Steven Kahl



Steve Kahl teaches the core course Leading Organizations and an elective course called Leading Entrepreneurial Organizations. Steve is affiliated with the Center for Digital Strategies and is actively involved with entrepreneurship as the faculty director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. Prior to Tuck, Steve was an Assistant Professor of Organizations and Strategy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business from 2007–2012. Prior to academia, he was a vice president in Global Investment Research at Goldman, Sachs & Co, a former research analyst at U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Inc., and consultant at Deloitte & Touche and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

Steve’s research examines how new markets emerge through sociological and cognitive perspectives. He examines how markets come to understand new firms and innovations through historically grounded content and discursive analysis. One set of projects analyzes the commercialization of the computer in insurance and manufacturing. This work considers how various groups interpreted the computer, how these interpretations evolved over time, and the challenges entrepreneurs face in forming these perception.

Related work also considers how different occupations strategized to expand their control through the implementation of the computer. Steve has also looked at issues associated with emergence in the applications software market, jazz, and financial regulations.

Professor Kahl’s research has been published (or is forthcoming) in Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Advances in Strategic Management, and Research in the Sociology of Organizations.


Current Research Topics  //

  • Social structure and cognitive foundations of market emergence
  • Organizational structure and strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Role of services in technology and industry evolution






  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, 2007
  • MPhil, University of Minnesota, 1995
  • BA, Dartmouth College, 1991