Fall 2021

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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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.

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.
Mads Mordhorst

Mads Mordhorst

Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2021). Associate Professor, Department of Management, Politics and Philosopy, Copenhagen Business School.
Achim Oberg

Achim Oberg

Incoming Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2021). Senior Researcher, Institute for SME Research, University of Mannheim.
Niels Thygesen

Niels Thygesen

Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (fall 2021). Associate Professor, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School.
I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School. I am mainly working with social science disciplines applied to management and public value. My past research focuses on trust, time and technologies in public organizations. My current research project, which examines the gift economy as a way to create public value, has international implications. For instance, an article on its way to Public Management Review on public value associated with this economy as well as the publication: Thygesen, N. (2019). The gift economy and the development of sustainability. Local Economy, 34(6), 493-509.
Emilia Vähämaa

Emilia Vähämaa

Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (Fall 2021). Wärtsilä Associate Professor, Department of Finance and Economics, Hanken School of Economics.
Emilia Vähämaa is an Associate Professor in finance at the Hanken School of Economics in Finland. Her research interests are in the areas of banking, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, and perfomance measurement. Her articles have appeared e.g. in Journal of Business Ethics, Accounting Horizons, and Journal of Financial Services Research.
Linda Wedlin

Linda Wedlin

Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (Fall 2021). Professor, Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University.
Linda Wedlin is a Professor in Business Studies in the Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden. Her research interests include national and transnational regulatory reforms in higher education and research, the organizing of status and status competition in the public science systems, and the role of classifications and monitoring mechanisms in forming organizational fields. She is the author and editor of several books, including Ranking Business Schools (Edward Elgar 2006) and Towards European Science (Edward Elgar 2015, together with Maria Nedeva). Her current work is aimed to explore issues of social and institutional change processes, with a particular focus on the travel and translation of ideas, in time as well as in space. With a large set of “meta-ideas” flooding our worlds – including those of “transparency”, “sustainability”, “entrepreneurship”, and “innovation”, there is great urgency in understanding the structures, actors and processes involved in the translation and diffusion of these ideas, and the entire “ecology of ideas” that come in their wake. This requires an interest in global issues of governance structures and procedures that make these ideas come into power.