UCL School of Management

Mihaela Stan

Lecturer (assistant professor)
Phone number
(0)20 3108 6039
(internal 56039)
Office location
Level 38, 1 Canada Square
Rm SW2


Mihaela is Assistant Professor of Strategy at the UCL School of Management and her current research focuses on the links between formal structures, organizational learning, and adaptation. More broadly, she is interested in understanding how attributes of the organizational context shape learning outcomes, with an emphasis on the healthcare sector. Prior to joining UCL, Mihaela pursued a Ph.D. in Strategic and International Management from the London Business School and an MBA from Brigham Young University in United States.


Mihaela’s work has appeared in Organization Science and Strategic Management Journal, was featured in the Financial Times and is under review in prestigious Management journals. Her broad research focus is on the long-term organisational consequences of short-termism with a special interest in organisational learning and innovation. One of her first findings relates to the learning deficiencies caused by “selection at the gate” as an organisational practice (i.e. attempts of organisations to improve the success rate of their output by selecting promising cases as input). Building on this, a more recent focus of her research has been on the predicaments of firms which seek to accumulate experience fast (i.e., time compression diseconomies).

Selected publications
Srikanth, K., Anand, J., & Stan, M. (2021). The origins of time compression diseconomies. Strategic Management Journal, smj.3314. doi:10.1002/smj.3314 [link]
Stan, M., & Puranam, P. (2016). Organizational adaptation to interdependence shifts: The role of integrator structures. Strategic Management Journal. doi:10.1002/smj.2546 [link]
Stan, M., & Vermeulen, F. (2012). Selection at the Gate: Difficult Cases, Spillovers, and Organizational Learning. Organization Science, 23 (3), 796-812. [link]