University of Southern California

Peer Fiss
Associate Professor of Management and Organization

USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0808

PhD, Northwestern University; MA, University of Hamburg


Peer Fiss conducts research that lies at the intersection of organization theory and strategic management. He is interested in how meaning structures shape organizational actions, how organizational practices diffuse, and how accounts framing and justifying practices are constructed. In addition, he works on configurational theory and methods using fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis. His work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal. He currently serves as associate editor of Academy of Management Review. In 2010 he received the Western Academy of Management’s Ascendant Scholar Award.


An Ontological Turn in Categories Research: From Standards of Legitimacyto Evidence of Actuality 2013
Opposites Attract? Opportunities and Challenges for Integrating Large-NQCA and Econometric Analysis 2013
Vertical Categories and Valuation Processes 2013
From GLM to QCA: How to Build Richer Theories for the Information Systems Field 2013
The Holistic Nature of Digital Ecodynamics: An Empirical Examination Using a Set-Theoretic Configurational Approach. 2013
Configurational Theory and Methods in Organizational Research 2013
Framing the Adoption of a Controversial Practice: Regulatory Focus, Source Credibility, and Stock Market Reaction 2013
The Two QCAs: Small- and Large-N Comparative Approaches in Organization Studies 2013
Review of "Markets on Trial" 2012
Qualitative Comparative Analysis 2010
A Durkheimian Approach to Globalization 2009
Case Studies and the Configurational Analysis of Organizational Phenomena 2009
Comparative Organizational Analysis Across Multiple Levels: A Set-theoretic Approach 2009
Institutions and Corporate Governance 2008
Net Effects Analysis Versus Configurational Analysis: An Empirical Demonstration 2008
A Set-Theoretic Approach to Organizational Configurations 2007
Social Influence Effects and Managerial Compensation: Evidence from Germany 2006
The Symbolic Management of Strategic Change: Sensegiving via Framing and Decoupling 2006
The Discourse of Globalization: Framing and Sensemaking of an Emerging Concept 2005
The Diffusion of Ideas over Contested Terrain: The (Non) adoption of a Shareholder Value Orientation among German Firms 2004