People

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.

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.

Antoinette Hetzler

Antoinette Hetzler

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (2017). Professor, Department of Sociology, Lund University, Sweden.
I am professor emerita in sociology at Lund University, Sweden. My area of research interest is social policy and the welfare state. Although my empirical work involves the everyday life of micro processes and macro structural change within public institutions, my theoretical work involves the linkage between sociology of law, organization theory and social psychology. In my earlier research I have examined the development of the welfare state, formation of social policy, the concept of citizenship and the public identity and regulation of the private sector. I have recently completed research on “Threats and Violence at School – Are Teachers Without Rights.” Deterioration in the work environment of public institutions has put pressure on national governments not only to guarantee the quality of social services but also the rights of employees. Written results of research from the project has concentrated on changes in women dominated professions within the public sector not only of teachers but also of social workers and the influx of a growing international market of private suppliers within the area of education, health care and social services financed through national public funds. My current research involves “Financial Sustainability and Illicit Financial Flows.” The research examines global financial markets and the success and/or failure of individual states as well as global entities and imposed regulation.
Markus Latzke

Markus Latzke

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2017). Programme Director of Business Administration for the Public Health Sector, IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, Austria.
Before my current position, I worked as Assistant Professor at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Management and Organisational Behaviour at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. My research focuses on two main areas: Health Care Management and Career Studies. Regarding the former, my focus has been on patient safety, which has led me to investigate the role of safety climate, error reporting systems, patient engagement as well as teamwork on the occurrence of adverse events. Theoretically, I draw on literature about organizational learning, sense-making and high reliability organizations. Concerning my research in Career Studies, I have used longitudinal data for investigating changes in careers, like the number and consequences of job transitions. Furthermore, by using a Bourdieuan lense which allows me to consider relationality and power relations, I studied career capital in various social fields for various groups such as business school graduates, teachers and refugees. A recent paper, applying signaling theory and convention theory, illustrates the role of social media in the recruitment process. In my ongoing projects, I focus on sustainable careers of health care professionals and the role of rules in relation to safety.
Anne Reff Pedersen

Anne Reff Pedersen

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2017). Professor MSO, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School.
Anne Reff Pedersen is Professor MSO at Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School. Her research field is public organizations and innovation, with a particular interest in organization science, ethnography, narratives, and health care management and organization. She has published articles in Organization, American Review of Public Administration and Management Learning and she has published several books about Health Care Management, organizational change, and organisational ethnography. She works currently in a research project about health care innovation.
Sarah Valdez

Sarah Valdez

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2017). Associate Director and Senior Lecturer, Institute for Analytical Sociology, Linköping University, Sweden.
Sarah Valdez is Associate Director and Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Analytical Sociology (IAS) at Linköping University. Her research focuses on the social impacts of immigration to Europe including the rise of anti-immigrant political parties and the dynamics of neighborhood segregation. Sarah received her PhD from the University of Washington and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Carlos III-Juan March Institute in Madrid. Her work has been published in Social Forces, European Sociological Review, and Migration Studies. Sarah is currently Principal Investigator on a Swedish Research Council (FORTE) project investigating the impact of ethnic enclaves on second generation immigrant assimilation, in which she uses Swedish population registers and spatial data to address issues of enclave measurement, the creation of ego-centric neighborhoods, and the diffusion of human capital in social networks. Sarah is also working on a cross-national comparison of the rise of left and right wing populism in Europe.
Yamin Xie

Yamin Xie

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (2017). Researcher, Wallenberg Center for Financial Research, Hanken School of Economics; PhD, Hanken School of Economics, Finland.

I am an affiliated postdoctoral researcher with Wallenberg Center for Financial Research (WCEFIR) at the Hanken School of Economics in Finland. My research interests include financial management, corporate finance, corporate governance and international finance. My research focuses on the link and interaction between organizational governance and financial performance, financial policy, agency problem, cultural integration, managerial incentives, intellectual capital, labor market and executive career paths to the top. For example, I examine how human capital activities like founder post-merger positioning and CEO selection affect corporate governance and firm performance. My research goals include: (1) identify organizational governance problem through comprehensive analyses from both financial and management perspectives; (2) deal with organizational governance problem in detailed contexts (e.g., countries, regions, stages, transitions, events, policies, business cycles, etc).

My current research projects include: (1) “International merger waves and corporate innovation”. Corporate innovation varies with countries due to differences in innovation tradition, creative environment, national culture, dominant religion, economic policy, political uncertainty, legislation and regulation. I investigate whether cross-border mergers can mutually improve innovation opportunities, innovative capacity, and financial performance for both targets and acquirers. (2) “Corporate internationalization and management labor market.” I examine how international experience affects CEO selection and multinational corporate governance.