Prof. T. (Tal) Simons

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Fellow ERIM
Field: Organisation
Affiliated since 2019

Tal Simons is a professor of organisation theory at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).




  • Academic (16)
    • Aranda, A., & Simons, T. (2023). Clearing the Smoke: Regulations, Moral Legitimacy, and Performance in the U.S. Tobacco Industry. Journal of Business Ethics, 187(4), 803-819.

    • Eisenman, M., & Simons, T. (2020). A rising tide lifts all boats: The origins of institutionalized aesthetic innovation. Under review. Advances in Strategic Management, 125-154.

    • Sagiv, T., Simons, T., & Drori, I. (2019). The Construction of Authenticity in the Creative Process: Lessons from Choreographers of Contemporary Dance. Organization Science, 31(1), 23-46.

    • Aranda, A., & Simons, T. (2018). On two sides of the smoke screen: How activist organizations and corporations use protests, campaign contributions and lobbyists to influence institutional change. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 56, 261-315.

    • Simons, T., Vermeulen, P., & Knoben, J. (2015). There’s no beer without a smoke: Community cohesion and neighboring communities’ effects on organizational resistance to antismoking regulations in the Dutch hospitality industry. Academy of Management Journal, 59(2), 545-578.

    • Roberts, PW., Simons, T., & Swaminathan, A. (2010). Crossing a categorical boundary: The implications of switching from non-kosher wine production in the Israeli wine market. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 31, 153-173.

    • Simons, T., & Roberts, PW. (2008). Local and non-local pre-founding experience and new organizational form penetration: The case of the Israeli wine industry. Administrative Science Quarterly, 53(2), 235-265.

    • Simons, T., & Ingram, P. (2007). The kibbutz for organizational behavior. Research in Organizational Behavior, 22, 283-343.

    • Rafaeli, A., Hadomi, O., & Simons, T. (2007). Recruiting through advertising or employee referrals: Costs, yields, and the effects of geographic focus. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 14(4), 355-366.

    • Simons, T., & Ingram, P. (2004). An ecology of ideology: Theory and evidence from four populations. Industrial and Corporate Change, 13(1), 33-59.

    • Simons, T., & Ingram, P. (2003). Enemies of the state: The interdependence of institutional forms and the ecology of the kibbutz, 1910–1997. Administrative Science Quarterly, 48(4), 592-621.

    • Ingram, P., & Simons, T. (2002). The transfer of experience in groups of organizations: Implications for performance and competition. Management Science, 48(12), 1517-1533.

    • Ingram, P., & Simons, T. (2000). State formation, ideological competition, and the ecology of Israeli workers' cooperatives, 1920–1992. Administrative Science Quarterly, 45(1), 25-53.

    • Simons, T., & Ingram, P. (1997). Organization and ideology: Kibbutzim and hired labor, 1951-1965. Administrative Science Quarterly, 42(4), 784-813.

    • Ingram, P., & Simons, T. (1995). Institutional and resource dependence determinants of responsiveness to work-family issues. Academy of Management Journal, 38(5), 1466-1482.

    • Tolbert, PS., Simons, T., Andrews, A., & Rhee, J. (1995). The Effects of Gender Composition in Academic Departments on Faculty Turnover. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 48(3), 562-579.

  • Academic (3)
    • Vermeulen, P., Simons, T., & Knoben, J. (2012). A Community Level Theory of Organizational Resistance to Anti-Smoking Regulation. In Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings Academy of Management.


    • Ingram, P., & Simons, T. (1999). THE EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCE IN A MORAL ECONOMY: EMBEDDED TIES AND VICARIOUS LEARNING IN KIBBUTZ AGRICULTURE. In Academy of Management Proceedings Academy of Management.

  • Academic (1)
    • Simons, T. (Author), Vermeulen, P. (Author), & Knoben, J. (Author). (2016). How small bars resist smoking bans in the Netherlands. Web publication/site, LSE Review.

  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Venkata Karthik Rapaka
  • Time frame: 2019 -
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: José Luis Gallegos
  • Time frame: 2021 -
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Ilaria Orlandi
  • Time frame: 2015 - 2023
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Claudia Heese
  • Time frame: 2023 -

ERIM’s research group in Organization and Management Theory (OMT) is seeking a highly motivated and passionate PhD candidate to contribute to its research program. We are recruiting for a five year, fully funded PhD position that will enable you to gain state-of-the-art methodological and theoretical skills, conduct rigorous research, and gives you broad freedom to follow your interests within our research program. The core tenet of this program is that organizations are everywhere and play a key role in tackling humanity’s challenges. From birth, most people’s lives are lived through and in organizations such as hospitals, schools, corporations, governments, sports clubs, cultural organizations, and many more. As such, all key societal challenges and transformations – such as those related to inequality, the onset of artificial intelligence and geopolitical conflict – are ultimately addressed and coordinated through organizations. The study of organizations is thus crucial to our understanding of contemporary societies and economies. As societies are evolving, so do organizations and the role they are expected to play. How can we make sense of how organizations persist and change in today’s volatile world? How do new forms of organizing emerge in response to today’s challenges? How do important social aspects such as history or identity play a role in contemporary organizations? How do organizations maintain a ‘license to operate’ in a continuously changing world?

At RSM, and the department of Organization and Personnel Management, we have an eclectic program with state-of-the-art and impactful research in relation to these kinds of questions. Researchers that are part of this program adopt an explicit macro perspective, meaning that they start from the organization, organizational field, or societal level as the main unit of analysis. Otherwise, researchers are highly diverse and, as a group, encompass a wide variety of theoretical perspectives and research methods. For our PhD candidates, we provide an encouraging and supportive environment where you can explore and develop your own research interests within the broad contours of our program.

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