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Brayden King
Brayden King

Max McGraw Chair in Management and the Environment
Professor of Management & Organizations
Chair of Management & Organizations Department

Print Overview

Brayden King is the Max McGraw Chair of Management and the Environment and a professor of Management and Organizations. He is also affiliated with the Department of Sociology. Professor King's research focuses on how social movement activists influence corporate social responsibility, organizational change, and legislative policymaking. He also studies the ways in which the reputations and identities of businesses and social movement organizations emerge and change. Professor King is an international research fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation.

Professor King has published research in the American Journal of Sociology, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, Organization Science, and numerous other scholarly journals. He is currently a senior editor at Organization Science and a consulting editor at Sociological Science. He has been a guest editor at Organization Studies and Research in the Sociology of Organizations

Professor King received his PhD in 2005 from the University of Arizona in sociology.

Areas of Expertise
Corporate Social Responsibility
Environmental Sustainability
Organizational Change
Reputation Management

Print Vita
PhD, 2005, Sociology, University of Arizona
MS, 2001, Sociology, Brigham Young University
BA, 1999, Sociology, Brigham Young University

Academic Positions
Associate Professor (with tenure), Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2012-present
Assistant Professor, Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2008-2012
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Brigham Young University, 2005-2008
Lecturer and Research Associate, Department of Sociology, University of Arizona, 2001-2005
Research Associate, Department of Sociology, Brigham Young University, 1999-2001

Honors and Awards
Best Annual Paper Award, Centre for Corporate Reputation at Oxford University, 2014-15
International Research Fellow, Centre for Corporate Reputation at Oxford University, 2010-present

Editorial Positions
Editorial Board, Contemporary Sociology, 2016
Consulting Editor, American Journal of Sociology, 2014-2016
Senior Editor, Organization Science, 2013-Present
Editorial Board Member, American Sociological Review, 2013-2016
Associate Editor, Management Science, 2012-2014
Editorial Board Member, Strategic Organization, 2010-2013
Editorial Board, Administrative Science Quarterly, 2009-2017
Consulting Editor, Sociological Science, 2014-Present
Editorial Board Member, Academy of Management Journal, 2012-2013
Editorial Board Member, Social Forces, 2011-2013
Associate Editor, Management Science, 2009-2009

Print Research
Research Interests
Organizational change, social movements and corporate policymaking, economic sociology, the emergence and transformation of organizational identities

McDonnell, Mary-Hunter and Brayden King. 2018. Order in the court: The influence of firm status and reputation on the outcomes of employment discrimination suits. American Sociological Review. 83: 61-87.
Giorgi, Simona, Jean Bartunek and Brayden King. 2017. A Saul Alinsky Primer for the 21st Century: The Roles of Cultural Competence and Cultural Brokerage in Fostering Mobilization in Support of Change. Research in Organizational Behavior. 37: 125-42.
King, Brayden and Edward Carberry. Forthcoming. Reversed Riches and Matthew’s Curse: The Liability of Status When Organizations Misbehave. Journal of Management Inquiry.
King, Brayden. 2017. The Relevance of Organizational Sociology. Contemporary Sociology.
Kahl, Steve, Brayden King and Greg Liegel. 2016. Occupational Survival through Task Integration: Systems Men, Production Planners, and the Computer, 1940s-1990s. Organization Science. 27(5): 1084-1107.
McDonnell, Mary Hunter, Brayden King and Sarah Soule. 2015. A dynamic process model of private politics: Activist targeting and corporate receptivity to social challenges. American Sociological Review. 80: 654-678.
King, Brayden. 2015. Organizational actors, character, and Selznick's theory of organizations. Research in the Sociology of Organizations. 44: 149-75.
Bermiss, Sekou Y, Edward Zajac and Brayden King. 2014. Under Construction: How Commensuration, Sensegiving, and Management Fashions Impact Corporate Reputation Rankings. Organization Science. 25: 591-608.
Jung, Wooseok, Brayden King and Sarah A. Soule. 2014. Issue Bricolage: Explaining the Configuration of the Social Movement Sector, 1960-1995. American Journal of Sociology. 120: 187-225.
Kim, Jerry and Brayden King. 2014. Seeing stars: Matthew effects and status bias in Major League Baseball umpiring. Management Science. 60: 2619-44.
King, Brayden and Edward Walker. 2014. Winning hearts and minds: Field theory and the three dimensions of strategy. Strategic Organization. 12(134-141)
King, Brayden. 2013. Reputational Dynamics of Private Regulation. Socio-Economic Review. 12: 200-206.
McDonnell, Mary Hunter and Brayden King. 2013. Keeping Up Appearances: Reputation Threat and Prosocial Responses to Social Movement Boycotts. Administrative Science Quarterly. 58: 387-419.
De Bakker, F, Frankden Hond, Brayden King and Klaus Weber. 2013. Social Movements, Civil Society and Corporations. Organization Studies. 34(5-6): 573-593.
Carberry, Edward and Brayden King. 2012. Defensive Practice Adoption in the Face of Organizational Stigma: Impression Management and the Diffusion of Stock Option Expensing. Journal of Management Studies. 49(7): 1137-67.
Vasi, IonBogdan and Brayden King. 2012. Social Movements, Risk Perceptions, and Economic Outcomes. American Sociological Review. 77: 573-596.
King, Brayden. 2011. The Tactical Disruptiveness of Movements: Sources of Market and Mediated Disruption in Corporate Boycotts. Social Problems. 48: 491-517.
Steele, Christopher and Brayden King. 2011. Collective Intentionality in Organizations: A Meta-ethnography of Identity and Strategizing. Advances in Group Processes. 28: 59-95.
King, Brayden, Elisabeth S Clemens and MelissaFry Konty. 2011. Identity Realization and Organizational Forms: Differentiation and Consolidation of Identities Among Arizona. Organization Science. 22: 554-572.
King, Brayden and Nicholas A. Pearce. 2010. The Contentiousness of Markets: Politics, Social Movements, and Institutional Change in Markets. Annual Review of Sociology. 36: 249-267.
Ersner-Hershfield, Hal, Adam Galinsky, Laura J. Kray and Brayden King. 2010. Company, Country, Connections: Counterfactual Origins Increase Organizational Commitment, Patriotism, and Social Investment. Psychological Science. 21: 1479-1486.
King, Brayden and Nicholas Pearce. 2010. The Contentiousness of Markets: Politics, Social Movements, and Institutional Change in Markets. Annual Review of Sociology. 36: 249-67.
King, Brayden, Teppo Felin and David Whetten. 2010. Finding the Organization in Organizational Theory: A Meta-theory of the Organization as a Social Actor. Organization Science. 21: 290-305.
King, Brayden, Teppo Felin and David Whetten. 2009. Studying Differences Between Organizations: Comparative Approaches to Organizational Research. Research in the Sociology of Organizations. 27
King, Brayden. 2009. When Markets Become Contentious. Contexts. 8: 34-39.
Whetten, David, Teppo Felin and Brayden King. 2009. The Practice of Theory Borrowing in Organizational Studies: Current Issues and Future Directions. Journal of Management. 35: 537-563.
King, Brayden. 2008. A Political Mediation Model of Corporate Response to Social Movement Activism. Administrative Science Quarterly. 53: 395-421.
Smith, Gordon D. and Brayden King. 2008. Contracts as Organizations. Arizona Law Review. 51: 1-46.
King, Brayden and Sarah A. Soule. 2008. Competition and Resource Partitioning in Three Social Movement Industries. American Journal of Sociology. 113(6): 1568-1610.
King, Brayden and David Whetten. 2008. A Social Identity Formulation of Organizational Reputation and Legitimacy. Corporate Reputation Review. 11(3): 192-207.
King, Brayden. 2008. A Social Movement Perspective of Stakeholder Collective Action and Influence. Business and Society. 47(1): 21-49.
King, Brayden and Sarah A. Soule. 2007. Social Movements as Extra-Institutional Entrepreneurs: The Effect of Protest on Stock Price Returns. Administrative Science Quarterly. 52(3): 413-442.
Cornwall, Marie, Brayden King, Elizabeth Legerski, Eric Dahlin and Kendra Schiffman. 2007. Signals or Mixed Signals: Why Opportunities for mobilization are not opportunities for policy reform. Mobilization. 12(3): 239-254.
King, Brayden, Keith Bentele and Sarah A. Soule. 2007. Protest and Policymaking: Explaining fluctuation in congressional attention to rights issues, 1960-1986. Social Forces. 86(1): 137-161.
Soule, Sarah A. and Brayden King. 2006. The Stages of the Policy Process and the Equal Rights Amendment, 1972-1982. American Journal of Sociology. 111(6): 1871-1909.
King, Brayden, Eric Dahlin and Marie Cornwall. 2005. Winning Woman Suffrage One Step At a Time: Social Movements and the Logic of the Legislative Process. Social Forces. 83(3): 1211-1234.
Book Chapters
King, Brayden, Jocelyn Leitzinger and Forrest Briscoe. Forthcoming. "Introduction." In Social Movements, Stakeholders, and Nonmarket Strategy, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Emerald.
Rojas, Fabio and Brayden King. Forthcoming. "How Social Movements Interact with Organizations and Fields: Protest, Institutions and Beyond." edited by David Snow, Sarah Soule, and Holly McCammon.
King, Brayden. 2016. "Reputation, Risk, and Anti-Corporate Activism: How Social Movements Influence Corporate Outcomes." In The Consequences of Social Movements, edited by Marco Giugni, Katrin Uba, and Lorenzo Bosi, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Weber, Klaus and Brayden King. 2014. "Social Movement Theory and Organization Studies." In Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents, edited by Paul Adler, Paul du Gay, Glenn Morgan and Mike Reed, 487-509. Oxford University Press.
King, Brayden and Marie Cornwall. 2005. "Generalists and Specialists: Learning Strategies in the woman suffrage movement, 1866-1918." In Research in Social Movements, Conflict, and Change, edited by Patrick Coy, vol. 26, 3-34. Emerald Group Publishing.
King, Brayden and Tina Fetner. Forthcoming. "Three-Layer Movements, Resources, and the Tea Party." In Understanding the Tea Party, edited by N. Van Dyke and D. S. Meyer, Ashgate.
King, Brayden and Mary Hunter McDonnell. 2013. "Social Movements." In Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management, edited by Cary Cooper, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
King, Brayden and Mary Hunter McDonnell. 2015. "Good Firms, Good Targets: The Relationship Between Corporate Social Responsibility, Reputation, and Activist Targeting." In Corporate Social Responsibility in a Globalizing World, edited by K. Tsutsui and A. Lim.
King, Brayden. "Review of The Logic of Connective Action: Digital Media and the Personalization of Contentious Politics." American Journal of Sociology.
King, Brayden. "Review of A Theory of Fields." Administrative Science Quarterly.
King, Brayden. "Strangers at the Gate: Movements and States in Contentious Politics by Sidney Tarrow." American Journal of Sociology.
King, Brayden. "Challenging Operations: Medical Reform and Resistance in Surgery by Katherine Kellogg." Contemporary Sociology.
King, Brayden. "Laughing Saints and Righteous Heroes: Emotional Rhythms in Social Movement Groups by Erika Summers Effler." American Journal of Sociology.
King, Brayden. "Review of "Beyond the Boycott: Labor Rights, Human Rights, and Transnational Activism" by G. Seidman." Contemporary Sociology.
King, Brayden. "Review of "From the Ground Up: Grassroots Organizations Making Social Change" by C. Chetkovich and F Kunreuther." Mobilization.
Leitzinger, Jocelyn and Brayden King. 2018. Social Movements, Stakeholders, and Nonmarket Strategy, Research in the Sociology of Organizations. Emerald.
King, Brayden, Teppo Felin and David Whetten. 2009. Studying Differences between Organizations: Comparative Approaches to Organizational Research. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.

Print Teaching
Teaching Interests
Power and politics in organizations
Full-Time / Evening & Weekend MBA
Leadership in Organizations (MORS-430-0)
This course provides students with the social science tools needed to solve organizational problems and influence the actions of individuals, groups and organizations. It prepares managers to understand how to best organize and motivate the human capital of the firm, manage social networks and alliances, and execute strategic change. This is accomplished through knowledge of competitive decision making, reward system design, team building, strategic negotiation, political dynamics, corporate culture and strategic organizational design.

Special Topics in Management and Organizations: Macro (MORS-521-2)
The course covers classic and recent research topics in macro-oriented areas of Management and Organizations. Topics are drawn from sociology, organizational theory, and macro-organizational research methods.

Sports and People Analytics (MORS-910-5)
In the competitive business world, companies increasingly rely on sophisticated data analytics to make management decisions related to people (e.g., hiring and promotion decisions; team composition; compensation). The purpose of this course is to use data analytics to solve problems in the management of people, focusing specificaly on how such tools are used in the sports industry. Competitive sports helped usher in data analytics given the vast availability of data on individual and team performance. At first only a few teams, like the Oakland A's as depicted in Moneyball, used data analytics to gain a performance advantage, but since those early days, the business of sports has become dominated by data science. In this course, we will use data analytics in sports to better understand how to evaluate and solve real world problems that managers face everyday.

Social Media and Reputation (MORS-920-5)
This course was formerly known as MORS 920-A/MORS 920-B
A competitive business and professional environment means that today's leaders should stand out and develop positive reputations. Social media are critical tools in developing and maintaining reputations. This course will discuss social media strategies and skills and emphasize how they can be used to enhance career opportunities and to create a foundation for positive leadership.

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