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Dali Ma, PhD

Department Head, Management, Associate Professor


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Gerri C. LeBow Hall 642


Dali Ma is an associate professor of management at LeBow College of Business. His research interests are organization theory, status/reputation, entrepreneurship, social networks, sociology of science and technology, and Chinese organizations. His research has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Social Forces and Social Networks. He is a senior editor of Management and Organization Review published by Cambridge University Press. He won the William H. Newman Best Dissertation Paper Award from the Academy of Management (AoM), the Responsible Research Award for analyzing Boeing-737 MAX crashes from AoM’s Organization and Management Theory Division, and the Young Scholar Award from the International Association for Chinese Management Research. He visited University of Virginia as a Batten Fellow and Princeton University as a visiting fellow. He received his BA from Peking University and PhD from the University of Chicago.

Areas of Expertise

  • social networks
  • Organization Theory
  • sociology of China
  • inequality and status hierarchy
  • innovation and entrepreneurship

Selected Works


Ma, Dali, and Wang, Cheng, Volunteering in the Creation of Entrepreneurship. Social Forces (Forthcoming).

Ma, Dali, The Intersection of Economic, Social, and Political Forces: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Family Businesses in China. Management and Organization Review 18 (Apr 2022):216-222.

Ma, Dali, Narayanan, V.K., Liu, Chuanren, and Fakharizadi, Ehsan, Boundary Salience: The Interactive Effect of Organizational Status Distance and Geographical Proximity on Coauthorship Tie Formation. Social Networks 63 (Jul 2020):162-173.

Ma, Dali, Boundary Repair: Science and Enterprise at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Social Studies of Science 49 (Jun 2019):381-402.

Ma, Dali, Social Belonging and Economic Action: Affection-based Social Circles in the Creation of Private Entrepreneurship. Social Forces 94 (Sep 2015):87-114.

Ma, Dali, Rhee, Mooweon, and Yang, Daegyu, Power Source Mismatch and the Effectiveness of Interorganizational Relations: The Case of Venture Capital Syndication. Academy of Management Journal 56 (Jun 2013):711-734.

Ma, Dali, A Relational View of Organizational Restructuring: The Case of Transitional China. Management and Organization Review 8 (Mar 2012):51-75.

Ma, Dali, and Parish, William L., Tocquevillian Moments: Charitable Contributions by Chinese Private Entrepreneurs. Social Forces 85 (Dec 2006):943-964.


PhD Sociology-University of Chicago 2007


2022 Best Senior Editor Award (Management and Organization Review) (Cambridge University Press)
2022 Dean’s Research Fellow (LeBow College of Business, Drexel University )
2022 Responsible Research Award (Organization and Management Theory Division) (Academy of Management)
2016 Visiting Fellow (Princeton University)
2014 Management and Organization Review Young Scholar Award (International Association for Chinese Management Research)
2012 Batten Fellow (Darden School of Business, University of Virginia)
2012 Research Excellence Award (Drexel University - LeBow College of Business)
2009 Louis R. Pondy Best Dissertation Paper Award, Organization and Management Theory Division (Academy of Management)
2009 All-Academy William H. Newman Best Dissertation Paper Award (Academy of Management)
2005-2006 Markovitz Dissertation Fellowship (University of Chicago)


Management and Organization Review – Senior Editor (2018–2022)
Management and Organization Review – Member (2017)