Sarah Otner is a former Research Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation. Her broad research interest is interpersonal judgment, particularly social evaluations. Sarah’s specific expertise is social status. Her work takes a computational social science perspective on these topics. Sarah combines behavioural science with analytical sociology in order to improve the understanding of how individual differences in perception and interpretation affect both decision-making and the strategic consequences of those choices.
In her current work, Sarah examines issues of behavioural strategy, including how top managers’ incentives influence executives’ evaluations of risk and reward, and also the processes of reputation repair. A second avenue of research investigates experimentally the mechanisms of dynamic status cognition. This research builds on Sarah’s dissertation, which identified antecedents to status and how status is allocated either through endemic social comparison processes or through strategic enterprise.
Sarah earned a PhD in Management (Organisational Behaviour) from the London School of Economics (LSE). Prior to the doctorate, her academic training included an MSc.Res. (merit) in Organisational and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics, and an A.B. (cum laude) in Psychology from Harvard College. Sarah is accredited through the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE), and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is active with the Harvard Club of the UK and the Rotary Club of Paddington (Rotary International District 1130).
Areas of Expertise
Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation
Saïd Business School
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