Chris Rider

Thomas C. Kinnear Professor

Associate Professor of Strategy

Ross School of Business

University of Michigan

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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. and David Tan. (forthcoming). “Retention is not a strategic imperative: On the pros and cons of employee turnover.” In A. J. Nyberg and T. P. Moliterno (eds.), Handbook of Research on Strategic Human Capital Resources. Edward Elgar Publishing. [url]

  2. Rider, Christopher I.,  Peter Thompson,  Aleksandra J. Kacperczyk, and Joacim Tåg. (2019). “Experience and entrepreneurship.” ILR Review, Vol. 72. No. 5: 1149-1181. [pdf]

  3. Tan, David and Christopher I. Rider (2017). “Let them go? How losing personnel to competitors can enhance firm status.” Strategic Management Journal. Vol. 38. No. 9. 1848-1874. [pdf]

  4. 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]

  5. 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]

  6. Rider, Christopher I. and Giacomo Negro (2015). "Organizational failure and intraprofessional status loss." Organization Science. Vol. 26. No. 3: 633-649. [pdf]

  7. 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]

  8. 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]

  9. 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]

  10. 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]

  11. 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]

  12. 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]

  13. 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]

  14. 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]

  15. 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]

  • Rider, Christopher I. and Sampsa Samila. "Envisioning value: Certification, matchmaking, and returns to brokerage."  [pdf]

  • Barach, Moshe and Christopher I. Rider. “From laborer to founder: How individuals and opportunities shape an entrepreneur’s fundamental transition.”

  • Rider, Christopher I., Tiantian Yang, and Karl Wennberg.  “Entrepreneurship and occupational prestige.” 

  • Sterling, Adina D., Christopher I. Rider, and Shiya Wang.  "Relationships as practice: The prestige-relational opportunity trade-off in elite law firms.”

  • Haveman, Heather A. and Christopher I. Rider. “Place and space: The development of communication systems and competitive differentiation among startups.”