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Peer C. Fiss

Management and Organization (MOR)


Peer Fiss is the Jill and Frank Fertitta Chair of Business Administration and a Professor of Management & Organization, and Sociology (by courtesy) at the University of Southern California. He is broadly interested in how meaning structures shape organizational actions and has studied this in the context of how practices diffuse, how they change, and how accounts framing and justifying practices are constructed. and social categorization. He has also been working for almost two decades on the use of set-analytic methods in the social sciences, and specifically on the use of fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA).

 Peer’s research has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of the Association of Information Systems, MIS Quarterly, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Strategic Organization, and the Strategic Management Journal.

His recent book with Charles Ragin, entitled Intersectional Inequality: Race, Class, Test Scores, and Poverty (University of Chicago Press, 2017), applies set-analytic tools to the enduring debate regarding the forces behind social inequality, offering new techniques to assess how overlapping advantages and disadvantages shape life chances.