Damon J. Phillips is the James P. Gorman Professor of Business Strategy. He received
his PhD from Stanford University. Before joining Columbia in 2011, he was on the
faculty of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (from 1998-2011).
During the 2010-2011 academic year he was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study
in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
Professor Phillips has expertise in social structural approaches to labor and product
markets, entrepreneurship, innovation, organizational strategy and structure, as
well as social network theory and analysis. His industry specialties are markets
for professional services (law, consulting, investment banking, accounting) and
culture (music industry). He is currently has a book contract with Princeton University
Press on the market for recorded jazz tentatively titled “Shaping Jazz”.
In addition to publishing in top journals within management and sociology, Professor
Phillips has been on the editorial board of the Administrative Science Quarterly,
an Associate Editor with Management Science, and is currently a Consulting Editor
at the American Journal of Sociology.
Professor Phillips is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Morehouse College with a bachelor's
degree in physics. He earned his first master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics
from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned a second master's degree in
sociology from Stanford University. Before pursuing his PhD at Stanford, he worked
as an engineer and researcher affiliated with the U.S. Air Force (Lincoln Labs,
MA) and was vice president in a family-owned electronics manufacturing business.
He enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters and experiencing music.