Christopher Rider

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  • Assistant Professor of Organization & Management

Mailing Address:

1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322


Chris Rider joined the Goizueta Business School in 2008 after receiving a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business. He also holds a MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA in economics from the Johns Hopkins University.

Rider's research investigates how the prior experiences and social networks of organizational members influence individual outcomes like labor market mobility and status attainment; organizational behaviors like hiring, investing and pricing; and organizational outcomes like founding, resource acquisition and survival. He teaches classes to executives, government leaders, and business school students on business ethics, corporate social responsibility, social networks, and strategic management. He studies these issues in a variety of industries, including venture capital and private equity, legal services, footwear manufacturing, winemaking, and magazines.

Prior to his doctoral studies, Rider held strategic management positions at Classified Ventures, Intel Corporation, and Verizon Communications.


  • Rider, C. I. (2012). "How employees' prior affiliations constrain organizational network change: A study of U.S. venture capital and private equity." Administrative Science Quarterly, 57(3):453-483.
  • Rider, C. I. and A. Swaminathan (2012). "They just fade away: Mortality in the U.S. venture capital industry." Industrial and Corporate Change, 21(1): 151-185.
  • Roberts, P. W., M. Khaire, and C. I. Rider (2011). "Isolating the symbolic implications of employee mobility: Price increases after hiring winemakers from prominent wineries." American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings. 101(2).
  • Audia, P. G. and C. I. Rider (2010). "Close, but not the same: Locally-headquartered organizations and agglomeration economies in a declining industry," with P. G. Audia, Research Policy, 39(3):360-374.
  • Rider, C. I. (2009). "Constraint on the control benefits of brokerage: A study of placement agents in U.S. venture capital fundraising," Administrative Science Quarterly, 54(4):575-601.
  • Audia, P. G. and C. I. Rider (2006). “Entrepreneurs as organizational products: Revisited.” The Psychology of Entrepreneurship, ed. J.R. Baum, M. Frese, and R.A. Baron. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Audia, P. G. and C. I. Rider (2005). “A garage and an idea: What more does an entrepreneur need?” California Management Review, 48(1):6-28.

Working Papers

  • Rider, C. I. "Networks, hiring, and attainment: Evidence from law firm dissolutions."
  • Rider, C. I., G. Negro and P. W. Roberts, "Organizational failure and intraprofessional status loss."
  • Rider, C. I. and D. Tan. "How organizations purchase profits with status and status with profits: A study of lateral partner hiring by large U.S. law firms."
  • Sterling, A. D. and C. I. Rider. "Shared education affiliations and workplace relationships."
  • Haveman, H. A. and C. I. Rider. “Place and space: The evolving impact of geography on organizational founding.”
  • de Figueiredo, R.J. P., E. Rawley, and C. I. Rider. “Organizational age and organizational change: Evidence from hedge fund product diversification.

Areas of Specialization

  • Organizational theory
  • Economic sociology
  • Networks
  • Strategic management
  • Labor markets
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Private equity
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Achievements and Honors

  • Finalist, 2007 INFORMS Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition
  • Finalist, California Management Review 2007 Accenture Award
  • 2007 Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) Volunteer of the Year /li>
  • Ewing M. Kauffman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
  • Intel Foundation Robert N. Noyce Memorial Fellowship, 2005-08
  • UC Berkeley Teaching Effectiveness Award
  • UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award

Memberships and Activities

  • Academy of Management
  • American Sociological Association
  • Society for Empirical Legal Studies


  • Ph.D. Ph.D. in Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA/United States 2008
  • Master's MBA, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL/United States 2003
  • Bachelor's BA in Economics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD/United States 1998