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Paul R. Carlile is a Professor of Management and Information Systems and the Senior Associate Dean for Innovation at Boston University Questrom School of Business.  He has also served as the Chair of the Information Systems Department. Before coming to Questrom he was on the Faculty at MIT Sloan School of Management.

His research has focused on the knowledge boundaries that exist among people in different expertise domains. Paul is one of the world’s foremost experts on what can be done to address those boundaries in order to enhance collaboration and innovation.  He has used this expertise to develop and design ways to drive innovation in the automotive, software, aerospace, and pharmaceutical industries.   

In a recently published book called Reimagining Business Education Paul ,along with other Questrom colleagues, outlined strategies to address the highly specialized and siloed nature of higher education. The book proposes new approaches to teaching and research that generate more value for a broader set of stakeholders.

In his initial work as Senior Associate Dean for Innovation Paul has focused on the enhancement of student learning through curricular innovation and new models of program delivery.  This has included the new launch of an integrated and experientially-based Master of Science degree in Management Studies (MSMS) that was cited as the Most Innovative Business School Idea of 2015 by Poets & Quants.  

Paul holds a BA in Philosophy and Masters in Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University and a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan.  Prior to graduate school Paul helped start two technology companies

  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1997
  • MA, Brigham Young University, 1990
  • BA, Brigham Young University, 1988
  • Carlile, P., Dionne, K. (In Press). ‘Opening innovation’ across layers of practices: Developing an integrative view of the emergence of digital health."Research in the Sociology of Organizations: Interorganizational Collaboration", Emerald
  • Carlile, P., Dionne, K. (2022). Managing Knowledge Boundaries to Support Open Innovation Phenomena."Oxford Handbook on Open Innovation", Oxford Press
  • Xu, S., Carlile, P. (2021). "New routine formation in temporary interorganizational project", Academy of Management Proceedings, 2021 (1), 14559-14559
  • Marabelli, M., Vaast, E., Carlile, P. (2020). "Making Lemonade: Dealing with Analytics Surveillance in the Workplace", Academy of Management Proceedings, 2020 (1), 12720-12720
  • Cacciatori, E., Beunza Ibanez, D., Carlile, P., Whyte, J. (2020). "Exploring the Materiality of Ignorance: Artifacts Beyond Knowledge", Academy of Management Proceedings, 2020 (1), 17234-17234
  • Carlile, P. (2020). "Knowledge is Both a Source Of and a Barrier to Innovation", The FASEB Journal, 34 (S1), 1-1
  • Carlile, P., Obstfeld, D. (2019). Orchestrating Networks of Innovation is a World of Constant Change."People & Strategy",
  • Lebovitz, S., Lifshitz-Assaf, H., Bernstein, E., Carlile, P., Dionne, K., Sine, W., Tucci, C. (2019). "Hacking Hackathons: What Can We Learn from the Burgeoning Phenomenon?", Academy of Management Proceedings, 2019 (1), 13255-13255
  • Carlile, P., Dionne, K. (2019). “Opening Innovation” across Layers of Practices: Developing an Integrative View of the Emergence of Digital Health. In Hans, Berends., Jorg, Sydow. (Eds.), "Managing Inter-organizational Collaborations – Process Views (Research in the Sociology of Organizations (RSO) Series, Volume 64", Emerald
  • Marabelli, M., Carlile, P. (2019). "Organizing with Numerical Surveillance: Data and Actions In a Healthcare Organization",
  • (2019). "Orchestrating Networks of Innovation in a World of Constant Change", People & Strategy
  • Carlile, P., Dionne, K. (2017). Unconventional yet consequential: Using a sociomaterial approach to drive impact in organizational studies research. In A, Bryman., , Buchanan. (Eds.), "Unconventional Methodology in Organization and Management Research", Oxford University Press 233-254
  • Deken, F., Carlile, P., Berends, H., Lauche, K. (2016). "Generating Novelty Through Interdependent Routines: A Process Model of Routine Work", Organization Science, 27 (3), 659-677
  • Carlile, P., Davidson, S., Freeman, K., Thomas, H., Venkatraman, N. (2016). "Reimagining Business Education Insights and Actions from the Business Education Jam", Emerald Group Publishing
  • Carlile, P. (2015). "The Irony of Making Materiality of Consequence", British Journal of Management, 26 S22-S25
  • Carlile, P. (2013). "How Matter Matters", Oxford Univ Pr on Demand
  • Lakhani, K., Carlile, P. (2010). "Myelin Repair Foundation: Accelerating Drug Discovery Through Collaboration", Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Case (610)
  • Christensen, C., Carlile, P. (2009). "Course Research: Using the Case Method to Build and Teach Management Theory", Academy of Management Learning and Education, 8 (2), 240-251
  • Howard-Grenville, J., Carlile, P. (2006). "The incompatibility of knowledge regimes: consequences of the material world for cross-domain work", European Journal of Information Systems, 15 (5), 473-485
  • Osterlund, C., Carlile, P. (2005). "Relations in practice: Sorting through practice theories on knowledge sharing in complex organizations", Information Society, 21 (2), 91-107
  • Black, L., Carlile, P., Repenning, N. (2004). "A dynamic theory of expertise and occupational boundaries in new technology implementation: Building on barley's study of CT scanning", Administrative Science Quarterly, 49 (4), 572-607
  • Carlile, P. (2004). "Transferring, Translating, and Transforming: An Integrative Framework for Managing Knowledge Across Boundaries", Organization Science, 15 (5), 555-568
  • Carlile, P. (2004). "Transferring, translating, and transforming: An integrative framework for managing knowledge across boundaries", Organization Science, 15 (5), 555-568
  • Carlile, P., Rebentisch, E. (2003). "Into the black box: The knowledge transformation cycle", Management Science, 49 (9), 1180-1195
  • Carlile, P. (2002). "A pragmatic view of knowledge and boundaries: Boundary objects in new product development", Organization Science, 13 (4), 442-455
    Research Presentations
  • Carlile, P. Interorganizational Collaboration and Innovation, EGOS, Vienna Austria, 2022
  • Carlile, P. Making Lemonade: Dealing with Analytics Surveillance in the Workplace, Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada, 2021
  • Carlile, P. , Mosangzi, S. New routine formation in an interorganizational project: Projecting, performing and patterning, Academy of Management Proceedings, 2021
  • Carlile, P. , Guzelsu, E. , Heineke, J. , Joglekar, N. Insert your Picture Here: The Value of Self-expression to Generate and Coordinate Backer Participation in Crowdfunding, INFORMS Annual Conference (Online), Online, 2020
  • Carlile, P. Viewing ignorance as a journey of novelty: Making the material consequences of the unknown more manifest through artifacts, Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada, 2020
  • Carlile, P. Viewing ignorance as a journey of novelty: Making the material consequences of the unknown more manifest through artifacts, Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada
    Awards and Honors
  • 2022, 50Thinkers Radar 2022, 50Thinkers
  • 2020, Questrom Institutional Leadership Award, Boston University
  • 2014, 2014 Questom Award for Faculty Excellence in Institutional Leadership, Dean, Boston University