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Matthew Bidwell

Associate Professor of Management

Research Interests: careers, contingent work, firm boundaries, human resource management, knowledge workers

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Contact Information

Address: 2020 SH-DH, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 746-2524
Office Fax: (215) 898-0401


Matthew Bidwell's research examines new patterns in work and employment, focusing in particular the causes and effects of more short-term, market oriented employment relationships. He has conducted detailed research on the contracting workforce in information technology, publishing papers on how those contractors are used within firms, on the effects of their relationships with staffing firms, and on who goes into contracting. A second focus of his research explores how workers build careers across organizations, working in different kinds of workplaces at different points in their careers. Current projects explore how organizations balance internal promotions with external hiring, and why worker mobility has increased in recent years.

Matthew holds a Ph.D. from the MIT Sloan School, an S.M. in Political Science from MIT, and an M.Chem from Oxford. He is currently a Sloan Industry Studies Fellow. He serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Review and Organization Science


  • Matthew Bidwell, Shinjae Won, Roxana Barbulescu, Ethan Mollick (2015), I Used to Work at Goldman Sachs! Status, Careers, and Competitive Advantage, Strategic Management Journal, 36 (8), 1164 - 1173.
  • Matthew Bidwell, Ethan Mollick (2015), Shifts and Ladders: Comparing the Role of Internal and External Mobility in Executive Careers, Organiztion Science, 26 (6), 1629 - 1645.    Abstract
  • Matthew Bidwell, JR Keller (2014), Within or without? How firms combine internal and external labor markets to fill jobs, Academy of Management Journal  Abstract
  • Matthew Bidwell (2012), What Happened to Long Term Employment? The Role Of Worker Power and Environmental Turbulence in Explaining Declines in Worker Tenure, Organization Science, (forthcoming).    Abstract  Related Materials
  • Matthew Bidwell (2012), Politics and Firm Boundaries: How Organizational Structure, Group Interests and Resources Affect Outsourcing, Organization Science, (forthcoming).    Abstract
  • Matthew Bidwell (2012), Do Women Choose Different Jobs From Men? Mechanisms of Application Segregation in the Market for Managerial Workers, Organization Science, (forthcoming).    Abstract
  • Matthew Bidwell (2012), Book Review of “Freelancing Expertise: Contract Professionals in the New Economy", Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 6(1): 181-182.  Abstract
  • Matthew Bidwell (2011), Paying More to Get Less: Specific Skills, Matching, and the Effects of External Hiring versus Internal Promotion., Administrative Science Quarterly    Abstract
  • Matthew Bidwell (2011), Book Review of “Chasing Stars”, Perspectives on Work, 15(1): 60-61.
  • Matthew Bidwell (2010), Problems Deciding: How the Structure of Make-or-Buy Decision Leads to Transaction Misalignment., Organization Science, 21(2) 362-379.    Abstract
  • Matthew Bidwell, Isabel Fernandez-Mateo (2010), Relationship duration and returns to brokerage in the staffing sector., Organization Science    Abstract
  • Matthew Bidwell, Forrest Briscoe (2010), The Dynamics of Inter-Organizational Careers in the New Economy., Organization Science    Abstract
  • Matthew Bidwell (2009), Do Peripheral Workers Do Peripheral Work? Comparing the Use of Highly Skilled Contractors and Regular Employees., Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 62(2) 200-225.    Abstract
  • Matthew Bidwell, Forrest Briscoe (2009), Who Contracts? Determinants of the Decision to Work as Independent Contractor among Information Technology Workers., Academy of Management Journal, 52(6) 1148-11.    Abstract
  • Matthew Bidwell, Isabel Fernandez-Mateo (2008), A Servant of Two Masters: Towards a Theory of Triadic Employment Relationships, , In Cappelli, P. ed: “Employment Relationships: New Models of White Collar Work”, Cambridge University Press 142-178.
  • Matthew Bidwell, Isabel Fernandez-Mateo (2007), Long Term-Brokerage: Relationship Duration and Returns to Brokerage in the Staffing Sector, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings
  • Matthew Bidwell, Diane M. Burton (2007), It’s the Thought that Counts: How Manager’s Beliefs Shape the Effects of Monitoring, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings

Awards And Honors

  • Outstanding Reviewer Award (given to top 5% of division conference reviewers), Business Policy and Strategy division of the Academy of Management, 2009
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Review, 2009
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award (given to top 5% of division conference reviewers), Business Policy and Strategy division of the Academy of Management, 2006
  • Recipient, Wilson Fellowship, 2000-2002
  • Kennedy Scholar, 1996-1997



  • MGMT611 - Managing Established Enterprises

    The management of large, established enterprises creates a range of multi-facet challenges for the general manager. A general manager needs to understand the internal workings of a firm, how to assess and create a strategy, and how to take into account increasing, globalization. While these issues are distinct, they are very much intertwined. As a result, this course will provide you with an integrated view of these challenges and show you that effective of an established enterprise requires a combination of insights drawn from economics, sociology, psychology and political economy.

  • MGMT794 - Understanding Careers and Executive Labor Markets

    This course examines the structure of executive careers in order to help understand how those careers can be managed most effectively. By drawing on extensive economic, sociological and psychological research on careers, we will examine such questions as when executives should move on to the next job or evenchange fields altogether, and what are effective means of finding jobs, achieving promotions, managing networks, and achieving work-life balance.