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Professor Bermiss received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY), and a M.S. and Ph.D in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His research centers around how value is socially constructed in organizational settings. In particular, he investigates how market perceptions of financial performance, organizational identity, and human capital affect firm performance, reputation, and survival. His research has been published in various academic journals, edited volumes, magazines, the Harvard Business Review blog, and on National Public Radio.


Y. Sekou Bermiss, Benjamin L. Hallen, Rory McDonald, and Emily C. Pahnke. Entrepreneurial Beacons: The Yale Endowment, Run-Ups, and the Growth of Venture Capital. Strategic Management Journal, forthcoming.
Y. Sekou Bermiss and Bruce E. Greenbaum. 2016. Loyal to Whom? The Effect of Relational Embeddedness and Managers’ Mobility on Market Tie Dissolution. Administrative Science Quarterly 61(3), 254-290.
Y. Sekou Bermiss and Johann P. Murmann. 2015. Who Matters More? The Impact of Functional Background and Top Executive Mobility on Firm Survival. Strategic Management Journal 36(11), 1697-1716.
Y. Sekou Bermiss, E. Zajac, and B. King. 2014. Under Construction: How Commensuration and Management Fashion Affect Corporate Reputation Rankings. Organization Science 25(2), 591-608.
Jennifer Whitson, Klaus Weber, Paul Hirsch, and Y. Sekou Bermiss. 2013. Chemicals, Companies, and Countries: The Concept of Diffusion in Management Research. Research in Organizational Behavior 33, 135-150.
Y. Sekou Bermiss and J. Peter Murmann. 2010. The Individual and the Organization: Locating Knowledge Capabilities in Professional Service Firms.. Leslie A. Toombs (Editor) Best Proceedings of the Seventieth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.
P. M. Hirsch and Y. Sekou Bermiss. 2009. Institutional “dirty” work: preserving institutions through strategic decoupling, in Institutional Work: Actors and Agency in Institutional Studies of Organization, T. Lawrence, R. Suddaby & B. Leca, ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 262-283.
J. P. Murmann, E. Homburg, R. Geven, Y. Sekou Bermiss, and A. Forgione. 2008. Automatic Coding of Printed Materials. International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing.

Professional Awards

Best Published Paper by Oxford University's Centre for Corporate Reputation2014
Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., Travel Fellowship in Business History and Institutional Economic History, Harvard University2008
H. Naylor Fitzhugh PhD Fellowship, National Black MBA Association2007
GM Center for Strategy in Management, Kellogg School of Management2006