• Phone: 617-353-5617
  • E-Mail:  grodal@bu.edu
  • Website: http://people.bu.edu/grodal
  • Office: 657
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Address: Boston University School of Management
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

Profile Summary

Stine Grodal's main stream of research examines institutional change. In particular she investigates the emergence of new organizational fields and organizations’ responses to changes in their institutional environment by asking how institutional logics, symbols and localized meaning structures facilitate and constrain change processes. Dr. Grodal is interested in the use of labels, and the role labels play as carries of meaning and agents of change. She investigates how labels assume multiple meanings across institutional contexts, and how organizations use labels in order to redefine boundaries and meaning structure, attract resources, and improve their competitive advantage. Most of her research has focused on tobacco, nanotechnology and the legal service sector.

  • Education Open or Close

    Ph D, Stanford University, Management Science and Engineering, 2007.

    MA, University of Copenhagen, Psychology, 2001.

    BA, University of Copenhagen, Psychology, 1998.

  • PublicationsOpen or Close

    Journal Articles:

      Granqvist, N., Grodal, S., Woolley, J., (2013). Hedging Your Bets: Explaining Executives’ Market Labeling Strategies in Nanotechnology. Organization Science, 24(2), 395-413.

      Suarez, F. F., Grodal, S., (2013). Perfect Timing?: Dominant Category, Dominant Design and the Window of Opportunity for Firm Entry. Strategic Management Journal,

      Grodal, S., Barley, S. R., Meyerson, D., (2011). Email as a Source and Symbol of Stress. Organization Science, 22(4), 887–906.

      Grodal, S., Castellacci, F., Mendoca, S., Wibe, M., (2005). Advances and Challenges in Innovation Studies. Journal of Economic Issues, 39(1), . Las Cruces, New Mexico.


      Grodal, S., Nelson, A., Siino, R., (Accepted). Help-seeking and Help-giving as an Organizational Routine: Creating Engagement in Innovative Work. Academy of Management Journal,

      Grodal, S., Thoma, G., (Accepted). Cross-pollination in Science and Technology: Concept Mobility in Nanobiotechnology. Annals of Economics and Statistics,

      Grodal, S., Gotsopoulos, A., Suarez, F. F., The Co-Evolution of Categories and Designs during Industry Emergence. Academy of Management Review (2nd round),

    Book Chapters:

      Grodal, S., (2013). New Organizational Forms, : The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management, Editors: David Teece and Mie Augie.


      Grodal, S., Powell, W. W., (2005). Networks of Innovators, Oxford University Press: The Oxford Handbook of Innovation, pp 56-86.


      Grodal, S., Granqvist, N., (Accepted). Great Expectations: Discourse and Affect during Field Emergence, : Research on Emotions in Organizations edited by Neal Ashkanasy, Emerald Group.


    Working Papers:

      Grodal, S., Hsu, G., Category taken-for-grantedness as a strategic opportunity: The case of light cigarettes, 1964-1993. : American Sociological Review.


      Grodal, S., Kahl, S., Conceptual Strategies: Identifying the Role of Multi-Level Discursive Analysis in Strategy Research. : Strategic Management Journal.


      Grodal, S., Constructing Social and Symbolic Boundaries during Field Emergence: Community Involvement in Nanotechnology. : Administrative Science Quarterly.


      Grodal, S., Granqvist, N., Emotions during the Institutional Life Cycle.

      Grodal, S., Thoma, G., Institutional Logics and Status: Explaining Strategic Patenting in the Legal Services Sector.

      Grodal, S., Means Shifting: Creating Institutional Complexity during the Emergence of the Nanotechnology Field.

  • Research PresentationsOpen or Close

    Invited Lectures:

      Grodal, S., (Author Only), Strategy Research Forum (SRF) Annual Conference, How Boundary Labeling Shapes Field Emergence: Creating Social and Symbolic Boundaries in Nanotechnology, Strategy Research Forum (SRF), Portland, OR. (June 15, 2013).

      Grodal, S., (Presenter & Author), How Boundary Labeling Shapes Field Emergence: Inclusion and Exclusion in Nanotechnology, Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business. (September 17, 2012).

      Suarez, F., (Presenter and Author), Grodal, S., (Author Only), Gotsopoulos, A., (Author Only), Perfect Timing?: Dominant Category and the Window of Opportunity for Entry into Emerging Markets, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy. (March 15, 2012).

      Suarez, F., (Presenter and Author), Grodal, S., (Author Only), Gotsopoulos, A., (Author Only), Categorical Dynamics and Technological Evolution in Early Industries, IE Business School, Madrid, Spain. (March 13, 2012).

      Suarez, F., (Presenter and Author), Grodal, S., (Author Only), Gotsopoulos, A., (Author Only), Perfect Timing?: Dominant Category and the Window of Opportunity for Entry into Emerging Markets, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. (March 13, 2012).

      Grodal, S., (Presenter and Author), Institutions, Networks, Knowledge: An Asilomar Conference in Honor of Woody Powell, The Road Taken: Multivocality, Transposition, and Hybridity, Scancor, Asilomar, CA. (June 12, 2012).

      Suarez, F., (Presenter and Author), Grodal, S., (Author Only), Gotsopoulos, A., (Author Only), Seminar Series, Strategy Department, Perfect Timing?: Dominant Category and the Window of Opportunity for Entry into Emerging Markets, Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal. (December 7, 2012).

    Accepted Lectures:

      Grodal, S., (Author Only), The Inaugural Paul R. Lawrence Conference: Connecting Rigor and Relevance in Institutional Analysis, Means Shifting: Creating Institutional Complexity during the Emergence of the Nanotechnology Field, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. (June 3, 2013).

      Grodal, S., (Presenter and Author), Granqvist, N., (Presenter and Author), Great Expectations: Discourse, Hype, and Emotion during Field Emergence, EGOS, Helsinki, Finland. (June 20, 2012).

      Grodal, S., (Presenter and Author), Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Creating Institutional Complexity during the Emergence of the Nanotechnology Field, Academy of Management, Boston, MA. (August 8, 2012).