Fall 2016

Frank Dobbin

Frank Dobbin

Codirector, 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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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.

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.
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.

Dennis Jancsary

Dennis Jancsary

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2016). Assistant Professor, Institute for Organization Studies, WU Vienna.

Dennis Jancsary is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Organization Studies at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria), where he also received his PhD in 2011. Prior to this position, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in Denmark. His research interests focus on institutionalist approaches in organization theory, particularly the diffusion and theorization of management knowledge, as well as the role of verbal, visual, and multimodal forms of rhetoric, narrative, and symbolism in the construction and institutionalization of meaning. Empirically, his work is centered on the interfaces between business, public administration, and civil society. He has published in the Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Organization Studies, and Research in the Sociology of Organizations.

His current research projects include the study of inequalities and social divisions as barriers to addressing grand challenges, especially in the context of city resilience, as well as the development of novel multimodal approaches to the generation and dissemination of academic knowledge.

Seija Kulkki

Seija Kulkki

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2016). Professor (Emerita) of Management and Organization, Aalto University School of Business.

DSc (Econ) Seija Kulkki is a Professor (Emerita) of Management and Organization at Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki, Finland. Her doctoral thesis (1996) argues for Knowledge Creation of Multinational Corporations: Knowledge creation through action. From 2000-2010, she was a director (and founder) of the Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research (CKIR) at Aalto University School of Business. In 2006, during the Finnish EU Presidency, she acted on behalf of the Prime Minister’s Office of Finland and European Commission, DG: Information Technology and Media for the launching of European Network of Living Labs. The network was launched as a first step towards European Innovation System were industrial, city-based or regional innovation ecosystems may become connected to form a European-wide large-scale RDI infrastructure for collaborative experimentation and piloting of firms, academia, cities, citizens and developer communities for new information society services, technologies and businesses.

Kulkki has recently published Cities for New Growth and Socio-economic Dynamism? The Case of Smart Cities and RDI Driven Participative Democracy and Governance in a Special Issue of the International Journal of Public Administration in Digital Age (2016). She has also addressed social issues related to digitalization and open innovation with D.Sc. (Tech) Petra Turkama: Challenges of Open Innovation, in the Open Innovation Yearbook 2016 of European Commission DG: Connect. Currently, Kulkki is working with an experienced team on a book on Philosophy and Methodology of Large-scale Experimentation in Social Sciences and Humanities. During her stay at SCANCOR/ Weatherhead, her research interest relates to the changing firm-society relationship in the global economy: (i) what are the emerging collaborative strategies, structures, processes and governance that shape today’s firm-society relationships, and (ii) what are the consequent collaborative mechanisms of value and wealth creation. Kulkki has been a visiting scholar at INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), the Center for Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo, Japan), and SCANCOR, Stanford University (California, US).

Elena Raviola

Elena Raviola

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2016). Associate Professor, Department of Business Administration, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Senior Lecturer, Department of
Organization, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
Elena Raviola is an Associate Professor at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, and works also at the Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School. Her research focuses on media industries, with particular interest in news organizations and the transformation of news production and journalism in relation to digitization in different European countries. She has conducted ethnographic studies in several news organizations in Italy, Sweden and France. During the time at Scancor Harvard, she works on a study investigating the negotiations between professional (journalistic) and managerial judgement in organizing online news production. Her theoretical interests lie at the intersection of institutional theory, actor-network theory and sociology of conventions. Her research has been published in Organization Studies, Journal of Change Management, Information, Communication and Society, Journal of Media Business Studies, International Journal of Media Management as well as in several edited volumes.
Tiina Ritvala

Tiina Ritvala

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2016). Associate Professor of International Business, Department of Management Studies, Aalto University School of Business, Finland.
Tiina Ritvala is an Associate Professor of International Business at Aalto University, School of Business. Her research focuses on the role of business in sustainability and the dynamics between multinational corporations, non-profits, and governments. She studies these topics from multiple perspectives, including institutional theory, organizational stigma, and stakeholder theory. She has published in leading international business and management journals including, for instance, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of International Business Studies, International Business Review and the Journal of World Business. Ritvala serves on the boards of Aalto Sustainability Hub and Aalto University Junior.