Fall Lineup Announced for Cross-Functional Speaker Series

in Entrepreneurship, Faculty, Information Systems, Organizational Behavior, School, Social Impact, Strategy & Innovation
October 27th, 2010

smgDrawing thought leaders in OB, IS, and Strategy & Innovation

Supporting the School of Management’s mission to foster cross-functional research and innovation, faculty from the departments of Organizational Behavior, Strategy & Innovation, and Information Systems have announced the Fall 2010 lineup of the Boston University Organizations Seminar (BOS) series.

Events include:

Friday, October 29: Building an Institutional Field to Corral a Government

Stephen R. Barley, Stanford University
Charles M. Pigott Professor in the School of Engineering; Co-Director, Center for Work, Technology & Organization

Abstract: Although organizational theorists have given much attention to how environments shape organizations, they have given much less attention to how organizations mold their environments. This paper demonstrates what organizational scholars could contribute if they were to study how organizations shape environments. Specifically, the paper synthesizes work by historians, political scientists and students ofcorporate political action to document how corporations systematically built an institutional field during the 1970s and 1980s to exert greater influence on the US Federal government. The resulting network, composed of nine distinct populations of organizations and the relationships that bind them into a system, channels and amplifies corporate political influence, while simultaneously shielding corporations  from appearing to directly influence Congress and the administration.

Friday, November 5

Michael G. Pratt, Boston College
Professor of Organizational Studies; Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics Fellow

Friday, September 24: “Routines as a Source of Change in Organizational Schemata: The Role of Trial-and-Error Learning”

Martha Feldman, University of California at Irvine
Professor of Planning, Policy & Design, Management, Sociology, and Political Science; Johnson Chair for Civic Governance and Public Management



Friday, March 12: Organizations & Positive Social Change: Generative Possibilities for Theory and Practice

With Panelists:

  • Debra Meyerson, Stanford University, Power beyond the Purse: Philanthropic Foundations as Agents of Social Change
  • Andy Hoffman, University of Michigan, Hybrid Organizations and Social Change: Blurring the For-Profit/Nonprofit Boundary on Environmental Issues
  • Carrie Leana, University of Pittsburgh, Positive Organizational Change for the Working Poor
  • Karen Golden-Biddle, Boston University, Fostering Positive Implementation Processes for Sustainable Health System Change

Moderated by: Jane Dutton, University of Michigan

Friday, March 26:

William Kerr, Harvard Business School
Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurial Management

Friday, April 30:

Sally Maitlis, University of British Columbia
Associate Professor, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources; Associate Editor, Journal of Management Inquiry; Board Member, Academy of Management Journal and Academy of Management Review

Friday, February 26: Legitimating Entrepreneurial Identities in a New Market Category: A Study of Satellite Radio, 1990-2005

MaryAnn Glynn, Boston College
Joseph F. Cotter Professor, Organization Studies, Boston College; Board member, Organization Science


Friday, September 25: Trouble In Store: Probes, Protests, and Store Openings By Wal-Mart: 1998-2005

Hayagreeva Rao, Stanford University
Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources; Editor, Administrative Science Quarterly

Friday, October 23: Grabbing onto Things in the Digitized World

Richard Boland, Case Western Reserve University
Professor, Information Systems

Friday, November 20: Of Mice and Academics: Examining the Effect of Openness on Innovation

Fiona Murray, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Associate Professor, Management of Technological Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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