying hiring, careers, and collaboration in creative fields like advertising, music, tech, and science. She examines how people enter these jobs, the factors that shape their career trajectories, and how they collaborate with members of other occupations. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and received awards from the Academy of Management and other conferences. Recent publications appear in Administrative Science Quarterly, the American Journal of SociologyJournal of Management StudiesOrganization Science, and Research Policy, among others. Currently, she is a member of the editorial board of the American Sociological Review.

Recent Publications


  • 2020 Junior Faculty Research Award, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • 2019 National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Core Research Grant, Division of Graduate Education
  • 2018 Best Environmental & Social Practices Paper Award Finalist, AOM Division of Organization and Management Theory
  • 2018 Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management
  • 2017 Best Published Paper Award, AOM Division of Organizational Communication & Information Systems
  • 2017 Best Paper Award, Davis Conference on Qualitative Research
  • 2016 Junior Faculty Research Award, Paul Merage School of Business
  • 2013 Carolyn Dexter Best International Paper Award Finalist, Academy of Management
  • 2013 Best International Paper Award, AOM Division of Organizational Communication & Information Systems
  • 2011 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Grant, Division of Social & Economic Sciences