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About Marya Besharov

Marya Besharov is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the ILR School at Cornell University. An organizational theorist with a background in organizational sociology, she studies how organizations and their leaders navigate competing goals. Much of her research focuses on social-business hybrid organizations such as social enterprises and mission-driven businesses with competing social and commercial goals at their core.
Marya’s work has been published and is forthcoming in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Business Ethics Quarterly, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Research in Organizational Behavior, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, and Industrial and Corporate Change.
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. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a researcher and consultant in the health care field.


Present Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Cornell University ILR School

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Introduction to Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Change: Theory and Practice
  • Organizational Design, Culture, and Change
  • Proseminar in Organizational Behavior

Contact Information

Cornell University
School of Industrial and Labor Relations
397 Ives Faculty Building, Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-8524 |


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Contributions to Books (1)