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.

Pieces Under Review

  • Conzon, Vanessa. “Managing ‘Disruption’: Flexibility, Relational Style, and Gender.” (Revise and resubmit at Administrative Science Quarterly)
  • 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)
  • Cameron, Lindsey, Thomason, Bobbi* & Vanessa Conzon.* “Risky Business: Gig Workers Crafting to Maintain the Ideal Worker Image During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” (Revise and resubmit at Journal of Applied Psychology. * denotes equal authorship).

Appointments, Awards, and Honors

  • 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