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Brittany Bond
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Brittany Bond

Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior
Organizational Behavior

Overview

Brittany Bond is an organizational theorist and economic sociologist who investigates the importance of status recognition in labor market outcomes. Specifically, she focuses on how personnel management systems, including talent recruitment and performance assessment, shape careers and impact the long-term performance of firms. Professor Bond's research has appeared in journals such as Sociological Science, has been highlighted on the US Census Bureau's Research Matters Blog, and featured on the Wharton Business Radio Show: In the Workplace. In 2020, her dissertation on the importance of symbolic status recognition within performance evaluation processes won both the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division "Louis R. Pondy Best Dissertation Paper" and the "William H. Neman All-Academy Award for Best Paper Based on a Dissertation" at the Academy of Management.

Before joining Cornell ILR School, Brittany Bond received her PhD from the Economic Sociology Program at MIT Sloan in May 2020. Prior to MIT, she was an economist in Office of the Chief Economist of the US Commerce Department where she worked on detail at the U.S. Census Bureau’s Center for Economic Studies using internal Census hiring data in conjunction with national longitudinal linked employer-household data (LEHD) on projects such as the optimization of the 2020 Decennial Census hiring operations.

Brittany Bond received her MS in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, and her BA in International Economic Relations from American University in Washington DC.

Teaching Statement

I believe that effective instruction rests on incorporating familiar problems and reframing the issues in ways that allow students to make progress on developing solutions with tools developed from reflecting on prior cases and harnessing theoretical insights. My goal is to help students become effective and reflective practitioners. In order to achieve this goal, I first and foremost employ a mixture of cases, lectures, simulations, videos, and group activities in my classes. Second, I draw on my four-plus years in the U.S. government to share lessons learned from policy research and advising at the state and federal level. Third, I place emphasis on applying the skills that students have learned in the classroom in real-world projects. I have found that these principles serve as an effective means to reinforce the theoretical concepts and toolkits introduced in class.

Research Statement

As an economic sociologist, I study questions concerning the role of status in organizational strategy and labor market competition using the theoretical lenses of organizational behavior, organization theory. In particular, I investigate the unintended productivity consequences of performance management and talent attraction schemes in organizations. To study these processes, I specialize in longitudinal econometric analyses coupled with experimental survey designs and the use of natural experiments observed in the field. In addition, my research demonstrates the influence that social networks have on determining the quality of an organization’s talent pools. Ultimately, I work to advance our theoretical understanding of how professional recognition and social networks shift career trajectories, while informing the strategic design of performance management processes for top-tier professionals especially.

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Brittany Bond, Tatiana Labuzova, rOBERTO Fernandez. 2018. At the Expense of Quality, .

Book Chapters

  • Brittany Bond, Roberto Fernandez. 2020. Networks for the Unemployed?. in Social Networks at Work. 2020. Daniel J. Brass and Stephen P. Borgatti.

Honors and Awards

  • William H. Newman All-Academy Award for Best Paper Based on a Dissertation, Academy of Management.
  • Louis R. Pondy Best Dissertation Paper, Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management.
  • Finalist, INFORMS/Organization Science Best Dissertation Proposal Competition.
  • Keynote Speaker, CIS (Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas) Seminar on Sociological and Political Research.