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Kaisa Snellman is an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD where she teaches courses in organizational behavior and organizational theory.

Kaisa's work examines inequality based on gender, race, and class in the domains of education, employment, and health. She is interested in both the structural and the cultural-cognitive processes that contribute to inequality. More specifically, she studies how cultural beliefs about gender and race shape outcomes for individuals as well as organizations, and how organizations contribute to economic inequality through their employment practices.

Kaisa's research has been featured in a variety of news outlets, such as the Atlantic, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, The Economist, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. Her research on the diffusion of the shareholder model in Finland received the Louis R. Pondy Best Dissertation Award from the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management in 2012. She was also a finalist for the William H. Newman Award from the Academy of Management.

Kaisa earned PhD and MA degrees in Sociology from Stanford University, and an MSc degree in Economics from Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland. Prior to joining INSEAD, Kaisa was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Solal, Isabelle and Kaisa Snellman. Women Don’t Mean Business? Gender penalty in Board Composition. Organization Science. 30(6) 1270-1288, 2019.

Silva, Jennifer M. and Kaisa Snellman. Salvation or Safety Net? Converging Aspirations and Diverging Narratives of “College” among Working- and Middle-Class Young Adults. Social Forces. 97 (2) 559-582, 2018.

Snellman, Kaisa, Jennifer M. Silva, Carl B. Frederick, and Robert D. Putnam. The Engagement Gap: Social Mobility and Extracurricular Participation among American Youth. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social
. 657(1) 194-207, 2015.

Featured in The Atlantic: “The Activity Gap,” by Alia Wong, January 30, 2015; Bloomberg Business, “Split in Fortunes Stalks U.S. Schoolchildren,” January 15, 2015; and The Washington Monthly, “The Education Gap Extends to Extracurricular Activities, Too,” February 5, 2015.

Frederick, Carl B., Kaisa Snellman, and Robert D. Putnam. Racial composition does not explain increasing class gaps in obesity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 111 (22) E2238, 2014.

Frederick, Carl B., Kaisa Snellman, and Robert D. Putnam. Increasing socioeconomic disparities in adolescent obesity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 111 (4) 1338-1342, 2014.

Featured in Associated Press, Business Insider, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, The Economist, Los Angeles Times, NBC, Washington Post, La Presse, Le Parisien, Le Matin, The Globe and the Mail, The Irish Times, International Business Times.

Colyvas, Jeannette A., Snellman, Kaisa, Bercovitz, Janet. and Feldman, Maryann. Disentangling effort and performance: a renewed look at gender differences in commercializing medical school research. The Journal of Technology Transfer. 37 (4), 478-489

Powell, Walter W. and Snellman, Kaisa. 2004. The Knowledge Economy. Annual Review of Sociology. 30, 199-220

Snellman, Kaisa and Tiina Vihtkari. 2003. Customer complaining behavior in technology-based service encounters. International Journal of Service Industry Management. 14 (2) 217-231.

Working papers

Snellman, Kaisa and Isabelle Solal. Does Investor Gender Matter for the Success of Female Entrepreneurs? Gender Homophily and the Stigma of Incompetence in Entrepreneurial Finance. Available at SSRN:

Huang, Sterling and Snellman, Kaisa and Vermaelen, Theo, Managerial Trustworthiness and Buybacks. European Corporate Governance Institute – Finance Working Paper 703/2020, Available at SSRN:

Snellman, Kaisa and Peter Younkin. Do Job Candidates Discriminate Minority Founders? Evidence from a Field Experiment?

Snellman, Kaisa, Linus Dahlander, Noah Askin, and Isabelle Solal. Intellectually diverse teams have lower odds of receiving funding

Snellman, Kaisa. Window-Dressers and Closet Conformists: Organizational decoupling revisited

Bodner, Julia, Andrew Shipilov, and Kaisa Snellman. The Effect of Employee Mobility on Post-Merger Performance

Solal, Isabelle and Kaisa Snellman. The B-Team: Stereotypes and Success for Gender-Diverse Teams

Reports, research letters, and book chapters

Robinson, Emily S. and Kaisa Snellman. 2016. Gender Gaps in Research Funding. Journal of the American Medical Association. 315(8) 821.

Putnam, Robert D., Carl B. Frederick, and Kaisa Snellman. 2012. Growing Class Gaps in Social Connectedness among American Youth, 1975-2009. Saguaro Seminar Research report. Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge: MA.

Snellman, Kaisa. 2007. Kansainväliset sijoittajat ja suomalaisen hallintomallin amerikkalaistuminen” (Foreign Ownership and the Americanization of the Finnish Corporate Governance Practices), in Suomalainen Johtajuus Puntarissa, edited by Risto Tainio. Helsinki. WSOY.

Work in progress

Ferguson, John-Paul and Kaisa Separated but Equal? Outsourcing, Pay, and Race. (data analysis in progress)

Knowlton, Karren, Mary-Hunter McDonnell and Kaisa Snellman. The Risks of Representation: Spillovers from Scandalized Clients (data analysis in progress)

Snellman, Kaisa, Isabelle Solal and Eric L. Uhlmann. Who pays the price for a box office bomb? Gender and career trajectories after team successes and failures. (data analysis in progress)

Sheprow, Elizabeth, Jennifer M. Silva and Kaisa Snellman. Working-class Narratives of the Self: How Work and (un)employment Shape Stories of the Self in an Age of Economic Uncertainty (data analysis in progress)

Solal, Isabelle and Kaisa Snellman. Why Investors React Negatively to Companies That Put Women on Their Boards? Harvard Business Review. November, 2019.

Snellman, Kaisa, Jennifer M. Silva, and Robert D. Putnam. Inequity Outside the Classroom. Growing Class Differences in Participation in Extracurricular Activities. Voices in Urban Education. 40. 7-14, 2015.

Snellman, Kaisa. The Social Disparity Behind America’s Growing Obesity Gap. Harvard Business Review. January, 2014.

Snellman, Kaisa. The Pope’s “War on Capitalism” and Why Rich Kids Stay Rich. Harvard Business Review. December, 2013.

Snellman, Kaisa. Humans Are Hard-Wired to Hate Networking INSEAD Knowledge. August 22. 2017.

Snellman, Kaisa. Fighting Inequality Starts with Early Childhood Development INSEAD Knowledge. March 24. 2015.

Snellman, Kaisa. No Level Playing Field in After-School Activities INSEAD Knowledge. Jan 23. 2015.

Snellman, Kaisa and Jennifer M. Silva. “College for All” Isn’t a Cure-All for Inequality INSEAD Knowledge. Oct 27. 2014.

Snellman, Kaisa. Obesity in the Young Is Increasingly Class-Based INSEAD Knowledge. Jan 30. 2013.

Select media coverage

The bad news about women on boards. Financial Times. December 1, 2019

Investors Penalize Companies for Adding Women to their Boards. Bloomberg Businessweek. November 25, 2019

In the business world, diversity pays. Really. Washington Post. July 30. 2015.

New Extracurricular Program Helps Low-Income Youths. Education Week. July 30. 2015.

Tutkija, opettaja, vaikuttaja. Forum24. March 20th. 2015

The Activity Gap. The Atlantic. Jan 30. 2015

Split Fortunes Stalk U.S. Children as Inequality Waxes. Bloomberg Businessweek. Jan 15. 2015

Our disconnected working class. Washington Post. May 15. 2014.

Savvy isn’t simple. The Economist. Sept 10th 2014

Healthier, not healthy. The Economist. Jan 21. 2014.

Obesity Rates Are Falling Among The Affluent And Well-Educated, But Rising Among The Poor. ThinkProgress. Jan 14. 2014

Money May Buy Your Child a Lower Risk of Obesity. Bloomberg Businessweek. Jan 14. 2014

Study Says Obesity Is a Poor People Problem. Jezebel. Jan 14. 2014.

Among kids in U.S., the rich get thinner and the poor get fatter. Los Angeles Times. Jan 13. 2014

Teen obesity linked to income, education and access to sports, new report finds. NBC News. Jan 13. 2014

Poor children are more likely to be obese: Study finds weight problems are creating a 'class divide.' Daily Mail. Jan 13. 2014

The Social Science Behind Obama's Economic-Mobility Speech. The Atlantic. Dec 5. 2013

Being A User In Mark Zuckerberg and Walter White's World. Forbes. Aug 27. 2013.


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