Amanda Sharkey is an economic sociologist who studies how social and cultural factors impact organizational behaviors and market outcomes. She is particularly interested in questions related to status and reputation in markets, as well as the evolving role of firms in society. Her research has appeared in Administrative Science Quarterly, the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, Organization Science and Sociological Methods and Research.
Sharkey’s previous work has focused on the role of industry prestige in shaping how investors react to firms that announce earnings restatements. She has also studied how matching processes in labor markets interact with features of organizational hierarchy to influence rates of entrepreneurship. Sharkey is currently researching the role of external ratings systems (e.g., KLD, Fortune’s Best Companies) and peer effects in influencing organization-level outcomes, such as the level of pollution emitted.
Sharkey earned a bachelor’s of science in journalism, as well as a bachelor’s of arts in economics, from Northwestern University in 1999. She completed a master’s degree in social research methods from the London School of Economics in 2004. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University in 2011.
Prior to entering academia, she spent three years working in management consulting and a year working on education policy in Washington, D.C.
In her free time, Sharkey’s interests center around food – both cooking at home and exploring new restaurants.
2015 - 2016 Course Schedule
||Strategy and Structure: Markets and Organizations
||Workshop in Organizations and Markets
Cooking, travel, and spending time with her family.