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Michelle Lee

Assistant Professor

Overview

Michelle K. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Organizations at the Smith School of Business, Queen's University. Her current research focuses on how the social class background of executives influences their careers including selection into the chief executive position.

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  • Strategy

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Michelle K. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Organizations at the Smith School of Business, Queen's University. Her current research focuses on how the social class background of executives influences their careers including selection into the chief executive position. More broadly, her research interests include social class, corporate elites, shareholder activism, social evaluations, and corporate social responsibility. Her research has been published in leading journals including the Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Management Inquiry and has been covered by the Wall Street Journal.

Professor Lee teaches Business and Corporate Strategy at the undergraduate level. She previously taught Strategic Management at the University of Washington and received the Excellence in Teaching Award multiple times.

Professor Lee received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington and her bachelor's degree from Binghamton University, where she graduated with President's Honors from the PwC and Binghamton Scholars Programs. Prior to academia, she worked for Deloitte and Mazars in New York City in technology consulting and public accounting.

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. in Strategic Management
University of Washington, Foster School of Business (2021)

Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Binghamton University, State University of New York (2009)

Academic Experience

Smith School of Business, Queen's University
Assistant Professor of Strategy and Organizations (2021 - Present)

Publications

Academic Journals

Lee, M., Gupta, A., and Hambrick, D. The Distinct Effects of Wealth- and CSR-oriented Shareholder Unrest on CEO Career Outcomes: A New Lens on Settling Up and Executive Job Demands. Forthcoming at Academy of Management Journal.

• Media coverage by Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/ceo-social-political-issues11624307505

Lee, M., Kish-Gephart, J., Mizruchi, M., Palmer, D., and Useem, M. Social Class in Organizations: Entrance, Promotion, and Organizational and Societal Consequences of the Managerial Elite. Forthcoming at Journal of Management Inquiry. *Equal Authorship

Research in Progress

Lee, M. and Boeker, W. Status and Evaluation in Online Communities: Deviation and Conformity among NewlyElite Evaluators. Targeted for Strategic Management Journal

Lee, M. Class Advantage? How Social Class Background affects CEO Selection. Finalizing manuscript.

Lee, M. Class Based Performance. Finalizing manuscript.

Teaching

Teaching Experience

MGMT 430: Strategic Management (capstone senior undergraduate course)

Foster School of Business, University of Washington

Solely responsible for course design, lectures, leading case discussions, and grading                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

  • Spring 2021: 4.8/5.0 (Class size: 49) *Recipient of Excellence in Teaching Award *Virtual
  • Winter 2019: 4.8/5.0 (Class size: 49) *Recipient of Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Winter 2018: 4.6/5.0 (Class size: 50) *Recipient of Excellence in Teaching Award

Consortia and Workshops

  • OMT Doctoral Consortium (August 2020). Virtual conference.
  • STR Doctoral Consortium (August 2019). Boston, MA.
  • SMS Las Vegas Early Career Workshop (March 2019). Las Vegas, NV.
  • Doctoral Consortium. West Coast Research Symposium 16th Annual Conference (September 2018). Seattle, WA.
  • OMT Dissertation Proposal Workshop (August 2018). Chicago, IL.
  • 10th Annual Medici Summer School in Management Studies (June 2018). Bologna, Italy.
  • Strategic Management Society 14th Annual Doctoral Workshop (October 2017). Houston, TX.
  • Research Frontiers in Nonmarket Strategy. Academy of Management (August 2017). Atlanta, GA.
  • Doctoral Consortium. West Coast Research Symposium 14th Annual Conference (September 2016). Seattle, WA.
  • Social Movements, Stakeholders, and Non-Market Strategy PDW. Academy of Management (August 2016). Anaheim, CA.
  • Intro to Social Network Analysis PDW. Academy of Management (August 2016). Anaheim, CA.

Research

Research Interests

Social Class, Corporate Elites, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility

Presentations

Conferences and Invited Presentations

“Class Advantage? How Social Class Background affects CEO Selection.”

  • Queen’s University, Kingston, ON. November 2020
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. November 2020
  • Emlyon Business School, Lyon, France. November 2020
  • UNC Greensboro, Greensboro, NC. November 2020
  • Hong Kong University, Hong Kong. October 2020
  • Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong. October 2020

“Social Class in Organizations: Entrance, Promotion, and Organizational and Societal Consequences of the

Managerial Elite” with Jennifer Kish-Gephart, Mark Mizruchi, Donald Palmer, and Michael Useem

  • Academy of Management (AOM) 80th Annual Meeting. Panel symposium organizer and moderator.Virtual Conference. Sponsored by OMT, STR, SIM divisions. August 2020

“Shareholder Unrest and Its Influence on CEO Career Outcomes” with Abhinav Gupta and Donald Hambrick

  • Strategic Management Society (SMS) 40th Annual Conference. Virtual Conference. October 2020 • Academy of Management (AOM) 80th Annual Meeting. Virtual Conference. August 2020
  • TCU Corporate Governance Doctoral Consortium, Fort Worth, TX.

“Status and Evaluation in Online Communities: Deviation and Conformity among Newly-Elite Evaluators” with Warren Boeker. 

  • Strategic Management Society (SMS) 37th Annual Conference. Houston, TX. October 2017
  • Academy of Management (AOM) 77th Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. August 2017

Awards

SMS Best PhD Paper Nomination, Strategic Management Society Annual Conference in London, 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Washington, 2018-2021

SMS Best Paper Nomination, Strategic Management Society Annual Conference in Houston, 2017

SMS Doctoral Scholarship, Strategic Management Society Annual Conference in Houston, 2017

Outstanding Performance Award (top performer award), Deloitte Tax LLP, 2014-2015 Binghamton Scholars Program & PwC Scholar, 2005-2009

Service

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Management                                
  • Strategic Management Society
  • The American Institute of CPAs 

Service Activities

  • Ad-hoc Reviewer: Human Relations, AOM Annual Meeting OMT, STR, and TIM divisions
  • Mentor: University of Washington Undergraduate Research Program

Volunteer Experience

Volunteer for Neighborhood Legal Clinic (Pro Bono legal clinic), 2018-2021

Volunteer for Relief Bus, Shower to the People (homeless outreach in NYC and Seattle), 2013-2015, 2018-Present  

Professional Certifications

Certified Public Accountant, New York State (2011)