Ezra Zuckerman Sivan

Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy
Deputy Dean

Biography | Selected Publications

Optimal Distinctiveness Revisited: An Integrative Framework for Understanding the Balance between Differentiation and Conformity in Individual and Organizational Identities.” Zuckerman, Ezra W. In Oxford Handbook on Organizational Identity. Oxford, UK: Forthcoming.

"The Status-Based Model of Market Competition: A Reconsideration Based on Recent Research." Zuckerman, Ezra W. Administrative Science Quarterly. Forthcoming.

"Book Review." Zuckerman, Ezra W. Review of The Emergence of Organizations and Markets, edited by John F. Padgett and Walter W. Powell. Contemporary Sociology, November 2014.

“A Lack of Security or a Lack of Capital? Acculturative Conservatism in Immigrant Naming Choices of Early 20th-Century U.S. Jews.” Zhang, Jiayin, Ezra W. Zuckerman and Elena Obukhova, Working Paper. 2014.

"The Denigration of Heroes? How the Status Attainment Process Shapes Attributions of Considerateness and Authenticity" Hahl, Oliver and Ezra W. Zuckerman. American Journal of Sociology Vol. 120, No. 2 (2014): 504-554. (2014)

"When Politics Froze Fashion: The Effect of the Cultural Revolution on Naming in Beijing." Obukhova, Elena, Ezra W. Zuckerman and Jiayin Zhang. American Journal of Sociology Vol. 120, No. 2 (2014): 555-583. (2014)

So You Think You Can Dance: Lessons from the U.S. Private Equity Bubble.” Turco, Catherine and Ezra Zuckerman. Sociological Science Vol1 (2014): 81-101. (2014)

"Book Review." Zuckerman, Ezra W. Review of Solidarity in Strategy: Making Business Meaningful in American Trade Associations, by Lyn Spillman. American Journal of Sociology, January 2014.

"In Either Market or Hierarchy, but Not in Both Simultaneously: Where Strong Ties Are Found in the Economy.” Zuckerman, Ezra W. Research in the Sociology of Organizations (Special Issue: Contemporary Perspectives on Organizational Social Networks) Vol. 40 (2014): 111-133.


"The Problems and Promise of Hierarchy: A Sociological Theory of the Firm." Zuckerman, Ezra and Robert Freeland, Working Paper. 2014.

"Why Authenticity is In Demand: Overcoming High-Status Denigration with Outsider Art." Hahl, Oliver, Ezra Zuckerman and Minjae Kim, Working Paper. 2014.

"Resolute Marine Energy: Power in Waves." Cate Reavis and Ezra Zuckerman. (2013)

"Market Efficiency: A Sociological Perspective." Zuckerman, Ezra W. In Oxford Handbook on the Sociology of Finance, edited by Karin Knorr-Cetina and Alex Preda, 223-249. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Betrayal as Market Barrier: Identity-Based Limits to Diversification among High-Status Corporate Law Firms.” Phillips, Damon, Catherine Turco and Ezra Zuckerman. American Journal of Sociology Vol. 118, No. 4 (2013): 1025-54. (2013)

Firm Status and Downward Diversification: A Note on Participation in Family Law and Personal Injury Law in Silicon Valley, 1946-1996.” Phillips, Damon J., Catherine Turco and Ezra W. Zuckerman, Columbia Business School Research Paper 13-3. New York, NY: Columba Business School, August 2012.

“Construction, Concentration, and (Dis)Continuities in Social Valuations.” Zuckerman, Ezra W. Annual Review of Sociology Vol. 38 (2012): 223-245. (2012)

"It’s the Conventional Thought That Counts: The Origins of Status Advantage in Third-Order Inference." Correll, Shelley, Cecilia L. Ridgeway, Ezra W. Zuckerman, Sandra Nagakawa, Sara Jordan-Bloch and Sharon Jank, Working Paper. 2012.

"Why Was There No Fashion Under Mao? Chinese Naming Practices as an Extreme Case of Endogenous Cultural Change." Obukhova, Elena, Ezra W. Zuckerman and Jiayin Zhang, Working Paper. 2011.

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Irrational Overcommitment in an Industry Peer Network.” Sgourev, Stoyan V. and Ezra W. Zuckerman. Rationality and Society Vol. 23, No. 1 (2011): 3-34. (2011)

"Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Embeddedness Failure in the Pharmaceutical Industry." Azoulay, Pierre, Nelson P. Repenning and Ezra W. Zuckerman. Administrative Science Quarterly Vol. 55, No. 3 (2010): 472-507. (2010)

“What if we had been in charge? The sociologist as builder of rational institutions.” Zuckerman, Ezra W. In Markets on Trial: The Economic Sociology of the US Financial Crisis: Part B, edited by Michael Lounsbury and Paul M. Hirsch. UK: July 2010.

"Speaking with One Voice: A ‘Stanford School’ Approach to Organizational Hierarchy.” Zuckerman, Ezra W. In Research in the Sociology of Organizations, edited by Claudia Bird Schoonhoven and Frank Dobbin, 289-307. UK: April 2010.

"Embeddedness for Control, for Compatibility, or by Constraint? Within-Network Exchange in the Selection of Home Remodelers." Zuckerman, Ezra W., Working Paper. American Sociological Review, 2010.

"High-Status Conformity: Silicon Valley Law Firms’ Engagement in Family and Personal Injury Law." Phillips, Damon, Catherine J. Turco and Ezra Zuckerman, Working Paper. American Journal of Sociology, 2010.

"Towards a Sociology of Valuation: Convergence, Divergence, and Synthesis." Zuckerman, Ezra, Working Paper. Annual Review of Sociology, 2010.

"Why Identity? A Prolegomenon to any Account of Social Structure and Human Action." Zuckerman, Ezra, Working Paper. 2010.

"All in the Family: Reply to Burt, Podolny and van de Rijt, Ban and Sarkar." Reagans, Ray E. and Ezra W. Zuckerman.  Industrial and Corporate Change Vol. 17, No. 5 (2008): 979-999. (2008)

"Why Knowledge Does Not Equal Power: The Network Redundancy Tradeoff." Reagans, Ray E. and Ezra W. Zuckerman. Industrial and Corporate Change Vol17, No. 5 (2008): 903-944. (2008)

"A Shortcut to Efficiency? Implications of the Small but Stratified World." Ray E. Reagans and Ezra W. Zuckerman. (2008)

"Book Review." Zuckerman, Ezra W. Review of Doormen, by Peter Bearman. Administrative Science Quarterly, March 2008.

"On Firmer Ground: The Collaborative Team as Strategic Research Site for Verifying Network-Based Social Capital Hypotheses." Reagans, Ray E., Ezra W. Zuckerman and Bill McEvily. In Missing Links: Formation and Decay of Economic Networks, edited by James E. Rauch, 148-182. New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation, 2007.

"Peer Capitalism: Parallel Relationships in the U.S. Economy." Zuckerman, Ezra W. and Stoyan V. Sgourev. American Journal of Sociology Vol. 111, No. 5 (2006): 1327-1366. (2006)

“Improving Capabilities Through Peer Networks.” Sgourev, Stoyan V. and Ezra W. Zuckerman. MIT Sloan Management Review, January 2006.

"Typecasting and Generalism in Firm and Market: Genre-Based Career Concentration in the Feature-Film Industry." Zuckerman, Ezra W. Research in the Sociology of Organizations  Vol. 23 (2005): 173-216. (2005)

"Book Review." Zuckerman, Ezra.Review of Headhunters: Matchmaking in the Labor Market, by James E. Coverdill and William Finlay. American Journal of Sociology, September 2002. (2004)

"Do Firms and Markets Look Different? Repeat Collaboration in the Feature Film Industry, 1935-1995." Ezra W. Zuckerman. (2004)

"Comment: Towards the Social Reconstruction of an Interdisciplinary Turf War." Zuckerman, Ezra W. American Sociological Review Vol. 69, No. 3 (2004): 458-465. (2004)

"Structural Incoherence and Stock Market Activity." Zuckerman, Ezra W. American Sociological Review Vol. 69, No. 3 (2004): 405-432. (2004)

"How to Make the Team: Social Networks vs. Demography as Criteria for Designing Effective Projects in a Contract R&D Firm." Reagans, Ray, Ezra Zuckerman and Bill McEvily. Administrative Science Quarterly Vol. 49, No. 1 (2004): 101-133. (2004)

"Shrewd, Crude, or Simply Deluded? Comovement and the Internet Stock Phenomenon." Zuckerman, Ezra W. and Hayagreeva Rao. Industrial and Corporate Change Vol. 13, No. 1 (2004): 171-213. (2004)

"On Networks and Markets by Rauch and Casella, eds." Zuckerman, Ezra W. Journal of Economic Literature Vol. 41, No. 2 (2003): 545-565. (2003)

"Robust Identities or Non-Entities? Typecasting in the Feature Film Labor Market." Zuckerman, Ezra W., Tai-Young Kim, Kalinda Ukanwa and James von Rittmann. American Journal of Sociology Vol. 108, No. 5 (2003): 1018-1075. (2003)

"The Critical Trade-Off: Identity Assignment and Box-Office Success in the Feature Film Industry." Zuckerman, Ezra W. and Tai-Young Kim. Industrial and Corporate Change Vol. 12, No. 1 (2003): 27-67. (2003)

"Middle Status Conformity: Theoretical Restatement and Empirical Demonstration in Two Markets." Phillips, Damon J. and Ezra W. Zuckerman. American Journal of Sociology Vol. 107, No. 2 (2001): 379-429. (2001)

"What Makes You Think You're So Popular? Self-Enhancement Meets the Friendship Paradox," Zuckerman, Ezra W. and John T. Jost. Social Psychology Quarterly Vol. 64, No. 3 (2001): 207-223. (2001)

"Networks, Diversity, and Productivity: The Social Capital of Corporate R&D Units." Reagans, Ray E. and Ezra W. Zuckerman. Organization Science Vol. 12, No. 4 (2001): 502-517. (2001)

"The Globalization of Israeli Venture Capital." Janet Feldstein and Ezra Zuckerman. (2001)

"Focusing the Corporate Product: Securities Analysts and De-Diversification." Zuckerman, Ezra W. Administrative Science Quarterly Vol. 45, No. 3 (2000): 591-619. (2000)

"The Categorical Imperative: Securities Analysts and the Illegitimacy Discount." Zuckerman, Ezra W. American Journal of Sociology Vol. 104, No. 5 (1999): 1398-1438. (1999)

"Social Capital and Opportunity in Corporate R&D: The Contingent Effect of Contact Density on Mobility Expectations." Gabbay, Shaul M. and Ezra W. Zuckerman. Social Science Research Vol. 27, No. 2 (1998): 189-217. (1998)

"Mediating the Corporate Product: Securities Analysts and the Scope of the Firm." Zuckerman, Ezra W. Doctoral Dissertation in Sociology, University of Chicago, 1997.

"Circumcision in the U.S.: Prevalence, Prophylaxis, and Sexual Practice." Laumann, Edward O., Christopher M. Masi and Ezra W. Zuckerman. Journal of the American Medical Association Vol. 277, No. 13 (1997): 1052-1057. (1997)

"A Structural Theory of Vote Choice: Social and Political Networks and Electoral Flows in Britain and the United States," Zuckerman, Alan S., Nicholas A. Valentino and Ezra W. Zuckerman. Journal of Politics Vol. 56, No. 4 (1994): 1008-1033. (1994)


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