Notes / Updates:
March 18, 2014:
My co-authored paper "Organizational Restructuring as a Catalyst for Cross-unit Tie" with Steve Gray (Washington University in Saint Louis), Stuart Bunderson (Washington University in Saint Louis) and Peter Boumgardern (Hope College) was accepted for presentation at the OMT division of the 2014 Annual Academy of Management Conference in Philadelphia.
Also, my co-organized symposium application "What Happened To The Elites? Old Conundrums And New Data On Who They Are And What They Are Doing" with Daisung Jang (Washington University in Saint Louis) and Bill Bottom (Washington University in Saint Louis) was accepted at the OMT, OB, and SIM division of the 2014 Annual Academy of Management Conference in Philadelphia. The symposium includes the presentation of our paper "The Nexus of Business, Government, and Social Science: The Field of Think Tanks" along with papers by Mark S. Mizruchi (University of Michigan), Johan Chu (University of Michigan), and Jocelyn Leitzinger (University of Wisconsin). The symposium discussant will be Thomas Medvetz (University of California San Diego).
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I'm currently an assistant professor at the Department of Organization Studies, Tilburg University (NL). Prior to my current appointment, I was a postdoctoral research scholar at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis (USA)
I received my PhD in business administration and MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (USA). My research interests are at the intersection of occupations and organizations, and span multiple levels of analysis. My micro-level work examines the emergence of occupational groups by focusing on the factors (e.g., temporal elements, fit, and peers) that influence individuals' choice of an occupation. My macro-level work examines the behavior of occupational groups within organizations by concentrating on the design of organizational routines to manage multiple occupational groups (e.g., integrative routines to manage cognitive diversity among occupational groups, headquarters-subsidiary routines to manage multi-occupational performance, occupational ideology fit routines, and learning routines that emerge in multi-occupational settings). Finally, my meso-level work also examines the behavior of occupational groups within organizations by focusing on the role of occupational power on occupational group dynamics (e.g. helping behavior). In addition to this work, I have some work in progress that examines the legal occupation and the think tank industry. The context of my research includes a medical residency program at an elite medical institution, a primary care clinic division of a regional medical system, an R&D unit of a multinational firm, law firms, and think-tanks. The occupational groups that I study include medical residents, physicians, nurses, managers, engineers, and lawyers. My work has appeared in the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Organization Science.
My teaching interests are broad and include organizational theory and behavior, strategic management, and managing innovation and change. My past teaching experience includes teaching 2 semesters of an undergraduate class titled Managing Innovation and Organizational Change at the Carlson School of Management. My teaching received the Excellence in Teaching Award based on student ratings in 2009. I've also taught 2 semesters of an undergraduate class titled Organizational Behavior Within the Firm at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. In addition, I've been a teaching assistant for 7 years at the Carlson School of Management for a broad range of MBA and undergraduate classes including Managing People and Organizations, Negotiation Strategies, and Fundamentals of Management.
Refereed Journal Publications:
 Shah, P., Bechara, J. P., Drefahl, M., Kolars, J., LaRusso, N., Wood, D., and Spurrier, B. 2013. Temporal Elements in Career Selection Decisions: An Archival Study Investigating Career Decisions in Medicine. Organization Science, 25(1): 245-261. doi:10.1287/orsc.2013.0838
 Van de Ven, A. H., Leung, R., Bechara, J. P. and Sun., K. 2012. Organizational Designs and Performance Frontiers. Organization Science, 23(4): 1055-1076. doi:10.1287/orsc.1110.0694
 Van de Ven, A. H., Rogers, R., Bechara, J. P. and Sun, K. 2008. Organizational Diversity, Integration and Performance. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 29(3): 335-354. doi:10.1002/job.511
 Bechara, J. P. and Van de Ven, A. H. 2007. Philosophy of Science Underlying Engaged Scholarship. In: Van de Ven, A. H. Engaged Scholarship: A Guide for Organizational and Social Research. Oxford University Press. Winner of the 2008 Academy of Management George R. Terry Book Award.
 Bechara, J. P. and Van de Ven, A. H. 2011. Triangulating Philosophies of Science to Understand Complex Organizational and Managerial Problems. In: Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 32: 343-364.