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Across all my work, I seek to understand occupational and organizational dynamics that affect important outcomes, from whether a nurse ignores or answers a patient call for help in the night to whether a soldier suffering from PTSD receives mental healthcare with the full support of his or her commander.

I specialize in qualitative, ethnographic methodologies (e.g., observation and interviewing). Using these methods, I immerse myself in the social worlds of those I study to develop novel theory by focusing on empirical puzzles discovered during fieldwork which existing organizational theory cannot explain.


DiBenigno, J.M. 2019. Rapid Relationality: How Peripheral Experts Build A Relational Foundation for Influence with Line Managers. Administrative Science Quarterly, DOI:

  • Best Paper Award at the Davis Conference on Qualitative Research 2017

DiBenigno, J.M. 2017. Anchored Personalization in Managing Goal Conflict between Professional Groups: The Case of U.S. Army Mental Health Care. Administrative Science Quarterly, DOI: 10.1177/0001839217714024.

  • 2017 Grigor McClelland Best Dissertation Award from EGOS

  • Winner, 2015 INFORMS Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition

  • Best Paper Designation at the 2015 Chicago Ethnography Conference

Anteby, M., Chan, C, and J. DiBenigno*. 2016. Three Lenses on Professions and Occupations in Organizations: Becoming, Doing, and RelatingAcademy of Management Annals, Volume 10. (*equal authorship)

  • 2017 Academy of Management Annals Best Paper Award

DiBenigno, J.M. and Kellogg, K.C. 2014. Beyond Occupational Differences: The Importance of Cross-Cutting Demographics and Dyadic Toolkits for Collaboration in a US Hospital. Administrative Science Quarterly, 59: 375-408 (Lead Article).

  • 2016 W. Richard Scott Outstanding Paper Award from the Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section of the American Sociological Association

  • Selected for “ASQ Editor’s Choice Collection” on Group Diversity & Performance


DiBenigno, J.M. Occupational Disilluisonment: Professional Identity and Differential Treatment in the Provision of Nursing Care. (Revising manuscript; Second round of data analysis)

Satterstrom, P., Kerrissey, M., and DiBenigno, J.M. Seeding Change in Social Hierarchy: How Low-Power Members Gain Influence on Teams. (Revise and Resubmit at Administrative Science Quarterly)

DiBenigno, J.M. Understanding Organizational Culture and Culture Change. (Data collection and analysis stage).