Isabel Fernandez-Mateo

Adecco Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship; Chair, PhD Programme

BA (Carlos III, Madrid) MSc (UPF, Barcelona) PhD (MIT)

A native of Spain, Dr Isabel Fernandez-Mateo holds the Adecco Chair at London Business School. As Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, she has taught in various degree programmes at London Business School, including the required core Strategic Management course for the full time MBA and Executive MBAs, as well as an elective course on “Building your Career Strategy.”

She has also taught PhD-level courses, and is involved in a variety of custom Executive Education programmes, where she teaches on the value of social networks for client management, careers, and leadership.

Her work has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, Organization Science, Management Science and other journals. She is on the editorial board of Administrative Science Quarterly and Sociological Science, and is an associate editor of Management Science.

Dr Fernandez-Mateo is an economic sociologist and strategy scholar. She studies how firms and individuals can use relationships to create and capture economic value. Much of her research focuses on how social networks influence career outcomes, particularly in hiring, job transitions and career advancement.

Dr Fernandez-Mateo’s current research projects focus on understanding the organisational and social barriers that prevent women’s access to top management positions. She is especially interested in the role that executive search firms play in increasing female representation in senior management jobs. She is also studying the processes by which negative interactions in hiring processes affect relationships between employers and workers.

  • 2018 Finalist for the Strategic Human Capital Interest Group Best Conference Paper and Best Interdisciplinary Paper (Strategic Management Society Conference)

  • 2018 Best OMT Published paper of 2017 Award by the OMT Division of the Academy of Management (for “Leaning Out: How Negative Recruitment Experiences Shape Women’s Decisions to Compete for Executive Roles”)

  • 2018 Outstanding Publication in OB Award by the OB Division of the Academy of Management (for “Leaning Out: How Negative Recruitment Experiences Shape Women’s Decisions to Compete for Executive Roles,” published in 2017)

  • 2013 Meritorious Service as Associate Editor Award, Management Science.

  • 2013 American Sociological Association’s W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship. Organizations, Occupations and Work Section (for “Anticipatory Sorting and Gender Segregation in Temporary Employment”)

  • 2012 INFORMS-Industry Studies Association Best Paper Prize (for “Anticipatory Sorting and Gender Segregation in Temporary Employment,” published in 2011.)

  • 2007-to date, Adecco Associate Professor (Endowed Chair at London Business School)

  • 2007 Outstanding Reviewer Award, the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Review

  • 2005 Academy of Management, Careers Division Best Paper Award (for “Beyond Organizational Careers. Information, Learning and Trust in Mediated Employment Arrangements.”)

  • 2004 Industrial Relations Research Association, Best Dissertation Award – Honorable mention.

  • 2004 American Sociological Association’s James D. Thompson Award for Best Graduate Student Paper. Organizations, Occupations and Work Section.

  • 2002 Research Fellowship, MIT Sloan Center for e-Business

  • 2001, 2004 Research Fellowship, MIT Workplace Center

  • 1998-2000 Full funding of graduate studies, La Caixa Fellowship (Spain)

  • 1997-1998 Research Fellowship, Catalan Government (Spain)

  • 1996 Research fellowship, Spanish Institute for Iberoamerican Cooperation

  • 1995 European Union Erasmus Fellowship

  • Economic sociology
  • Inter-organisational relationships
  • Price setting processes
  • Market intermediaries
  • Labour market inequality and employment relationships


Gender and organization science: introduction to a virtual special issue

Fernandez-Mateo I; Kaplan S

Organization Science 2018 Vol 29:6 p 989-1236


A study of the champagne industry shows that women have stronger networks, and profit from them.

Ody-Brasier A; Fernandez-Mateo I

Harvard Business Review Digital Articles 2017

Leaning out : how negative recruitment experiences shape women's decisions to compete for executive roles

Brands R A; Fernandez-Mateo I

Administrative Science Quarterly 2017 Vol 62:3 p 405-442

When being in the minority pays off: relationships among sellers and price setting in the champagne industry

Fernandez-Mateo I; Ody-Brasier A

American Sociological Review 2017 Vol 82:1 p 147-178

Women are less likely to apply for executive roles if they’ve been rejected before

Brands R A; Fernandez-Mateo I

Harvard Business Review Digital Articles 2017


Bending the pipeline: Executive search and gender inequality in hiring for top management jobs

Fernandez-Mateo I; Fernandez R

Management Science 2016 Vol 62:12


Coming with baggage: Past rejections and the evolution of market relationships

Fernandez-Mateo I; Coh M

Organization Science 2015 Vol 26:5 p 1381-1399


The employment relationship and inequality: How and why changes in employment practices are shaping rewards in organizations

Bidwell M; Briscoe F; Fernandez-Mateo I; Sterling A

The Academy of Management Annals 2013 Vol 7:1 p 61-121


Anticipatory sorting and gender segregation in temporary employment

Fernandez-Mateo; King Z

Management Science 2011 Vol 57:6-989 1008


Relationship duration and returns to brokerage in the staffing sector

Fernandez-Mateo I; Bidwell M

Organization Science 2010 February

The permanence of temporary workers

Fernandez-Mateo I

Business Strategy Review 2010 Vol 21:4 p 52-57


Cumulative gender disadvantage in contract employment

Fernandez-Mateo I

American Journal of Sociology 2009 Vol 114:4 p 871-923


Three is a crowd? Understanding triadic employment relationships

Bidwel M; Fernandez-Mateo I

Book Chapter: In Cappelli P. Ed., Employment Relationships: New Models of White Collar Work, CUP, 2008


Long-term brokerage: relationship duration and returns to brokerage in the staffing sector

Bidwell M; Fernandez-Mateo I

Academy of Management Proceedings 2007 p 1-6

Who pays the price of brokerage? Transferring constraint through price-setting in the staffing sector

Fernandez-Mateo I

American Sociological Review 2007 April Vol 72:2 p 291-317


Networks, race and hiring

Fernandez R; Fernandez-Mateo I

American Sociological Review 2006 Feb Vol 71:1 p 42-71

Three is a crowd? Understanding triadic employment relationships

Bidwell M; Fernandez-Mateo I

In Cappelli P ed., Strategic employment relations, Cambridge University Press, 2006


Beyond organizational careers: information, learning and trust in mediated employment arrangements

Fernandez-Mateo I

in Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, 2005

Temporary workers and temporary help agencies: an exploration of labor market outcomes

Munoz-Bullon F; Fernandez-Mateo I

in Cabrera A and Bonache J eds., Direccion estrategica de personas. 2nd ed., Prentice Hall/Financial Times, 2005


Career management

Fernandez-Mateo I

in Cabrera A and Bonache J eds., Direccion estrategica de personas, Prentice Hall/Financial Times, 2002

Teaching portfolio

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