Q&A on the ONE Emerging Scholar Award

In August, at the 2017 annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, I received the ONE Emerging Scholar Award from the Organizations and the Natural Environment Divison of the Academy of Management. Today, in its Fall Newsletter, the ONE Division Published a nice Q&A with me, which I have excerpted below.
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Winner of the 2017 ONE Emerging Scholar Award

On August 7, 2017, I received the 2017 ONE Emerging Scholar Award from the Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) Division of the Academy of Management. The award “recognizes early career academics who have already made outstanding research contributions in the area of organizations and the natural environment, and who appear to have a strong potential to continue making such contributions in the near future.”

To be eligible, a nominee generally must be within six years of receiving her/his Ph.D. (or other terminal degree), pre-tenure (or equivalent), and a member of good standing in the ONE Division for the past three years. The award committee assesses each nominee’s corpus of work for its relevance, its academic contribution, theoretical and methodological rigor, and practical implications. Continue reading

Research Prospects at the Intersection of Robust Action Strategies and Power

On August 7, I gave a talk at the 2017 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as part of a symposium on “Addressing Grand Challenges with Institutional Research: The Critical Role of Power.” My talk was entitled: “Tackling Grand Challenges: Research Prospects at the Intersection of Robust Action Strategies and Power.” The slides of my talk are accessible through SlideShare below.

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Elected OMT Division Representative-at-Large

Today, Marc-David Seidel (Division Chair-Elect) published the results of the Academy of Management Organization and Management Theory Division election. I am thrilled to be rejoining the OMT Executive Committee, this time as an elected officer. Our terms begin at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in August 2017.

The complete list of election winners is below:

  • Renate Meyer (WU Vienna) – Program Chair-Elect, 5-year term
  • Michael Smets (Oxford University) – Rep-at-Large, 3-year term
  • Joel Gehman (University of Alberta) – Rep-at-Large, 3-year term
  • Sun Hyun Park (Seoul National University) – Global Rep-at-Large, 2-year term

Finding Theory-Method Fit: A Comparison of Three Qualitative Approaches to Theory Building

Today, our forthcoming Journal of Management Inquiry article — Finding Theory–Method Fit: A Comparison of Three Qualitative Approaches to Theory Building — was published online. Co-authored by Joel Gehman (University of Alberta), Vern L. Glaser (University of Alberta), Kathleen M. Eisenhardt (Stanford University), Denny Gioia (Pennsylvania State University, Ann Langley (HEC Montreal), and Kevin G. Corley (Arizona State University), the article provides a synthesized summary of a Showcase Symposium held at the 2016 Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

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Theory-Method Packages Showcase Symposium

The video below was recorded during a Showcase Symposium held at the 2016 Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California. The event was organized by Joel Gehman and Vern L. Glaser (both from the University of Alberta). Speakers included Kathleen M. Eisenhardt (Stanford University), Dennis A. Gioia (Pennsylvania State University), Ann Langley (HEC Montréal), and Kevin G. Corley (Arizona State University).

2016 Academy of Management Showcase Symposium

Today, we delivered a standing room only Showcase Symposium on qualitative theory building. Scholars often use qualitative research to develop new theory, but there are different ways of understanding and using qualitative research. In this symposium, we brought together four scholars who have been of particular importance in shaping the ways qualitative research is conducted in our field: Kathleen M. Eisenhardt, Dennis A. Gioia, Ann Langley, and Kevin G. Corley. The goal for this symposium was to facilitate a conversation between these scholars, so as to foreground similarities and differences in their respective approaches.

Panelists discussed themes such as: 1) What is your method / approach? 2) What counts as theory from within your method / approach? 3) How does your method / approach connect with theory building? 4) How does your method / approach compare and contrast with other familiar methods? 5) When and for what kind of theory is your method / approach especially appropriate? We ended the symposium with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions to the panel of distinguished scholars. The event was organized by Joel Gehman and Vern L. Glaser.

Upcoming Talks

I and my co-authors (denoted ## below) will be presenting a variety of research projects over the coming months. Hope to see you at one or more of these events…

“Category Promotion: How B Corporations Respond to the Competing Demands of Fitting In and Standing Out” (with Matthew Grimes)

  • Smith Entrepreneurship Research Conference, University of Maryland, USA, May 8-9, 2015.
  • Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability Conference. Northwestern University, USA, May 14, 2015.
  • Center for Social Impact Workshop. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, USA, May 15, 2015.##
  • Industry Studies Association Conference. Kansas City, MO, USA, May 26-29, 2015.

“An Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing Well Siting in the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Boom” (with Dror Etzion) 

  • ESSEC Business School (École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales), France, May 2015.##

“Patently Secret? The Use of Hydraulic Fracturing Patents to Contain Public Risk Information” (with Zhen Lei, Dan Cahoy & Siavash Varasteh)

  • Wharton Technology & Innovation Conference. University of Pennsylvania, USA, April 17-18, 2015.

“Conflicting Institutional Logics and Organizational Identities: How Spinouts Handle Parent Affiliation” (with Daniela Bolzani, Ricardo Fini and Antonio Giuliani)

  • Fourth Triennial Alberta Institutions Conference. Banff Springs Hotel. Banff, AB, Canada, June 12-14, 2015.
  • European Group for Organization Studies Colloquium. ALBA Graduate Business School, Greece, July 2-4, 2015.##

“Betwixt and Between: The Problematic Emergence and Bounding of the Nanotoxicology Field” (with M. Paola Ometto and Michael Lounsbury)

  • Fourth Triennial Alberta Institutions Conference. Banff Springs Hotel. Banff, AB, Canada, June 12-14, 2015.##
  • European Group for Organization Studies Colloquium. ALBA Graduate Business School, Greece, July 2-4, 2015.##
  • Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 2015.##

Other events:

  • Panelist. Where Are Values? A Relational Perspective. Macro Perspectives on Behavioral (Macro) Ethics Symposium. Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 2015.
  • Panelist. OMT New and Returning Member Networking and Research Forum Professional Development Workshop. Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 2015.
  • Organizer. Cultural Entrepreneurship in Action: Innovative Methods and Research Designs Professional Development Workshop (with Vern Glaser & Jochem Kroezen). Presenters included Joep Cornelissen, Peer Fiss, Matthew Grimes, Mark Kennedy, Hovig Tchalian. Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 2015.
  • Organizer. Developing a Research Agenda to Advance Perspectives on Performativity. Professional Development Workshop (with Vern Glaser). Presenters included Daniel Beunza, Laure Cabantous, Raghu Garud, Jean-Pascal Gond, Wanda Orlikowski, and Susan Scott. Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 2015.

Oil and Gas Well Facility Siting

This week I’ll be giving an invited talk to the University of Alberta’s Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology (REES) in the Faculty of Agriculture, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES). The talk will be on Thursday, March 20 at 3:30 pm in 550 General Services Building. For more details, visit the REES Seminars and Lectures website. The title of my talk is: “Community Vulnerability and Facility Siting: The Case of Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling, 2004-2012.” This work is joint with Dror Etzion of McGill University.

Abstract: Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) has rapidly emerged as an ubiquitous technology for extracting oil and gas from previously inaccessible geological formations. Due to the nature of the technology and its relatively small surface footprint, wells can be sited virtually anywhere, including in close proximity to homes, schools and other sensitive locations. With many uncertainties about the technology still unresolved, critics point to the potential for unequally distributed negative health outcomes among those in regular proximity to drilling sites. Accordingly, for oil and gas companies, deciding upon well sites can be a contentious activity, incorporating not only economic and geological factors but social and community ones as well. In this study, we examine all hydraulically fractured wells in the Marcellus shale play from 2004-2012 in the state of Pennsylvania and assess whether community vulnerabilities played a role in well siting decisions. We find that indicators of socio-demographics, social cohesion and municipal governance are predictors of well siting decisions, beyond the traditional attributes of race and income usually highlighted in the environmental justice literature. Our findings suggest that research on community health should not be limited to phenomena like nuclear power plants and hazardous waste facilities, but should expand to include routine, commonplace and autonomous organizational siting decisions characterized by minimal regulatory involvement.

We are scheduled to present subsequent iterations of this research at the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability, in May 2014 at Cornell University, and again at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, in August 2014 in Philadelphia.

2013 Emerald Best International Dissertation Award Finalists

My dissertation– Sustainability by Dissociation: Categorization, Divestitures, and Organizational Boundaries — was selected as a finalist by the Academy of Management International Theme Committee (ITC) for the 2013 Emerald Best International Dissertation Award. The 2013 selection committee consisted of David Patient (Chair); Anders Dysvik, Norwegian Business School; Sébastien Mena, University of Alberta; and Radha R. Sharma, Management Development Institute. The winner will be announced at the Carolyn Dexter Award Reception on Sunday, August 11, 2013.