Balázs Kovács

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior

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Professor Kovács studies various topics in organization theory and strategy, including social networks, learning, diffusion, organizational identity, and status. He has investigated these issues in a variety of settings, including restaurants, movies, book publishing, innovation and patenting, and banks. His current work investigates the effects of category spanning and innovation in technological domains. Professor Kovács typically uses large-scale, “big data” approaches to study these questions, analyzing online reviews and social networks. His research appears in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, Organization Science, Management Science, and Social Networks.

Professor Kovács received his PhD from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Prior to joining the Yale School of Management, he was an assistant professor at the University of Lugano, Switzerland.


  • PhD, Stanford University, 2009

Selected Articles

The Many Gifts of Status: How Attending to Audience Reactions Drives the Use of Status

A. Sharkey and B. Kovács
Management Science

Co-opt or co-exist? A study of medical cannabis dispensaries identity-based responses to recreational use legalization in Colorado and Washington

G. Hsu, B. Kovács, and O. Kocak
Organization Science

Too hot to reject: The effect of weather variations on the patent examination process at the United States Patent and Trademark Office

B. Kovács
Research Policy

What Does It Mean to Span Cultural Boundaries? Variety and Atypicality in Cultural Consumption

A. Goldberg, M. Hannan, and Balázs Kovács
American Sociological Review

Categorical imperative and structural reproduction: Insights from the global semiconductor industry

G. Carnabuci, E. Operti, and Balázs Kovács
Organization Science
2015 Forthcoming