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Natalia Levina

Natalia Levina

Joined Stern 2001

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 8-78
New York, NY 10012

E-mail nlevina@stern.nyu.edu
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Natalia Levina is an Associate Professor at New York University Stern School of Business. Professor Levina teaches courses on Global Sourcing and Open Innovation as well as Information Systems and Organizations Doctoral Seminar.

Professor Levina has been with NYU Stern for over than ten years. Prof. Levina's main research interest is in understanding how people span organizational, professional, cultural and other boundaries in the process of building and using new technology. She uses qualitative and quantitative methods and a range of social and organizational theories in her work. She currently studies boundary spanning in the context of open innovation, crowdsourcing, and offshoring of professional services. Her research has been published in ISR, MIS Quarterly, Organization Science, Journal of Management Information Systems, Academy of Management Journal, Decision Sciences Journal, and other outlets. She received two dissertation awards from ICIS and the Academy of Management conferences and best paper of the track award at ICIS (2006). In 2011, she received a National Science Foundation VOSS Collaborative Grant and New York University Challenge Grant to study open innovation and crowdsourcing intermediaries. In 2007, she received the IBM SUR faculty award to study global sourcing. In 2005, she was awarded the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Fellowship to investigate boundary spanning in the global IT services industry. Before joining NYU Stern, Professor Levina worked as a senior information architect at Bremer Associates, Inc. and as an applications systems analyst at PSI International.

Professor Levina received her B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics and M.A.in Mathematics from Boston University. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management.

Research Interests

  • Offshoring and outsourcing
  • Cross-boundary collaboration
  • Information systems development
  • Open innovation and crowdsourcing

Courses Taught

  • Global Sourcing and Open Innovation
  • IT and Organizations Research Seminar

Academic Background

Ph.D., Information Technology, 2001

M.A., Mathematics, 1994
Boston University

B.A., Computer Science and Mathematics, 1994
Boston University

Awards & Appointments

National Science Foundation VOSS Collaboration Grant 2011
New York University University Research Challenge Grant 2011
Academy of Management OCIS Division, Caroline Dexter Award 2009
International Conference on Inter-Cultural Collaboration Best Paper Award 2009
IBM Grant to study Global Delivery of Professional Services 2008
IBM Shared University Research Award 2007
International Conference on Inter-Cultural Collaboration Best Paper in Track Award 2006
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Fellow 2005

Selected Publications

Levina, Natalia and Wanda Orlikowski (2009)
Understanding Shifting Power Relations within and across Organizations: A Critical Genre Analysis
Academy of Management Journal, 52(4), August 2009, 672-703

Levina, Natalia and N. Su (2008)
Global IT Multisourcing Strategy: The Emergence of Supplier Portfolio in Services Offshoring
Decision Sciences, August 2008, pp. 541-571

Levina, Natalia and E. Vaast (2008)
Innovating or Doing as Told? Status Differences and Overlapping Boundaries in Offshore Collaboration
Innovating or Doing as Told? Status Differences and Overlapping Boundaries in Offshore Collaboration

Emmanuelle Vaast and Levina Natalia (2006)
Multiple Faces of Codification: Organizational Redesign in an IT Organization
Organization Science (17:2), March-April, 2006, pp. 190-201

Levina, Natalia (2005)
Collaborating on Multi-party Information Systems Development Projects: A Collective Reflection-in-Action View
Information Systems Research (16:2), June 2005, pp 109-130

Levina, Natalia and E. Vaast (2005)
The Emergence of Boundary Spanning Competence in Practice: Implications for Information Systems' Implementation and Use
MIS Quarterly (29:2), Special Issue on Knowledge Management, June 2005, pp 1-29

Levina, Natalia and Jeanne Ross (2003)
From the Vendor's Perspective: Exploring the Value Proposition in IT Outsourcing
MIS Quarterly (27:3), September 2003, pp. 331-364

Areas of Expertise


  • IBM


  • Consulting
  • Information Technology

Information, Operations & Management Sciences

  • Data Science
  • Net Neutrality
  • Outsourcing


  • Global Expansion
  • Technology & Innovation


  • China
  • Europe
  • India
  • United States