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Paul R. Carlile is an Associate 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. (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
  • 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. (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
  • 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
  • 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. (2015). "The Irony of Making Materiality of Consequence", British Journal of Management, 26 S22-S25
  • 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
  • Carlile, P. (2004). "Transferring, Translating, and Transforming: An Integrative Framework for Managing Knowledge Across Boundaries", Organization Science, 15 (5), 555-568
  • 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., 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
  • Guzelsu, E., Carlile, P., Heineke, J., Joglekar, N."Who Do We Know Virtually, and What Do They Know: Social Media Based Transactive Memory Systems", Organization Science
  • Marabelli, M., Carlile, P. (2019). "Organizing with Numerical Surveillance: Data and Actions In a Healthcare Organization",
  • Lakhani, K., Carlile, P. (2010). "Myelin Repair Foundation: Accelerating Drug Discovery Through Collaboration", Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Case (610)
  • Carlile, P., Obstfeld, D., Selley-Brown, J."Orchestrating Networks of Innovation in a World of Constant Change", People & Strategy
    Research Presentations
  • Carlile, P. , Dionne, K. The relational dynamics of field configuring events: The case of Hacking Health in Montreal, Boston, MA USA, 2019
  • Carlile, P. , Dionne, K. Opening Innovation across Layers: An integrative view of the Emergence of Digital Health, Boston, MA, USA, 2019
  • Carlile, P. Hacking Health: Opening Up Digital Health Innovation in Montreal, Zurich Switzerland, 2019
  • Carlile, P. How does a novel idea become a sustainable innovation?, Zurich Switzerland, 2019
  • Carlile, P. How does a novel idea become a sustainable innovation?, Montreal Canada, 2019
  • Carlile, P. Lessons Learned from the MicroMasters, edX, Boston , MA, 2018
  • Carlile, P. Educational and Business Partnerships, QS Reimagine Education, San Francisco, 2018
  • Carlile, P. Opening for Innovation in Digital Health: A case study and framework, NYU, New York, 2018
  • Carlile, P. Knowledge Processes at the boundary: What have we learned in 20 years?, Atlanta, GA, 2018
  • Carlile, P. Beyond Dualities: Embodied action in the flow of innovation, Chicago, IL, 2018
  • Carlile, P. Collaborating across organizational boundaries: Dealing with surprises in distributed settings, Tallinn, Estonia, 2018
  • Carlile, P. How a new idea becomes a sustainable innovation, Park City, UT, 2017
    Awards and Honors
  • 2014, 2014 Questom Award for Faculty Excellence in Institutional Leadership, Dean, Boston University