Kisha Lashley

Assistant Professor of Commerce
Management

Kisha Lashley
+1 434-243-1582
Office: 
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Education: 
Ph.D., Business Management, Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Vanderbilt University
B.S., Berea College
Areas of Expertise: 
Organizational social evaluations (stigma; reputation; status)
Organizational language
Entrepreneurship
Professional Activities: 

Professor Lashley’s research lies at the intersection of strategic management, entrepreneurship, and organizational theory. Her research focuses on questions related to organizational social evaluations such as stigma, reputation, and status, particularly in entrepreneurial firms. She is also interested in how organizations and their audiences use language to affect social evaluations. Her work has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly and Academy of Management Annals.

Professor Lashley has taught courses in strategic management and entrepreneurship at the undergraduate level. Before her academic career, she worked for several years coordinating buyer-supplier relationships between major corporations and their small suppliers. She also has startup experience.

Selected Publications:

"Waiting to Inhale: Reducing Stigma in the Medical Cannabis Industry," Administrative Science Quarterly, forthcoming (with T.G. Pollock).

"The Good and the Bad: Comparing Organizational Reputation, Status, Celebrity and Stigma as Positive and Negative Social Judgments," Academy of Management Annals, forthcoming (with T. Pollock, V.P. Rindova, and J. Han).

"(UN)Tangled: Exploring the Coevolution of VC Firm Reputation and Status," Administrative Science Quarterly, 2015 (with T.G. Pollock, P.M. Lee, and K. Jin).

"Who Needs a Shrink When You Have Business Week? Using Content Analysis to Get Inside the Heads of Entrepreneurs, VCs and Other Market Participants," The Routledge Companion to Entrepreneurship, T. Baker and F. Welter (eds.), Routledge, 2014 (with T.G. Pollock).

Recent news about Kisha Lashley:
Professor Kisha Lashley’s study of stigmatized businesses is instructive for entrepreneurs entering unfamiliar territory, and her journey from a small Caribbean island to a Ph.D. is inspirational in a field in need of more female and minority professors. Read the... Read more