Sofia Bapna

Sofia Bapna

Assistant Professor
Information & Decision Sciences


3-360 CarlSMgmt


  • 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 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.

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. Does Equity Crowdfunding Facilitate Access to Capital for User Entrepreneurs: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment.
  • Bapna, Sofia, and Gordon Burtch. An Experimental Evaluation of 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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