PhD, Sociology, University of Chicago, USA
MSc, Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, Northwestern University, USA
BA, Anthropology, University of Florida, USA
Elena Obukhova is an Assistant Professor in Strategy and Organization at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. Obukhova is an economic sociologist with interests in labor markets, social networks, and culture. One stream of her research investigates the value of social connections in job search. A second stream examines what enables individuals and organizations to act in non-conformist fashion. With Daphne Demetry, she is currently conducting research on entrepreneurial resilience during Covid-19 pandemic. Her work uses a variety of methods, including survey research, simulations, experiments and big data.
Obukhova is a recipient of Insight Development grant from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Fulbright-Hays Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education, and two Fellowships from the Social Science Research Council. She currently serves on editorial boards of Organization Science and Management and Organization Review.
Obukhova is passionate about teaching International Business and has taught courses in this field at BCom, MBA and PhD levels. Her innovative NAFTA & Fake News assignment has been featured in the McGill Reporter and on the McGill Teaching and Learning Services Blog.
A native of Russia, she is professionally fluent in Mandarin and has been conducting research in China since 1995. Prior to joining Desautels, Obukhova had been a faculty member at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
2020 Obukhova, E. and B. Rubineau. Market Transition and Network-Based Job Matching in China: The Referrer Perspective. Industrial Labor Relations Review.
2017 Obukhova, E. and L. Zhang*. Social Capital and Job Search in Urban China: The Strength-of-Strong-Ties Hypothesis Revisited. Chinese Sociological Review 49(4): 340-361.
2016 Zhang*, J., E. Zuckerman and E. Obukhova, A Lack of Security or of Cultural Capital? Acculturative Conservatism in the Naming Choices of Early 20th-Century U.S. Jews. Social Forces 94(4): 1509-1538.
2014 Obukhova, E., E. Zuckerman and J. Zhang*. When Politics Froze Fashion: The Effect of the Cultural Revolution on Naming in Beijing. American Journal of Sociology 120(2): 555-583.
2013 Obukhova, E. and G. Lan*. Do Job-Seekers Benefit from Contacts? A Direct Test with Contemporaneous Searches. Management Science 59(10): 2204-2216.
2012 Obukhova, E. Motivation vs. Relevance: Using Strong Ties to Find a Job in China. Social Science Research 41(3): 470-480.
* co-author is a student at the begining of the project
2011 Culture and Economics: On Values, Economics and International Business, by Eelke De Jong. Routledge, 2009. Reviewed for Administrative Science Quarterly, 56(2): 310-311.
2006 The Making of the State Enterprise System in Modern China: The Dynamics of Institutional Change, by Morris L. Bian. Harvard University Press, 2005. Reviewed for American Journal of Sociology, 112 (2): 629–631.
2005 Obukhova, E. Redefining State Embeddedness for the Global Economy: The Rise of China’s Silicon Valley. Proceedings of 2005 Chinese Economists Society International Conference on Sustainable Economic Growth in China. Volume I-B, p. 3-8.
2004 Red Capitalists in China: The Party, Private Entrepreneurs, and Prospects for Political Change, by Bruce J. Dickson. Cambridge University Press, 2003. Reviewed for Economic Development and Cultural Change, 52 (4): 901-903.
2002 Obukhova, E. and J. Guyer. Transcending the Formal/Informal Distinction: Commercial Relations in Africa and Russia in the Post-1989 World. In Theory in Economic Anthropology, J. Ensminger, ed. Alta Mira Press: Walnut Creek, CA.
2002 Obukhova, E. Living and Trusting in the Economy of Debt: The Distribution of Newspapers and Magazines in Ibadan. In Money Struggles and City Life: Devaluation In Ibadan and Other Urban Centers in Southern Nigeria, 1986-96, J. Guyer, L. Denzer, and A. Agbaje, eds. Heinemann: Portsmouth, NH.
Honorable Mention Award, Gender and Diversity Division, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada
Li Ka Shing Faculty Exchange Award, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University
Honorable Mention for Clifford Geertz Prize for Best Article, Culture Section, American Sociological Association
Finalist for Best Overall Paper Award of the Careers Division, Academy of Management
Corporation as a Social Institution Program Dissertation Fellowship, Social Science Research Council
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad Fellowship, US Department of Education
Markovitz Dissertation Writing Fellowship, University of Chicago
Pre-dissertation Fellowship, Social Science Research Council
Blakemore Foundation Fellowship for Study of East Asian Languages
Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada
Social Sciences and Humanities Development Grant, McGill University
- Obukhova, E. and A. M. Kleinbaum. Scouting for Good Jobs: Gender and Networking in Job Search (In the review process).
- Zhang, LT, H-J Cho, and E. Obukhova. Awards as Shields: The Effect of Managerial Award-Winning on Strategic Change (In the review process).
- Obukhova, E. and F. Tian. Referrals in China and the US (data analysis).
- Kim, MJ. and E. Obukhova. Staying out of Scandal’s Shadow: Categorical Ambiguity as a Competitive Advantage (data collection).
- Demetry, D. and E. Obukhova. Entrepreneurial Pivoting During Covid-19 Pandemic (data collection).