Peer Fiss Appointed the Jill and Frank Fertitta Chair in Business Administration

Please join us in congratulating Peer Fiss on his appointment to the Jill and Frank Fertitta Chair in Business Administration. The Dean's and Vice Dean's announcement is copied below. Congratulations, Peer, from the entire MOR community!

May 04, 2020
From: Dean's Office <>
Sent: Monday, May 4, 2020 7:33 AM
Subject: Announcement: Professor Peer Fiss, Fertitta Chair in Business Administration

Dear Marshall Community:

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Peer Fiss as the Jill and Frank Fertitta Chair in Business Administration.

Professor Fiss received his PhD jointly in Management & Organization and Sociology from Northwestern University in 2003. He started his career at Queen’s University, Canada, and moved to Marshall in 2006 as an Assistant Professor of Management & Organization. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2010 and to Full Professor in 2016.  He has served as the Chair of the Department of Management and Organization since 2017.

Professor Fiss works primarily in the areas of organization theory and methodology, but has also published in sociology, political science, and information systems. His early work focused on how larger social and political forces influence the diffusion and adaptation of organizational innovations. He has been a thought leader in showing how accounts that “frame” and justify such practices are constructed. More recently, he has expanded his work to understanding how social categorization processes affect and shape exchange markets.

Professor Fiss has also been a leader in introducing set-analytics, and especially Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), to management and related fields. Drawing on fuzzy sets and Boolean algebra, he has been instrumental in developing fundamentally new thinking and research methods for studying causally complex phenomena. His publications, methodological workshops, and other events have shown how set-analytic methods can be an effective tool for dealing with situations where causality is complex and equifinal. His work on set-analytics has also been influential in related fields, including information systems, policy analysis, and accounting. His recent book with Charles Ragin, entitled Intersectional Inequality: Race, Class, Test Scores, and Poverty (University of Chicago Press, 2017), applies these tools to the enduring debate regarding the forces behind social inequality, offering new techniques to assess how overlapping advantages and disadvantages shape life chances.

Apart from his research accomplishments, Professor Fiss is considered a “master teacher,” with exceptional course evaluations and multiple teaching awards. He willingly shares his expertise with colleagues and has been a teaching mentor particularly to junior scholars just starting their teaching careers. Beyond USC, Professor Fiss has played leadership roles in the Academy of Management, the professional association for management scholars worldwide, where he currently serves as the Division Chair for the Organization and Management Theory Division, which has over 4,000 members. His stature in the field is also evidenced in his role as Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Review and Senior Editor at Organization Science.

Named chairs and professorships are among the highest honors bestowed by the university on the faculty. Please join us in congratulating Professor Fiss on achieving this notable honor.

Best regards,

Gareth M. James                                                     

Nandini Rajagopalan                                                                   
Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs