Ithai Stern
Ithai Stern

MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATIONS
Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations

Print Overview
Ithai stern is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations. His research focuses on factors that shape executive’s strategic choices regarding their organization’s evolution, corporate governance, and relationships with other organizations, and how, in turn, these choices affect their organization’s ability to adapt, survive, and prosper in changing environments. Professor Stern’s research has been published in leading journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, and Strategic Management Journal. His paper “Flattery will get you everywhere (Especially if you are a male Caucasian): How ingratiation, boardroom behavior, and demographic minority status affect the likelihood of gaining board appointments at U.S. companies” (with J.D. Westphal) is one of three finalists being considered to receive the Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management Journal, to be given to the paper judged to be the best among those published in 2007. He received his PhD in strategic management from the University of Texas at Austin.

Areas of Expertise
Corporate Governance
Organizational Change
Organizational Learning
Organizational Structure and Relationships
Strategic Choice
Print Vita
Education
PhD, 2005, Management, University of Texas at Austin
MA, 1998, Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
BS, 1997, Business Administration, Political Science, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Academic Positions
Assistant Professor of Management, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2005-present

Other Professional Experience
Editorial Board, Academy of Management Journal, 2010-present
Editorial Board, Strategic Management Journal, 2010-present
Co-founder and co-organizer, First Midwest Strategy Meeting (MSM)
Member, Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Organization Science, Academy of Management
Co-founder and co-organizer, Israel Strategy Conference (www.isc.org.il)

Grants and Awards
Research referenced or discussed in media outlets including BusinessWeek, US News and World Report, CNN, CNBC, Fast Company, and National Public Radio, 2004-2011
Best Paper, Academy of Management Meetings
Finalist for the AMJ 2007 Best Paper Award, 2008
Recipient of the Williams S. Livingston Graduate Fellowship for Outstanding Doctoral Students, University of Texas, Austin, 2003-2004
George P. Huber Fellowship, University of Texas, Austin, 1999-2000
Preemptive Fellowship, University of Texas, Austin, 1999-2000
Hesburgh International Scholarship, University of Notre Dame, 1997-1998
Graduation with distinction, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 1997

Editorial Positions
Editorial Board, Academy of Management Journal, 2010-present
Editorial Board, Strategic Management Journal, 2010-present

Conference Presentations
Academy of Managements Meetings, Atlanta, GA, All That Glitters is Not Gold: Scientists' Academic Status Attributes and Alliance Formation Between Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Firms, August 2006.
Reputation Institute's 11th International Conference, Oslo, Norway, Matchmaking Under Uncertainty: Scientists' Academic Credentials and Alliance Formation Between Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Firms, June 2007.
Alliance Edge Conference, Toronto, Canada, All That Glitters is Not Gold: Scientists's Academic Status Attributes and Alliance Formation Between Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Firms, September 2005.
Academy of Management Meetings, Atlanta, GA, Flattery Will Get You Everywhere (Especially If You Are a Male Caucasian): How Ingratiation, Behaviors That Contribute to Effective Corporate Governance, and Demographic Minority Status Affect the Likelihood of Gaining Board Appointments at U.S. Companies, August, 2006.
Academy of Management Meetings, Philadelphia, PA, Fatal Attraction, Social Pressures, and Joint-ventures' Termination, August 2007.
Sumantra Ghoshal Conference on Managerially-relevant Research, London Business School, Self-Efficacy, and Alliance Formation Between Biotechnology Companies and Pharmaceutical Firms, May 2008.
3rd Annual MIT Sloan BPS Mini Conference, Self-Efficacy, and Alliance Formation Between Biotechnology Companies and Pharmaceutical Firms, May 2008.
Academy of Management Meetings, Philadelphia, PA, Organizational Size, Performance, and Frequency-based Imitation: A Test of Competing Hypotheses, August 2007.
Israel Strategy Conference, Jerusalem, Organization Characteristics and Susceptibility to Frequency-based Pressures: A Test of Competing Hypotheses, December 2007.
Utah-BYU Winter Strategy Conference, Honeymoons and Hangovers: The Impact of Perceived Familiarity on Executives' Decisions to Form and Terminate Join Ventures, March 2009.
University of Maryland, When Stars Align: How Scientific Reputation and Status Affect Alliance Formation, March 2010.
Purdue University, All That Glitters is Not Gold: Scientists' Academic Status Attributes and Alliance Formation Between Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Firms, November 2006.
University of Chicago, All That Glitters is Not Gold: Scientists' Academic Status Attributes and Alliance Formation Between Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Firms, February 2006.
Arizona State University, Unmixed Signals: How Reputation and Status Affect Alliance Formation, October 2010.
Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, Puerto Rico, Learning Through Variance in High-velocity Environments: Cross-product Comparisons and Future Product Performance, October 2004.
Academy of Management Meetings, Honolulu, HI, The Other Pathway to the Boardroom: Interpersonal Influence Behavior and Board Appointments (Also published in Best Papers Proceedings), August 2005.
Universita degli Studi di Bologna, Dipartimento di Scienze Aziendali Bologna, Italy, Unmixed Signals: How Reputation and Status Affect Alliance Formation, November 2010.
CCC Colloquium, Goizueta Business School, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, The Join Venture Paradox: Parent-firm Characteristics and Joint Venture Performance, April 2004.
Annual Meetings of the Academy of Management, Denver, CO, Within-business Diversification in Technology-intensive Industries, August 2002.
Academy of Management Meetings, Chicago, IL, The Public Face of Partnership: The Impact of External Feedback on JV Termination Decisions, August 2009.
Midwest Strategy Meetings, Chicago, IL, Unmixed Signals: How Reputation and Status Affect Alliance Formation, May 2010.
Strategic Management Society Rio Conference, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, There Are Many Ways to Compete in the Technological Race: Firm Characteristics and R&D Vehicle Diversification, March 2011.
Academy of Management Meetings, Chicago, IL, Leaders' Backgrounds, Influence Tactics' Sophistication, and Consequences for Board Appointments, August 2009.
Israel Strategy Conference, Beer-Sheba, When Stars Align: How Scientific Reputation and Status Affect Alliance Formation, December 2009.
Annual Meetings of the Academy of Management, Washington, DC, Internal and External Selection Environments: An Evolutionary Perspective on Firm-level and Population-level Change, August 2001.
Academy of Management Meetings, Chicago, IL, The Impact of Perceived Familiarity on Executives' Decisions to Form and Terminate Joint Ventures, August 2009.
Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, Washington, DC, The Higher They Rise, the Harder They Fall: The Insidious Effects of Ingratiation Toward High Status Corporate Elites, October 2009.
West Coast Research Symposium, Stanford University, Common Educational Background Alliance Formation, September 2008.
Israel Strategy Conference, Tel-Aviv, A Matter of Reaction: Stakeholders' Feedback and JV Termination Decisons, December 2008.
8th Annual Wharton Technology Conference, Self-Efficacy, and Alliance Formation Between Biotechnology Companies and Pharmaceutical Firms, April 2008.
INSEAD Conference on Network Evolution, Common Educational Background Alliance Formation, October 2008.
Utah-BYU Witner Strategy Conference, Honeymoons and Hangovers: The Impact of Perceived Familiarity on Executives' Decisions to Form and Terminate Join Ventures, March 2009.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Within-business Diversification in Technology-intensive Industries, June 2003.
INSEAD Conference on Network Evolution 2.0, Unmixed Signals: How Reputation and Status Affect Alliance Formation, October 2010.
Academy of Management Meetings, Montreal, Canada, The Higher They Rise, the Harder They Fall: The Insidious Effects of Ingratiation Toward Corporate Leaders, August 2010.
Israel Strategy Conference, Haifa, There Are Many Ways to Compete in the Technological Race: Firm Characterisitcs and R&D Vehicle Diversification, December 2010.

 
Print Research
Research Interests
Strategic management and organization theory

Articles
Stern, Ithai, Janet Dukerich and Edward Zajac. 2013. Unmixed Signals: How Reputation and Status Affect Alliance Formation. Strategic Management Journal.: doi:10.1002/smj.2116.
Park, Sun Hyun, James D. Westphal and Ithai Stern. 2011. Set up for a Fall: The Insidious Effects of Flattery and Opinion Conformity Toward Corporate Leaders. Adminsitrative Science Quarterly.
Stern, Ithai and James D. Westphal. 2010. Stealthy Footsteps to the Boardroom: How the Backgrounds of Corporate Leaders Predict the Sophistication and Subtlety of Their Interpersonal Influence Tactics, and the Consequences for Board Appointments. Administrative Science Quarterly. 55: 278-319.
Westphal, James D. and Ithai Stern. 2007. Flattery Will Get You Everywhere (Especially If You are a Male Caucasian): How Ingratiation, Boardroom Behavior and Demographic Minority Status Affect the Likelihood of Gaining Additional Board Appointments at US Companies. Academy of Management Journal. 50(2): 267-288.
Westphal, James D. and Ithai Stern. 2006. The Other Pathway to the Boardroom: Interpersonal Influence Behavior as a Substitute for Elite Credentials and Majority Status in Obtaining Board Appointments. Administrative Science Quarterly. 51(2): 169-204.
Stern, Ithai and Andrew D. Henderson. 2004. Within-business Diversification in Technology-intensive Industries.. Strategic Management Journal. 25(5): 487-505.
Henderson, Andrew D. and Ithai Stern. 2004. Selection Based Learning: The Co-Evolution of Internal and External Selection in High-Velocity Environments. Administrative Science Quarterly. 49(1): 39-75.
Working Papers
Stern, Ithai and Franz Wohlgezogen. 2014. The Public Face of Partnership: the impact of external feedback on JV termination decisions.
Lungeanu, RazvanIthai Stern and Edward Zajac. 2014. Changing the How: Technological Performance, Slack Resources, and the Firm's Portfolio of Strategic Means.
Stern, Ithai and Razvan Lungeanu. 2014. Cannot Study One without the Others: An Examination of the Interdependencies among Strategic Means.
Baldi, Cindi, Ithai Stern and Janet Dukerich. 2014. Mascot Love: Common Educational Background and Alliance Formation.
Stern, Ithai, Andrew D. Henderson and Adam Galinsky. 2014. Honeymoons and Hangovers: The Impact of Perceived Familiarity of Executives' Decisions to Form and Terminate Joint Ventures.
Stern, Ithai and Razvan Lungeanu. 2014. There are Many Ways to Compete in the Technological Race: Firm Characteristcs and R&D Vehicle Diversification.
Other
Stern, Ithai. "Mergers and Acquisitions." Academy of Management Executive, May 2002.

 
Print Teaching
Teaching Interests
Strategic management and organization theory
Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Leading the Strategic Change Process (MORS-452-0)

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

This course focuses on key tasks in leading the strategic change process in organizations. These leadership tasks include creating a shared urgent need for change, creating a shared understanding of the reality of change issues, creating a change vision, promoting the belief that change is possible and leading the change transition process. Topics include creating and changing corporate culture, managing growth and decline, corporate restructuring, creating innovation and entrepreneurship, and leading the transition from an entrepreneurial start-up organization to an organization that can manage scale and scope and sustain competitive advantage.

As part of this course, some faculty include a required all-day simulation project, often held on a Saturday; please see the syllabus or contact the professor for the course section.

For more information on MORS-452, including a course overview and an example syllabus, please visit http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/faculty/stern_i/MORS452/.