Valery Yakubovich
Professeur Associé, Département Management

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2001 - Ph.D., Sociology, Stanford University

1994 - M.A., Sociology, University of Warwick

1985 - M.S.,Mathematics, Moscow State University. Graduated with honors.

Thèmes de Recherche
My research focuses on the role of social relations in organizations and markets. I have studied the impact of managerial interest groups on price formation in the late 19th century electricity industry in the US; informal exchange networks of Russian households during the transition from state socialism; social networks among employers and employees in real and virtual job markets. The results of these studies have been published in leading journals in management, organization theory, and sociology, as well as numerous edited volumes. My current projects explore innovative social structures of virtual organizations, the interplay between formal hierarchies and social networks in large Russian firms, and coproduction of human capital and social relations in the workplace.

Banking; Manufacturing; Telemarketing

Zones géographiques
Russia; USA

Projets en Cours

A Hard Take on Soft Assets? An Operational Approach to Human Resource Management.

The Coproduction of Human Capital and Social Relationships in a Financial Organization.


Publications académiques
  "The Impact of Japanese Labels on the Perceived Relevance of Lean Production Practices in a Russian Bank" (V. Yakubovich, D. Lup), Management and Organization Review, Numéro Forthcoming
  "Artificial Intelligence in Human Resources Management: Challenges and a Path Forward" (P. Tambe, P. Cappelli, V. Yakubovich), California Management Review, août 2019, Vol. 61, Numéro 4, p. 15‑42
  "Friends by Assignment? From Formal Interdependence to Informal Relations in Organizations" (V. Yakubovich, R. Burg), Human Relations, juin 2019, Vol. 72, Numéro 6, p. 1013‑1038
  "Getting a Job as a Favor in the Russian Post-Socialist Labor Market" (V. Yakubovich), Asia Pacific Journal of Management, avr. 2013, Vol. 30, Numéro 2, p. 351‑372
  "The Darwinian Workplace" (S. Netessine, V. Yakubovich), Harvard Business Review, mai 2012, Vol. 90, Numéro 5, p. 25‑28
  "Stages of the Recruitment Process and the Referrer?s Performance Effect" (V. Yakubovich, D. Lup), Organization Science, mars 2006, Vol. 17, Numéro 6, p. 710‑723
  "Passive Recruitment in the Russian Urban Labor Market" (V. Yakubovich), Work and Occupations, févr. 2006, Vol. 33, Numéro 3, p. 307‑334
  "Weak Ties, Information, and Influence: How Workers Find Jobs in a Local Russian Labor Market" (V. Yakubovich), American Sociological Review, mars 2005, Vol. 70(3), p. 408‑421
  "Cherchez la Femme: Women as Supporting" (S. Ashwin, V. Yakubovich), European Sociological Review, févr. 2005, Vol. 2(2), p. 149‑164
  "Electric Charges: The Social Construction of Rate Systems" (V. Yakubovich, M. Granovetter, P. Mc Guire), Theory and Society, janv. 2005, Vol. 34(5-6), p. 579‑612
  "The Changing Significance of Ties. An Exploration of the Hiring Channels in the Russian Transitional Labor Market" (V. Yakubovich, I. Kozina), International Sociology, juin 2000, Vol. 15(3), p. 479‑500

  Can Data Science Change Human Resources?. In: The Future of Management in an AI World (avec P. Cappelli, P. Tambe). Cham (Switzerland) : Palgrave Macmillan, Canals, Jordi, Heukamp, Franz. 2019, p. 93-115
  The Emergence of the Russian Mobile Telecom Market: Local Technical Leadership and Global Investors in a Shadow of the State. In: The Emergence of Organizations and Markets (avec S. Shekshnia). Princeton (USA) : Princeton University Press, John F. Padgett, Walter W. Powell. 2012, p. 334-346

Enseignement à l'ESSEC

Talent Management (EMBA) 

Seminaire d'Entréé: Comprendre et Changer le Monde (MS in Management) 

Innovation Management (MS in Management) 

Managing Business Networks (MS in Management) 

People and Organizations (MS in Management)

Sociological and Psychological Pillars of Management (PhD) 

Economic and Behavioral Foundations of Management (PhD)

Organization Theory (PhD) 

Autres activités pédagogiques


Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management: 2007 – 2011 (Undergraduate)

Network Structures of Effective Management: 2002 – 2006 (MBA)

Frontiers of Organizational Sociology: Organizations and Environments: 2004 (PhD)

Organizations in Emerging Markets: Social, Political, and Cultural Issues: 2003 (PhD)

Custom courses for executives on social networks in organizations and markets, power and politics, andhuman resource management taught in Russia and at INSEAD in 2003-2010.


Doctoral Committee Chair

Daniela Lup (University of Chicago, 2009, Placement: London School of Economics), "Status and Surprises: An Analysis of the Reaction to Information about Firm Performance"

Doctoral Committee Member

Ryan Burg (University of Pennsylvania, 2011), "Rebuilding the Iron Cage: Post-Failure Organizing in Newspapers and Investment Banks."

Andrew Knight (University of Pennsylvania, 2009), "Positive Affect and Project Team Development andEffectiveness"

Rocio Bonet (University of Pennsylvania, 2007), "Getting Ahead in Organizations: Essays on Individual Career Management"

Tim Hilton (University of Chicago, 2007), "Employer’s Use of Labor Market Intermediaries (LMIs) in Filling Lower-Level Jobs and Implications for Lower-Skilled LMI Clients"



“NetLogo Simulation: Structure and Collaboration in Organizations” 2015. With Reza Mousavi.



Prix et distinctions

2014 Finalist for Best International Paper Award at the Academy of Management Meeting in Philadelphia, USA. August 2014.

2006 Fellow, the Summer Institute on Economy and Society: Trajectories of Capitalism, the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California

2004 The Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurship Research Grant

2000 Littlefield International Graduate Fellowship, the Institute for International Studies, Stanford

2000 - 2002 Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation,Social Science Research Council Program The Corporation as a Social Institution

1997 La Piere Award for Best 3rd Year Graduate Student Paper, Dept. of Sociology, Stanford

1993 British Council Graduate Fellowship

Activités scientifiques
Communications présentées à des conférences

Recent Invited Papers and Presentations

-2015 (May), What’s in a Name? Linguistic Labels in the Adoption of a Lean Production System in Russia, 2015 Industry Studies Conference, Kansas, U.S.A.
-2014 (December), Discussion panel participant at the 2nd conference “The Academic Diaspora and the Future for Russian Science.” Saint Petersburg, Russia.-2014 (May), A Lean Language: Terminology and Problem-Solving in Lean Production, 2014 Industry Studies Conference, Portland, U.S.A.
-2014 (June), Learning Foci and the Reproduction of Social Relations in Organizations: The Effects of Homophily, Propinquity, and Preexisting Ties, 7th INAS Conference, Mannheim, Germany
-2014 (Aug.), Learning Foci and the Reproduction of Social Relations, 2014 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
-2014 (Oct.), Learning Foci and the Reproduction of Social Relations in Organizations, INSEAD Conference on Network Evolution 4.0, Fontainebleau, France
-2014 (Aug.), The Language of Lean Production and the Organized Anarchy of its Foreign Adoption, 2014 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
-2014 (Oct.), The Language of Lean Production and the Organized Anarchy of Its Foreign Adoption, 7th Annual People and Organizations Conference, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
-2013 (Aug.), The Reproduction of Social Capital in a Learning Organization, 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York, U.S.A.
-2013 (Oct.), The Reproduction of Social Capital in an Organization, 5th Annual People and Organizations Conference, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
-2012 (Aug.), Getting a Job as a Favor in the Russian Post-socialist Labor Market, 2012 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, U.S.A.
-2012 (May), Performance Implications of Labor Market Shelters Within Organizations: A Field Experiment, 2012 Industry Studies Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, U.S.A.
-2011 (Aug.), "I'm not Here to Make Friends!" Spontaneous Communication in a "Winners-take-all" Organization, 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Las Vegas, U.S.A.
-2010 (June), "Socializing in a Virtual Workplace" - Organization and Markets Seminar Series. The INSEAD Organizational Behavior Area
-2010 (June), Seminar Series of the Management Department, ESSEC Business School - Cergy-Pontoise Cedex, France.
-2010 (June), Discussion panel participant at the conference "The Academic Diaspora and the Future for Russian Science." Saint Petersburg, Russia.
-2010 (April), The Sociology of Markets Seminar of the Laboratory for Economic and Sociological Research at -the Moscow Higher School of Economics.
-2010 (February), The Seminar of the Industry, Work, and Employment Relations Group at the Sloan School of Business, MIT.
-2010 (May), "The Network of Task Interdependence and Promotion in Organizations: A Case of the Russian Corporate Bureaucracy" - Lunchtime Seminar of the Center for Economic and Financial Research at the New Economic School. Moscow, Russia.
-2009 (December), The Emergence of the Russian Mobile Telecom Market." The 2009 Sixth Annual AIB Conference on Research Frontiers in International Business. Charleston, South Carolina.
-2009 (October), Discussion panel participant at the conference "Russia in Global Social Sciences and Global Social Sciences in Russia: a role of the Russian Diaspora." Moscow, Russia.
-2009 (August), Academy of Management Meeting. Chicago.
-2009 (April), "Coproduction of Knowledge and Friendship Ties in Organizations." The Brown Bag Lunch at the Wharton Management Department.
-2009 (April), "The Emergence of the Cellular Market in Moscow and St.Petersburg." The Conference on the Emergence of Organizations and Markets, Schenna, Italy. 

Affiliations et activités académiques

University of Pennsylvania
2007 – present Member of the Graduate Group in International Studies at the Lauder Institute
Co-founder of the working group on Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
2009-2010 Inter-Departmental Social Network Dynamics Workshop organizer
2009 Management Department Seminars Committee
2007 – 2009 Labor Lunch Seminars coordinator
September 2008 Co-organizer of the Conference "Governance, Leadership, and Networks"
2007-2008 Inter-Departmental Social Networks Workshop co-founder and coordinator
2006 – 2008 Member of the HR junior faculty search committee

University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business
June 2003 Organizer of the Junior Scholars Conference, Chicago

Stanford University, Department of Sociology
1999 – 2000 Member of the Faculty Recruitment Committee
1997 – 1998 Member of the PhD Studies Committee

Organization Science
2009 – present Member of the Editorial Board

European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS)
July 2010 Co-convenor of the sub-theme "Networks and Communities" at the 26th EGOS Colloquium. Lisbon, Portugal.

The Economic Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association
2010 - 2011 Member of the Nominations Committee

The Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
2010 - present Member of the Expert Council, the Faculty of Management

Ad hoc reviewer for American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, and Social Forces

Member of Academy of Management, American Sociological Association, European Group for Organization Studies, Society for Advancement of Socio-Economics


Media citations
“Russia Turns Screw on Science Foundation.” Nature, 28 May 2015.
“Putin’s Russia Devides and Enrages Scientists.” Nature, 16 September 2014.

Publications for Practitioners
“Marx’s Descendants.” Slon Magazine (online). July 2013. In Russian.
With Evgeniya Chernozatonskaya. 2012. “Irresistible Attraction to Work.” Interview with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Harvard Business Review – Russia. October: 95-99.
2011. “Forward” to the Russian edition of The New Age of Innovation by C.K. Prahald and M.S. Krishnan. Moscow: Skolkovo School of Management. Pp: 11-14.

Presentations for Business Professionals
“Motivation of innovative behavior.” 3rd Sberbank Innovation Forum. Moscow, Russia. May 2013.

Expérience professionnelle


2006 - present  - Associate Professor of Management, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

2001 - 2006 - Assistant Professor of Organizations and Strategy, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago

1996 - 2002 - Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Comparative Labour Relations Research, Moscow

1995 - 2000 - Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, Stanford University

1998             Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

1990 - 1993 - Junior Research Fellow, the Laboratory for Socio-Economic Research,Moscow Institute of Youth

1985 -1986 - Instructor, Department of Computational Mathematics, Brest State PedagogicalUniversity, Belarus


2004 - 2010 - Management Consultant, ad hoc consulting projects for companies in the US, Russia, and Ukraine

1995 - 2001 - Statistical Software Consultant, Social Sciences Resource Center, Green Library, Stanford University

1990 - 1991 - Interviewer, the Public Opinion Research Center "Vox Populi," Moscow

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