Brayden King
Brayden King

Associate Professor of Management & Organizations

Print Overview

Brayden King is an associate professor of Management and Organizations and 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 transform in response to their institutional environments. More recently, his research has begun to examine social media and its influence on individual and organizational reputations. Professor King is an expert in the field of corporate reputation and has been appointed an international research fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation.

Professor King has published research articles 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, an associate editor Management Science, a consulting editor at Sociological Science, and 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 and joined the Kellogg faculty in 2008.

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
Assistant Professor, Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2008-present
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

Grants and Awards
International Research Fellow, Centre for Corporate Reputation at Oxford University, 2010-present

Editorial Positions
Senior Editor, Management Science, 2012-present
Senior Editor, Organization Science, 2012-present
Editorial Board, Strategic Organization, 2010-present
Editorial Board, Administrative Science Quarterly, 2009-2010
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

Jung, Wooseok, Brayden G. King and Sarah A. Soule. Forthcoming. Issue Bricolage: Explaining the Configuration of the Social Movement Sector, 1960-1995. American Journal of Sociology.
Kim, Jerry and Brayden G. King. Forthcoming. Seeing Stars: Matthew Effects and Status Bias in Major League Baseball Umpiring. Management Science.
Bermiss, Y. Sekou, Edward Zajac and Brayden G. King. Forthcoming. Under Construction: How Commensuration and Management Fashion Affect Corporate Reputation Rankings. Organization Science.
McDonnell, Mary-Hunter and Brayden G. King. 2013. Keeping Up Appearances: Reputation Threat and Prosocial Responses to Social Movement Boycotts. Administrative Science Quarterly. 58: 387-419.
De Bakker, F, Frank den Hond, Brayden G. King and Klaus Weber. 2013. Social Movements, Civil Society and Corporations. Organization Studies. 34(5-6): 573-593.
King, Brayden G.. 2013. Reputational Dynamics of Private Regulation. Socio-Economic Review. 12: 200-206.
Carberry, Edward and Brayden G. 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, Ion Bogdan and Brayden G. King. 2012. Social Movements, Risk Perceptions, and Economic Outcomes. American Sociological Review. 77: 573-596.
Steele, Christopher and Brayden G. King. 2011. Collective Intentionality in Organizations: A Meta-ethnography of Identity and Strategizing. Advances in Group Processes. 28: 59-95.
King, Brayden G., Elisabeth S. Clemens and Melissa Fry Konty. 2011. Identity Realization and Organizational Forms: Differentiation and Consolidation of Identities Among Arizona’s Charter Schools. Organization Science. 22: 554-572.
King, Brayden G.. 2011. The Tactical Disruptiveness of Movements: Sources of Market and Mediated Disruption in Corporate Boycotts. Social Problems. 48: 491-517.
Ersner-Hershfield, Hal, Adam Galinsky, Laura J. Kray and Brayden G. King. 2010. Company, Country, Connections: Counterfactual Origins Increase Organizational Commitment, Patriotism, and Social Investment. Psychological Science. 21: 1479-1486.
King, Brayden G. 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 G., 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 G.. 2009. When Markets Become Contentious. Contexts. 8: 34-39.
Whetten, David, Teppo Felin and Brayden G. King. 2009. The Practice of Theory Borrowing in Organizational Studies: Current Issues and Future Directions. Journal of Management. 35: 537-563.
Smith, Gordon D. and Brayden G. King. 2009. Contracts as Organizations. Arizona Law Review. 51: 1-46.
King, Brayden G.. 2008. A Political Mediation Model of Corporate Response to Social Movement Activism. Administrative Science Quarterly. 53: 395-421.
King, Brayden G. and David Whetten. 2008. A Social Identity Formulation of Organizational Reputation and Legitimacy. Corporate Reputation Review. 11(3): 192-207.
King, Brayden G.. 2008. A Social Movement Perspective of Stakeholder Collective Action and Influence. Business and Society. 47(1): 21-49.
King, Brayden G. and Sarah A. Soule. 2008. Competition and Resource Partitioning in Three Social Movement Industries. American Journal of Sociology. 113(6): 1568-1610.
Smith, Gordon D. and Brayden G. King. 2008. Contracts as Organizations. Arizona Law Review. 51: 1-46.
King, Brayden G. 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.
King, Brayden G., 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.
Cornwall, Marie, Brayden G. King, Elizabeth Legerski, Eric Dahlin and Kendra Schiffman. 2007. Signals of Mixed Signals: Why Opportunities for mobilization are not opportunities for policy reform. Mobilization. 12(3): 239-254.
King, Brayden G. and Marie Cornwall. 2007. The Gender Logic of Executive Compensation. Academy of Management Annual Meetings Proceedings.
Soule, Sarah A. and Brayden G. 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 G., 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.
King, Brayden G. and Nicholas Pearce. 2010. The contentiousness of markets: Politics, social movements, and institutional change in markets. Annual Review of Sociology. 36: 249-67.
Working Papers
Kahl, Steve, Brayden G. King and Greg Liegel. 2014. Intraorganizational Struggles for Jurisdictional Control: Technological Innovation and Occupational Change in Manufacturing Firms, 1954-1980.
Chaiy, H. Clarissa and Brayden G. King. 2014. Organizational Identity in Hybrid Organizations: Managing Multiple Audiences.
Aslani, Soroush and Brayden G. King. 2014. Framing, Resonance, and Micro-Mobilization: Shall We Say What We Are For, or What We Are Against?.
Jung, Wooseok, Brayden G. King and Sarah Soule. 2014. Bridging Social Movement Industries Through Protest Co-locations.
Book Chapters
King, Brayden G. and Mary-Hunter McDonnell. Forthcoming. "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 G. 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.
Weber, Klaus and Brayden G. King. Forthcoming. "Social Movement Theory." In Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents, edited by Paul Adler, Paul du Gay, Glenn Morgan and Mike Reed, Oxford University Press.
King, Brayden G. and Mary-Hunter McDonnell. Forthcoming. "Social Movements." In Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management, edited by Cary Cooper, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2nd.
King, Brayden G. 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 G.. "Review of "Beyond the Boycott: Labor Rights, Human Rights, and Transnational Activism" by G. Seidman." Contemporary Sociology.
King, Brayden G.. "Review of "From the Ground Up: Grassroots Organizations Making Social Change" by C. Chetkovich and F Kunreuther." Mobilization.
Edited Volumes
King, Brayden G., Teppo Felin and David Whetten, eds.. 2009. Studying Differences between Organizations: Comparative Approaches to Organizational Research. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.

Print Teaching
Teaching Interests
Power and politics in organizations
Behavior In Organizational Systems (MORS-425-1)
This course considers theory construction, with an effort at verification, drawing on empirical studies. The focus is on problems of internal organizational systems such as goals, structure, roles, power, authority, decision making communications and controls.

Organizational Behavior: Social Movements (MORS-531-0)
Organizations are frequent targets of political contestation. Social movement activists frequently target organizations (e.g., corporations, universities) in order to bring about political and social change. In this course we will cover topics that explore how movements use organizations to propel change and that examine how movements help generate social change by targeting organizations.

Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Power In Organizations: Sources, Strategies and Skills (MORS-453-0)

This course counts toward the following majors: Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Human Resource Management, Management & Organizations.

Power dynamics are fundamental to the effective exercise of leadership in organizations. This course develops your ability to create and use sources of power beyond formal authority, to formulate strategies and tactics of political and social influence, and to exercise skills that make you a more effective organizational leader. Readings, case materials, course assignments and a field action project focus on the challenge of sustainable political advantage in organizations - the rules of the game, basic power diagnostics, the management of strategic dependencies and persuasion processes, and working in entrepreneurial contexts. Throughout, the course raises issues of career dynamics in the context of the development of your leadership abilities.

Social Media and Reputation (MORS-920-A)
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.

Social Media and Reputation (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.