Imperial College London


Business School

Junior Research Fellow



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288aTanaka BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Sarah Otner is a Junior Research Fellow in the Strategy and Organisational Behaviour Group, Department of Management at Imperial College Business School. Dr. Otner earned a Ph.D. in Management (Organisational Behaviour) and an MSc.Res. in Organisational & Social Psychology from the London School of Economics, and an A.B. (cum laude) in Psychology from Harvard College. She is accredited through the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Sarah is an alumna and current affiliate of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation.

Dr. Otner's broad research interest is interpersonal judgment. She uses a computational social science approach in order to examine the roles cognition and networks play in social evaluations, individual and group performance, and organizational outcomes. Her specific expertise is in social status, both the mechanisms and the consequences of status allocation.

Sarah's current work focuses on award competitions: prize scarcity, prize sharing, establishment of new prizes, and prize refusals. Please get in touch if you have relevant experience to share.

Expert Topics: Status; Reputation; Competition; Awards; Networks; Attribution Theory; Social Cognition; Economic Sociology; Elites