Sharon Koppman

Sharon Koppman

Assistant Professor

SB2 334

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

Research Interest

Organization Theory

Creativity and Innovation

Work and Occupations

Cultural Frameworks and Meaning

Sharon Koppman joined the Paul Merage School of Business in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Organization & Management. Her research examines the work of culture and the culture of work.  She studies the work of culture by investigating career and employment processes in cultural and creative fields and the culture of work by analyzing how culture is used as a resource or “toolkit” in the workplace.  Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and recognized with awards from the Academy of Management.  Currently, she is a member of the editorial board of the American Sociological Review.  Recent publications appear in Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Poetics, The Sociological Quarterly, and Science, Technology & Human Values, among others. 


  • Koppman, Sharon, Elisa Mattarelli, and Amar Gupta. 2016. “Third World ‘Sloggers’ or Elite Global Professionals? Using Organizational Toolkits to Redefine Work Identity in IT Offshore-Outsourcing.” Organization Science. Vol. 27(4), 825-845.
  • Koppman, Sharon. 2016. “Different Like Me: Why Cultural Omnivores Get Creative Jobs.” Administrative Science Quarterly. Vol. 61(2), 291-331.
  • Koppman, Sharon, 2015. "In the Eye of the Beholder: The Stratification of Taste in a Cultural Industry." The Sociological Quarterly. Vol. 56(4), 665-694.
  • Koppman, Sharon, Cindy Cain, and Erin Leahey. 2015. "The Joy of Science: Disciplinary Diversity in Emotional Accounts." Science, Technology & Human Values. Vol. 40 (1), 30-70.
  • Koppman, Sharon. 2014. "Making Art Work: Creative Assessment as Boundary Work." Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media & the Arts. Vol. 46 (1), 1-21.


  • 2017 Best Paper Award, Davis Conference on Qualitative Research
  • 2016 Junior Faculty Research Award, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • 2013 Carolyn Dexter Best International Paper Award Finalist, Academy of Management
  • 2013 Best International Paper Award, Division of Organizational Communication & Information Systems
  • 2011 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Grant, Division of Social & Economic Sciences


  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Cultural Frameworks and Meaning
  • Organization Theory
  • Work and Occupations
  • Economic Sociology
  • Gender and Diversity in Organizations