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Adam Cobb

Associate Professor

Department:     Business, Government & Society

Research Areas:     Corporate Governance, Human Resource Management, Labor Markets

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Professional Awards

Practice Implications Best Paper Award, Academy of Management Review


CBA Foundation Research Excellence Award for Assistant Professors, Univ. of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business


Best Paper Award (“Take a Stand or Keep Your Seat...”) Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability Annual Meeting


John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award, Labor and Employment Relations Association


Best Article Award, Academy of Management Review


Research Impact on Practice Award, Organizations and Natural Environment Division, Academy of Management


Making sense of (Mis)Matched Frames of Reference: A Dynamic Cognitive Theory of (In)Stability in HR Practices: A dialogue. By:  Adam Cobb. Industrial Relations. July 2022, 61(3): 319-323

Firm Partisan Positioning, Polarization, and Risk Communication: Examining Voluntary Disclosures on COVID‐19. By: Richard A. Benton, J. Adam Cobb, Timothy Werner. Strategic Management Journal. Apr2022, Vol. 43 Issue 4, p697-723.

J. Adam Cobb, J. R. Keller, and Samir Nurmohamed. How do I Compare? The Effect of Work-unit Demographics on Reactions to Pay Inequality. ILR Review, forthcoming.


Mary Hunter-McDonnell and J. Adam Cobb. 2020. Take a Stand or Keep Your Seat: Independent Director Exit after Social Activist Challenges. Academy of Management Journal 63(4), 1028-1053.


Ken-Hou Lin, Carolina Aragão, and J. Adam Cobb. 2020. Women, Minorities, and Non-union Workers Continue to Dominate Low-wage Markets, and Experience Job Insecurity and Limited Upward Mobility. PRC Research Brief 5(10).


Richard Benton and J. Adam Cobb. 2019. Eyes on the Horizon? Fragmented Elites and Short-Term Focus of the American Corporation. American Journal of Sociology 124(6), 1631-1684.


J. Adam Cobb. 2019. Managing the Conflicting Interests of Workers and Shareholders: Evidence from Pension Assumption Manipulations. ILR Review 72(3), 523-551.


J. Adam Cobb and Ken-Hou Lin. 2017. Growing Apart: The Declining Firm-Size Wage Preumium and its Inequality Consequences. Organization Science 28(3), 429-446.


J. Adam Cobb and Flannery G. Stevens. 2017. These Unequal States: Corporate Organization and Income Inequality within the United States. Administrative Science Quarterly 62(2), 304-340.


Marc Lavine, J. Adam Cobb, and Christopher Roussin. 2017. When Saying Less is Something New: Social Movements and Frame Contraction Processes. Mobilization 22(3), 275-292.


J. Adam Cobb, Tyler Wry, and Eric Y. Zhao. 2016. Funding Financial Inclusion: Institutional Logics and the Contextual Contingency of Funding for Microfinance Organizations. Academy of Management Journal 59(6), 2103-2131.


J. Adam Cobb. 2016. How Firms Shape Income Inequality: Stakeholder Power, Executive Decision-Making, and the Structuring of Employment Relationships. Academy of Management Review 41(2), 324-348.


J. Adam Cobb. 2015. Risky Business: The Decline of Defined Benefit Pensions and Firms' Shifting of Retirement Risk. Organization Science 26(5), 1332-1350.


Tyler Wry, J. Adam Cobb, and Howard Aldrich. 2013. More Than a Metaphor: Assessing the Historical Legacy of Resource Dependence and its Contemporary Promise as a Theory of Environmental Complexity. Academy of Management Annals 7, 439-486.


Gerald F. Davis and J. Adam Cobb. 2010. Corporations and Economic Inequality Around the World: The Paradox of Hierarchy. Research in Organizational Behavior 30, 35-53.


Gerald F. Davis and J. Adam Cobb. 2010. Resource Dependence Theory: Past and Future. Research in the Sociology of Organizations 28, 21-42.