Olav Sorenson

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

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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. 


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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

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

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, 2014
  • Carol and Bruce Mallen Award for Lifetime Published Scholarly Contributions to Motion Picture Industry Economic Studies, 2012
  • Best Paper Award, European Management Review, 2010
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Toronto, 2008
  • Martin and Lang Award for Research Excellence, University of Toronto, 2008
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Review, 2006
  • Richard R. Nelson Prize (best paper), Research Policy, 2005
  • Young Scientists Award, International Schumpeter Society, 2005
  • Deloitte Award (advised best MBA field study), 2004
  • Edward V. Sedgwick III Memorial Award (advised best MBA field study report), 2004


  • Management Science Department Editor (Organizations)
  • Sociological Science Deputy Editor