Karen Golden-Biddle

Questrom Professor in Management Professor, Management & Organizations Department Chair, Management and Organizations
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  • BOSTON UNIVERSITY
    Questrom School of Business
    Rafik B. Hariri Building
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

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Karen Golden-Biddle is Questrom Professor in Management and Professor of Management and Organizations at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. She received her BA degree from Denison University and MBA and PhD degrees from Case Western Reserve University. She served as Senior Associate Dean from 2011 – 2015, with responsibilities for faculty and school-level curricular change. She currently serves as Department Chair of Management and Organizations.  Professionally she is active in the Academy of Management, where she has been inducted as a Fellow. 

Karen conducts research and teaches at the graduate level in the areas of cultural change and qualitative methodology. She has published two books and authored more than sixty articles and book chapters in management journals such as the Academy of Management Journal and Organization Science.  Recognition for Karen’s scholarship includes the 2013 Douglas McGregor Award (Journal of Applied Behavioral Science) for her paper on cultural change and organizational identity in mergers, and the Academy of Management’s Robert McDonald Award for the Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology for her study of constructing contribution in analyzing and writing qualitative research. Her co-authored book,Composing Qualitative Research, has been used in doctoral programs in top business schools across the world, including Stanford, University of Michigan, Northwestern, Cambridge, INSEAD, and Columbia.  

Her current work focuses  on:

(1) The critical role of discovery and leader as discovery catalyst and guide in creating successful cultural change

(2) How seasoned insiders collectively create and sustain cultural change involving that makes a positive difference within and beyond their organization.

    Education
  • PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 1988
    Publications
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Bartunek, J. (In Press). Relational objectivity as responsibility in management research."Responsible Research for Better Business", Springer Nature
  • Golden-Biddle, K. (2019). "Discovery as Abductive Mechanism for Reorienting Habits within Organizational Change", Academy of Management Journal
  • Bhakoo, V., Koehler, T., Smith, A., Cilesiz, S., Cornelissen, J., Feldman, M., Golden-Biddle, K., Greckhamer, T., Harley, B., Ketokivi, M., Locke, K., Mantere, S., Pratt, M., Sonenshein, S. (2019). "Templates in Qualitative Research Methods: How Have We Got Here and How Do We Get Out?", Academy of Management Proceedings, 2019 (1), 14900-14900
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Reay, T., GermAnn, K., Casebeer, A., Hinings, C. (2016). Creating and sustaining the right kind of space for organizational learning in primary health care."Mobilizing Knowledge in Health Care: Challenges for Management and Organization", Oxford University Press
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Locke, K., Feldman, M. (2015). Discovery, validation and live coding."The Handbook of Qualitative Organizational Research", Taylor & Francis
  • Golden-Biddle, K. (2014). Create micro-moves for organizational change."How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact", Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • Golden-Biddle, K. (2013). "How to Change an Organization Without Blowing It Up", Sloan Management Review, 54 (2), 35-41
  • Reay, T., Chreim, S., Golden-Biddle, K., Goodrick, E., Williams, B., Casebeer, A., Pablo, A., Hinings, C. (2013). "Transforming New Ideas into Practice: An Activity Based Perspective on the Institutionalization of Practices", Journal of Management Studies, 50 (6), 963-990
  • Langley, A., Golden-Biddle, K., Reay, T., Denis, J., Hebert, Y., Lamothe, L., Gervais, J. (2012). "Identity Struggles in Merging Organizations: Renegotiating the Sameness-Difference Dialectic", Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 48 (2), 135-167
  • Golden-Biddle, K. (2011). Blink and you (dis)miss them: Coming to new lines of sight."Research Alive: Exploring Generative Moments in Doing Qualitative Research", Copenhagen Business School Press DK
  • Howard-Grenville, J., Golden-Biddle, K., Irwin, J., Mao, J. (2011). "Liminality as Cultural Process for Cultural Change", Organization Science, 22 (2), 522-539
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Azuma, J. (2010). Constructing contribution in “Strategy-as Practice” research."Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice",
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Casebeer, A., Reay, T., Hinings, C., GermaAnn, K. (2009). Primary health care innovation sites: Learning to create new cultures of care."Culture and Climate in Health Care Organizations", Springer
  • Locke, K., Golden-Biddle, K., Feldman, M. (2008). "Making Doubt Generative: Rethinking the Role of Doubt in the Research Process", Organization Science, 19 (6), 907-918
  • Sonpar, K., Golden-Biddle, K. (2008). "Using content analysis to elaborate adolescent theories of organization", Organizational Research Methods, 11 (4), 795-814
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Reay, T. (2007). Strategies of persuasion: The efforts of nurse practitioners in institutionalizing a new role."Change in Health Care", Palgrave Macmillan
  • Golden-Biddle, K., GermAnn, K., Reay, T., Procyshen, G. (2007). "Creating and sustaining positive organizational relationships: A cultural perspective", Exploring Positive Relationships at Work: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation 289-305
  • Reay, T., Golden-Biddle, K., Germann, K. (2006). "Legitimizing a new role: Small wins and microprocesses of change", Academy of Management Journal, 49 (5), 977-998
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Locke, K., Reay, T. (2006). "Using knowledge in management studies - An investigation of how we cite prior work", Journal of Management Inquiry, 15 (3), 237-254
  • Golden-Biddle, K., GermAnn, K., Reay, T., Procyshen, G. (2006). Creating and sustaining positive organizational relationships: A cultural perspective. In Jane, Dutton., Belle Rose, Ragins. (Eds.), "Exploring Positive Relationships at Work: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation", Lawrence Erlbaum Press
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Wiebe, E., Locke, K. (2005). Using qualitative methodology to study the dynamics of organizational change."Handbook of Organizational Change and Learning",
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Thomson, D., Bzdel, L., Reay, T., Estabrooks, C. (2005). "Central questions of anonymization: A case study of secondary use of qualitative data", Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6 (1)
  • Scott-Findlay, S., Golden-Biddle, K. (2005). "Understanding how organizational culture shapes research use", Journal of Nursing Administration, 35 (7-8), 359-365
  • Reay, T., Golden-Biddle, K., Germann, K. (2003). "Challenges and leadership strategies for managers of nurse practitioners.", J Nurs Manag, 11 (6), 396-403
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Reay, T., Petz, S., Witt, C., Casebeer, A., Pablo, A., Hinings, C. (2003). "Toward a communicative perspective of collaborating in research: the case of the researcher-decision-maker partnership.", J Health Serv Res Policy, 8 Suppl 2 20-25
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Casebeer, A., Besner, J., Reay, T. (2003). The researcher-decision maker partnership: A collaborative journey."The researcher-decision maker partnership: A collaborative journey",
  • Golden-Biddle, K. (2003). "Editor's introduction - "Doing what feels right: The influence of CEO character and emotions on TMT dynamics"' by Veronika Kisfalvi and Patricia Pitcher", Sage Publications Inc, 12 (1), 41-41
  • Golden-Biddle, K. (2002). "Editor's introduction - Anne Smith, "From process data to publication: A personal sensemaking,"", Journal of Management Inquiry, 11 (4), 381-382
  • Golden-Biddle, K. (2002). "Editor's introduction", Journal of Management Inquiry, 11 (2), 102-103
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Greenwood, R. (2001). "Nontraditional research - Editors' introduction", Journal of Management Inquiry, 10 (4), 339-339
  • Greenwood, R., Golden-Biddle, K. (2001). "Nontraditional research - Editors' introduction", Journal of Management Inquiry, 10 (2), 150-150
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Greenwood, R. (2001). "Nontraditional research - Editors' introduction", Journal of Management Inquiry, 10 (1), 39-39
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Greenwood, R. (2000). "Editors' introduction", Journal of Management Inquiry, 9 (4), 374-375
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Greenwood, R. (2000). "Editors' Introduction", Journal of Management Inquiry, 9 (2), 146-146
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Greenwood, R. (2000). "Editors' choice", Journal of Management Inquiry, 9 (1), 55-56
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Biddle, R. (1999). Sustaining change. In R, Gilkey. (Eds.), "Healthcare Leadership in the New Millenium", Jossey-Bass
  • Greenwood, R., Golden-Biddle, K. (1999). "Nontraditional research - Editors' introduction", Journal of Management Inquiry, 8 (4), 339-339
  • Greenwood, R., Golden-Biddle, K. (1999). "Nontraditional research - Introduction", Journal of Management Inquiry, 8 (3), 298-298
  • Greenwood, R., Golden-Biddle, K., Bartunek, J. (1999). "Editors' introduction", Journal of Management Inquiry, 8 (2), 166-167
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Greenwood, R. (1999). "Editors' introduction", Journal of Management Inquiry, 8 (1), 32-33
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Fiol, M., Hatch, M. (1998). Relationships between cultural and identity. In David, Whetten. (Eds.), "Identity in Organizations: Developing Theory through Conversations", Sage Publications
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Gioia, D., Fiol, M., Rao, H., Schulz, M. (1998). Nomological net of organizational identity. In David, Whetten. (Eds.), "Identity in Conversations: Developing Theory through Conversations", Sage Publications
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Dougherty, D. (1998). "Editors' introduction", Journal of Management Inquiry, 7 (3), 213-214
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Bartunek, J., Greenwood, R. (1998). "Editors' Introduction", Journal of Management Inquiry, 7 (1), 3-3
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Barr, P., Rao, H., Thomas, H. (1997). Cognitive processes in alliances: Birth, maintenance and (possible) death. In D, O'Neal., Howard, Thomas. (Eds.), "Strategy, Structure and Style", John Wiley and Sons
  • Locke, K., Golden-Biddle, K. (1997). "Constructing Opportunities for Contribution: Structuring Intertextual Coherence and “Problematizing” in Organizational Studies", Academy of Management Journal, 40 (5), 1023-1062
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Rao, H. (1997). "Breaches in the boardroom: Organizational identity and conflicts of commitment in a nonprofit organization", Organization Science, 8 (6), 593-611
  • Salipante, P., Golden-Biddle, K. (1995). "Managing traditionality and strategic change in nonprofit organizations", Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 6 (1), 3-20
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Linduff, H. (1994). "Culture and human resources management: Selecting leadership in a nonprofit organization", Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 4 (3), 301-315
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Locke, K. (1993). "Appealing Work: An Investigation of How Ethnographic Texts Convince",
  • Golden-Biddle, K. (1993). "Organizational Dramas and Dramatic Stagings about them", Journal of Management Education, 17 (1), 39-49
  • Golden, K. (1992). "The Individual and Organizational Culture: Strategies for Action in Highly-Ordered Contexts", Journal of Management Studies, 29 (1), 1-21
  • Golden, K., Ramanujam, V. (1985). "Between a dream and a nightmare: On the integration of the human resource management and strategic business planning processes", Human Resource Management, 24 (4), 429-452
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Salipante, P., Buck, F. (1985). "A partnership for deriving meaning from human resources data", The Personnel administrator
    Awards and Honors
  • 2018, Fellow, Academy of Management
  • 2013, Douglas McGregor Best Paper Award, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science