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Francisco Brahm

Francisco Brahm

PhD Candidate

BSc, MSc (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile)

Research topic

Essays in Cooperation, Relationships & Culture within Firms


Prior to joining Cambridge Judge Business School's PhD programme, Francisco was a research associate at the Business School of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and a management consultant at CEOP Consulting (Santiago, Chile). Prior to these positions he worked as a CFO and finance analyst in a couple of Chilean firms in the building materials sector.

Research interests

  • Nature of organisations: its building blocks, how do they work and what explains their (heterogeneous) performance
  • Formal organisation: vertical integration, diversification, delegation, incentive contracts
  • Informal organisation: relational contracts, trust and culture (particularly, cultural evolution theory)
  • Management practices, productivity and firm performance (particularly, SME/start-up growth)
  • Occupational safety and health

Francisco Brahm is a member of the Operations & Technology Management subject group.

Publications & papers

Tarziján, J., Daiber, F. and Brahm, F. (2005) "Explicando la rentabilidad de la empresa y su sustentación." Abante: Studies in Business Management, 8(1): 25-54

Tarziján, J., Brahm, F. and Daiber, F. (2008) "Entrepreneurial profitability and persistence: Chile versus the U.S.A." Journal of Business Research, 61(6): 599-608 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2007.06.034)

Brahm, F. and Tarziján, J. (2012) "The impact of complexity and managerial diseconomies on hierarchical governance." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 84(2): 586-599 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2012.09.003)

Brahm, F. and Tarziján, J. (2013) "Boundary choice interdependency: evidence from the construction industry." Industrial and Corporate Change, 22(5): 1229-1271 (DOI: 10.1093/icc/dts038)

Brahm, F. and Singer, M. (2013) "Is more engaging safety training always better in reducing accidents? Evidence of self-selection from Chilean panel data." Journal of Safety Research, 47: 85-92 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jsr.2013.09.003)

Tarziján, J. and Brahm, F. (2014) "Subcontracting in project-based firms: do you follow the same pattern across your different projects?" International Journal of Project Management, 32(6): 995-1006 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2015.08.005)

Brahm, F. and Tarziján, J. (2014) "Transactional hazards, institutional change, and capabilities: integrating the theories of the firm." Strategic Management Journal, 35(2): 224-245 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.2094)

Brahm, F. and Tarziján, J. (2015) "Does complexity and prior interactions affect project procurement? Evidence from mining mega-projects." International Journal of Project Management , 33(8): 1851-1862 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2015.08.005)

Brahm, F. and Tarziján, J. (2016) "Relational contracts and collaboration in the supply chain: impact of expected future business volume on the make-or-buy decision." Journal of Supply Chain Management, 52(3): 48-67 (DOI: 10.1111/jscm.12110) (available online via the SSRN)

Brahm, F. and Tarziján, J. (2016) "Toward an integrated theory of the firm: the interplay between internal organization and vertical integration." Strategic Management Journal, 37(12): 2481-2502 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.2446)

Brahm, F. and Poblete, J. (2017) "Incentives and ratcheting in a multiproduct firm: a field experiment." Management Science (forthcoming)

Brahm, F., Tarziján, J. and Singer, M. (2017) "The impact of frictions in routine execution on economies of scope." Strategic Management Journal (DOI: 10.1002/smj.2643) (published online Mar 2017; forthcoming in print)

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Contact details

Francisco Brahm
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG

Tel: +44 (0)7464 696706

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Year of entry



Professor Christoph Loch