Joshua Robert Bruce

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Research Interests

My research addresses a set of questions focused on individual employment outcomes, organizational capabilities, and innovation. I am especially interested in the process of human capital accumulation, which is an important factor in both individual outcomes, such as career progression, and organizational outcomes, such as patenting innovative technologies.

For more on my research, please see my personal website.


I teach the undergraduate course on Strategic Human Resource Management at the Gies College of Business, as well as a doctoral seminar, Survey of Research Methods.

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, Duke University

Award Date: May 12 2019

Sociology, MA, Duke University

Award Date: May 14 2017

Social Sciences, MA, The University of Chicago

Award Date: Aug 30 2013

Political Science, BA, Indiana University Bloomington

Award Date: May 5 2012


  • HF Commerce
  • Human Capital
  • Innovation
  • T Technology (General)
  • Research & Development
  • HM Sociology
  • Organizational Theory
  • Economic Sociology

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Research Output

Public contracting for private innovation: Government capabilities, decision rights, and performance outcomes

Bruce, J. R., de Figueiredo, J. M. & Silverman, B. S., Apr 2019, In : Strategic Management Journal. 40, 4, p. 533-555 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Power, Economic Inequality, and Moral Psychology

    Bruce, J. R., Feb 2015, In : Psychology & Society. 7, 1, p. 12-28

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Risky business: How social psychology can help improve corporate risk management

    Bruce, J. R., Jul 2014, In : Business Horizons. 57, 4, p. 551-557 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate