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DAPHNE TEH

Assistant Professor | Bocconi University

Motivated by People, Places and Purpose

ABOUT ME

I am currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Management & Technology of Bocconi University. I hold a PhD from INSEAD and hail from Singapore. In my former life, I was a strategy consultant and worked on projects in several emerging markets. 

I am passionate about people and making an impact. I find connecting with my students highly rewarding regardless of whether it relates to their career development or sharing insights from academic research to influence their thoughts on social issues and current events. 

My research draws upon social network analysis and has implications on the role of business in society. Specifically I am curious about understanding how corporations form relationships with their communities and how this affects ethics, philanthropy and activism.

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TEACHING

Teaching is a meaningful and important component of my vocation. I aspire to help my students learn, realize their potential, and approach the world as thoughtful and effective human beings. My teaching philosophy revolves around cultivating an environment where students are energized and feel safe to engage with the course material, think about its broader consequences for society and go beyond the course content. I strive to make my approach as individualized as possible by getting to know my students and their interests, and by deploying a combination of teaching approaches and learning tools to suit different learning styles.

INTRO TO MANAGEMENT

CSR & BUSINESS ETHICS SEMINAR

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2018 - 2020

  • Core undergrad management course

  • Class sizes range from 120 - 157 students

  • The course focuses on introducing students to the basics about management and strategy; as such, I cover material that relates to business strategy, corporate strategy, leadership and culture

  • Incorporated the use of case competitions to encourage interaction among students and to stimulate them to practice their presentation skills and think creatively 

  • Ratings - 8.4/10, 8.5/10, 8.6/10

2018 - 2020

  • Core undergrad management course

  • Class sizes range from 90 - 100 students

  • This two-day seminar comprises of several group activities and we discuss issues such as ethical dilemmas, CSR, social entrepreneurship and the implications of decisions made at company HQs

  • Created new materials on corporate activism highlighting the role that firms play in giving voice to socio-political issues and affecting income inequality

  • This is a pass/fail course so ratings are not available.

 

RESEARCH

Summary

OVERVIEW

I am broadly interested in how social connections between corporations and their communities affect organizational outcomes related to legitimacy loss. My curiosity in this area of research was sparked from my work on the diffusion of bank runs which culminated in a publication in the American Sociological Review. This paper highlights the power of perception and underscores how corporations lack control over whether their communities lose trust and withdraw their support.

Corporations interact with their communities through webs of personal and organizational connections and I am keen to discover how non-commerce related interactions affect firm behavior.  I currently examine these topics using two unique datasets compiled through an extensive data collection effort:

  • Board connections between Fortune 500 corporations and nonprofit organizations

  • Tweets by Fortune 500 corporations


Using this data, I discern how the corporate elite's relationship with nonprofit organizations affect firms' likelihood of engaging in deviance and the factors that prompt corporations to enact potentially risky behavior by participating in online activism.

PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS

  • Board composition

  • Corporate governance

  • Impression management and scandal consequences

  • Corporate philanthropy and networks

JOURNAL ARTICLES

BOOK CHAPTER

  • Greve, R. H., & Teh, D. (2016). The Consequences of Organizational Misconduct: Too Much and Too Little Punishment:. In K. Smith-Crowe, R. Greenwood & D. Palmer (Eds.), Organizational Wrongdoing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

SELECTED WORK IN PROGRESS

  • Ma, J., Teh, D., Wang, Z., & Khanna, T. (2020) “Crying Over Spoilt Milk: The Negative Consequences of Stigmatized Company’s Assurances”. 

  • Teh, D. (2020) “How Directors’ Nonprofit Involvement Decrease Organizational Deviance”. (Job Market Paper)

Please click below to see the full list of articles I am working on

 

PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE

Below are some highlights of my work experience outside academia. In addition to working at Accenture, I gained exposure to work in tech, consulting, fashion and market research.

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ACCENTURE

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BOOZ & COMPANY

Startup Team

MYJAMBI
(TECH START-UP)

Strategy Consulting Analyst
2010 - 2012

Based in Singapore

  • Facilitated workshops and was involved in the creation of the Southeast Asian Information and Communications Technology development plan 

  • Conducted change management for over 2,000 employees in 6 different countries & across 4 time zones

  • Worked in Alexandria, Moscow and Manila

Summer Associate
2009

Based in New York

  • Engaged in competitor analysis on an IT platform for a major US insurance company

  • Measured partners’ online presence to develop ways to engage in search engine optimization

Marketing Analyst
2008

Based in New York

  • Contributed to user base growth from 6,000 to 23,000 in 5 months of beta release

  • Participated in application testing and product development before beta launch

 
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EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

 

August 2007 - May 2010

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Bachelor of Science
Double Majored in Marketing and International Business

August 2013 - June 2018

PhD in Management
Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise Department

PASSIONS

What I do for Fun

Baking

BAKING

Many many things :)

Books

BOOKS

Autobiography

YOGA

Hot Flow

Sunset Yoga

SURFING

Bali | Bondi | Ericeira

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"It is difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work"

Jim Collins

 

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