When Does “No” Mean “No”?


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.

Metatheoretical Perspectives on Sustainability Journeys In Press

Today, my paper — “Metatheoretical Perspectives on Sustainability Journeys: Evolutionary, Relational and Durational” — was published on the Research Policy website. Co-authored with Raghu Garud (Pennsylvania State University), the paper examines what we term evolutionary, relational and durational perspectives on sustainability journeys. Each perspective emphasizes different facets of sustainability – shifts in selection environments, reconfigurations of emergent networks, and intertemporal comparisons and contrasts. We conclude the paper by discussing implications for sustainability policy, strategy and research.

The paper is available through SSRN and ResearchGate.