Lindsey Cameron

Lindsey Cameron
  • Assistant Professor of Management

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    2027 SH-DH
    3620 Locust Walk
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: algorithms, gig economy/future of work, contemporary careers, financial well-being, labor issues, field research

Links: Personal Website, CV


Lindsey D. Cameron is an assistant professor of management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on how algorithmic management is changing the modern workplace, especially individual’s behaviors at work. Professor Cameron has an on-going, five-year ethnography of the largest employer in the gig economy, the ride-hailing industry, exploring how algorithms are fundamentally reshaping the nature of managerial control. She is currently studying how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting gig workers on different platforms (e.g., TaskRabbit, Instacart, AmazonFlex) as well as examining how ride-hailing drivers on three continents navigate disputes. Professor Cameron’s work has been published in leading academic journals, including Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Process, Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, and proceedings of the Association of Computing Machinery and the Academy of Management. She has also published opinion pieces in Fast Company, Kiplinger’s, and the Society of Human Resource Management’s flagship magazine People & Strategy and her research has been mentioned in numerous media outlets including Bloomberg, NPR’s Marketplace, Fast Company, the World Economic Forum, CNBC, Forbes, The Skim, and Inc.

In her prior career, Professor Cameron spent over a decade in the U.S. intelligence and diplomatic communities as a technical and political analyst and completed several overseas assignments in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. She holds a PhD in Management from the University of Michigan, MS in Engineering Management from the George Washington University, and an SB from Harvard University in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She also studied Arabic intensively at the American University of Cairo. She has trained in large group facilitation, and is an experienced practitioner and teacher in mindfulness and non-dual awareness practices, holding lineage in a tradition and having trained at several centers in the US.

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PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee Hearing: Worker Misclassification and the Future of Work
Pennsylvania State Senate Democratic Policy Committee Hearing: Testimony on Ride-hailing Companies


Past Courses

  • MGMT6120 - Managing Emerg Entrprse

    This course is about managing during the early stages of an enterprise, when the firm faces the strategic challenge of being a new entrant in the market and the organizational challenge of needing to scale rapidly. The enterprises of interest in this course have moved past the purely entrepreneurial phase and need to systematically formalize strategies and organizational processes to reach maturity and stability, but they still lack the resources of a mature firm. The class is organized around three distinct but related topics that managers of emerging firms must consider: strategy, human and social capital, and global strategy.

  • MGMT9320 - Prosem in Mgmt

    This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the methodological approaches we commonly think of as qualitative, with special emphasis on ethnography, semi- structured interviews, case studies, content analysis, and mixed-methods research. The course will cover the basic techniques for collecting, interpreting, and analyzing qualitative (i.e. non-numerical) data. In the spring quarter, the course will operate on two interrelated dimensions, one focused on the theoretical approaches to various types of qualitative research, the other focused on the practical techniques of data collection, such as identifying key informants, selecting respondents, collecting field notes and conducting interviews. In the fall semester, the course will operate on two interrelated dimensions, one focused on the theoretical approaches on building arguments and theory from qualitative data, the other focused on the practical techniques of data collection, such as analyzing data, writing, and presenting findings. Note: This class is part of a two-part sequence which focuses on qualitative data collection and analysis. The first of this course, offered in the Spring, focuses on data collection and the second half of the course, offered the following Fall, will focus on qualitative data analysis. Each course is seven weeks long. Students may take either class independently or consecutively.

Awards and Honors

  • Winner, Industry Studies Dissertation Award, 2021
  • Runner-Up, Louis Pondy Best Dissertation Paper, 2021
  • Finalist, Grigor McClelland Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2021
  • Industry Studies Association’s Giarratani Rising Star Award, 2020
  • MOC Division Best Paper Award Nominee, 2020
  • Wharton Dean’s Research Grant, 2020
  • Psychology of Technology Dissertation Award, 2020
  • Likert Dissertation Prize, 2020
  • Mack Institute Research Fellowship for Innovation Management, 2019
  • Center for Advanced Studies of the Behavioral Sciences Summer Institute, Stanford University, 2019
  • OMT Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Reviewer Award, 2019
  • Ruth and Gilbert Whitaker Doctoral Fellowship, 2018-2019
  • OB Doctoral Student Consortium, 2018
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2017-2018
  • Bouchet Honor Society, 2017
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, 2005
  • Coca Cola National Scholar, 2001
  • USA Today All-Academic Team, 2001
  • Siemens-Westinghouse (formerly Intel) Competition, Semi-finalist, 2001
  • Bill Gates Millenium Scholar, 2000

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Latest Research

Lindsey Cameron, Curtis Chan, Michel Anteby (2022), Heroes from Above But Not (Always) From Within?: Gig Workers Responses to the Public Moralization of their Work, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.
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Dealing with Difficult Customers? How Gig Workers Push Back

When faced with difficult customers, gig workers engage in different resistance tactics to gain back some control over their jobs, according to new research from Wharton’s Lindsey Cameron.Read More

Knowledge at Wharton - 3/21/2022
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Data: Superstitious Investors, Mindfulness at Work, and More
Wharton Magazine - 04/17/2020

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Research Spotlight: Prof. Lindsey Cameron on Drivers in the Gig Economy

In Wharton Social Impact’s “Research Spotlight” series, we highlight recent research by Wharton professors and doctoral students whose research focuses on the intersection of business and impact. This month, we spoke with Lindsey Cameron, assistant professor of management at Wharton, about her research on workers’ experiences in the gig economy…

Wharton Stories - 11/29/2021
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