Chris Rider

Associate 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. Rider, Christopher I., Adina D. Sterling, and David Tan (2016).  “Career mobility and racial diversity in law firms.”  Ch. 12 in Diversity in Practice: Race, Class, and Gender in Legal and Professional Careers (Cambridge Univ. Press).   [pdf]
  2. de Figueiredo, Rui J.P., Evan Rawley, and Christopher I. Rider (2015).  “Why are firms rigid?  A general framework and empirical tests.” Organization Science. Vol. 26. No. 5. 1502-1519.  [pdf]
  3. Rider, Christopher I. and Giacomo Negro (2015).   "Organizational failure and intraprofessional status loss." Organization Science. Vol. 26. No. 3: 633-649.  [pdf]
  4. 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]
  5. 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]   
  6. 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
  7. 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]
  8. 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]
  9. 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]
  10. 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]
  11. 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]
  12. 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., James B. Wade, Anand Swaminathan, and Andreas Schwab.  "Racial disparity in leadership: Performance-reward bias in promotions of National Football League coaches." [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: New venture job creation and workforce segregation."  [pdf]
  • Tan, David and Christopher I. Rider. “Let them go? How losing personnel to competitors can enhance firm status.”  [pdf]
  • Rider, Christopher I. and Sampsa Samila. "Envisioning value: Certification, matchmaking, and returns to brokerage."
  • Sterling, Adina D. and Christopher I. Rider.  "Educational affiliations and intra-organizational allocations of labor."   [pdf]
  • Rider, Christopher I.,  Peter Thompson,  Aleksandra J. Kacperczyk, and Joacim Tåg. “Experience and entrepreneurship.”  [pdf]
  • Haveman, Heather A. and C. I. Rider. “Place and space: The development of communication systems and competitive differentiation among startups.”