Chris Rider

Assistant Professor of Strategy

McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

My research draws on organization theory to study individual outcomes like entrepreneurship and mobility; organizational behaviors like hiring, staffing, and retention; and organizational outcomes like founding, change, and survival. I am particularly interested in new organizations, labor markets, and social networks.


  1. de Figueiredo, Rui J.P., Evan Rawley, and Christopher I. Rider (forthcoming).  “Why are firms rigid?  A general framework and empirical tests.” Organization Science.  [pdf]
  2. Rider, Christopher I. and Giacomo Negro (2015).   "Organizational failure and intraprofessional status loss." Organization Science. Vol. 26. No. 3: 633-649.  [pdf]
  3. Rider, Christopher I. and David Tan (2015). "Labor market advantages of organizational status:  A study of lateral partner hiring by large U.S. law firms."  Organization Science.  Vol. 26. No. 2: 356-372. [pdf]
  4. Haveman, Heather A. and Christopher I. Rider (2014). "The spatial scope of competition and the geographic distribution of entrepreneurship: Magazine foundings and the U.S. Post Office." Sociological Science, Vol. 1: 111-127 [pdf]   
  5. Rider, Christopher I. (2012).  "How employees' prior affiliations constrain organizational network change:  A study of U.S. venture capital and private equity."  Administrative Science Quarterly. Vol. 57.  No. 3. 453-483. [pdf
  6. Rider, Christopher I. and Anand Swaminathan (2012).  "They just fade away:  Mortality in the U.S. venture capital industry."  Industrial and Corporate Change. Vol. 21. No. 1. 151-185.  [pdf]
  7. Roberts, Peter W., Mukti Khaire, and Christopher I. Rider (2011). “Isolating the symbolic implications of employee mobility: Price increases after hiring winemakers from prominent wineries.”  American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings.  Vol. 101.  No. 3. 147-151.  [pdf]
  8. Audia, Pino G. and Christopher I. Rider (2010). "Close, but not the same: Locally-headquartered organizations and agglomeration economies in a declining industry."  Research Policy. Vol. 39. No. 3. 360-374.  [pdf]
  9. Rider, Christopher I. (2009). “Constraint on the control benefits of brokerage: A study of placement agents in U.S. venture capital fundraising." Administrative Science Quarterly. Vol. 54. No. 4. 575-601.  [pdf]
  10. Audia, Pino G. and Christopher I. Rider (2006).  "Entrepreneurs as organizational products: Revisited." The Psychology of Entrepreneurship. J.R. Baum, R.A. Baron and M. Frese (Eds.). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.  [pdf]
  11. Audia, Pino G. and Christopher I. Rider (2005). "A garage and an idea: What more does an entrepreneur need?" California Management Review. Vol. 48. No. 1. 6-28. [pdf]



Most manuscripts can be downloaded at my SSRN author page.

  • Rider, Christopher I., Adina D. Sterling, and David Tan.  “Career mobility and racial diversity in law firms.”  Conditionally accepted, Diversity in Practice: Race, Class, and Gender in Legal and Professional Careers (Cambridge Univ. Press).   [pdf]
  • Rider, Christopher I. "Educational credentials and intra-occupational inequality: Evidence from law firm dissolutions."   [pdf]
  • Chen, Jing and Christopher I. Rider.  "Still the same: The new venture diversity imperative and workforce segregation."  [pdf]
  • Tan, David and Christopher I. Rider. “Let them go? How losing personnel to competitors can enhance firm status.”
  • Rider, Christopher I., James B. Wade, Anand Swaminathan, and Andreas Schwab.  "Racial disparity in promotion rates of National Football League coaches."
  • Rider, Christopher I.,  Peter Thompson,  Aleksandra J. Kacperczyk, and Joacim Tåg. “Experience and entrepreneurship.”  [pdf]
  • Sterling, Adina D. and Christopher I. Rider.  "Educational affiliations and intra-organizational allocations of labor."   [pdf]
  • Haveman, Heather A. and C. I. Rider. “Place and space: The development of communication systems and competitive differentiation among startups.”