Emily Block

Assistant Professor

Emily  Block

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Professor Block conducts research on the ways that organizations manage, integrate or compartmentalize incommensurate identities, values, and organizational practices. Professor Block teaches undergraduate courses in Human Resource Management and Principles of Management. At the graduate level, she teaches Business on the Frontlines, an MBA/Peace Stuies/Law course focused on the role of Business in rebuilding post-war economies. In addition to Notre Dame Teaching, Prof. Block is working with Catholic Relief Services and the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Division of the Special Forces to design business problem solving education for use in development and conflict settings. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in Business Administration and her PhD from the University of Illinois. Before pursuing graduate work, she was a technology and human resources consultant at Accenture.

Areas of Expertise

Institutional Theory

Organizational Change



BBA, University of Notre Dame

Ph D, University of Illinois


Business On the Frontlines


"Business for Good? An Investigation into the Strategies Firms Use to Maximize the Impact of Financial Corporate Philanthropy on Employee Attitudes", (with Ante Glavas, Michael Mannor, Laura Erskine), Journal of Business Ethics.

"With or Without You: When Does Managerial Exit Matter for the Dissolution of Dyadic Client-Agency Relationships?", (with Jospeh Broschak), Academy of Management Journal, 57, 2014.

"Interviewing by Telephone: Specific Considerations, Opportunities, and Challenges", (with Laura Erskine), International Journal of Qualitative Research, 11, 2012.

"The Path Dependence of Organizational Reputation: How Social Judgment Influences Assessments of Capability and Character.", (with Yuri Mishina, Michael Mannor), Strategic Management Journal, 33, 2011.

"Why good firms do bad things: The effects of high aspirations, high expectations and prominence on the incidence of corporate illegality", (with Yuri Mishina, Johnson-Dykes Bernadine, Timothy Pollock), Academy of Management Journal, 53, 2010.

"Nonstandard not Substandard: The Relationship Among Work Arrangements, Work Attitudes, and Job Performance", (with Broschak Joseph, Davis-Blake Alison), Work and Occupations, 35, 2008.

"Individual determinants for threshold models of collective action", (with Laura Erskine), Sciences Association of Canada Conference Proceedings, 2006.


"Organizational Implications of Institutional Pluralism", (with Matthew Kraatz), in Greenwood, Oliver, Sahlin & Suddaby (Eds) Sage Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism, 2008