Cornell University

Marya Besharov : Biography

Marya Besharov is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the ILR School at Cornell University. Her research focuses on hybrid organizations that pursue social missions in addition to financial profits, particularly social enterprises and socially responsible businesses. She seeks to understand the systems and processes by which these organizations sustain their hybrid nature and the implications that their social missions have for members' attitudes and behaviors, including the meaning that members derive from their work. Professor Besharov earned a BA in Social Studies, an MA in Sociology, and a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. She also received an MBA from Stanford. Prior to her academic career, Professor Besharov worked as a researcher and consultant in the health care field.