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Business School, University of Colorado Denver

Vinit Desai | Associate Professor of Management

Vinit Desai, Assistant Professor of Management


  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
  • M.S., University of California at Berkeley
  • B.B.A., University of Texas at Austin

Courses taught:

  • BUSN 6710, Strategic Management
  • MGMT 4370, Organization Design

Areas of expertise:  

  • Organization Theory, Strategic Management, Organizational Learning, Decision Making, Organizational Failures

Selected publications:

  • ​Desai, V. (in press). The Impact of Media Information on Issue Salience Following Other Organizations’ Failures. Journal of Management.
  • Desai, V. (in press). Learning to Learn from Failures: The Impact of Operating Experience on Railroad Accident Responses. Industrial and Corporate Change.
  • Desai, V. (2012). The Two Faces of Voluntary Disclosure: Quality Improvement and Organizational Learning from Self-Reported Problems. British Journal of Management 23: 344-360.
  • Desai, V. (2011). Mass Media and Massive Failures: Determining Organizational Efforts to Defend the Field’s Legitimacy following Crises. Academy of Management Journal 54: 263-278.
  • Desai, V. (2010). Ignorance Isn’t Bliss: Complaint Experience and Organizational Learning in the California Nursing Home Industry, 1997 – 2004. British Journal of Management 21: 829-842.
  • Madsen, P. and Desai, V. (2010). Failing to Learn? The Effects of Failure and Success on Organizational Learning in the Global Orbital Launch Vehicle Industry.  Academy of Management Journal 53: 451-476. 
    • Article selected as finalist for 2010 Best Paper Award at the Academy of Management Journal. Article featured on and on BBC Radio, as well as in other outlets.
  • Desai, V. (2010). Do Organizations Have to Change to Learn? Examining the Effects of Technological Change and Learning from Failures in the Natural Gas Distribution Industry. Industrial and Corporate Change 19: 713-739.
  • Desai, V. (2010). Rule Violations and Organizational Search: A Review and Extension. International Journal of Management Reviews 12: 184-200.
  • Desai, V. (2008). Constrained Growth: How Experience, Legitimacy, and Age influence Risk Taking in Organizations. Organization Science 19: 594-608.
  • Madsen, P., Desai, V., Roberts, K., and Wong, D. (2006). Mitigating Hazards through Continuing Design: The Birth and Evolution of a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Organization Science 17: 239-248.
    • Awarded Emerald Management Citation of Excellence, bestowed annually to only fifty articles by an internationally recognized committee of management scholars and practitioners. Reprinted in Borkowski, N., ed. (2008) Organizational Behavior, Theory, and Design in Health Care. Boston: Jones & Bartlett, 475-483.
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