Organization Theory and Strategy Seminar (Starbuck)
This course in organization theory covers selected theoretical perspectives on organizations and organizing, such as contingency theory, institutional theory, ecological and evolutionary theories, networks and virtual organizations, information processing, learning and knowledge, managerial and organizational cognition.
Processes of Organizational and Institutional Change (Howard-Grenville)
Building on student’s knowledge of the strategy and organizational theory literatures, this seminar explores organizational and extra-organizational (institutional) change. The focus is on the mechanisms and processes of organizational change and status. We explore how these mechanisms operate across individual, group, organizational, and institutional levels.
We will begin with some of the alternative models of change that have been predominant in the literature, and move quickly to consider contemporary readings that illuminate various processes, constraints, and enablers in particular empirical settings. The course gets students ‘up to speed’ on several interesting, emerging streams of literature while grounding them in traditional models.
Research Methods in Organizations (Meyer)
This seminar focuses on the skills involved in designing, conducting, reporting, and evaluating research in the social/behavioral sciences. It surveys alternative research paradigms, with an emphasis on articulation of research questions and designing procedures to bring these questions to an empirical test. Specific topics include: Measurement, Experimental Design, Field Experiments, Surveys, Questionnaires and Interviews, Qualitative Research, Observational and Ethnographic Research, Archival Data Analysis, Databases and Research Support Services, Reporting and Publishing Research.
Students begin by formulating a research question. The seminar then explores a series of research paradigms. As it does, students write four research proposals for examining or testing their question using the methods associated with each paradigm. Developing these proposals highlights the connections between building theory, generating hypotheses, designing research procedures, analyzing data, and interpreting results. In the process, students gain an ability to understand and critically evaluate different styles of research. The seminar is a good platform for developing a dissertation proposal.
Seminar in Strategic Management (Russo)
This course exposes doctoral students to important topical areas in strategic management. All represent important, vibrant research contexts. This course is challenging, exciting, and provocative. It requires that students allocate considerable time to reading and analyzing major articles and book chapters in strategic management, and arrive in class prepared to engage in lively discussions about the topics at hand. To meet this mandate, students often will need to read beyond the assigned articles, so that familiarity with the place of the article in the greater stream of literature is clear. Topics include conceptual and empirical work on stakeholders, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, innovation and technology, international and political issues.