My Research

My interests and expertise broadly fall in the following areas: Strategic Human Capital, Incentives and Compensation, Agency Theory, Labor Markets and Employee Mobility, Social Capital, and Organizational Strategy.


My research pairs rich individual-level data with organizational-level data to investigate micro-macro links. Much of my focus to date has been in service settings, where firms compete primarily through service professionals/knowledge workers. 

Timothy Gubler, Tim Gubler, Timothy Gubler, Tim Gubler, Assistant professor of Strategy, Assistant professor of management, Microfoundations, Strategy, Timothy Gubler, human capital, social capital, service professionals, service industries, strategic human capital, school of business administration, UCR, University of California Riverside, School of Business Administration, awards, employee wellness, health, social affiliations, human and social capital

Published Works

11. Cooper, R. and T. Gubler. (2020). "Specialized Human Capital in Professional Services: Task Specificity and Firm Performance", in Proceedings of the Eightieth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Guclu Antinc, Ed. Online ISSN: 2151-6561.

10. Gubler, T. and R. Cooper (2019). "Socially Advantaged? How Social Affiliations Influence Access to Valuable Service Professional Transactions." Strategic Management Journal, 40(13): 2287-2314. Find it on SSRN HERE.  

9. Gubler, T. (2019). “Connected, but Qualified? Social Affiliations, Human Capital, and Service Professional Performance." Organization Science, 30(5), 912-936. Find it on SSRN HERE.

         **Winner of Sumantra Ghoshal Best Paper Award, BPS Division, Academy of Management 2017

         **Previous Title: "When Social Capital Hurts: The Role of Human Capital Experience and Fit"


8. Gubler, T., Larkin, I., and L. Pierce (2018). “Doing Well by Making Well: The Impact of Corporate Wellness Programs on Employee Productivity.” Management Science, 64(11): 4967-4987. Find it on SSRN HERE.

         **Named top 100 business school paper by societal impact by the Financial Times

7.  Gubler, T. (2017). "Connected, but Qualified? Social Affiliations, Human Capital, and Service Professional Performance", in Proceedings of the Seventy-seventh Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Guclu Atinc, Ed. Online ISSN: 2151-6561. 

6. Gubler, T., Larkin, I., and L. Pierce (2016). “Motivational Spillovers from Awards: Crowding Out in a Multitasking Environment”, Organization Science, 27(2), 286-303. Find it on SSRN HEREPreviously titled “The Dirty Laundry of Employee Award Programs: Evidence from the Field”

5. Gubler, T. (2015). "Social Affiliations and Performance of Experts in Organizations", in Proceedings of the Seventy-fifth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, John Humphreys, Ed., 1:15058.

4. Gubler, T. and L. Pierce (2014). “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Retirement Planning Predicts Employee Health Improvements,” Psychological Science, 25(9), 1822-1830. Find it on ResearchGate HERE.

3. Zenger, T. and T. Gubler. (2013). "Agency Problems," in Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management, David Teece and Mie Augier, Eds., Palgrave Macmillan. 

2. Nickerson, J., T. Gubler, and K. Dirks. (2013). “Trust and the Economic Theory of the Firm," in Handbook of Advances in Trust Research, Aks Zaheer and Reinhard Bachman, Ed., Edward Elgar (Cheltenham). Find it on ResearchGate HERE.

1. Butler, R., W. Johnson, and T. Gubler. (2009). "Economic Burden," in Work and Cancer Survivors, Michael Feuerstein, Ed., New York: Springer

Current Working Papers Available by Request

Recent News

Paper on specialized human capital with Ryan Cooper chosen as a best (top 10%) paper for the upcoming Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

Research on wellness programs makes FT list of top 100 business school papers making an impact on society.

Research on wellness programs featured in the Wall Street Journal


Tim's paper wins 2017 BPS Best paper award at AOM in Atlanta!

Notable Media Mentions

12. “How Reference Points Affect Anchoring in Subsequent Transactions: Market Bias and the Gains from Professional Experience" (with Scott Wiltermuth and Lamar Pierce). Under First Round Review

13. "Specialized Human Capital in Professional Services: Task Specificity and Firm Performance." (with Ryan Cooper). Revising for Submission

14. "Making them Pay? How Patient Payment Method Influences Emergency Medical Service Care" (with Haibo Liu and Alexandru Roman). Revising for Submission

Work in Progress (but not yet full working papers)

15.  “Social Affiliations, Ethical Dilemmas, and Mortgage Defaults" (with Lamar Pierce). Data analysis stage.

16. “Organizational Structure, Incentives, Sorting, and Emergency Medical Service Crew Performance” (with Haibo Liu and Alexandru Roman).  Data analysis stage.

17.   "Productivity Following EMS Encounters with Death" (with Alexandru Roman and Haibo Liu). Data analysis stage.

18.  "Human Capital, Discrimination, and Stigma within the Federal Workforce" (with Joe Raffiee and Ryan Cooper). Data analysis stage.

Major Honors and Awards

  • Innovative Learning Technology Initiative Grant Recipient, University of California, Riverside (with Marlo Raveendran), 2018. $107,000

  • Winner of Sumantra Ghoshal Best Paper Award, Academy of Management, 2017, Atlanta, Georgia.


  • MBA Golden Apple teaching award, University of California, Riverside. Student-voted award for best MBA teacher in MBA core courses for 2016-2017.

  • Winner of Robert J. Litschert Best Doctoral Student Paper Award, Academy of Management 2015, Vancouver, Canada.

  • Finalist: Strategic Human Capital interest group best paper award, Strategic Management Society 2015, Denver, Colorado.

  • Moog Scholar, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013-2014.


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