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Amanda P. Cowen

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs; Associate Professor of Commerce

Amanda Cowen
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D.B.A., Management, Harvard Business School
M.B.A., Harvard Business School
A.B., Economics, Dartmouth College
Areas of Expertise: 
Corporate governance
Strategic leadership
Organizational reputation and status
Organizational crisis
Professional Activities: 

Professor Cowen’s research interests center on corporate governance and strategic leadership. Her work aims to develop socially informed theories that help to explain decision making and outcomes in these domains. She is especially interested in understanding how key stakeholders interpret and respond to organizational failures or controversies. Professor Cowen’s research is published or forthcoming in journals such as Academy of Management Journal; Academy of Management Review; Strategic Management Journal; Journal of Management; Journal of Applied Psychology; and Journal of Accounting and Economics. She is an incoming associate editor at Academy of Management Journal. She also serves on the editorial review board of Academy of Management Review.

In addition to her research activities, Professor Cowen has taught courses on international corporate governance, strategy, leadership, and organizational behavior at Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of Government, and the McIntire School of Commerce. She has worked with undergraduate and graduate students as well as executives from a variety of industries. In 2017, she was the recipient of an All-University Teaching Award. Before pursuing an academic career, Professor Cowen worked as a Marketing Manager at Time Inc. in New York City.​

Selected Publications:

“To Be or Not to Be Sorry? How CEO Gender Impacts the Effectiveness of Organizational Apologies,” Journal of Applied Psychology, in press (A. Cowen, N. Montgomery).

“Are Disruptive CEO Successions Viewed As a Governance Lapse? Evidence from Board Turnover,” Journal of Management, 2017 (J. Marcel, A. Cowen, and G. Ballinger).

"CEO Severance Agreements: A Theoretical Examination and Research Agenda," Academy of Management Review, 2016 (A. Cowen, A. King, and J. Marcel).

“Cleaning House or Jumping Ship? Understanding Board Upheaval Following Financial Fraud,” Strategic Management Journal, 2014 (J. Marcel, A. Cowen).

“An Expanded Model of Status Dynamics: The Effects of Status Transfer and Inter-Firm Coordination,”Academy of Management Journal, 2012.

“Damaged Goods: Board Decisions to Dismiss Reputationally Compromised Directors,” Academy of Management Journal, 2011 (A. Cowen, J. Marcel).

"Which Types of Analyst Firms Are More Optimistic?" Journal of Accounting and Economics, 2006 (with B. Groysberg and P. Healy).