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Beth Bechky

Beth Bechky

Joined Stern 2013

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Tisch Hall
40 West Fourth Street,
New York, NY 10012


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Beth Bechky joined New York University Stern School of Business in July 2013 as a Professor of Management and Organizations with a courtesy appointment in NYU's Department of Sociology. She teaches courses in managing high performance teams and negotiations.

Professor Bechky is an ethnographer who studies interactions and dynamics at organizational and occupational boundaries. She is interested in how workers collaborate to solve problems, coordinate their activities, respond to surprises and innovate. She has published her work in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science and American Journal of Sociology.

Professor Bechky is the co-editor of Qualitative Organizational Research and was formerly a senior editor at Organization Science. She was on the council of the Organization, Occupations and Work division of the American Sociological Association from 2009-2012.

Prior to joining NYU Stern, Professor Bechky held professorial positions at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Graduate School of Management at the University of California Davis.

Professor Bechky received a B.S. (with Honors) from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, and an M.A. in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University.

Research Interests

  • Micro-sociology of work
  • Organizational and occupational dynamics

Courses Taught

  • Managing High Performing Teams
  • Managing People & Teams
  • Organization Theory

Academic Background

B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations
Cornell University

M.A., Sociology
Stanford University

Ph.D., Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
Stanford University

Selected Publications

Bechky, B.A. and D. Chung (2018)
“Latitude or latent control? How occupational embeddedness and control shape emergent coordination”
Administrative Science Quarterly, 63: 607-636

Leibel, E., T. Hallett, and B.A. Bechky (2018)
“Meaning at the source: The dynamics of field formation in institutional research”
Academy of Management Annals, 12: 154-177

Elsbach, K.D., and B.A. Bechky (2018)
“How observers assess women who cry in professional work contexts”
Academy of Management Discoveries, 4: 127–154

Fayard, A.L., I. Stigliani, and B.A. Bechky (2017)
“How nascent occupations construct a mandate: The case of service designers’ ethos”
Administrative Science Quarterly, 62: 270303

Barley, S.R., B.A. Bechky and F. Milliken (2017)
“The changing nature of work: Careers, identities, and work lives in the 21st century”
Academy of Management Discoveries, 3(2): 111-115