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Chris Liu

Associate Professor of Management | Coordinator, Management PhD Program

Affiliations: Management, Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship, Oregon Executive MBA
Phone: 541-346-4855
Office: Anstett 397C



Chris Liu is an associate professor in the Department of Management and coordinator of the management PhD program at the Lundquist College of Business. His expertise includes spatial networks, firm innovation and productivity, and the organization of science. His research has been published in journals including the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and Science.

Liu received his DBA in technology and operations management from Harvard University, a PhD in biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BA in biology from Washington University, St. Louis. Prior to joining the Lundquist College, Liu taught at the University of Toronto. He cofounded PowerTen LLC, a boutique consulting firm headquartered in Turkey, and has also previously worked as a journalist.

Degree History:
  • DBA, Technology and Operations Management, Harvard University, 2010
  • PhD, Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
  • BA, Biology, Compton Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis, 1997
Previous Positions:
  • Assistant Professor, Strategic Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, 2010–2019
Honors and Awards:
  • Inman Research Scholar, 2021–2022
  • Rotman Teaching Award, 2017
  • Connaught New Researcher Award, 2012

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Areas of Expertise

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Scientists
  • Social influences

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Journal Articles:

Liu, Christopher C. and Matt Marx. "Micro-Geography: a Fundamental Organizing Attribute." Industry and Innovation 27, no. 8: 837-841.

September 2020

Liu, Christopher C. and Sameer B. Srivastava. "Efficacy or Rigidity? Power, Influence, and Social Learning in the U.S. Senate, 1973-2005." Academy of Management Discoveries 5, no. 3: 251-265.

September 2019

Doering, Laura B., and Christopher C. Liu. "From the Ground Up: Gender, Space, and Self-Employment in a Colombian Housing Project." Sociology of Development 5, no. 2: 198-224.

July 2019

Azoulay, Pierre, Christopher C. Liu, and Toby E. Stuart. "Social Influence Given (Partially) Deliberate Matching: Career Imprints in the Creation of Academic Entrepreneurs." American Journal of Sociology 122, no. 4: 1223-71.

January 2017

ten Brinke, Leanne, Christopher C. Liu, Dacher Keltner, and Sameer B. Srivastava. "Virtues, Vices, and Political Influence in the U.S. Senate." Psychological Science 27, no. 1: 85-93.

January 2016

Liu, Christopher C., Sameer B. Srivastava, and Toby E. Stuart. "An Intraorganizational Ecology of Individual Attainment." Organization Science 27, no. 1: 90-105.

January 2016

Conti, Annamaria, and Christopher C. Liu. "Bringing the Lab Back in: Personnel Composition and Scientific Output at the MIT Department of Biology." Research Policy 44, no. 9: 1633-1644.

November 2015

Liu, Christopher C., and Sameer B. Srivastava. "Pulling Closer and Moving Apart: Interaction, Identity, and Influence in the U.S. Senate, 1979-2009." American Sociological Review 80, no. 1: 192-217.

February 2015

Chown, Jillian D., and Christopher C. Liu. "Geography and Power in an Organizational Forum: Evidence from the U.S. Senate Chamber." Strategic Management Journal 36, no. 2: 177-196.

February 2015

Liu, Christopher C., and Toby Stuart. "Positions and Rewards: The Allocation of Resources within a Science-Based Entrepreneurial Firm." Research Policy 43, no. 7: 1134-1143.

September 2014
Book Chapters:

Blit, Joel, Christopher C. Liu, and Will Mitchell. "What Goes on Beneath the Surface of Reconfiguration? The Impact of Redeployment via Activity Addition and Subtraction on Firm Scope and Turnover." In Advances in Strategic Management, Volume 35: Resource Redeployment and Corporate Strategy, edited by Timothy B. Folta, Constance E. Helfat, and Samina Karim, 185-216. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.

January 2016

Conti, Annamaria, and Christopher C. Liu. "The (Changing) Knowledge Production Function: Evidence from the MIT Department of Biology from 1970-2000." In The Changing Frontier: Rethinking Science and Innovation, edited by Adam B. Jaffe and Benjamin F. Jones, 49-74. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

January 2015

In the News

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