People

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.

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.
Markus Hoellerer

Markus A. Höllerer

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2018). Professor in Organization and Management, UNSW Business School; Senior Research Fellow in Urban Management and Governance, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business.
Markus Höllerer is Professor in Organization and Management at UNSW Sydney. He is also affiliated with the Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance at WU Vienna. His scholarly work has been focused on the study of institutions, meaning, and novel forms of organization and governance. Research interests include, among others, issues of collaborative governance at the interface of the private sector, public administration, and civil society; the global dissemination and local adaptation of bundles of management ideas; the notion of resilience; and various forms of institutional pluralism and complexity. Recent studies engage with institutional arrangements as multimodal accomplishments and related methodology. Markus currently serves on the editorial board and as ad hoc reviewer for a number of leading academic journals, and is the Consulting Editor of Organization Theory. His work has been published in scholarly outlets such as Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Discoveries, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Public Administration, Strategic Organization, and Urban Studies, as well as in several books and edited volumes. Markus has been an elected member of the Executive Board of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), serving as its Chair from 2017-2020.
Maarit Laihonen

Maarit Laihonen

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2018). Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Business, Aalto University, Finland.
I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Aalto University School of Business in the discipline of Philosophy, in the Department of Management Studies. In my doctoral thesis, I studied the politics of nuclear energy in Finland. I have also written about the politics of sustainable development, university activism, and artistic knowledge creation in the context of contemporary political debates. My current research projects include ethnography of unorthodox organizations, political bioeconomy strategies, and the relation of human-forest relationships and forest policies.
Sampo Tukiainen

Sampo Tukiainen

Former Visiting Scholar, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center (spring 2018). Project Manager and Researcher, Department of Management Studies, School of Business, Aalto University, Finland.
I am currently working at Business Finland in developing and funding circular economy innovation ecosystems. Previously, I have been a researcher and a project manager in the Department of Management Studies at the Aalto University School of Business. My latest research project was an EU Horizon 2020 funded examination of the interplay between ‘innovation managers’ (CEOs/CTOs/R&D managers) and national and EU-level innovation policies. The project covered over 700 companies and 5 industrial sectors in 11 EU countries. Based on this, my research focused on examining the innovation managers’ subjectivity in institutional work. This research focus combined institutional organizational analysis, micro-level institutional work, and international industrial policies.