Matthew Bothner

Professor of Strategy and Deutsche Telekom Chair in Leadership and HR Development at ESMT

Schools

  • ESMT

Expertise

Links

Biography

ESMT

Matt Bothner joined ESMT European School of Management and Technology in 2011 as a professor and the first holder of the Deutsche Telekom Chair in Leadership and HR Development. His current research addresses the measurement and consequences of social status in several empirical settings, including venture capital, professional sports, and higher education. Bothner studies status to understand a form of ethical leadership—leadership guided by the categorical imperative, and for which status can be a means, not an end.

In addition, he has developed computational models both to better understand factors affecting the evolution of cumulative advantage and to clarify the optimal strategies for leading tournaments for peer recognition. His research has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, Management Science, and Organization Science.

Bothner received his PhD with distinction in 2000 from Columbia University’s Department of Sociology, where he also received his MPhil and MA degrees. Using network-analytic methods to capture patterns of inter-firm competition, his dissertation focused on antecedents of technology diffusion in the global personal computer industry and also examined the effects of localized scale-based competition on rates of firm sales growth. He has also studied the behavioral consequences of competitive crowding around contestants’ ranks in dynamic tournaments, focusing on the positional causes of car crashes in professional stockcar auto racing.

He taught at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business from 2001 to 2010, was Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology at Cornell from 2010-2011, and Visiting Professor of Organizations and Strategy at Chicago Booth in 2012 and 2013.

Education

  • PhD (Columbia University)
  • Mphil (Columbia University)
  • MA (Columbia University)
  • BA (Boston University)

Research

Matt's current research addresses the measurement and consequences of social status in several empirical settings, including venture capital, professional sports, and higher education. In addition, he has developed computational models both to better understand factors affecting the evolution of cumulative advantage and to clarify the optimal strategies for leading tournaments for peer recognition among scientists. His research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including Administrative Science Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, and Management Science. Teaching MBA-level strategy course; executive education classes on innovation, organizational change, and corporate strategy; executive MBA-level course on strategic leadership

Expertise

Topics

business strategy, case study method, competition (analysis), creativity, cross-functional teams, education, executive education, industry analysis, leadership, leadership styles, networks, organizational design, strategy, venture capital

Areas

Americas, Europe

Languages

English

Presentations

A primer on status in social networks: Recent developments and hot topics 10/22/16: Forum on Networks-Institutions, Business Ethics and the Cutting-edge of Organization Theory, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China

Using sport data to advance management theory 08/05/16: 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM, Anaheim, CA, USA

Strife from structural equivalence: Evidence from collisions in Formula 1 racing * 01/20/16: Research Seminar, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom * 11/12/15: Research Seminar, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom * 06/08/15: Research Seminar, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain * 04/30/15: Research Seminar, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France

Explorers and exploiters / innovation and execution 07/02/15: ESMT Annual Forum 2015, ESMT, Berlin, Germany

Status-aspirational pricing: The ‘Chivas Regal’ strategy in U.S. higher education * 05/29/14: Research Seminar, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom * 03/13/14: Business and Public Policy in a Global Economy Conference, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA * 01/22/14: Research Seminar, IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain * 06/16/13: First Lugano Conference on Organizations, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland

Applied research methods in network analysis 03/09/14: SMS Special Conference, Recanti Business School, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Peer effects in tournaments for status: Evidence from rank dynamics of U.S. colleges and universities 07/07/13: Nagymaros (Organizational Ecology) Conference, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

Status and self-presentational pricing 04/03/13: OB Research Seminar, INSEAD, Singapore, Singapore

Peer effects in tournaments for status: Evidence from U.S. colleges and universities 07/05/12: 28th EGOS Colloquium, European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), Helsinki, Finnland

Peer effects in tournaments for prestige: Evidence from dynamics in ranks of U.S. colleges and universities 07/05/12: 28th EGOS Colloquium, European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), Helsinki, Finnland

How does status affect the price of college? 06/30/12: INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Conference, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, Berlin, Germany

School status and tuition for U.S. colleges and universities: Hedonic and stochastic growth models 10/19/11: Seminar in Comparative Institutional Analysis, University of Lund, Department of Economics, Lund, Sweden

Primary status, complementary status, and organizational survival in the U.S. venture capital industry 02/08/11: CBS Management Seminar, Columbia Business School, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

A model of robust positions in social structure * 01/01/09: Seminar on Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management, New Haven, CT, USA * 10/16/07: Conference on the Emergence of Social Organization, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Anaheim, CA, USA

Primary status, complementary status, and capital acquisition in the U.S. venture capital industry * 09/19/08: Conference on Governance, Leadership and Networks, The Wharton School, Philadelphia, PA, USA * 02/14/08: Research Seminar, CSES Center for the Study of Economy and Society, Ithaca, NY, USA * 01/01/08: Seminar on Strategy, University of Maryland, Ithaca, NY, USA * 01/01/07: Colloquium on Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA * 08/14/06: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, AoM, Atlanta, GA, USA * 01/01/06: Research Seminar, Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business, Pittsburgh, PA, USA * 01/01/06: Research Seminar, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA, USA * 01/01/06: Research Seminar, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

When do Matthew effects occur? 08/12/08: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, AoM, Anaheim, CA, USA

How does status affect performance? Status as an asset vs. status as a liability in the PGA and NASCAR * 08/12/08: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, AoM, Anaheim, CA, USA * 01/10/06: Organizations and Markets Workshop, Intra-Organizational Networks (ION), University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Chicago, Il, USA

How does status affect inertia? 08/11/06: American Sociological Association annual meeting, ASA, Montreal, Canada

Publications

Articles

Journal Article Status-aspirational pricing: The "Chivas Regal" strategy in US higher education, 2006–2012 Administrative Science Quarterly 61(2): 217–253 Noah Askin, Matthew S. Bothner (2016)

Journal Article Primary status, complementary status, and organizational survival in the U.S. venture capital industry Social Science Research 52(4): 588–601 Matthew S. Bothner, Young-Kyu Kim, Wonjae Lee (2015)

Journal Article How does status affect performance? Status as an asset vs. status as a liability in the PGA and NASCAR Organization Science 23(2): 416–433 Matthew S. Bothner, Young-Kyu Kim, Edward Bishop Smith (2012)

Journal Article Organizing contests for status: The Matthew effect versus the Mark effect Management Science 57(3): 439–457 Matthew S. Bothner, Joel M. Podolny, Edward Bishop Smith (2011)

Journal Article A model of robust positions in social networks American Journal of Sociology 116(3): 943–992 Matthew S. Bothner, Edward Bishop Smith, Harrison C. White (2010)

Journal Article When do Matthew effects occur? Journal of Mathematical Sociology 34(2): 80–114 Matthew S. Bothner, Richard Haynes, Wonjae Lee, Edward Bishop Smith (2010)

Journal Article Modeling social interactions: Identification, empirical methods and policy implications Marketing Letters 19(3–4): 287–304 Wesley R. Hartmann, Puneet Manchanda, Harikesh Nair, Matthew S. Bothner, Peter Dodds, David Godes, Kartik Hosanagar et al. (2008)

Journal Article Competitive crowding and risk taking in a tournament: Evidence from NASCAR racing Administrative Science Quarterly 52(2): 208–247 Matthew S. Bothner, Jeong-han Kang, Toby E. Stuart (2007)

Journal Article Relative size and firm growth in the global computer industry Industrial and Corporate Change 14(4): 617–638 Matthew S. Bothner (2005)

Journal Article Status differentiation and the cohesion of social networks Journal of Mathematical Sociology 28(4): 261–295 Matthew S. Bothner, Toby E. Stuart, Harrison C. White (2004)

Journal Article Competition and social influence: The diffusion of the sixth generation processor in the global computer industry American Journal of Sociology 108(6): 1175–1210 Matthew S. Bothner (2003)

Book chapters Book Chapter Emergence of stratification in small groups In Emerging trends in the social and behavioral sciences: An interdisciplinary, searchable, and linkable resource, ed. Robert A. Scott, Stephen M. Kosslyn, 1–16. Hoboken: Wiley. Noah Askin, Matthew S. Bothner, Wonjae Lee (2015)

Book Chapter Market orientation and monopoly power In Dynamics of organizations: Computational modeling and organization theories, ed. Alessandro Lomi, Erik R. Larsen, 182–208. Menlo Park: AAAI Press. Matthew S. Bothner, Harrison C. White (2001)

Other publications Book Review Epinets: The epistemic structure and dynamics of social networks Review of Epinets: The epistemic structure and dynamics of social networks, by Mihnea C. Moldoveanu, Joel A.C. Baum, New York: Administrative Science Quarterly Matthew S. Bothner, Henning Piezunka (2015)

Journal Article Usain Bolt and the peril when your status rises too high Forbes Matthew S. Bothner (2012)

Conference Proceeding Status volatility and organizational growth in the US venture capital industry 2006 AoM Glueck Best Paper Award Business Policy and Strategy Division Matthew S. Bothner, Jeong-han Kang, Wonjae Lee (2006)

Work in progress

  • Status similarity and conflict: Evidence from Charness et al. (2014)
  • Lukas Mergele, Nghi Truong, Henning Piezunka, Matthew S. Bothner (2015)

Videos

Courses Taught

Read about executive education

Other experts

Chris McKenna

Christopher McKenna is University Reader in Business Strategy and History, a Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, and the Academic Director of the Diploma in Strategy & Innovation at the Saïd Business School. He studies the historical development and strategy of professional firms, and their ...

Maupeou Gerard De

Biography Gérard de Maupeou teaches strategy and is responsible for the academic development and delivery of several open-enrolment programs within HEC Executive Education. In particular, he participates to HEC Executive MBA and is the Academic Director for HEC Advanced Certificate in General Man...

Patti Ota

Degrees Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania Areas of Expertise Decision making and problem solving Critical thinking and interpersonal communication System design Courses MIS 150A Decision Making and Problem Solving for Daily Life MIS 301 Data Structures and Algorithms MIS 501 Fundamentals...

Looking for an expert?

Contact us and we'll find the best option for you.

Something went wrong. We're trying to fix this error.