Sofia Bapna
3-360 CarlSMgmt
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Sofia Bapna

Assistant Professor
Information & Decision Sciences


  • PhD 2016
    Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship University of Minnesota

  • Master of Business Administration 2004
    Babson College – F. W. Olin School of Business

  • Bachelor of Technology in Computer Engineering 1993
    Computer Engineering Manipal Institute of Technology, India


My research interests lie at the intersection of digital platforms, gender gaps, and entrepreneurship. I investigate these topics through the lens of organization theory, and utilize randomized field experiments.

Awards and Honors

2017 Finalist, Carlson Business Week, Faculty of the year award
2017 Dean’s Small Research Grant, Carlson School of Management
2016 Kauffman-IGL grant for RCTs in entrepreneurship
2016 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship award
2016 Social Media and Business Analytics Collaborative (SOBACO) research grant, with Russell Funk
2015 Carlson School of Management Dissertation Fellowship award
2013 and 2012 McNamara Women’s Fellowship award

2018 Jan - Discovery at Carlson Equity Investors and Entrepreneurs: The signals that matter
2017 Nov - Carlson website news MIS Students learn tools of the trade
2016 Oct - Carlson website news Sofia Bapna and Gordon Burtch Receive Kauffman Foundation-IGL Grant
2016 Aug - Featured in Growthology, "Keeping up with the Kauffman Dissertation Fellows" by Alex Krause
2015 Dec - Featured in the Carlson Alumni Newsletter 
2012 Aug - Referenced in Vogue (India), "Finding 40" by Shoba Narayan

Selected Works

Bapna, Sofia (2017) Complementarity of Signals in Early Stage Equity Investment Decisions: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment. Management Science.
Bapna, Sofia, Mary Benner, Liangfei Qiu. Nurturing Online Communities: An Empirical Investigation. (Revise & Resubmit)
Bapna, Sofia, and Russell Funk. “Understanding Gender Gaps in Networking: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment” Working paper.
Bapna, Sofia, and Gordon Burtch. Evaluating the Role of Gender Bias in Equity Crowdfunding. Working paper.
Bapna, Sofia and Gordon Burtch. Evaluating the Role of Lead Investors in Equity CrowdFunding. Working paper.

Current Activities