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.


Kennedy, M., and Fiss, P. C. (2013) "An Ontological Turn in Categories Research: From Standards of Legitimacyto Evidence of Actuality," JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES, 50 (6), 1138-1154.
Fiss, P. C., Sharapov, D., and Cronqvist, L. (2013) "Opposites Attract? Opportunities and Challenges for Integrating Large-NQCA and Econometric Analysis," POLITICAL RESEARCH QUARTERLY, 66 (1), 191-198.
Rhee, E., and Fiss, P. C. (2013) "Framing the Adoption of a Controversial Practice: Regulatory Focus, Source Credibility, and Stock Market Reaction,".
Park, Y., El Sawy, O. A., and Fiss, P. C. (2013) "From GLM to QCA: How to Build Richer Theories for the Information Systems Field,".
Greckhamer, T., Misangyi, V., and Fiss, P. C., "The Two QCAs: Small- and Large-N Comparative Approaches in Organization Studies," in Fiss, P., Cambré, B., and Marx, A., eds., Configurational Theory and Methods in Organizational Research, Research in the Sociology of Organizations (SAGE), Emerald: Bingley 2013.
Park, Y., El Sawy, O. A., and Fiss, P. C. (2013) "The Holistic Nature of Digital Ecodynamics: An Empirical Examination Using a Set-Theoretic Configurational Approach.,".
Glaser, V., Krikorian, M., and Fiss, P. C. (2013) "Vertical Categories and Valuation Processes,".
Fiss, P. C., Cambré, B., and Marx, A., Fiss, P., Cambré, B., and Marx, A., eds. Configurational Theory and Methods in Organizational Research, Research in the Sociology of Organizations (SAGE), Emerald: Bingley 2013.
Fiss, P. C. (2012) "Review of "Markets on Trial"," Administrative Science Quarterly.
Fiss, P. C., Kennedy, M., and Davis, G. F. (2012) "How Golden Parachutes Unfolded: Diffusion and Variation of a Controversial Practice," Organization Science, 23, 1077-1099.
Fiss, P. C. (2011) "Building Better Causal Theories: A Fuzzy Set Approach to Typologies in Organization Research," Academy of Management Journal, 54 (2), 393-420.
Ansari, S., Fiss, P. C., and Zajac, E. J. (2010) "Made to Fit: How Practices Vary as they Diffuse," Academy of Management Review, 35, 67-92.
Fiss, P. C., "Qualitative Comparative Analysis," in Mills, A., Durepos, G., and Wiebe, E., eds., Encyclopedia of Case Study Research, Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA 2010.
Hirsch, P. M., Fiss, P. C., and Hoel-Green, A., "A Durkheimian Approach to Globalization," in Adler, P., eds., Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies: Classical Foundations, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2009.
Fiss, P. C., "Case Studies and the Configurational Analysis of Organizational Phenomena," in Ragin, C., and Byrne, D., eds., Handbook of Case Study Methods, Sage, London 2009.
Lacey, R., and Fiss, P. C., "Comparative Organizational Analysis Across Multiple Levels: A Set-theoretic Approach," in King, B., Felin, T., and Whetten, D., eds., Research in the Sociology of Organizations: Comparative Approaches to Organizational Research, Elsevier, New York, NY 2009.
Kennedy, M., and Fiss, P. C. (2009) "Institutionalization, Framing, and Diffusion: The Logic of TQM Adoption and Implementation Decisions among U.S. Hospitals," Academy of Management Journal, 52, 897-918.
Fiss, P. C., "Institutions and Corporate Governance," in Greenwood, R., Oliver, C., Suddaby, R., and Sahlin-Andersson, K., eds., Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism, Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA 2008.
Ragin, C. C., and Fiss, P. C., "Net Effects Analysis Versus Configurational Analysis: An Empirical Demonstration," in Redesigning Social Inquiry: Set Relations in Social Research, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL 2008.
Fiss, P. C. (2007) "A Set-Theoretic Approach to Organizational Configurations," Academy of Management Review, 32, 1180-1198.
Fiss, P. C. (2006) "Social Influence Effects and Managerial Compensation: Evidence from Germany," Strategic Management Journal, 27, 1013-1031.
Fiss, P. C., and Zajac, E. J. (2006) "The Symbolic Management of Strategic Change: Sensegiving via Framing and Decoupling," Academy of Management Journal.
Fiss, P. C., and Hirsch, P. M. (2005) "The Discourse of Globalization: Framing and Sensemaking of an Emerging Concept," American Sociological Review, 70, 29-52.
Fiss, P. C., and Zajac, E. J. (2004) "The Diffusion of Ideas over Contested Terrain: The (Non) adoption of a Shareholder Value Orientation among German Firms," Administrative Science Quarterly, 49, 501-534.