Sofia Bapna

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


  • Digital Platforms, Entrepreneurship, Gender Gaps


My research interests lie in the areas of digital platforms, entrepreneurship, and gender gaps. Methodologically, I utilize randomized field experiments as well as econometric approaches for causal inference. I complement these approaches with surveys to gain insights into the underlying mechanisms at work. The field experiments are conducted in partnership with a variety of organizations including an Austrian government agency, a crowdfunding platform, a conference organizer, and a publicly traded staffing company.

My research has been published in Management Science and MIS Quarterly, and is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation. I am a recipient of the INFORMS Information Systems Society’s Gordon B. Davis Young Scholar Award and the Carlson School of Management’s Lawrence Fellowship.

Selected Works & Activities

  • Sofia Bapna (2017) Complementarity of Signals in Early Stage Equity Investment Decisions: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment. Management Science.
  • Sofia Bapna, Mary Benner and Liangfei Qiu (2019) Nurturing Online Communities: An Empirical Investigation. MIS Quarterly.
  • Bapna, Sofia, and Russell Funk (2021) Interventions for improving professional networking for women: Experimental evidence from the IT sector. MIS Quarterly.
  • Bapna, Sofia, and Martin Ganco (2021) Evaluating Gender Gaps in Equity Crowdfunding: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment. Management Science.
  • Bapna, Sofia, and Martin Ganco (Accepted 2022) Equity Crowdfunding and Access to Capital for User Entrepreneurs: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment. MIS Quarterly forthcoming.
  • Bapna, Sofia, and Gordon Burtch. An Experimental Evaluation of Gender Differences in Responses to Major-Donor Funding Schemes for Crowdfunded Social Ventures
  • Bapna, Sofia, Alan Benson, and Russell Funk. Rejection Communication and Women’s Job-Search Persistence
  • Bapna, Sofia, and Russell Funk. Does Employer-Paid, Job-Protected Maternity Leave Help or Hurt Female IT Workers? Evidence from Millions of Job Applications.

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