Derek Lief

PhD Candidate in Strategy and Political Science | University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Welcome to my site! My name is Derek Lief and I am a third year doctoral student at the University of Michigan where I am pursuing a joint PhD in Strategy (through the Ross Business School) and Political Science (through the college of Literature, Arts, and Sciences). My research examines the effect of religion on firm performance. In particular, my research is segmented into three main parts. In the first, I attempt to develop the construct of OR by establishing its theoretical validity and defining a quantitative measure for it. In the second, I focus on factor markets, where I study how OR impacts the employer-employee match at the organizational boundary (the “outside effect”) in terms of the reservation wage, and worker behavior within the firm’s boundary (the “inside effect”) in terms of employee contributions. Finally, my work focuses on OR in product markets, where I consider how higher levels of OR prevent the firm from competing in certain markets, while providing opportunities in others.

Prior to graduate school, I held a variety of positions. From 2008 - 2012, I worked for FTI Consulting, Inc. in San Francisco, followed by time at Stanford University in the Department of Economics as a Senior Researcher. I then moved to the Middle East where I worked for multiple NGOs in Israel, served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan and taught mathematics at King's Academy, also in Jordan.

I hold a BA (with honors) in History, with a minor in Economics, from Haverford College, and an MPP and MA in Middle Eastern and North African Studies, both from the University of Michigan.