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Isabel Fernandez-Mateo

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship; Adecco Associate 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 Associate 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 Strategic Career Management.

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 Organization Science 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.


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

Fernandez-Mateo I; Coh M

Organization Science 2015 Forthcoming

Minority sellers and pricing in the champagne industry: The case of female grape growers

Fernandez-Mateo I; Ody-Brasier A

Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings 2015 Forthcoming


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 April


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


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


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


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



London Business School, PhD Seminar – Sociological Foundations of Strategy

London Business School, “Strategic Career Management” (Elective MBA/EMBA course)
London Business School, Executive MBA Capstone course.
London Business School, Executive MBA Strategic Management (Core course)


London Business School, MBA Strategy (Core course)
London Business School, PhD Seminar – Basic Readings in Business
2005, 2006
London Business School, PhD Seminar - Strategy Process
London Business School, Emerging Leaders Programme
Teaching case: Piskorski, M.J., Fernandez-Mateo, I., & David Chen: “Zopa: The power of peer-to-peer lending.” Harvard Business School Case, 709-469.

Meritorious Service as Associate Editor Award, Management Science.
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”)
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)
Outstanding Reviewer Award, the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Review
Academy of Management, Careers Division Best Paper Award (for “Beyond Organizational Careers. Information, Learning and Trust in Mediated Employment Arrangements.”)
Industrial Relations Research Association, Best Dissertation Award – Honorable mention.
American Sociological Association’s James D. Thompson Award for Best Graduate Student Paper. Organizations, Occupations and Work Section.
Research Fellowship, MIT Sloan Center for e-Business
2001, 2004
Research Fellowship, MIT Workplace Center
Full funding of graduate studies, La Caixa Fellowship (Spain)
Research Fellowship, Catalan Government (Spain)
Research fellowship, Spanish Institute for Iberoamerican Cooperation
European Union Erasmus Fellowship

Research Interests

Economic sociology, inter-organisational relationships, price setting processes, market intermediaries, labour market inequality and employment relationships.