Arvind Karunakaran

Assistant Professor, Strategy & Organization
Arvind Karunakaran
Contact Information
Email address: 
arvind.karunakaran [at]
Alternate email address: 
darlene.fowler [at]

Bronfman Building, #332 [Map]
1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1G5


Ph.D./M.S., Management,  MIT Sloan School of Management, 2018

M.S., (Research), Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University

B.E., Computer Science and Engineering, Anna University, India

Strategy & Organization
Teaching areas: 

MGCR 360: Social Context of Business
BUSA 465: Technology Entrepreneurship


Organizational Theory
Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Areas of expertise: 

I examine topics at the nexus of Sociology of Work & Professions, Organizational Theory, and Entrepreneurship:

  1. Jurisdictional Conflict and Coordination between Professions
  2. Status-Authority Asymmetry between Professions
  3. Accountability (Professional, Organizational, Algorithmic)
  4. Social Evaluation (Professions, Early-stage Ventures)


  1. Digitization
  2. Social Media
  3. Platforms and Gig Work
  4. Algorithms


  1. Ethnography
  2. Comparative-Historical
Tenured & Tenure Track
Research areas: 
Economic Sociology
Future of Work
Organizational Theory
Professions & Occupations in the Digital Age
Technology's Role in Organizations
Selected publications: 

Karunakaran, A. In Cloud we Trust? Co-opting Occupational Gatekeepers to Produce Normalized Trust in Platform-mediated Interorganizational Relationships. Organization Science, Forthcoming.

Garud, R., and Karunakaran, A. 2018. Participative Experimentation to Foster Identity-challenging Innovations. Strategic Organization, 16(3), 272-303. *Equal Contribution; Authorship in Alphabetical Order*

Garud, R., Gehman, J., and Karunakaran, A. 2014. Boundaries, Breaches, and Bridges: The Case of Climategate. Research Policy, 43(1). *Equal Contribution; Authorship in Alphabetical Order*

Karunakaran, A., Reddy, M, and Spence, P.R. 2013. Toward a Model of Collaborative Information Behavior in Organizations, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64(12), 2437–2451.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 


  • Recipient, William H. Newman Best Dissertation Paper Award (All-academy award given to best annual paper based on a dissertation across all divisions of AOM; Nominated for three different papers by OMT, MOC, and OCIS divisions), Academy of Management, 2019
  • Recipient, Louis Pondy Best Dissertation Paper Award, OMT Division, Academy of Management, 2019
  • Recipient, Gerardine DeSanctis Dissertation Award, OCIS Division, Academy of Management, 2019
  • Recipient, Best Conference Paper, OCIS Division, Academy of Management, 2019
  • Recipient, Emerging Scholar in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award, Industry Studies Association, 2019
  • Recipient, Best Doctoral Dissertation Award, AIS/ACM SIGMIS, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), 2018
  • Recipient, Best Graduate Student Paper, ASA Communications, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology section, American Sociological Association, 2017
  • Finalist, That's Interesting Award (for a paper that "cross intellectual boundaries, challenge taken-for-granted assumptions... and make an original argument,") EGOS 2019
  • Honorable Mention, Junior Theorist Award, ASA Theory Section, American Sociological Association, 2019
  • Honorable Mention, Shils-Coleman Memorial Award, ASA Theory Section, American Sociological Association, 2018
  • Runner-up, Best Working Paper Award, Technology, Innovation Management, and Entrepreneurship Section, INFORMS, 2019
  • Runner-up, Giarratani Rising Star Award, Industry Studies Association, 2019
  • LERA Competitive Papers, Labor and Employment Relations Association Annual meeting, 2019
  • Best Paper Session, Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations/Labor and Employment Relations Association, 2019
  • Finalist, Best Submission with Practical Implications Award, Behavioral Science and Policy Association/ MOC Division, Academy of Management, 2019
  • Finalist, Best Paper Award, SMS Knowledge and Innovation Interest Group, 2017
  • Recipient, Best Paper (Macro Track), East Coast Doctoral Conference, Jointly Organized by Columbia University and New York University’s Management Department, 2017
  • Recipient, Donald R. Cressey Award for the Most Outstanding Dissertation Project, Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, 2016
  • Recipient, Above and Beyond Call of Duty Award (top 2% of reviewers), AOM Organizational and Management Theory (OMT) Division, 2013


  • Invited Participant, Changing Nature of Work Conference, Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University, August 2018
  • Invited Participant, Psychology of Technology Conference, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, October 2018
  • Invited Participant, Technology, Law and Society Summer Institute, University of California Irvine, 2018
  • Ethnography Fellow, Department of Sociology, Division of the Social Sciences, University of Chicago (selected as 1 of the 6 ethnography fellows out of 92 applicants across the social sciences), 2017-2018
  • Dissertation Fellow, Strategy Research Foundation [SRF], 2015-2017
  • Showcase Symposium on Occupational Reactions in the Wake of Technological Shifts (Co-organizer and Presenter), OMT Division, Academy of Management Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 2017
  • Showcase Symposium on Platforms and Ecosystems: Collective Insights from Field Research (Co-organizer and Presenter), TIM Division, Academy of Management Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 2014
  • Invited Participant, Conference on Data and Civil Rights: A New Era of Policing and Justice, Washington, DC, 2015
  • Fellow, Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies, NY, 2015


  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant, Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy ($7,500), 2016
  • Strategy Research Foundation Doctoral Research Grant ($10,000), 2015
  • Research Grant from Roberts, Hammond & Krasner Fund, MIT ($18,300), 2013
  • MIT Energy Fellow, 2012-2013
  • Best Paper Proceedings, OMT Division, 2019 Academy of Management Annual Meeting
  • Best Paper Proceedings, OCIS Division, 2019 Academy of Management Annual Meeting
  • Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
Current research: 

Conflict in Symmetrical vs. Asymmetrical relations

Emergence of New Roles & Occupations inside Organizations

Impact of AI/ML (on jobs, hiring, work practices)

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