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Frank Dobbin

Frank Dobbin

Director, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center; Faculty Associate. Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Harvard University.
Frank Dobbin's evidence-based research on corporate diversity programs (with Alexandra Kalev) shows that mentoring programs, diversity taskforces, and special recruitment programs have helped to promote diversity by engaging managers, while diversity training and diversity performance evaluations have thwarted progress by stigmatizing managers. These findings have been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Le Monde, CNN, and National Public Radio. Dobbin has published numerous books studying the social construction of economic rationality, including Forging Industrial Policy: United States, Britain, and France in the Railway Age (1994) and The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy (2008). Recent research examines rise of the shareholder value model of corporate management.
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Torben Iversen

Torben Iversen

Interim Director, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2019-spring 2020); Faculty Associate. Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Department of Government, Harvard University.
Torben Iversen is a Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy in the Government Department at Harvard University. His research and teaching interests include comparative political economy, electoral politics, and applied formal theory. He is the author of Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century (Princeton UP 2019) (with David Soskice), Women, Work, and Politics: The Political Economy of Gender Inequality (Yale UP 2010) (with Frances Rosenbluth), Capitalism, Democracy, and Welfare (Cambridge UP 2005), and Contested Economic Institutions (Cambridge UP 1999). He is also the author or co-author of many articles on comparative politics and political economy in leading social science journals and edited volumes. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been a Hoover National Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a BP Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics.
Catherine Nehring

Catherine Nehring

Coordinator, STAR Lab; Coordinator, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center; Assistant to Professor Michael J. Hiscox.

Catherine Nehring is the Coordinator of SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She has been with SCANCOR since before the grand opening at Harvard in 2016.

Catherine has been Professor Michael J. Hiscox's Faculty Assistant since 2012 and the Coordinator of STAR Lab since 2013. She has been at Harvard University for ten years, and she worked at the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College for four years prior to that. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Rolv Petter Amdam

Rolv Petter Amdam

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2017). Professor, Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, BI Norwegian Business School.

Amdam has written and edited numerous books and articles on business education, internationalization, Americanization, and on transfer of knowledge, including "Executive Education and the Managerial Revolution: The Birth of Executive Education at Harvard Business School", Business History Review (2016), “Creating the New Executive: Post-war Executive Education and Socialization into the Managerial Elite”, Management & Organizational History (2020), “Americanization in Comparative Perspective: The Managerial Revolution in France and Norway, 1940-1990”, Business History (with Marie-Laure Djelic, 2007), "Global Transfer of Management Practice across Nations and MNC Subcultures", Academy of Management Executives (co-author, 2005), and “Keeping up with the Neighbors: The Role of Cluster Identity in Internationalization”, Journal of World Business (co-author, 2020).

At SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center he worked on the project “Global expansion of executive education”. This project aims to study how the concept of short executive programs as a tool to develop top executives expanded globally from the US from the end of World War II to the 1980s. This process is being studied based on a definition of top-executive development as an organizational field that is unique but related to the field of business education.

Ivar Bleiklie

Ivar Bleiklie

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2017 and spring 2018). Professor of Social Science, Emeritus, Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway.

Ivar Bleiklie is Professor of Political Science emeritus at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway. His research focuses on comparative studies on reform policies and organizational change in higher education in Europe, as well as on biomedical policy and on public services. He is the co-editor of Managing Universities – Policy and Organizational Change in Eight European Countries, London: Palgrave McMillan (2017); University Governance: Western European Comparative Perspectives, Dordrecht: Springer 2009; Transforming Higher Education. A Comparative Study (2nd edition). Dordrecht: Springer (2006); Comparative Biomedical Policy: Governing Assisted Reproductive Technologies. London: Routledge (2006). Currently he is working on three projects about Professionalization and Social Impact of European Political Science in 33 European countries (funded by EU, COST-action/Horizon 2020), Merger Processes in Higher Education (funded by the Norwegian Research Council) and, Policy and organizational implications of the turn towards labor market relevance for linkages between higher and vocational education in skill formation.

Elin Lerum Boasson

Elin Lerum Boasson

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2018-spring 2019). Associate Professor, University of Oslo, Norway.
Elin Lerum Boasson is an associate professor and deputy head of the Political Science Department at the University of Oslo, and a senior researcher at CICERO Center for International Climate Research. She has published extensively on national and EU climate and energy policies; exploring the role of policy entrepreneurship, business influence and political steering. She applies sociological institutional theories as well as historical institutionalism and public policy theories. Boasson teaches political science master courses on climate policy, public policy theory and EU studies. Methodologically, Boasson is specialized in comparative, qualitative case studies and process tracing. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and the Freie University, Berlin. Boasson is part of the leadership group of the COST Action Innovations in Climate Governance: Sources, Patterns and Effects. Boasson is a lead author in the upcoming Sixth Assessment report cycle of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, working group III Mitigation. During her stay at SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center in the academic year 2018-2019, Boasson primarily worked on publications relating to two the comparative climate policy project: 'Revising the National Renewables Policy Mix: The role of state aid and other key EU policies (REMIX)’. In addition to several articles, this work has resulted in the open access book Comparative Renewables Policy – Political, Organizational and European Fields.
Eliane Bucher

Eliane Bucher

Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (Spring 2022). Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Culture, BI Norwegian Business School.
Eliane Bucher is an Assistant Professor with the Nordic Centre for Internet and Society at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway. She completed her doctorate in management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland where she is currently also a lecturer for digital media and communications management. Her research centers on new forms of work and organizing, algorithmic management and digital platforms. In particular, she is interested in harnessing automated forms of text analysis and machine learning to understand voice and inequality in large-scale online discourses. This includes inquiries into online spaces as catalysts for global social movements.
Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes

Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2020). Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Management and Organization, Hanken School of Economics.
Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Management and Organisation at Hanken School of Economics in Vaasa, Finland. She defended her thesis titled Legitimacy in the Pluriverse – towards and expanded view on corporate-community relations in the global forestry sector in the subject Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility at Hanken in Helsinki in 2016. She has published articles on her doctoral research in journals such as Geoforum, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Rural Studies, and Critical Perspectives on International Business. Her current research project titled ‘Organising from the grassroots -territorial movements and their role in building sustainable futures’ examines how sustainable change can occur not only through global governance of international agreements, but through grassroots activism organized by local movements building alternatives from below. A key research topic to be addressed is what implications do these grassroots processes have for theory on governance and organizations. The research context is located in indigenous communities and transition movement initiatives in the Nordics and South America. Theoretically the research draws on insights from the fields of political ontology, decolonial thinking, indigenous knowledges, combining storytelling with other qualitative methodologies.
Kirsi Eräranta

Kirsi Eräranta

Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (Fall 2021). Assistant Professor, Department of Management Studies, Aalto University.
Kirsi Eräranta is an Assistant Professor in Organizational Communication at Aalto University School of Business, Department of Management Studies in Finland. Her research focuses on the politics of business–society relations, and its complex implications for contemporary organizations and their stakeholders. She is a sociologically oriented organizational communication scholar, whose research agenda is theoretically positioned at the interface of discourse and critical management and organization studies, with a specific focus on topics such as gender, diversity and inclusion; corporate social responsibility; precarious work; and identity. In her research, Eräranta develops and deploys discursive theoretical and methodological perspectives to explore and examine contemporary social issues and organizational phenomena in order to advance knowledge of the relationships between business, government and society and, in particular, how these relationships change over time in the global world. Her research has appeared in journals such as Human Relations; Organization Studies; Gender, Work and Organization; and Social Science History.
Ulla Eriksson-Zetterquist

Ulla Eriksson-Zetterquist

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2016). Professor, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Ulla Eriksson-Zetterquist is a Professor of Management Studies. Her research focus how multinational corporations, and other formal organizations, contribute to the creation of international social, economic, and political norms in the field of digitalization, and the field of gender equality. In her most recent research she examines how corporate management norms influence public sector organizations.
Katharina Fellnhofer

Katharina Fellnhofer

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2018). Postdoctoral Researcher, Marie Curie Fellow, Erwin Schrödinger Fellow, ETH Zürich.
Katharina Fellnhofer is a Marie Curie Fellow hosted by ETH Zürich and the Department of Sociology at Harvard University with the project ROLLER-COASTER https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/882168. Prior to joining ETH Zürich, she was an Erwin Schrödinger Fellow at the Lappeenranta University of Technology. Additionally, she is the owner of the Austrian SME Research and Innovation Management GmbH, which is engaged in interdisciplinary European research and innovation projects (e.g. HORIZON2020 projects such as www.onlines3.eu or www.seerri.eu or www.rri2scale.eu). Katharina has been advising the European Commission regarding innovative projects for SMEs since 2014. She holds a PhD in Social and Economic Sciences from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She enjoys running in her free time.
Gunnar Fermann

Gunnar Fermann

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2016-spring 2017). Associate Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Gunnar Fermann is a Professor in Political Science in the Department of Sociology and Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He was a Fulbright Scholar (2012-2013) at UC Berkeley and Stanford University, a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University (2001-2002), and served at the scholarship committee of EON (2005-2014). Fermann has been affiliated with the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (1985-1990), the Institute for Defence Studies (1991), Fridtjof Nansen Institute (1992-1994), and the Centre for Advanced Studies, Oslo (2000) researching international conflict-management, international politics of climate change and energy, and foreign policy-making. During the 2021-2022 academic year, Fermann will be a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley.

Fermann is currently working on three research projects: (i) an inquiry into how transnational perspectives may fertilize and be better integrated into the eclectic, multi-level and process-tracing approach of Foreign Policy Analysis (paper); (ii) a project mapping and making sense of how and why governments argue and justify military participation in coalition-forces while addressing divergent target groups; and (iii) the study of international coordination problems in the politics of human-induced climate change.

Carsten Greve

Carsten Greve

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2019). Professor of Public Management and Governance, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School.
Carsten Greve is professor of public management and governance. His main research areas are public management reform and public-private partnerships. He is co-director of Center for Public Organization, Value and Innovation (POVI).
Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä

Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä

Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (Spring 2022). Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Business, Aalto University; The Royal Society & British Academy Newton International Fellow, Anglia Ruskin University.

Dr. Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä is a scholar-activist based at Aalto University School of Business in Finland. His work originates from disciplinary approaches rooted to entrepreneurship and organizational science.

His previous work focused particularly on extreme settings. It included teaching entrepreneurship in North Korea (2012-2017) and co-founding the WTSUP! Beirut platform (2018-2020) that focused on supporting equality and equal opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Lebanon. In Finland, Dr. Heikkilä's previous work included action-research (2016-2019) with The Shortcut initiative, which aims to integrate immigrants into Finnish society with community-driven entrepreneurship education methodology via NGO-startup modeling.

Dr. Heikkilä's current focus is to support societal crisis recovery by working first, on exploring and piloting new forms of science dissemination and second, studying resilience and perseverance in entrepreneurial and artistic communities.

His previous and ongoing affiliations include Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford SCANCOR visiting scholar, and Newton Fellow of the Royal Society. His work has been published in academic journals including Environment and Planning A, Journal of World Business, Journal of Strategic Information Systems and in various media outlets such as the Finnish national news outlet YLE and internationally in the Financial Times.