Christine Beckman


Management & Organization
4526 Van Munching Hall
Ph.D., Stanford University

Professor Beckman currently serves as Academic Director of the Center of Social Value Creation (CSVC) and as the Smith ADVANCE Professor for 2015-16.  She is an Associate Editor at Administrative Science Quarterly and is a Past Division Chair of the Organization and Management Theory division of the Academy of Management.  She currently teaches doctoral courses in organization and behavioral theory, Implementing Strategy for MBA students, and Social Entrepreneurship for undergraduates.  Her first faculty position was at University of California, Irvine, where she was most recently the  Director of The Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Co-Director of the Center for Organizational Research. She spent the 2008-09 academic year visiting at the Haas School at UC Berkeley and Fall 2012 at London Business School. She was the 2006 Western Academy of Management Ascendant Scholar and was a Chancellor’s Fellow at UC Irvine from 2008-2011. Professor Beckman research has been published in such academic journals as Administrative Science Quarterly,Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, American Sociological Review, and Journal of Business Venturing.
Professor Beckman's research focuses on organizational learning, interorganizational networks, and entrepreneurship, particularly on how collaborative relationships facilitate organizational change. Recent work examines how new forms of organizational control operate in a technology-enabled world where boundaries between the personal and the professional are blurred. Her research sites are varied and include F500 companies, Silicon Valley start-ups, mutual funds, the U.S. Navy, German football teams, American baseball teams, and urban charter schools.



  • Organizational Learning and Change
  • Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship (for-profit and education)
  • Social Networks and Interorganizational Networks
  • Organizational Growth and Survival
  • Technology and Communication