Carnegie Mellon University

Oliver Hahl

Oliver Hahl

Associate Professor of Organization Theory, Strategy and Entrepreneurship

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  • TEP - Tepper Building - Room 5211
  • 412-268-4230
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management - Ph D (Management) - 2013
  • Yale University - School of Management - MBA - 2008
  • University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School - BS (Economics) - 2002


My research interests revolve around how audience perceptions of organizations and individuals influence behavior in markets. I am particularly interested in understanding how perceptions of success (status, economic, rewards) constrain behavior. Related topics include: status, authenticity, impression management. I do research in the sports, food, private equity, and health industries.


Working Papers

  • When Truth Trumps Facts: Five Studies on Partisan Evidence-Flouting in American Politics
    (author(s): Minjae Kim, Ezra Zuckerman Sivan, Oliver Hahl, Ethan Poskanzer)
  • How Individual Regulators Contribute to Regulatory Failure: Evidence from Microdata
    (author(s): Oliver Hahl, Sae-Seul Park, Sunkee Lee)
  • Corporate Purpose Claims, Perceptions of Firm Capacity, and Job Applicant Behavior
    (author(s): Trevor Young-Hyman, Leon Valdez, Oliver Hahl, CB Battacharya, Evan Gilbertson)
  • Asian-American Status Seeking: How Local Social Pressures Result in Differences in Career Status Aspirations by Race
    (author(s): Oliver Hahl, Jenny Oh, Trevor Young-Hyman)
  • Sex Segregation in the Knowledge Economy: The Contrasting Effects of Passion Culture and Structural Empowerment
    (author(s): Trevor Young-Hyman, Evan Gilbertson, and Oliver Hahl)
  • Learning Like a Pro: Evidence on Differences in Professional Versus Experiential Learning
    (author(s): Sae-Seul Park, Oliver Hahl)

Award & Honors

  • Awarded 2019 Outstanding Recent Contribution in Social Psychology, American Sociological Association Social Psychology Section (2019)
  • Frank A. and Helen E. Risch Faculty Development Professorship, Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business (2016-18)
  • MIT Sloan Research Fellowship (2008-2012)
  • MIT Sloan Economic Sociology Program Research Fellowship (2008-2013)

University Service

  • Faculty Coordinator OBT PhD Program (2016-current)
  • MEAC Committee (2019-current)
  • Co-Organizer CMU Tepper OBT Seminar Series (2015-19)
  • Undergraduate Business Curriculum Review Committee (2014-16)
  • Organizer MIT Economic Sociology Working Group (2011-2012)