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CASBS Summer Institute:

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 about the CASBS Summer Institute fellowship click here

Students and Postdocs on the market:

Consuelo Amat (Ph.D., Political Science, Yale). Consuelo Amat is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) and a Senior Research Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Her research interests include state repression, social movements, political violence, and the development of civil society in authoritarian regimes, with a focus on Latin America. Her personal website is:

Anders Krabbe (Ph.D., Management, University of Southern Denmark)

Wei Luo (Ph.D., Sociology, Yale)

Wenjuan Zheng (Ph.D., Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center)


Powell and Sandholtz on Amphibious Entrepreneurs (Click Here)

The Civic Life of Cities (Click Here)

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

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

Social Media and Social Change, London School of Economics lecture (Watch Video – Click Here)

Speaking dates (all virtual at the moment)

September 17, 2020: Price School, University of Southern California

October 27, 2020: The Marshall Institute, London School of Economics 

February 20, 2021: Department of Sociology, Cornell University