Peter W. Roberts

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  • Professor of Organization & Management
  • Academic Director, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta
  • Phone: (404) 727-8585
  • Fax: (404) 727-6313

Mailing Address:

1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322


Peter's research interests relate to how the behavior and performance of organizations evolve over time. This incorporates related interests in innovation and entrepreneurship; reputation, status and identity; and industry evolution. He has studied these issues in diverse settings, including the pharmaceutical, hotel, wine and restaurant industries.

The results of his projects are published in journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, Industrial and Corporate Change, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal. Recently, he is directing his interests in entrepreneurship and organizational performance toward topics in the field of social enterprise. His current projects focus on social entrepreneurs, on microfinance institutions, and on philanthropic organizations and foundations.

For the past several years, he has also been spearheading Goizueta’s Social Enterprise Initiative, whose focus is to better understand how business principles and market-based solutions can be applied to address a range of important social issues.

Peter's Ph.D. is from the University of Alberta. Before taking up his current position, Peter served on the faculties of Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Australian Graduate School of Management.


Working Papers

  • Role Specificity of the Effects of Founders' Career Experiences
  • The profit orientation of microfinance institutions and effective interest rates
  • Critical contributions: Addressing a status paradox and the phenomenon of the 41st chair
  • A comparative analysis of company-sponsored and independent foundations

Areas of Specialization

  • Status, Identity and Reputation
  • Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Enterprise
  • Economic Sociology
  • Wine Economics

Achievements and Honors

  • Donald R. Keough Award for Excellence, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
  • George Leland Bach Teaching Award for Excellence in the Classroom, GSIA, Carnegie Mellon University

Memberships and Activities

  • Editorial Board, Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Editorial Board, Organization Science
  • Editorial Board, Strategic Organization


  • Ph.D. in Organizational Analysis, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta/Canada 1996
  • Master's in Economics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta/Canada 1989
  • Bachelor's in Economics, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario/Canada 1988