Olav Sorenson

Frederick Frank '54 and Mary C. Tanner Professor of Management

Professor Olav Sorenson

Professor Sorenson's research interests include economic geography, economic sociology, entrepreneurship, organizational ecology, the sociology and management of science and technology, and business and corporate strategy. His most extensive line of research examines how social networks affect transactions, thereby shaping the geography and evolution of industries. Although Professor Sorenson has investigated these issues in a wide variety of settings, including banking, biotechnology, and footwear manufacturing, he has most extensively studied the entertainment industries and venture capital.

Prior to joining the Yale School of Management, Professor Sorenson held the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair in Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, UCLA, and London Business School. 

Community Profile

One of the class exercises is a negotiation where some students are the management and other students are the venture capitalists.


  • PhD , Stanford University, 1997
  • MA, Stanford University, 1994
  • AB, Harvard University, 1991


Selected Books

S. A. Alvarez, R. Agarwal and O. Sorenson
Springer Verlag
J. A. C. Baum and O. Sorenson
JAI Press

Selected Articles

Geography, joint choices, and the reproduction of gender inequality
O. Sorenson and M. S. Dahl
American Sociological Review
Financing by and for the masses: An introduction to the special issue on crowdfunding
L. Fleming and O. Sorenson
California Management Review
Crowding, satiation and saturation: The days of television series’ lives
A. Barroso, M. Giarratana, S. Reis, and O. Sorenson
Strategic Management Journal
O. Sorenson and M. Rogan
Annual Review of Sociology
Picking a (poor) partner: A relational perspective on acquisitions
M. Rogan and O. Sorenson
Administrative Science Quarterly

Selected Working Papers

The career consequences of working for a startup
M.D. Burton, M.S. Dahl, O. Sorenson, and R. Canales
Does the crowd promise to fund more innovation?
O. Sorenson, V. Assenova, J. Boada, and L. Fleming


Doctor Mercaturae Honoris Causa (honorary doctorate)
Aalborg University
Carol and Bruce Mallen Award for Lifetime Published Scholarly Contributions to Motion Picture Industry Economic Studies
Best Paper Award
European Management Review
Excellence in Teaching Award
University of Toronto
Martin and Lang Award for Research Excellence
University of Toronto
Outstanding Reviewer Award
Academy of Management Review
Richard R. Nelson Prize (best paper)
Research Policy
Young Scientists Award
International Schumpeter Society
Deloitte Award (advised best MBA field study)
Edward V. Sedgwick III Memorial Award (advised best MBA field study report)


Management Science
Department Editor (Organizations)
Sociological Science
Deputy Editor