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Peter Younkin

Peter Younkin
Assistant Professor, Strategy and Organization
Degree(s): 

BA, Urban Studies, Columbia University, USA
MA, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, USA
PhD, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Area(s): 
Strategy and Organization
Phone: 
+1 514 398 5365
Email Address: 
peter [dot] younkin [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Alternate Email Address: 
kathi [dot] murphy [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Address: 

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

Office: 
557
Biography: 

Peter Younkin is an assistant professor of Strategy & Organization in the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. He joined the faculty in 2010 after earning a PhD. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Peter’s research focuses on the emergence and evolution of industries. His dissertation examined the U.S. pharmaceutical industry to understand the role of technological, political, and social change in shaping the organization of the modern industry. Recent papers have examined what distinguishes transformative from non-transformative shocks to a market, the diffusion of "bad ideas", and the use of scientific controversy to mitigate change in the market for prescription drugs. These projects address questions in economic sociology, organizational theory, and the studies of science and technology.

Currently, Peter is developing two new research projects that extend his interest in market emergence. The first looks at the growth of crowdfunding sites to explore how people assess value in different settings. This work questions whether the same factors that increase philanthropic contributions might act to reduce an individuals willingness to make loans or investments. In other words, do we give money to married teachers but prefer to invest money in single entrepreneurs? The second project examines the strategic behavior of new musicians.  In particular, under what conditions is it better for an artist to span multiple genres rather than tyring to remain "true" to their original one?

His research has been presented at the Academy of Management and American Sociological Association meetings.

In 2012, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award for the Desautels Faculty of Management.

Courses: 

BUSA 465 Technological Entrepreneurship 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MGPO 362 Fundls of Entrepreneurship 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MGCR 360 Social Context of Business 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Areas of Expertise: 

crowdfunding; entrepreneurship; industry emergence; 

Research Areas: 
Entrepreneurship
Technology & Innovation
Selected Publications : 

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Books and Edited Volumes

Chapters in Books

Awards, Honours, and Fellowships: 

Awards

2012: Distinguished Teaching Award, Faculty of Management, McGill University

2012: M.U.S. “Professor of the Year”, Finalist, McGill University

2008: Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), Haas School of Business

2008: Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, UC-Berkeley

Fellowships

2009: Leo Lowenthal Graduate Research Fellow, UC-Berkeley

2004-2005: Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship, UC-Berkeley

Grants

2012: SSHRC Insight Development Grant

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