Imperial College London

Dr Mark Thomas Kennedy

Business School

Associate Professor



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Dr. Kennedy's research focuses on the emergence of new markets and industries and the more basic building blocks of organising—categories, identities, forms, strategies, practices, reputation criteria and so on. Within this broad topic, he pays particular attention to meaning construction processes, often by using text-mining techniques to extract and analyze patterns of association among actors, ideas and objects as they appear in conventional and new social media. His publications have appeared in American Sociological ReviewAcademy of Management JournalOrganization Science, Journal of Managment Studies, and Research in the Sociology of Organizations.

Dr. Kennedy was educated at Northwestern University and Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. (Joint Program in Management and Organizations and Sociology) and MBA degrees from Northwestern and its Kellogg School of Management and his A.B. in Philosophy (Program in Formal Systems) from Stanford. Before coming to Imperial, Dr. Kennedy was at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. 

Dr. Kennedy also has substantial work experience in consulting and high technology. Before becoming an academic, he was a Principal in the management consulting unit of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and, before that, a software engineer and product manager for a Santa Clara, CA-based startup. As a consultant, Professor Kennedy has served clients in technology, healthcare and entertainment on difficult issues at the intersection of strategy, leadership, and organisational change.



Lo JY-C, Rhee E, Fiss P, et al., 2020, Category viability: balanced levels of coherence and distinctiveness, Academy of Management Review, Vol:45, ISSN:1930-3807, Pages:85-108

Molina-Solana M, Kennedy M, Amador Diaz Lopez J, 2018, foo.castr: visualising the future AI workforce, Big Data Analytics, Vol:3, ISSN:2058-6345

Glaser VL, Fiss PC, Kennedy MT, 2016, Making snowflakes like stocks: stretching, bending, and positioning to make financial market analogies work in online advertising., Organization Science, Vol:27, ISSN:1047-7039, Pages:1029-1048

Lo JY-C, Kennedy MT, 2015, Approval in nanotechnology patents: micro and macro factors that affect reactions to category blending, Organization Science, Vol:26, ISSN:1047-7039, Pages:119-139

Kennedy MT, Fiss PC, 2013, An Ontological Turn in Categories Research: From Standards of Legitimacy to Evidence of Actuality, Journal of Management Studies, ISSN:1467-6486, Pages:n/a-n/a

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