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Abhinav Gupta

Associate Professor of Strategic Management
Michael G. Foster Endowed Fellow


PhD Pennsylvania State University (2015)
PGDM International Management Institute, New Delhi (2010)
BCom Aligarh Muslim University (2008)

Academic Expertise

business and politics
corporate governance
corporate social responsibility
social activism
strategic leadership

Current Research

Political ideology of corporations and elites, inter-organizational diffusion, social activism

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 2015

Selected Publications

  1. Out of Character: CEO Political Ideology, Peer Influence, and Adoption of CSR Executive Position by Fortune 500 firms
    Journal Article:Gupta, A., Fung, A., and Murphy, C., (forthcoming). Strategic Management Journal,
  2. Organizational Political Ideology and Corporate Openness to Social Activism
    Journal Article:Gupta, A., and Briscoe, F., (2020). Administrative Science Quarterly,
  3. Dispositional Sources of Managerial Discretion: CEO Ideology, CEO Personality, and Firm Strategies
    Journal Article:Gupta, A., Nadkarni, S., and Mariam, M., (2019). Administrative Science Quarterly,
  4. Placing Their Bets: The Influence of Strategic Investment on CEO Pay-for-Performance
    Journal Article:Shi, W., Connelly, B. L., Mackey, J. D., and Gupta, A., (2019). Strategic Management Journal,
  5. Evenhandedness in Resource Allocation: Its Relationship with CEO Ideology, Organizational Discretion, and Firm Performance
    Journal Article:Gupta, A., Briscoe, F., and Hambrick, D. C., (2018). Academy of Management Journal,
  6. Follow the Leader (or not): The influence of Peer CEOs’ Characteristics on interorganizational imitation
    Journal Article:Gupta, A., and Misangyi, V., (2018). Strategic Management Journal,
  7. Red, Blue and Purple Firms: Organizational Political Ideology and Corporate Social Responsibility
    Journal Article:Gupta, A., Briscoe, F., and Hambrick, D. C., (2017). Strategic Management Journal,
  8. The Elephant (or Donkey) in the Boardroom: How Board Political Ideology Affects CEO Pay
    Journal Article:Gupta, A., Wowak, A., (2017). Administrative Science Quarterly,
  9. Social Activism In and Around Organizations
    Journal Article:Briscoe, F., and Gupta, A., (2016). Academy of Management Annals,
  10. Social Activism and Practice Diffusion: How Activist Tactics Affect Non-targeted Organizations
    Journal Article:Briscoe, F., Gupta, A., and Anner, M., (2015). Administrative Science Quarterly,
  11. Structural Interdependence within Top Management Teams: A key moderator of Upper Echelon Predictions
    Journal Article:Hambrick, D. C., Humphrey, S. and Gupta, A., (2015). Strategic Management Journal,

PhD Student Collaborators

Michelle Lee, Misha Mariam

Honors and Awards

- Ascendant Scholar Award, 2019 Western Academy of Management
- Dean’s Excellence Award for Faculty Research, Foster School of Business
- Dean’s Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching, Foster School of Business
- Winner of the best symposium award by the OMT division, 2020 Academy of Management Meeting
- Winner of the best paper award on social and environmental impact by OMT division, 2017 Academy of Management
- Winner of the best symposium award by the OMT division, 2016 Academy of Management Meeting
- Finalist for the 2014 Organization Science/INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition, San Francisco, CA
- Best student paper award in 2013 EGOS theme on Pluralism in Institutional Trajectories
- Jeanne and Charles Rider Fellowship, the Pennsylvania State University
- Frank J. Smeal Doctoral Scholarship, the Pennsylvania State University
- James B. & Michele J. Thomas Doctoral Scholarship, the Pennsylvania State University

Academic Service

Editorial Board Member, Administrative Science Quarterly
Reviewer, Organization Science
Member of OMT and BPS Divisions of the Academy of Management
Member of the Strategic Management Society
Reviewer, American Sociological Review
Reviewer, Academy of Management Journal
Editorial Board Member, Strategic Management Journal
Reviewer, Academy of Management Review