Performativity as Ongoing Journeys

My latest paper — Performativity as Ongoing Journeys: Implications for Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation — was published online today. Co-authored with Raghu Garud and Thinley Tharchen (both from Pennsylvania State University), the article is forthcoming in Long Range Planning as part of a special issue on performativity.

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Cultural Entrepreneurship Article In Press

Today, my article — Cultural Entrepreneurship: From making Culture to Cultural Making — was published online. The article was co-authored Jean-François Soublière, a Ph.D. student I am supervising, and will appear in the newly re-launched journal Innovation: Organization & Management, co-edited by Markus Perkmann and Nelson Phillips, both of Imperial College London. I also have joined the journal’s editorial board.

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Hydraulic Fracturing, Newspaper Coverage, and Social License to Operate

We have been hard at work transforming research originally prepared for our report for Canadian Water Network into a series of interdisciplinary peer-reviewed publications. The first of what we hope will be a trilogy of articles was published today in the open access journal Sustainability. The article — “Comparative Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Practices in Unconventional Shale Development: Newspaper Coverage of Stakeholder Concerns and Social License to Operate” — was co-authored by an interdisciplinary team, including Joel Gehman (professor at the University of Alberta, Department of Strategic Management & Organization), Dara Y. Thompson (former M.Sc. student at the University of Alberta, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology), Daniel S. Alessi (professor at the University of Alberta, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences), Diana M. Allen (professor at Simon Fraser University, Department of Earth Sciences), Greg G. Goss (professor at the University of Alberta, Department of Biological Sciences).

The starting point for the overall project was the conceptualization of the hydraulic fracturing wastewater context as comprised of three potentially interrelated spheres of action (Figure 1). By delineating between operator practices, regulatory requirements, and stakeholder concerns, our goal was to better understand the extent to which these different spheres affected one another, if at all. In essence, we conceptualized the hydraulic fracturing wastewater context as a dynamic process in which any one sphere has the potential to influence the other two. Relative to the overall conceptual framework, this article focuses on one of these spheres specifically: stakeholder concerns.

Figure 1. Conceptualization of the hydraulic fracturing wastewater context.

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Sharing a Wealth of Information

Today, a summary of our SSHRC-funded research on “The Effectiveness of Fracking Disclosure Regimes in Canada” appeared in The Hill Times. Founded in 1989, The Hill Times is an Ottawa-based weekly newspaper that covers Canadian government and politics. The article is available below and online: Sharing a Wealth of Information: How Regulators Can Improve Fracking Disclosure Practices. Continue reading

Tradeoffs in Sustainability-Oriented Innovations

Today, our article on intertemporal tradeoffs in sustainability-oriented innovations was published in the MIT Sloan Management Review as part of its series on Sustainability-Oriented Innovation. Co-authored by Tima Bansal, Hadi Chapardar, and Joel Gehman, the original story is available here: Tradeoffs in Sustainability-Oriented Innovations.

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Tackling the World’s Biggest Problems With Robust Action

Today, IESE Insight published a managerial summary of our Organization Studies article “Tackling Grand Challenges Pragmatically: Robust Action Revisited.” The summary is available here: Tackling the World’s Biggest Problems With Robust Action.

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When Does “No” Mean “No”?

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Today, our article on big resource projects was published in The Globe and Mail. Founded in 1844, The Globe and Mail is nationally distributed throughout Canada and its most widely read daily newspaper. The article is available below and online: On Big Resource Projects, When Does ‘No’ Mean ‘No’?

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Grand Challenges and Robust Action

My latest paper — Tackling Grand Challenges Pragmatically: Robust Action Revisited — is now available online. Co-authored with Fabrizio Ferraro (IESE Business School in Barcelona) and Dror Etzion (McGill University in Montreal), in the paper we theorize a novel approach to addressing the world’s grand challenges based on the philosophical tradition of American pragmatism and the sociological concept of robust action. Grounded in prior empirical organizational research, we identify three robust strategies that organizations can employ in tackling issues such as climate change and poverty alleviation: participatory architecture, multivocal inscriptions and distributed experimentation. We demonstrate how these strategies operate, the manner in which they are linked, the outcomes they generate, and why they are applicable for resolving grand challenges. We conclude by discussing our contributions to research on robust action and grand challenges, as well as some implications for research on stakeholder theory, institutional theory and theories of valuation.

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Metatheoretical Perspectives on Sustainability Journeys Now Published

We just received word that “Metatheoretical Perspectives on Sustainability Journeys: Evolutionary, Relational and Durational” will be published in the July 2012 issue of Research Policy as part of a special section on sustainability transitions.

According to Journal Citation Reports, Research Policy had a 1-year impact factor of 2.51 and a 5-year impact factor of 4.24 in 2010, making it the highest rated journal for research related to innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship — ahead of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Journal of Business Venturing, as well as journals such as Harvard Business Review, Management Science, and Organization Studies.

The final citation is Garud, R. & Gehman, J. 2012. Metatheoretical Perspectives on Sustainability Journeys: Evolutionary, Relational and Durational. Research Policy, 41: 980-995.

The paper also is available through SSRN and ResearchGate.