Tanya Menon studies how national culture affects people's everyday assumptions and their patterns of decision making. She also studies how organizational cultures affect learning. This research examines how managers respond to new ideas, and particularly why they sometimes value knowledge from insiders, competitors, and consultants differently. Her articles have appeared in Organization Science, Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, Harvard Business Review, Personality and Social Psychology Review, Management Science, and Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes among others.
Menon earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Harvard University in 1995. Her advisor Chris Winship encouraged her to pursue a career in research, and she studied college-educated African Americans who worked in inner-city communities under his direction. This research received the Thomas Templeton Hoopes Prize as one of the best senior theses at Harvard. Menon earned a PhD in organizational behavior in 2000 from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She was also the recipient of an American Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a Kauffman Foundation Grant for research on Entrepreneurship, and a Stanford Center for Conflict and Negotiation Fellowship.
Prior to graduate school, Menon was a research assistant in INCAE Business School in Costa Rica and an intern in Morgan Stanley's London office.
Menon was the winner of the 2006 Faculty Excellence Award at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business for exceptional commitment to teaching as voted by students in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs, and the 2007 Phoenix Award, voted by the class of 2007 for enriching the experience of students inside and outside the classroom.