Christopher Wheat is an Assistant Professor of Strategy in the
Behavioral and Policy Sciences Area at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
He graduated from Princeton University with a B.S.E. in Mechanical
& Aerospace Engineering, and received a M.S. in Computer Science
from Stanford University with a concentration in artificial
intelligence. His Ph.D. is from Harvard University in Organizational
Behavior. He teaches 15.900 -
Strategic Management in the MBA curriculum, and 15.992 - Networks and
Organization, a doctoral seminar in the Economic Sociology
Professor Wheat is broadly interested in the role that the identity of
a firm plays in determining its performance and economic outcomes.
In a wide variety of contexts, organizations are assigned to social
categories, and these categories often play a role in shaping
interactions with customers, suppliers, and other key stakeholders.
Along these lines, his research has examined the role that membership
in an industry plays in determining performance, the role that
industry boundaries play in limiting entry, and the extent to which
the ability of firms to export to the global market is shaped by their
national context. He is also particularly interested in advancing the
use of social network methodologies in the pursuit of this research.
Jewel polisher working in factory in Jaipur, India.