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Isabel Fernandez-Mateo

Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship; Adecco Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship


PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

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.

2017

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

Fernadez-Mateo I; Ody-Brasier A

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

2016

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

Brands R A; Fernandez-Mateo I

Administrative Science Quarterly 2016 Vol 62:3 p 405-442

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

2015

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

2013

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

2011

Anticipatory sorting and gender segregation in temporary employment

Fernandez-Mateo; King Z

Management Science 2011 Vol 57:6-989 1008

2010

The permanence of temporary workers

Fernandez-Mateo I

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

Relationship duration and returns to brokerage in the staffing sector

Fernandez-Mateo I; Bidwell M

Organization Science 2010 February

2009

Cumulative gender disadvantage in contract employment

Fernandez-Mateo I

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

2008

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

2007

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

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

2006

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

2005

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

2002

Career management

Fernandez-Mateo I

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

Current


  • 2016 London Business School, PhD Seminar – Sociological Foundations of Strategy

  • 2014-2016 London Business School, “Strategic Career Management” (Elective MBA/EMBA course)


Previous


  • 2004-2009 London Business School, MBA Strategy (Core course)

  • 2006-2008cLondon Business School, PhD Seminar – Basic Readings in Business

  • 2005, 2006 London Business School, PhD Seminar - Strategy Process

  • 2007 London Business School, Emerging Leaders Programme

  • 2009 Teaching case: Piskorski, M.J., Fernandez-Mateo, I., & David Chen: “Zopa: The power of peer-to-peer lending.” Harvard Business School Case, 709-469.

  • 2012-2014 London Business School, EMBA Capstone course.

  • 2011-2014 London Business School, EMBA Strategic Management (Core course)

Research Awards


  • 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

Research Interests

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