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OMT Division Awards
The OMT Division recognized and congratulated the winners and finalists for six division awards at their annual business meeting on August 12, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida:
Best Paper Award:
Jim Westphal (University of Michigan) and Guy Shani (University of Michigan) for “Social Distancing from Journalists Who Engage in Negative Coverage of Firm Leadership”
Hart Posen (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Dirk Martignoni (University of Zurich), and Markus Lang (University of Zurich) for “Rubik’s Dilemma: Partial Knowledge and the Efficacy of Learning”
Pavel Ivanov Zhelyazkov (Harvard Business School) and Ranjay Gulati (Harvard Business School) for “Crime and Punishment: The Reputational Consequences of Withdrawal from VC Syndicates”
Jeannette Colyvas (Northwestern University) and Spiro Maroulis (University of Arizona) for “Moving from an Exception to a Rule: Analyzing Mechanisms in Emergence-based Institutionalization”
Constructing Alternatives: How can we organize for alternative social, economic, and ecological balance?
Albeit having barely started, the third millennium has already challenged the ways through which organizations interact with the surrounding communities and societies. On the one hand, economic crises, regional conflicts, increasing social inequalities, climate change, and environmental-technological catastrophes (like for instance Fukushima and several oil-leaking accidents around the globe), have contributed to expose the limits and fragilities of our current models of capitalistic development. On the other hand, contemporary notions of entrepreneurship and innovation have been praised as synonymous of economic and social development, with capitalistic corporations and individualistic leaders being still depicted (maybe more than ever?) as the epitome of such type of development.
Havana, Cuba, April 2–5, 2014
Deadline for sub-theme proposals:
July 31, 2013
Deadline for abstract submissions:
November 15, 2013
For more information visit the EGOS website www.egosnet.org or www.laemos.com
This year's OMT Junior Faculty Consortium was organized by Martine Haas (Wharton) and Chris Marquis (OMT Division Reps-at-Large).
18 faculty volunteered their time and expertise as mentors and more than 30 junior faculty members from around the world participated after being selected from an exceptionally large pool of applicants. The event startedThursday night with an off-site dinner at Johnnie's Hideaway. Friday's agenda kicked off with two back-to-back Research Roundtables, where the faculty mentors engaged in intensive discussion of junior faculty members’ research in progress, with a ratio of one faculty mentor to three junior faculty participants. This was followed by a panel on “Early Career Success”, led by Jennifer Howard-Grenville (U. of Oregon), Sarah Kaplan (U. of Toronto), and Paul Tracey (Cambridge U.), and a working lunch with notably high quality food! The afternoon kicked off with a panel on “The Present and Future of OMT”, featuring Linda Argote (Carnegie Mellon U.), Gerry Davis (U. of Michigan), and Roystoon Greenwood (U. of Alberta). In the mid-afternoon, many of the participants in the Junior Faculty Consortium joined the OMT Teaching Roundtables, organized by David Touve (Washington and Lee U.), Chair of the OMT Teaching Committee.
Tags: 2013 Fall Newsletter | Academy of Management | AOM Annual Meeting | junior faculty consortium
Congratulations on winning the 2013 Distinguished Educator Award. The award is intended to highlight the importance of teaching in OMT and to stimulate discussion on how to improve our impact on business students. But rather than recognizing excellent teaching, per se, the award is a tribute to individuals who have positively influenced educational practices within the broader OMT field, such as through the design of new OMT-related courses, the authorship of widely used books or cases, the creation of new conceptual frameworks, and/or the development of innovative and widely-used educational techniques (e.g., management simulations).
In your acceptance speech at the OMT business meeting in Orlando, you mentioned that of all the awards that you have received in your career, the Distinguished Educator Award is one you cherish the most. Could you please tell us a bit more about what this award means to you?
I have always thought that my highest calling was to serve as an educator. As I have described in numerous forums, I believe that many sub-roles are involved in education, including “connector”—building bridges between the various disciplines of social science—“codifier” the task of summarizing, organizing and distilling the multiple frameworks and empirical approaches that comprise our field—and “carrier” working to disseminate insights from our field to diverse and wider publics. I have also been a “tent builder”---creating social frameworks—including conferences, workshops and seminars—so that discourse can be facilitated among those with varying backgrounds bringing diverse insights together. Working as a scholar, to know something is good, but to connect that something to other ideas and to package it in ways that others may both benefit from and contribute to the common project is “really” good. In short, scholars should aspire to being educators.
In a recent article published in Stanford Report, you mentioned that in your 50 years as a faculty member at Stanford University, you have taught “virtually every type of course imaginable, ranging from large undergraduate lecture classes to small doctoral seminars.” How would you describe your teaching philosophy? Looking back, what are some of the places where you feel you have made a difference?
My lectures, I think, were rather old-school—attempting to provide coherent frameworks and reviewing important arguments and findings, without much interaction with students. (My texts, including Institutions and Organizations, are the refinement of some of my lecture notes.) My seminars were much more interactive, involving real give and take. Perhaps most important was my work with individual doctoral students—I chaired more than 50 dissertations and served on more than 250 dissertation committees. In these sessions, as well as in my research projects, we tried to form a single problem-solving team to formulate clear and important problems and devise appropriate research designs. This was my favourite kind of “teaching”.
Most business schools have stand-alone courses on Strategic Management and Organizational Behaviour, but not Organization Theory. Why do you think this is the case? Should OMT scholars be worried about it?
I believe that there is too much emphasis in most business schools on the importance of immediate applicability and short-term “take-aways”. Ideas have a history and need to be placed in context. We need more attention to broad educational preparation, to theory and to research methods, their uses and limitations. Managers need to know how to conceptualize and frame issues and problems. When I teach and work with more mature folks—teachers, managers, engineers—I find them hungry for useful and usable conceptual frameworks—structures for helping them frame problems and craft solutions. In short, we should be worried about the lack of attention to organization theory in today’s curriculum.
As graduate students, we know firsthand how fundamental your book, Institutions and Organization, has been to helping scholars make sense of the fascinating and complex world of institutions. The bestselling book has been updated and revised over the years – with the 4th edition now available from Sage Publications. Would you please share some of your reflections on the development of Institutional Theory and its contribution to Organization Theory? What do you think are the new frontiers for Institutional Theory? What, if anything, worries you about the state of current research in the ‘field’?
I am pleased that you find Institutions and Organizations to be useful. (I also would recommend my earlier and broader book, Organizations and Organizing; Rational, Natural and Open System Perspectives (6th Ed. with Jerry Davis), which provides a broader context for institutional theory as one of a number of theoretical approaches.) In the 4th ed. of Institutions and Organizations, I provide my response to your questions about contributions and new frontiers. Indeed, one of the reasons for doing new editions is to respond to recent developments and changing interests.
You are the only OMT scholar who has won both the OMT Division Distinguished Scholar Award and the OMT Distinguished Educator Award. These awards honour excellence in two areas – research and teaching – which may exert competing pressures. How have you managed to succeed at both? Have you found synergies between your research and teaching?
I have never understood the arguments about the tensions between teaching and research. Throughout my career, my teaching has informed my research and writing, and my scholarship has, I think, improved my teaching. While it is true that both activities consume time and energy, in every other respect they are mutually reinforcing.
You are professor of Sociology, emeritus, with courtesy appointments in the Schools of Business, Education, and Medicine. How have these affiliations shaped your perspective on Organization Theory and education more generally?
I think one of the major strengths of our field is that our frameworks are abstract enough to be applicable to the multiple arenas in which organizations operate. I have found it to be a major asset when studying educational organizations, for example, to implicitly compare them with prisons or hospitals. We can compare the operation of multiple structures and systems as ways of solving common problems, and we also can more clearly see what is distinctive about each of these organizational and institutional contexts.
Over the years, the journal Strategic Organization has published a number of very useful and insightful articles on research methods for studying strategy and organization. These have now been collected together in a virtual special issue: the SO! Methods Collection. Both quantitative and qualitative researchers will find ideas for novel approaches and pointers for enhancing the quality of their research among these contributions.
Just point to the link below in your browser to go straight to the articles which are currently available for free. Enjoy!
Russ Coff, Teppo Felin, Ann Langley & Tim Rowley
Coeditors, Strategic Organization
Thank you to all of the organizers, chairs, discussants, presenters, reviewers and attendees who helped make the 2013 OMT Division Program a great success! OMT continues to provide doctoral students, new faculty and established scholars with opportunities to share ideas, meet new colleagues and make lifelong friends. OMT not only had an excellent program, but thanks to you, OMT is the fun place to be!
Ed Zajac gave a thought-provoking and engaging Distinguished Scholar presentation. He provided insights into his intellectual journey, migrating from accounting to management and extending his influence from scholarship and teacher to expert witness. 50 co-authors have participated in this journey!
OMT honored its stellar members with awards. Dick Scott won the OMT Distinguished Educator Award, remarking that the term “educator” best represents how he would like to be viewed. Each year, OMT gives five awards: Best Published Paper, Best Paper submitted to the conference, Best International Paper (sponsored by Organization Studies), Best Symposium and Best Paper from a Dissertation (Lou Pondy Award). Please click here to see the winners. Congratulations to the winners and the runner’s up for stellar scholarship!
OMT continues to be a vibrant intellectual community, garnering many of the Academy of Management Awards and setting a high standard for scholarship and service, including Mike Tushman, winner of the Distinguished Award for Scholarly Contributions, Mary Benner and Mike Tushman winner of AMR’s best 10 year article, Jim Walsh, winner of the Distinguished Award for Service to AOM,, and Pat Thornton, Willie Ocasio and Mike Lounsbury, winners of the George R. Terry Book Award! Your outstanding work inspires all of us to be better scholars.
At the OMT Business Meeting, I presented highlights of the program and our membership:
Thank you for your participation in the OMT program! Please remember to renew your membership , submit your best papers and PDW and symposia ideas, and sign up to review for OMT. Also, don’t forget to visit our division blog and like us on Facebook. It is only with your continued engagement and participation that incoming program chair Nelson Phillips will be able to design another great program.
Candace Jones 2013 OMT Division Program Chair
“Reducing Certainty and Increasing Open-Mindedness” 2013 Distinguished Scholar Presentation by Ed Zajac
At this year’s Academy of Management meeting in Orlando, Edward J. Zajac received our division’s Distinguished Scholar Award and delivered an engaging talk on the past, present, and future of OMT research (and his research in OMT). Ed is the James F. Bere Professor of Management & Organizations at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (where—as we learned during his talk—he began as an Accounting PhD student!).
The early hour of the presentation did not deter attendance, as approximately 100 scholars ranging from senior faculty to first-year graduate students convened to celebrate Ed’s accomplishments (indeed, Ed’s first slide thanked over 50 of his research collaborators, suggesting that a number of attendees viewed him not only as a distinguished scholar but as a mentor, colleague, and friend). After Nelson Phillips kicked things off by commenting on the breadth and depth of Ed’s research contributions, the distinguished speaker discussed the value of reducing certainty and increasing open-mindedness in one’s own research and in OMT research more broadly. Incorporating examples from his experiences as a researcher, teacher, consultant, expert witness, and father, Ed urged us to: (1) acknowledge the philosophical differences underlying our theories in and around OMT; (2) embrace with humility the possibility of alternative realities (i.e., truths); and (3) generally work at resisting the natural tendency to close one’s mind to less familiar ideas. Ed contextualized this message by discussing his chosen path as a boundary-spanner in organization theory and strategic management. The extended applause at the end of his talk indicated the resonance of his comments with his audience.
Now in its thirty-third year, the Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes scholars who have been central to the intellectual development of the field of organization and management theory. This year’s award ceremony and breakfast was sponsored by the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Slides from the presentation can be found below. Photos are available on the OMT Division's Facebook page.
The Distinguished Scholar Award and Breakfast was sponsored in part by the Boston College Carroll School of Management.
Tags: Distinguished Scholar Award | Ed Zajac | Symbolic Management | Uncertainty
OMT sponsored a special symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of A Behavioral Theory of the Firm this year in Orlando. The symposium was organized by Chengwei Liu, Peter Madsen, Vinit Desai and David Maslach. In the tradition of Friday afternoons in Jim March's office, wine and cheese were offered and a toast was raised.
The panelists, Linda Argote, Jerker Denrell, Christine Beckman, Anne Miner and Willie Ocasio, offered perspectives on the past and future of the Behavioral Theory. The discussion was lively and the panelists were joined by esteemed audience members, Arie Lewin and Dan Levinthal.
At the beginning of the symposium, the organizers shared a short video clip from an interview with Jim March who was not able to attend the symposium. The full video can be found here -- complete with anecdotes about life at Carnegie when Simon, Cyert and March were working on their various collaborations.
Tags: Behavioral Theory of the Firm | Jim March
Getting Published in Top Tier Journals
Workshop Sponsored by OMT Division, Organization Science and Sabanci University
School of Management, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey
June 16 – 18, 2013
The OMT Division Workshop on Getting Published in Top Tier Journals was successfully held at Sabanci University from June 16 – 18, 2013. Bob Hinings, Willie Ocasio, Nelson Phillips and Klaus Weber were the facilitators for the workshop, all representing OMT, and Willie and Klaus also representing Organization Science. Behlul Usdiken was responsible for local arrangements together with assistance from Basak Topaler. There were 21 participants from Denmark, Germany, India, Israel, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Of these, 9 were doctoral students, 4 post-docs and 8 junior faculty.
The workshop took place over one and a half days. The focus was on the opening stages of a paper: the introduction, the contribution, articulating the research topic and question. The format was to have panels of the facilitators to discuss and take questions on the particular topic and then to have the participants go into one of four groups where their papers could be discussed. The four facilitators alternated between the four groups in order to give the participants exposure to different viewpoints. There was a high level of participation in the groups.
There was very positive feedback from the participants at the conclusion of the workshop.
Submitted by C.R. (Bob) HiningsProfessor EmeritusUniversity of Alberta School of Business
Tags: Organization Science | workshop
INNOVATION FOR SOCIETAL IMPACT: A PROCESS PERSPECTIVEProfessors: Raghu Garud, Joel Gehman, and Krsto PandzaThursday, 26 September 2013Leeds University Business SchoolUniversity of Leeds
Advanced Ph.D. students and junior faculty will have an opportunity to present their research, network and exchange ideas, and to learn more about studying innovation and sustainability from a process perspective.
The deadline for registration is September 2, 2013. Applicants will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Further details and registration instructions are available here.
Tags: innovation | societal impact | workshop
Dear OMT members,
We are pleased to announce that Springer published in 2013 a second edition of the book Organizational Learning: Creating, Retaining and Transferring Knowledge by 2012 OMT Distinguished Scholar Award Winner Linda Argote - Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business
Why do some organizations learn at faster rates than others? Why do organizations "forget"? Could productivity gains acquired in one part of an organization be transferred to another? These are among the questions addressed in Organizational Learning: Creating, Retaining and Transferring Knowledge. Since its original publication in 1999, this book has set the standard for research and analysis in the field. This fully updated and expanded edition showcases the most current research and insights, featuring a new chapter that provides a theoretical framework for analyzing organizational learning and presents evidence about how the organizational context affects learning processes and outcomes. Drawing from a wide array of studies across the spectrum of management, economics, sociology, and psychology, Organizational Learning explores the dynamics of learning curves in organizations, with particular emphasis on how individuals and groups generate, share, reinforce, and sometimes forget knowledge. With an increased emphasis on service organizations, including healthcare, Linda Argote demonstrates that organizations vary dramatically in the rates at which they learn—with profound implications for productivity, performance, and managerial and strategic decision making.
Meet the OMT DivisionDate: Thursday, July 4, 18:00 – 19:30Location: CSC, RJ Level, Yellow Section, Salon National
Organizers: Christine Beckman, University of California, USAMichael Lounsbury, University of Alberta, Canada
Participants: Eva Boxenbaum, Mines Paris Tech, FranceJoel Gehman, University of Alberta, CanadaCandace Jones, Boston College, USA
You are invited to join members of the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management for a reception. We will have a short presentation with details about OMT events at the Academy meetings and tips on submitting papers to the conference, and we hope to encourage cross-memberships. We are also happy to answer any questions about OMT and Academy. Fine cheeses, wine and refreshments will be provided.
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