Profile: Eric Kushins

Research Associate

Eric Kushins is a joint-Ph.D. candidate in the departments of Management and Global Business and Sociology. Eric is engaged in two primary streams of research. The first stream focuses on speaker voice, race attribution, and stereotyping in the employee selection process. He was awarded a three-year National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to support this work. This research investigates discrimination in the job market at the point of first verbal communication between a job applicant and a potential employer.

Eric’s second stream of research, which is the focus of his dissertation, looks at small- to medium-sized family businesses. This study is based on an 18-month ethnographic study of four organizations—an organic farm, an aerospace factory, a florist, and a home health aide placement company. Eric investigates managerial cultures and organizational routines, and the ways that small businesses with limited resources are able to survive and grow, despite few formal structures or operational processes.

Eric received his B.A. with honors from Wesleyan University and previously worked at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. Prior to graduate school, he was a store manager and buyer for a family-owned chain of children’s formal wear stores in the Chicago area.

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