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Boundaries shape how markets are structured and the inter-organizational dynamics underneath. Boundary-spanning activities--namely, the transgression and extension of the agreed-upon dividing lines in the marketplace--are common across organizations in their exploratory efforts for new opportunities or territories of growth. The current research portfolio I have developed aims to advance a better understanding of organizational boundary-spanning in the context of corporate sustainability and innovation. First, I study the antecedents of organizational boundary-spanning, where I examine how market-intermediaries affect inter-organizational dynamics across knowledge domains. Second, I explore the consequences of organizational boundary-spanning to answer questions related to firm entry in nascent industries, as well as talent acquisition for strategic renewal.


1. Xuege C. Lu, Shinan Wang, & Letian Zhang. [on homophily and the dissolution of cross-cultural ties] (Conditional Accept at Sociological Science)

2. Xuege C. Lu, Hyeonsuh Lee, & Ryan Coles. [on product renewals during nascent-market transitions] (Conditional Accept at Strategy Science)

3. Letian Zhang, Xuege C. Lu, & Laura Huang. [on the effect of activism participation on gender discrimination] (Major Revision at Management Science)

4. Xuege C. Lu, Shipeng Yan, & Lisha Liu. [on financial intermediaries and firm environmental performance] (Major Revision at Organization Science)

5. Letian Zhang, Shinan Wang, & Xuege C. Lu. [on collaborative managers and inequality] Under Review

6. Xuege C. Lu and Letian Zhang. [on corporate hiring for sustainability professionals] Under Review


7. Xuege C. Lu and Heeyon Kim. “Market Intermediaries as Gatekeepers to Promote Domain Originality” Preparing for Journal Submission

8. Xuege C. Lu, Halil Sabanci, and Elizabeth McClean. “Gender-based Evaluations and Labor-Market Intermediaries” Preparing for Manuscript

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