Karla Sayegh

Assistant Professor in Organisation Theory & Information Systems

BS (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), BA (College of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania), MBA (Yale University), PhD (McGill University)

My research examines how organisational restructurings, emerging technologies and new buildings are transforming  knowledge work, particularly in healthcare organisations. In these settings, I focus on the integration of knowledge and the coordination of expert work under conditions of uncertainty and rapid change. I previously spent over a decade in strategy consulting, real estate private equity, venture funding and executive university administration.

I’m a member of the Organisational Theory and Information Systems subject group at Cambridge Judge Business School, which is engaged with cross-disciplinary themes including leadership, collaboration, social innovation and the future of work.

Professional experience

Karla Sayegh is an Assistant Professor of Organisation Theory and Information Systems at Cambridge Judge Business School. Prior to her academic career, she spent over 12 years in strategy consulting, real estate private equity, venture funding and executive university administration. Karla’s research examines how experts change their ways of working in response to disruptive innovations, with an interest in healthcare organisations. In particular, she investigates how emerging technologies, novel spaces and new tools transform how experts collaborate with one another to perform their work. Karla holds a BS in Economics, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School, a BA in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA with distinction from Yale University and a PhD in Strategy and Organization from McGill University.

Selected publications

  • Faraj, S., Pachidi, S. and Sayegh, K. (2018) “Working and organizing in the age of the learning algorithm.” Information and Organization, 28(1): 62-70 (DOI: 10.1016/j.infoandorg.2018.02.005)
  • Faraj, S., Sayegh, K., and Rouleau, L. (2018) “Knowledge collaboration in organizations: from information processing to social knowing.” In: Galliers, R.D. and Stein, M.K. (eds.) The Routledge companion to management information systems. London: Taylor and Francis, pp.370-386.

Awards and honours

  • Sole Finalist, William H Newman Award, AOM Annual Meeting, 2022
  • Best Paper Award, HCM Division, AOM Annual Meeting, 2022
  • Best Dissertation Award, HCM Division, AOM Annual Meeting, 2022
  • Best Theory to Practice Paper Award, HCM Division, AOM Annual Meeting, 2018
  • Best Student Paper Award, Organizational Behaviour in Healthcare Conference, 2018
  • Best Conference Reviewer Award, OCIS Division, Academy of Management, 2016
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, SAP Interest Group, Academy of Management, 2015
  • Paper of Merit Award, IS Division, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, 2015
  • Best Student Paper Award, IS Division, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, 2014

News and insights

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Paper on resolving work practice differences in a merger by Dr Karla Sayegh of Cambridge Judge Business School wins two top awards and a runner-up honour at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management.

Cambridge Judge teaches post pandemic leadership skills to World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders.

Cambridge Judge Business School welcomed the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum to prepare them for the post-pandemic world. 

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