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Prof. Mikolaj Jan Piskorski Ph.D.

Self Description

June 2014: "Mikołaj Jan Piskorski, who often goes by Misiek, is an Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit at the Harvard Business School. Follow @mpiskorski on Twitter.

Misiek received his B.A and M.A. (Cantab) from University of Cambridge where he read Economics and Politics at Christ's College. Subsequently, he received his A.M. in Sociology and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. After completing his Ph.D. he became a faculty member in the Organizational Behavior area at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. In 2004, he returned to Harvard to teach the Required Curriculum Strategy course in the MBA Program. He is now teaching his own Elective Curriculum class: Competing With Social Networks. In addition, Misiek teaches in Building and Sustaining Competitive Advantage, Driving Digital and Social Strategy, Media Strategies and Strategic IQ Executive Education programs as well as in a number of custom programs.

Misiek is an expert on why and how people use various on-line social platforms, both in the U.S. and abroad. He also studies how firms can leverage these platforms to build social strategies. He also applied many of these insights to large organizations as they seek to become more agile and use social networks to execute their strategies. He has documented this research in a book called A Social Strategy: How We Profit From Social Media, forthcoming in May 2014.

His research has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly and Social Forces and cited in the New York Times, Business 2.0, and Investors Business Daily. He serves or has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals including American Journal of Sociology, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science and Organization Science."

Third-Party Descriptions

May 2014: 'So, on some level, an expensive broker does nothing more than indicate the level of your game. Mikolaj Jan Piskorski, a Harvard Business School professor and author of “A Social Strategy,” examined hundreds of thousands of interactions on dating sites and found that the profiles people view on eHarmony­ are very similar to the profiles people view on other sites. The vaunted matching algorithm, he says, doesn’t really do that much that you can’t do for yourself. And as much as we may appreciate having our choices limited, if only to save us from being overwhelmed, from a purely economic standpoint, there is no benefit to limiting your own options, even if it means getting sucked into a time-consuming rabbit hole.'


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Student/Trainee (past or present) Cambridge University (University of Cambridge) Organization Jun 1, 2014
Student/Trainee (past or present) Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Harvard University Organization Jun 1, 2014
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Stanford University Organization Jun 1, 2014
Cooperation (past or present) Hanna Halaburda Ph.D. Person Jun 1, 2014

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
May 27, 2014 Who Wants Free Love Anyway?

QUOTE: Nowhere are the middleman’s limitations more evident than dating websites. Consider, for instance, that they don’t even do the thing we perhaps most want them to do: vet potential matches for truthfulness.

New York Times