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Dylan Boynton

Assistant Professor
Department: Management
  • Biography
    My research lies at the intersection of behavioral strategy and organizational theory, with a focus on the cognitive underpinnings of firm growth. I am particularly interested in the role of managerial attention in this process, where attention facilitates learning and the identification of new opportunities, while also acting as a limited resource which constrains the rate and direction of firm expansion. My recent work examines the relationship between managerial attention and a firm’s technological resources, where I explore how attention moderates the value firms create through their innovative output. Other projects consider the dynamics between cognition and growth in the context of new business models, rapidly evolving industries, and the multi-divisional firm.

    I employ both qualitative and quantitative methods, with a particular interest in combining the two through computational text analysis. Conceptually, I draw on my roots in history and the humanities to understand changes to organizations, strategy, and how managers interpret their world over time. My work has appeared in Strategic Organization and Industrial and Corporate Change and received support from the Strategic Management Society’s Dissertation Research Grant Program.

    I completed my PhD Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. I received my BA from the University of Pennsylvania, where I majored in both History and English Literature, and minored in Anthropology. Prior to entering academia, I worked in a variety of industries, including strategy consulting (Deloitte), advertising analytics (Mullen-Lowe) and e-commerce (
  • Education
    PhD Management and Organizations 2021, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
    BA History, English Literature 2010, University of Pennsylvania
  • Publications
    Boynton, Dylan. "Temporal attention, knowledge breadth, and firm growth." Strategic Organization 22.1 (2024): 91-117.
    Ocasio, William, Luke Rhee, and Dylan Boynton. "March and the pursuit of organizational intelligence: the interplay between procedural rationality and sensible foolishness." Industrial and Corporate Change 29.1 (2020): 225-239.

  • Courses
    • MGT 852: Entrepreneurship: Recognizing New Venture Opportunities
    • MGT 817: Managing The Learning Organization
    • PIM 832: Entrepreneurship

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