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Amir Goldberg, "Language, Networks, and Cultural Fit in Organizations" ~ Stanford Complexity

Biography

Stanford Graduate School of Business
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

Research Statement

Amir Goldberg’s research lies at the intersection of cultural sociology, data science and organization studies. He is interested in understanding how social meanings emerge and solidify through social interaction, and what role network structures play in this process. The co-director of the computational culture lab, Amir uses and develops computationally intensive network- and language-based methods to study how new cultural categories take form as people and organizational actors interact.

Bio

Professor Goldberg received bachelors’ degrees in Computer Science and Film Studies from Tel Aviv University, and an MA in Sociology from Goldsmith’s College, University of London. Before pursuing a PhD in Sociology at Princeton University, he worked for several years as a software programmer, an IT consultant and a technology journalist. An Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior in Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, his research projects all share an overarching theme: the desire to understand the social mechanisms that underlie how people construct meaning, and consequently pursue action. His work has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, Management Science and the Review of Financial Studies.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Sociology, Princeton University
  • MA Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • BA Computer Science & Film Studies (double major), Tel Aviv University

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 2011

Awards and Honors

  • Younger Family Faculty Scholar, 2016-2017
  • MBA Class of 1969 Faculty Scholar, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2014-2015
  • Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship, Princeton University

Teaching

Degree Courses

2017-18

OB 637: Modeling Culture

What is culture, and how can we model it? This course will survey theoretical frameworks for studying culture from a multidisciplinary perspective, ranging from evolutionary biology through sociology to economics. We will explore various methods...

STRAMGT 309: Strategies of Effective Product Management

This is a course about exploring the methods and processes for product management, largely in technology companies, and a look at what can lead to the most effective ways to coordinate customer needs, ensure accurate product development, and how...

STRAMGT 539: Leadership in the Arts and Creative Industries

Leaders of arts and creative organizations face unique challenges. Taking the perspective of the CEO, Chairman of the Board and Artistic/Creative Director, and drawing on various cases and in-class exercises, students will learn about advancing...

2016-17

OB 637: Modeling Culture

What is culture, and how can we model it? This course will survey theoretical frameworks for studying culture from a multidisciplinary perspective, ranging from evolutionary biology through sociology to economics. We will explore various methods...

STRAMGT 509: Strategies of Effective Product Management

This is a course about exploring the methods and processes for product management, largely in technology companies, and a look at what can lead to the most effective ways to coordinate customer needs, ensure accurate product development, and how...

STRAMGT 539: Leadership in the Arts and Creative Industries

Leaders of arts and creative organizations face unique challenges. Taking the perspective of the CEO, Chairman of the Board and Artistic/Creative Director, and drawing on various cases and in-class exercises, students will learn about advancing...

In the Media

Should you hire for cultural fit or adaptability?

Google re:Work, December 6, 2016

They're Still Not Telling the Real Story: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and the Analysis You Won't Hear on Cable News

Salon.com, May 7, 2016

Insights by Stanford Business

writtenLook Beyond “Culture Fit” When Hiring

February 1, 2018

Research points to another important trait that can determine the success of a new hire.

writtenWhy You Really Got That Raise

September 26, 2017

Managerial pay may be influenced by social connections as much as performance.

writtenWhich Will Get You Further: Fitting In or Standing Out?

September 2, 2016

The most successful employees do a bit of both, striking a balance between integration and nonconformity.

writtenWhy the Most “Cultured” Among Us May Be the Most Resistant to Change

May 27, 2016

A professor finds that so-called cultural leaders aren’t leading at all.

writtenAmir Goldberg: Cracking the Cultural Genome

May 15, 2014

Every decision we make is deeply rooted in our social identity. A researcher explains a new, networked approach to understanding our cultural traits.

writtenResearchers: How Polarized Are U.S. Voters?

April 16, 2014

A pair of sociologists finds the answer — and uncovers political subcultures in the process.

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Cases

Tableau: The Creation of Tableau Public | E632 Amir Goldberg, Robert Siegel, Matt Saucedo2018

The \"New\" SFMoMA: Meaning More to More People | SM258 Mary Ittelson, Amir Goldberg, Sheila Melvin2017

The Joffrey Ballet | SM259 Mary Ittelson, Amir Goldberg, Kara Riopelle2016

Zynga and the Launch of Farmville | SM239 Amir Goldberg, Debra Schifrin2016

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