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Management & Organizations

Kellogg School of Management

Northwestern University

2001 Sheridan Road

Evanston, IL, 60208




Christopher Steele

Ph.D. Candidate in Management & Organizations

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Management & Organizations, 2015 (expected)
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

M.Sc., Management Research, 2009
B.A., Economics & Management, 2008

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


Chris Steele is a doctoral candidate in management and organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. His research interests lie in organizational theory, strategy-as-practice, and the sociology of knowledge. In particular, he is interested in the dynamics of institutional logics and social practices; collective and organizational identities; and the production and consumption of data in contemporary organizations. He draws on a variety of qualitative methods in his research, including interviews, participant observation, and meta-ethnography. His dissertation is focused on the practice and use of data analytics in contemporary organizations - using institutional and practice theories to explain the strategic and everyday challenges of analytics implementation through field-level interviews and focused participant observation.

Research interests
Institutional Logics and Social Practices; Organizational and Collective Identity; Organizational and Social Knowledge


William Ocasio (Chair)
Klaus Weber
Edward Zajac



Pouthier, V., Steele, C.W.J., and Ocasio, W. (2013).  ‘From agents to principles: The changing relationship between hospitalist identity and logics of healthcare’.  Pp. 203-241 in Michael Lounsbury and Eva Boxenbaum [Eds.], Institutional Logics in Action (Research in the Sociology of Organizations volume 39A). Emerald.

Steele, C.W.J., and King, B. (2011).  ‘Collective intentionality and the organization: A meta-ethnography of organizational identity and strategic decision-making’.  Pp. 59-95 in Shane R. Thye, Edward J. Lawler [Eds.], Advances in Group Processes, Volume 28.  Emerald.


Papers under review

Steele, C.W.J, Pouthier, V., and Ocasio, W. ‘The generativity of institutional logics’.  Revising for 2nd round review at Administrative Science Quarterly.

Ocasio, W., Mauskapf, M., and Steele, C.W.J. ‘History, society, and institutions: The role of collective memory in the formation of societal logics’.  Currently under review at the Academy of Management Review.


Working papers and works in progress

Steele, C.W.J. ‘Reading the field: Some consequences of the differing legibility of institutional arrangements’.  (Working manuscript)

Steele, C.W.J., and Pouthier, V. ‘The co-evolution of identities and logics: Exploring the metaphor of identity as territory’.  (Working manuscript)

Steele, C.W.J., and Weber, K. ‘Material moralities: The roles of objects in the production of moral cognition and behaviour’.  (Work in progress)


Dissertations and Theses

Steele, C.W.J. (in progress).  ‘Dealing with data: The everyday practice of data analytics’.  Doctoral Dissertation at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern.  Supervised by William Ocasio (chair) and by Klaus Weber, Richard Whittington, and Edward Zajac.

Steele, C.W.J. (2009).  ‘Directing praxis?  Practice theory, dramaturgy, and middle management: A case study’.  MSc. Thesis at the Said Business School, University of Oxford.  Supervised by Sue Dopson.

Steele, C.W.J. (2008).  ‘Analogy in management studies: Its uses and limitations in three key approaches to management research’.  BA. Thesis at the Said Business School, University of Oxford.  Supervised by Sue Dopson and Felix Reed-Tsochas.


Kellogg School of Management
2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-2800