Professor Marya Besharov


Universities & Institutions

  • Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Areas of Interest

  • Leadership
  • Hybrid Organizations
  • Social Innovation and Impact
  • Systems Change
  • Mission-driven Organisations
  • Social Enterprise

Marya Besharov is a Professor of Organisations and Impact at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

She was previously on the faculty of the ILR School at Cornell University.

An organizational theorist with a background in sociology, she studies how organizations and their leaders navigate competing strategic priorities to achieve both social impact and commercial success. She focuses in particular on hybrid organizations such as social enterprises and mission-driven businesses that seek to address deep-rooted societal challenges while also making a financial profit.

Her research has been published in leading academic journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, and Academy of Management Review, as well as practitioner outlets such as Harvard Business Review and Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Marya is currently an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Annals, and she serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, and Organization Theory.

Marya received a BA in Social Studies, an MA in Sociology, and a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. She also holds an MBA from Stanford University. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a researcher and consultant in the health care field.

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