Forrest Briscoe

Associate Professor of Management & Sociology
Department: Management and Organization
Office: 450 Business Building
Phone: 814-865-0746
Fax: 814-863-7261


Forrest Briscoe is an associate professor of Management and Organizations. He conducts research in three areas: organizational change and corporate social responsibility (CSR); employment practices and careers; and professional organizations.

Currently, Dr. Briscoe serves as an Associate Editor for Administrative Science Quarterly and Academy of Management Annals. He publishes his research in those journals as well as in Academy of Management Journal, American Sociological Review, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Organization Science and others outlets. Briscoe currently serves on the executive committee of the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) division of the Academy of Management. Briscoe also enjoys teaching at all levels, including a newly revised Core MBA course on responsible leadership, and an elective on social enterprise.

Dr. Briscoe has received several awards for his research, including an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Fellowship, and an Honorary Fellowship from the Oxford Novak Druce Centre for Professional Service Firms. Prior to academia, Professor Briscoe worked as a consultant for John Snow Inc. in Boston.

Current Research

Organizational change and corporate social responsibility. Much of Dr. Briscoe's current work is concerned with how organizations change and adopt new practices to reflect an evolving society. For example, recent projects have examined rapid changes in corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices across U.S. corporations--including new employee benefits related to workforce diversity.

Employment practices and careers. Dr. Briscoe has examined the consequences of changing employment practices for careers, incomes, mobility, collaborations, and personal flexibility. For eaxmple, he studied the effects of an increasing use of independent contractors rather than regular employees, as well as the increasing availablility of flexible-work programs for employees. With his coauthors, he recently completed a review of what we know about how employment practices have changed, and the effects of those changes on careers and inequality.

Professional organizations. Dr. Briscoe's focus on professional organizations has included studies of corporate law firms, medical organizations, and engineering/IT firms. One recent paper considers the recent explosion of mergers and acquisitions among law firms. Using detailed quantitative data, they show which lawyers are more likely to contribute to the integration of the newly joined firms, and measured the intended and unintended consequences for the firm's revenues and human capital development.

Publication List

F. Briscoe, A. Gupta and M. Anner, "Social Activism and Practice Diffusion: How Activist Tactics Affect Non-Targeted Organizations", Administrative Science Quarterly, 2015, forthcoming,

F. Briscoe and M. Rogan, "Coordinating Complex Work: Knowledge Networks, Partner Departures, and Client Relationship Performance", Management Science, 2015, forthcoming,

F. Briscoe and A. von Nordenflycht, "Which Path to Power? Workplace Networks and the Relative Effectiveness of Inheritance and Rainmaking Strategies for Professional Partners", Journal of Professions and Organization, 2014, 1, 33-48.

F. Briscoe, M. K. Chin and D. Hambrick, "CEO Ideology as an Element of the Corporate Opportunity Structure for Social Activists", Academy of Management Journal, 2014, 57, 1786-1809.

Bidwell, M., F. Briscoe, I. Fernandez-Mateo and A. Sterling, "Changing Employment Relationships and Inequality: Causes and Consequences", Academy of Management Annals, 2013, 7, 61-121.

F. Briscoe and C. Murphy, "Sleight of Hand? Practice Opacity, Third-Party Responses, and the Interorganizational Diffusion of Controversial Practices", Administrative Science Quarterly, 2012, 57, 553-584.

F. Briscoe and W. Tsai, "Overcoming Relational Inertia: How Organizational Members Respond to Acquisition Events", Administrative Science Quarterly, 2011, 56, 408-440.

F. Briscoe and K. Kellogg, "The Initial Assignment Effect: Local Employer Practices and Positive Career Outcomes for Work-Family Program Usere", American Sociological Review, 2011, 76, 291-319.

F. Briscoe, S. Sawyer and M. Wardell, "Membership and its Privileges? Independent Contracting and Workers' Flexibility to Set Work Hours and Work from Home", Industrial & Labor Relations Review, 2011, 64, 258-282.

M. Bidwell and F. Briscoe, "The Dynamics of Inter-organizational Careers", Organization Science, 2010, 21, 1034-1053.

M. Bidwell and F. Briscoe, "Who Contracts? Determinants of the Decision to Work as an Independent Contractor among IT Workers", Academy of Management Journal, 2009, 52, 1147-1168.

F. Briscoe and S. Safford, "The Nixon in China Effect: Activism, Imitation, and the Institutionalization of Contentious Practices", Administrative Science Quarterly, 2008, 53, 460-491.

F. Briscoe, "From Iron Cage to Iron Shield? How Bureaucracy Enables Temporal Flexibility for Professionals", Organization Science, 2007, 18, 297-314.

F. Briscoe, "Temporal Flexibility and Careers: The Role of Large-Scale Organizations", Industrial & Labor Relations Review, 2006, 60, 67-83.


Ph.D., Management, MIT Sloan, 2003

BA, Environmental Science, Harvard, 1995


BA 504, The Responsibilities of Business Leaders (Resident & Exec MBA)

MGMT 538, Doctoral Seminar in Organizational Theory (PhD)

ENTR 597A, Creating Value Through Social Entrepreneurship (MBA)

MGMT 326, Organizational Behavior and Design (Undergraduate)