An article at Quartz at Work examines Maslow and the pyramid that he never built but that is usually attributed to him. The piece cites some insights I shared previously in a "Talking About Organizations" podcast episode as well as the work of other great academic colleagues published in the Academy of Management Learning & Education Journal.
In AOM 2018 I organized a PDW about Classics in Organization and Management Theory. It featured as speakers Paul Adler (USC), Silvia Dorado (URI), Siobhan O'Mahony (BU), and Marc Ventresca (Oxford). They explored the work of Marx, Albert Hirschman, Mary Parker Follett, and Mary Douglas in presentations followed by roundtables with participants. The event was overly-subscribed and I am planning to do another edition on AOM 2019. As part of the event we also produced a info sheet for each author (see below). The presentations were also recorded and will be disseminated soon via the Talking About Organizations Podcast.
I have co-organized the 2018 Summer on Practice-Based Studies at Warwick Business School together with Davide Nicolini and Hari Tsoukas. This edition explored the distinctive methodological features of practice and process research as well as their similitudes and differences. The key speakers were Elizabeth Shove (Lancaster) and Ann Langley (HEC Montreal) and the event also featured the participation of the WBS faculty involved in the Practice Process and Institutions (PPI) Research Programme.
One of the exercises in the school involved reading a classic paper by Trist and Bamforth from the Tavistock Institute on the industrialisation of the coal mining in the UK in the 50s. Participants then imagined and discussed how would a practice/process approach address the same questions posed by these authors. It was a great example of the power of earlier scholarship in inspiring discussions and pushing us to re-think assumptions about research.
This symposium was organized by Gretta Corporaal (Oxford) and took place in VU Amsterdam in May 2018. It was a great opportunity to share ideas on how digital technologies (AI, algorithms), automation, and increased specialization are changing the nature of work and discuss implications for research and practice. I spoke about expertise and specialization and the challenges involved in translating ideas in formal organizations. Building on some research with internal consultants in a technical organization I shared some reflections on how these specialists developed a number of strategies to carve out space for their ideas.
Beth Bechky (NYU)
Mathew Willis (Oxford Internet Institute)
Pedro Monteiro (Warwick Business School)
Ella Hafermalz (VU Amsterdam)
Hans Berends, (VU Amsterdam)
Dick de Gilder (VU Amsterdam)
This symposium took place in December 2017 in Sussex University with funding from the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS). It brought together people from areas like organization theory, information systems, and employment relations to talk about the changes and continuities on work and its management in the gig economy. Together with Dmitrijs Kravcenko, I have talked about the enduring relevant of earlier/classic scholarship to current work dynamics. In particular, how some aspects of Uberization reflect Taylorism and how some of the distress of gig workers echo the one experienced by manual workers during industrialization as documented by Tavistock researchers.
The presentations are available via Talking About Organizations Podcast via this link.
Natalia Levina (NYU Stern) | Gretta Corporaal (Oxford Internet Institute)
Arianna Tassinari (Warwick Business School) | Mareike Mohlmann (Warwick Business School)
Rebecca Prentice (Sussex University) | Dmitrijs Kravcenko (Sussex University)
Sarah O'Connor (Financial Times)