Forrest Briscoe

Professor of Management and Organization
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 Organization, and a Frank & Mary Jean Smeal Research Fellow, in the Smeal College of Business. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Sociology.

Much of Dr. Briscoe's research focuses on how organizations adopt new practices and how changes spread across industries and fields of organizations. He is especially interested in how organizational decision makers react when there is controversy and contention surrounding the changes they are considering, and when stakeholders are advocating for (or against) those changes. He has examined a range of new practices for this purpose, including those related to corporate social responsibility, employee diversity and inclusion, and supplier code of conduct enforcement. Dr. Briscoe also studies the effects that new and changing organizational practices have on employees. In this work, he is particularly interested in how changes are affecting professional employees, whose traditional ways of working are being challenged and disrupted.

Dr. Briscoe has published research articles in Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and many other scholarly journals. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Annals and Administrative Science Quarterly, and on the editorial boards of other journals including the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Professions and Organization. He also recently served on the executive committee of the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) division of the Academy of Management.

Dr. Briscoe's research has also been mentioned in the media, including the Financial Times, Fortune, and The American Lawyer.

Publication List

A. Gupta, F. Briscoe, D. Hambrick, "Red, Blue, and Purple Firms: Organizational Political Ideology and Corporate Social Responsibility", Strategic Management Journal, 2016, forthcoming,

F. Briscoe and M. Rogan, "Coordinating Complex Work: Knowledge Networks, Partner Departures, and Client Relationship Performance", Management Science, 2016, forthcoming,

F. Briscoe and A. Gupta, "Social Activism In and Around Organizations", Academy of Management Annals, 2016, 10,

F. Briscoe, A. Gupta and M. Anner, "Social Activism and Practice Diffusion: How Activist Tactics Affect Non-Targeted Organizations", Administrative Science Quarterly, 2015, 60, 300-332.

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)