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Tomasz OBLOJ

Associate Professor

Strategy and Business Policy

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Biography

Tomasz Obloj is the Dieter Schwarz Foundation Chaired Associate Professor of Strategy and Chair of the Strategy and Business Policy department at HEC Paris.

At HEC, he teaches strategy and organization design courses in the PhD, MSc, and EMBA programs. He earned his PhD from INSEAD in 2011.

His research interests include the economic theory of incentives, organizational design, organizational and individual learning. He has published his work, among others, in journals such as the Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Management, and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice.

In 2017 he was selected by Poets&Quants as one of the best 40 Professors under 40 and in 2015, he was awarded the BNP Paribas Pierre Vernimmen Teaching Award. He is a winner of the Wiley Blackwell Outstanding Dissertation Award and finalist of the INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition.

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Scientific articles

Beyond Shareholder Value Maximization: Accounting for Financial/Social Tradeoffs in Dual-Purpose Companies

Academy of Management Review, Forthcoming, (in coll. with J. Battilana, A.-C. Pache, M. Sengul)

Better to have led and lost than never to have led at all? Lost leadership and effort provision in dynamic tournaments

Strategic Management Journal, April 2021, vol. 42, n° 4, pp 774-801, (in coll. with C. Gutierrez, D. H. Frank)

The Impact of Overconfidence and Ambiguity Attitude on Market Entry

Organization Science, March - April 2020, vol. 31, n° 2, pp 308-329, (in coll. with C. GUTIERREZ, T. ASTEBRO)

What Do Multiple Objectives Really Mean For Performance? Empirical Evidence From the French Manufacturing Sector

Strategic Management Journal, December 2020, vol. 41, n° 13, pp 2518-2547, (in coll. with M. SENGUL)

Initial prejudices create cross-generational intergroup mistrust

PLoS One, 2018, vol. 13, n° 4, pp 1-14, (in coll. with E. L. UHLMANN, A. KORNIYCHUK)

Organization Design, Proximity, and Productivity Responses to Upward Social Comparison

Organization Science, January-February 2017, vol. 28, n° 1, pp 1-18, (in coll. with T. ZENGER)

Better Safe than Sorry: Subsidiary Performance Feedback and Internal Governance in Multiunit Firms

Journal of Management, November 2017, vol. 43, n° 8, pp 2526-2554, (in coll. with M. SENGUL)

Value Creation and Value Capture under Moral Hazard: Exploring the Micro-Foundations of Buyer-Supplier Relationships

Strategic Management Journal, August 2015, vol. 36, n° 8, pp 1146-1163, (in coll. with P. ZEMSKY)

Firm-Specific Human Capital, Adverse Learning, and Agency Costs: Evidence from Retail Banking

Strategic Management Journal, September 2014, vol. 35, n° 9, pp 1279-1301, (in coll. with D. FRANK)

Incentive life-cycles: Learning and the division of value in firms

Administrative Science Quarterly, June 2012, vol. 57, n° 2, pp 305-347, (in coll. with M. Sengul)

Chapters in edited books

(Unavoidable) dynamics in incentive design

Handbook Of Research On Strategic Human Capital Resources, A. J. Nyberg, T. P. Moliterno, Edward Elgar Publishing, 7, 434-446

Working papers

A Bias to an End: Misconceived Complexity and Dual Aspirations

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 2016

Simulating Stigma: Initial Prejudices are Sufficient to Create an Intractable Underclass

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 2016

The problem of horizons

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 2016

Flipping the Coin: Strategy as Trade-off Resolution

Cahier de Recherche du Groupe HEC , 2015

Scientific articles

Better to have led and lost than never to have led at all? Lost leadership and effort provision in dynamic tournaments

Strategic Management Journal, April 2021, vol. 42, n° 4, pp 774-801, (in coll. with C. Gutierrez, D. H. Frank)

The Impact of Overconfidence and Ambiguity Attitude on Market Entry

Organization Science, March - April 2020, vol. 31, n° 2, pp 308-329, (in coll. with C. GUTIERREZ, T. ASTEBRO)

What Do Multiple Objectives Really Mean For Performance? Empirical Evidence From the French Manufacturing Sector

Strategic Management Journal, December 2020, vol. 41, n° 13, pp 2518-2547, (in coll. with M. SENGUL)

Initial prejudices create cross-generational intergroup mistrust

PLoS One, 2018, vol. 13, n° 4, pp 1-14, (in coll. with E. L. UHLMANN, A. KORNIYCHUK)

Chapters in edited books

(Unavoidable) dynamics in incentive design

Handbook Of Research On Strategic Human Capital Resources, A. J. Nyberg, T. P. Moliterno, Edward Elgar Publishing, 7, 434-446

Working papers

Education

  • Ph.D. in Management, INSEAD - France
  • M.S. in Management, INSEAD - France
  • 2001-2006 Department of Anthropology and Cultural Studies, University of Warsaw - Poland
  • M.S. in Economics, Warsaw School of Economics - Poland
  • Management Department, Lund University Management Department - Sweden

Academic appointments

Academic Responsibilities at HEC

  • 2020- Department Head, Strategy and Business Policy HEC Paris
  • 2016- Dieter Schwarz Foundation Chaired Associate Professor of Strategy and Chair of the Strategy and Business Policy department, Strategy and Business Policy HEC Paris
  • 2011-2016 Assistant Professor HEC Paris
  • 2011- Member of GREGHEC, the joint research laboratory CNRS-HEC Paris HEC Paris

External Academic Responsibilities

  • 2004-2006 Assistant Professor Warsaw School of Economics

Scientific Activities

Membership in Academic or Professional Organisation

  • Representative at large of the Strategic Human Capital SMS Interest Group
  • Member, Research Committee of the Business Policy and Strategy (BPS), Division of the Academy of Management
  • Member, Academy of Management
  • Member, Strategic Management
  • Member, INFORMS

Editorial activities

  • November 2016- Associate Editor, Strategic Management Journal
  • Reviewer, Academy of Management Journal
  • Reviewer, Journal of Organizational Design
  • Reviewer, Journal of Management Studies
  • Reviewer, Organization Science
  • Reviewer, Management Science
  • Reviewer, Strategic Management Journal
  • Reviewer, Administrative Science Quarterly

  • Conference organisation

  • 2015-2015 Co-organizer, Strategy Research Forum conference, Oxford
  • Organizer, BPS Managing your Dissertation Workshop
  • Awards & honors

    • 2017 Poets Quants: Best 40 Under 40 Professors
    • 2015 BNP Paribas Pierre Vernimmen Teaching Award
    • 2012 Winner, Wiley Blackwell Outstanding Dissertation Award of the BPS division of the Academy of Management
    • 2012 AOM HR Divisions Scholarly Achievement Award, Finalist