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2017 CASBS Summer Institute: Organizations and Their Effectiveness 

Organizations are all around us: not just firms, plants, and work groups, but also hospitals, schools, and governments. Furthermore, construing an “organization” as something that can be first organized and then managed, one can also include certain contractual relationships—not only between firms (such as some hand-in-glove supply relationships, joint ventures, and alliances) but also between a government and a firm (such as some regulatory relationships and public-private partnerships). Indeed, noting that the examples above are all opportunities to collaborate, one can move beyond formal organization charts and formal contracts to include communities, networks, and other informal institutions as organizations.

If organizational effectiveness is so important, one might think that academics would be studying the issue actively. To some extent, this is true, but the field is badly fragmented: different disciplines operate mostly in isolation; many professional schools focus on only their own kind of organization (e.g., hospitals, schools, public agencies); social science departments often regard organizational effectiveness as outside their purview; and doctoral training in professional schools often lacks the depth available in social-science departments. The collaborative, interdisciplinary nature of the CASBS Summer Institute, run by co-directors Bob Gibbons (MIT) and Woody Powell (Stanford), provides an important opportunity to integrate, broaden, and deepen the study of organizations and their effectiveness outside of such traditional methodological and institutional constraints.

To learn more: https://casbs.stanford.edu/casbs-revives-summer-institutes

To read how the 2017 Summer Institute is poised to build on 2016 success click here. To apply for a 2017 CASBS Summer Institute fellowship click here.

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Ling Han (Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, San Diego)

Jean Lin (Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago)

Sergiy Protsiv (Ph.D., Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

Current Ph.D. Students on the Market

Angela Lu, Sociology

Jake Mode, Organizational Behavior

Alison Wynn, Sociology

Videos

The Problem of Emergence (Watch YouTube Video – Click Here)

Why do life science cluster form in some regions and not others? University of Hamburg (Watch Video – Click Here)

Related Organizations and Partners

Santa Fe Institute

Social Science Research Council

Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

SCANCOR

Interesting Sites for News and Debates  

orgtheory.net:

Crooked Timber

Brain Pickings

Deliberately Considered

National Affairs, Kevin Lewis’s roundup of academic studies

Speaking Engagements, 2017

March 6 – Duke University, Department of Sociology

March 28, 9:00 am – National Chengchi University and Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

April 13 – Northwestern University, Department of Sociology

April 25 – Yale University, School of Management

May 11 – Harvard Business School

September 5, 17:00 – University of Bordeaux, EPIP Conference, Amphi Duguit

September 11, 9:30 am – WU Vienna University of Economics and Business