Faculty Co-Director - Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology, Organizational Behavior, Management Science and Engineering, Communication, and Public Policy, Stanford University
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.
2017 Summer Institute participants have been announced. You can review the participant list here.
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)
Angela Lu, Sociology
Jake Mode, Organizational Behavior
Alison Wynn, Sociology
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)
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
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