Faculty Directory

Vanessa Conzon

Assistant Professor


Management and Organization


Professor Conzon’s research explores how employees and managers negotiate and attempt to reconcile employees’ autonomy with organizational goals. Her findings often highlight the tensions between organizational control and expertise, as well as gender and autonomy. Professor Conzon primarily uses qualitative methods—particularly ethnography—and she incorporates quantitative methods into her field studies.

Publications & Pieces Under Review

  • Conzon, Vanessa. (2023) “The Equality Policy Paradox: Gender Differences in How Managers Implement Gender Equality-Related Policies.” (In-Press/Online First at Administrative Science Quarterly.) Download the paper.
  • Cameron, Lindsey, Thomason, Bobbi* & Vanessa Conzon.* (2021) “Risky Business: Gig Workers and the Navigation of Ideal Worker Expectations During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Journal of Applied Psychology, 106(12), 1821-1833 (* denotes equal authorship).
  • Conzon, Vanessa & Susan Silbey. “Occupational Invocation: Managing Experts Through Occupational Norms.” (Revise and resubmit at Organization Science)
  • Conzon, Vanessa & Ruthanne Huising. “How Temporal Sovereignty Shapes Relationships at Work.” (Revise and resubmit at Organization Science)


Appointments, Awards, and Honors

  • 2022 Louis Pondy Best Dissertation Paper Award, runner up
  • 2022 Academy of Management Conference, best paper (top 10%)
  • 2022 Work Family Researchers Network’s Kathleen Christensen Dissertation Award
  • 2022 Industry Studies Association Dissertation Award finalist
  • 2021 MIT Sloan Women 4 Women: Recognition as inspiring woman, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • 2014-2021 Zannetos Memorial Scholarship for academic achievement, MIT Sloan School of Management