Imperial College London


Business School

Visiting Researcher



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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 examines 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

Keywords: Hierarchy; Social Evaluations/Social Judgment; The Matthew Effect; Productivity; Computational Social Science; Expertise; Power; Influence; Social Cognition; Big Data; Behavioral Strategy



Betancourt N, Jochem T, Otner S, 2023, Standing on the shoulders of giants: how star scientists influence their co-authors, Research Policy, Vol:52, ISSN:0048-7333, Pages:1-13

Schweinsberg M, Feldman M, Staub N, et al., 2021, Same data, different conclusions: Radical dispersion in empirical results when independent analysts operationalize and test the same hypothesis, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Vol:165, ISSN:0749-5978, Pages:228-249

Otner S, Landy J, Jia, et al., 2020, Crowdsourcing hypothesis tests: making transparent how design choices shape research results, Psychological Bulletin, Vol:146, ISSN:0033-2909, Pages:451-479

Otner S, 2018, Near-Winners in Status Competitions: Neglected Sources of Dynamism in the Matthew Effect, Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol:27, ISSN:1056-4926, Pages:374-377

Otner SMG, 2018, Older, but wiser? “The Matthew Effect” at 50: introduction to the Dialog, Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol:27, ISSN:1056-4926, Pages:359-361

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