Faculty & Research

Catherine Turco

  • Fred Kayne (1960) Career Development Professor of Entrepreneurship
  • Associate Professor, Work and Organization Studies

Catherine J. Turco is the Fred Kayne (1960) Career Development Professor of Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

Turco is an ethnographer and economic sociologist who studies cultural dynamics in organizations, occupations, and markets. She is the author of the 2016 book The Conversational Firm: Rethinking Bureaucracy in the Age of Social Media (New York: Columbia University Press).

Turco's research has appeared in the American Sociological Review and American Journal of Sociology and been recognized with awards from the American Sociological Association.  Her work has been covered in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, CNN, and Fortune.

Prior to entering academia, Turco worked as a technology investment banker at Morgan Stanley and at an enterprise software company, where she managed the company’s corporate venture fund. She has consulted to a number of organizations, including the Boston Red Sox.

Turco received her BA in economics from Harvard College, where in addition to her studies, she was president of Harvard Student Agencies/Let’s Go Inc., a 1,000-person company.  She received her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.  She received her MA and PhD in sociology from Harvard University, where she was a Presidential Scholar.