The Faculty


Institutions & Cities (Monday, 3 September 2018)



Walter W. Powell (Stanford University)


Woody Powell is Professor of Education (and) Sociology, Organizational Behavior, Management Science and Engineering, and Communication at Stanford University. He has been a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society since it was founded in 2006. He is also Centennial Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, and Lewis A. Coser Visiting Professor at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Prior to moving to Stanford in 1999, Powell taught at Stony Brook, Yale, MIT, and the University of Arizona. He has received honorary degrees from Uppsala University, Copenhagen Business School, and Aalto University, and is a foreign member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Science. He has served on the board of directors of the Social Science Research Council since 2000, and was an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute from 2001-13. With Bob Gibbons (MIT), he leads the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences’ summer institute on Organizations and their Effectiveness. His interests focus on the processes through which ideas and practices move across organizations, and the role of networks in facilitating or hindering the transfer of ideas.


Powell is the author or editor of Books: The Culture and Commerce of Publishing, with Lewis Coser and Charles Kadushin (Basic Books, 1982); Getting into Print: The Decision-Making Process in Scholarly Publishing (U. of Chicago Press, 1985); The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis, with Paul DiMaggio (U. of Chicago Press, 1991); Private Action and the Public Good, with Elisabeth Clemens (Yale U. Press, 1997); The Nonprofit Sector, with Richard Steinberg (Yale U. Press, 2006), and The Emergence of Organizations and Markets, with John Padgett (Princeton U. Press, 2012). His 1990 article, “Neither Market Nor Hierarchy: Network Forms of Organization,” won the Max Weber award; “Network Dynamics and Field Evolution: The Growth of Inter-Organizational Collaboration in the Life Sciences,” (2005), received the Viviana Zelizer prize. “Technological Change and the Locus of Innovation: Networks of Learning in Biotechnology,” with K. Koput and L. Smith-Doerr (1996), was recognized by Administrative Science Quarterly as one of its most influential publications. His 1983 paper with Paul DiMaggio, “The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organizational Fields,” is the most cited article in the history of the American Sociological Review.



Renate Meyer (WU Vienna and Copenhagen Business School)


Renate E. Meyer is Full Professor and Chair of Organization Studies at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. She is also a Part Time Professor of Institutional Theory at the Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School, and the Co-Director of the Research Institute for Urban Management & Governance at WU. In 2008 and in 2016, she was a visiting scholar at SCANCOR, Stanford University. She is a Senior Editor for Organization Studies and has published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Annals, Organization Studies, Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, or Public Administration. Renate published several books, including Neoinstitutionalistische Organisationstheorie (with Peter Walgenbach, 2008), and has (co-)edited several volumes, among them the second edition of The SAGE Handbook on Organizational Institutionalism (with Royston Greenwood, Christine Oliver, and Tom Lawrence). Renate has been a member of the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Executive Board between 2008 and 2017 and has been its chair between 2011 and 2014. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the OMT Division at Academy of Management, currently acting as Program Chair-Elect. In her current research she focuses on meaning structures and has recently studied structural forms of institutional pluralism, institutions as multimodal accomplishments, novel organizational forms and patterns of management ideas mostly in areas of urban governance challenges. Renate works with mixed empirical methods such as correspondence analysis or semantic network analysis.



Institutions & Movements (Tuesday, 4 September 2018)



Sarah A. Soule (Stanford University)


Sarah A. Soule is the Morgridge Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her research examines state and organizational-level policy change and diffusion, and the role social movements have on these processes. She has recently published papers on how protest impacts multi-national firm-level decisions regarding divestment in Burma, and on how advocacy organizations learn new strategies and tactics from those with which they collaborate. She is currently working on a study of how protest affects the outcomes of shareholder resolutions, and another study of how advocacy organizations innovate. She has written two recent books, the first with Cambridge University Press, entitled Contention and Corporate Social Responsibility, and the second with Norton, called A Primer on Social Movements. Recent published work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Administrative Science Quarterly, the American Sociological Review, Organizational Studies, the Strategic Management Journal, and the Annual Review of Sociology. She is the series editor for the Cambridge University Press Contentious Politics series. She is a member of the founding team of the new journal, Sociological Science, an open access journal that is disrupting academic publishing. She has served on a number of boards of non-profit organizations, is currently a member of the Board of Advisors to the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the Stanford Fellowship program, and is currently serving on the faculty advisory board to the Stanford Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership. She has taught a number of courses with the Stanford, and is the Faculty Director for the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has served as a judge for the Center for Social Innovation Fellowship program, and for the Tech Awards (Tech Museum of Innovation).



Silviya Svejenova (Copenhagen Business School and WU Vienna)


Silviya Svejenova is Professor of Leadership and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School, Guest Professor at WU Vienna and adjunct professor at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo. In 2010 she was a visiting scholar at SCANCOR, Stanford University, and at the Harvard Business School. Her work has been published in journals, such as Organization Science, Organization Studies, Organization, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Organizational Behavior, JIBS, Academy of Management Perspectives, and MIT Sloan Management Review. Silviya has co-authored (with José Luis Alvarez) a book on Sharing Executive Power: Roles and Relationships at the Top (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and another one (in progress) on The Changing C-Suite: Executive Power Structures in Transformation (Oxford University Press). She has co-edited several special issues, the most recent being The Visual and Material Turn in Organization Theory: Objectifying and (Re)acting to New Ideas (Boxenbaum, Jones, Meyer, and Svejenova, 2018) and Food Organizing Matters: Paradoxes, Problems, and Potentialities (Croidieu, den Hond, Moser, Reinecke, and Svejenova, in progress), both for Organization Studies. Her current research examines the proliferation of new executive roles, the temporality of creativity and innovation, and the politics of meaning in category formation and translation. Silviya has been member of the EGOS Board (2004-2017) and its chair (2014-2017).



Institutions & History (Wednesday, 5 September 2018)



Patricia Bromley (Stanford University)


Patricia Bromley is an Assistant Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology at Stanford University. Her work focuses on the rise and globalization of a culture emphasizing rational, scientific thinking and expansive forms of rights. It spans a range of fields including comparative education, organization theory, the sociology of education, and public administration and policy. A recent book, Hyper-organization: Worldwide organizational expansion, explains the global proliferation of organization, both in numbers and internal complexity (Oxford University Press 2015, with J. W. Meyer). Other recent publications appear in American Sociological Review, Administration & Society, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.



Eva Boxenbaum (Copenhagen Business School)


Eva Boxenbaum is Professor of Organization and Management Theory at Copenhagen Business School from where she also obtained her PhD. She conducts research on how organizational actors shape the innovation and spread of management practices and organizational forms. Her most recent work focuses on the differential role of verbal, visual and material modes of communication in institutionalization processes. Her work provides insights into how actors draw on, and combine, visual and verbal modes to stimulate institutional effects. It also illuminates how actors establish the authenticity of material artefacts through relational processes as part of their institutional maintenance work. In addition, her research examines how actors draw on verbal imagery (including metaphors) to enhance organizational and institutional theorizing. More broadly, her work contributes to the multimodal turn in organizational analysis, which is articulated in a special issue of Organizational Studies that she co-edited with Renate Meyer, Silviya Svejenova and Candace Jones. Her research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Annals, Organization Studies, California Management Review, Strategic Organization, Journal of Business Ethics, and American Behavioral Scientist. It also appears in Research in the Sociology of Organizations and in the SAGE Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism.



Institutions & (Ir)responsibility (Thursday, 6 September 2018)



Bruce G. Carruthers (Northwestern University)


Bruce G. Carruthers is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University, and former director of the Buffett Institute for Global Studies. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago, and his areas of expertise include economic sociology, comparative and historical sociology, the sociology of law and the sociology of organizations. His current research projects include a study of the historical evolution of credit as a problem in the sociology of trust, what modern derivatives markets reveal about the relationship between law and capitalism, and the relationship between corporate social responsibility and corporate taxation. He has had visiting fellowships at the Russell Sage Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, the Library of Congress, and received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. He will be spending the next academic year as a fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study. Carruthers has authored or co-authored five books, City of Capital: Politics and Markets in the English Financial Revolution (Princeton, 1996), Rescuing Business: The Making of Corporate Bankruptcy Law in England and the United States (Oxford, 1998), Economy/Society: Markets, Meanings and Social Structure (Pine Forge Press, 2000), Bankrupt: Global Lawmaking and Systemic Financial Crisis (Stanford, 2009), and Money and Credit: A Sociological Approach (Polity Press, 2010).



Brooke Harrington (Copenhagen Business School)


Brooke Harrington is Professor MSO of economic sociology at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. Her research examines the social underpinnings of finance; for the past decade, it has focused on the professionals involved in offshore financial centers. She is the author of three books, and her articles have appeared in journals such as Socio-Economic Review, Human Relations, Family Business Review and Social Psychology Quarterly. She advises the European Parliament, the OECD, the World Bank and other bodies on tax policy, and has written extensively for the popular press, including The Washington Post, The Guardian and The Atlantic. She received her PhD in sociology from Harvard University, and her BA in English Literature from Stanford University.



Institutions & Events (Friday, 7 September 2018)





Grégoire Croidieu (Grnoble École de Management)


Grégoire Croidieu is an Associate Professor at Grenoble École de Management (GEM), France, and leads the GEM entrepreneurship research team. He earned a Ph.D. in Management at EMLYON Business School, France, in 2009. Grégoire participated to SCANCOR workshops both as a PhD student and as a faculty member and visited SCANCOR in Palo Alto during his postdoctoral time. His research combines institutional theory and entrepreneurship and focuses on the legitimation processes that shape the emergence and historical evolution of fields and organizations. Grégoire mainly conducts empirical work in settings such as the Bordeaux and Californian wine regions, the nascent US radio industry, crowdfunding platforms, or public policies supporting SMEs. He has published papers on related topics in journals and edited volumes such as Academy of Management Perspective, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Business Research, M@n@gement, Organization Studies, Research in the Sociology of Organizations or Research in the Sociology of Work.



Jesper Strandgard Pedersen (Copenhagen Business School)


Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen, PhD and Professor at Copenhagen Business School, where he serves as Director of imagine .. Creative Industries Research Centre. He graduated (M.Sc.) in political science and public administration from Copenhagen University and received his PhD from Copenhagen Business School in 1991. He has been visiting professor at SCANCOR, Stanford University, Harvard University, Boston College and University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE). Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen’s research interests focus on organizational and institutional change, institutional action and agency, industry emergence and field structuring and organizational identity construction and legitimacy. Studies include cultural transformation processes in innovative firms, mergers and acquisitions in high-tech firms, diffusion and institutionalization of managerial ideas and practices in creative and knowledge-intensive firms. Recent research on changes and strategies for organizing and managing creative enterprises in the film and media field is published in international journals and in the co-authored book: The Negotiation of Values in the Creative Industries: Fairs, Festivals and Competitive Events (2011), Cambridge University Press.


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