Spring 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.
Samuli Patala

Samuli Patala

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2017). Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Business, Aalto University, Finland.
I am an assistant professor of organization and management at Aalto University School of Business in Finland. My research interests are focused on environmentally sustainable business and cross-sector collaboration. I am especially interested in the empirical contexts of circular economy and renewable energy, and theoretically my research interests include institutional theory, cross-sector partnerships, and polycentric governance. In my previous research have studied for example the legitimation work and FDI activities of multinational energy utilities and the governance of circular economy. I am currently working in two broader research projects. One is a large cross-industrial project focused on circular economy and sustainability transition in the textile sector, and the second one focuses on impact investing.
Guro Refsum Sanden

Guro Refsum Sanden

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2017). Senior Lecturer, Department of Applied IT, University of Gothenburg.
Guro R. Sanden is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Applied Information Technology at the University of Gothenburg. Her research focuses on the role of language strategies in multinational corporations and the relationship between national language policies and corporate law. Before entering academia, Guro held various industry positions, including management trainee in the Danish insurance company Tryg. Her work has been published in outlets such as Applied Linguistics, European Journal of International Management, and Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.
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.