John Eklund

Assistant Professor of Management and Organization
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PhD, University of Pennsylvania; MBA, University of Notre Dame; DPhil, MA, Oxford University

John Eklund is an Assistant Professor at USC's Marshall School in the Management and Organization Department. His research lies at the intersection of strategy and innovation, with an emphasis on how firms’ organization designs can shape their performance outcomes. These outcomes can relate to firms’ innovation efforts as well as their broader performance. In examining this phenomenon, John studies the underlying mechanisms such as incentives, knowledge flows and the breadth of strategies firms pursue that both shape organization design choices and their consequences. Prior to his PhD at the Wharton School, John was a management consultant at A.T. Kearney, Booz & Company and PwC. John also holds a doctorate in physical chemistry and was previously a research scientist at Unilever.
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John Eklund, Michael Mannor () "Keep Your Eye On The Ball Or On The Field? Exploring The Performance Implications Of Executive Strategic Attention ,"  Academy of Management Journal  64, 1685-1713.
John Eklund, Rahul Kapoor () "Mind the Gaps: How Organization Design Choices Shape the Sourcing of External Inventions ,"  Organization Science.
Rahul Kapoor, John Eklund () "Research: Self-Disruption Can Hurt the Companies That Need It the Most ,"  2018.