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ODC Annual Conference 2017

  • 06 Aug 2017
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Georgia State University, Buckhead Center, 3348 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta GA 30326, (The Buckhead Center is 15 min train ride from Downtown Atlanta)
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  • Academic, Corporate or PhD Student

The Role of Hierarchy in Modern Organizations

The role of hierarchy is challenged and disputed in modern organization design, but still we see hierarchy as the most common form of organizing.

In this conference we will address non-hierarchical modes of organizing and explore the role of hierarchy in today’s organizations.

9 AM - 10 AM: ODC Annual Meeting.   

Breakfast (free for participants) will be served during the annual meeting.

10.00 AM - 10.15 AM: Welcome
Marlo Raveendran, UC Riverside

10.15 AM - 12.30 AM: Collaborative organizing: Organization design without traditional hierarchy?

In this session we will explore the power of non-hierarchical modes of organizing, and how highly distributed organizations are able to collaborate effectively, without traditional elements of structure and power.


Arun Sundarajan, Professor, NYU Stern

  • Crowd-Based Capitalism: Are Sharing Economy Platforms the Future of Organizations?

Spencer Harrison, Associate Professor, Boston College

  • Understanding Flat Organizing: We know about the map, what about the compass?

Hila Lifshitz-Assaf, Assistant Professor, NYU Stern

  • Turbulent Stability of Emergent Roles: The Dualistic Nature of Self-Organizing Knowledge Co-Production

Jennifer Kurkoski - Google - People  Analytics

  • Fractures, fault lines, and the potential pitfalls of collaborative organizing: Stories from Google


 Xavier Castaner, University of Lausanne

12. 30AM - 1.15 PM: Lunch and networking (free for participants)

1.15 PM - 3.30 PM:  What is the role of hierarchy in today’s and tomorrow’s organizations?

In this session we will explore the role of hierarchy in today’s organizations. In light of the insights derived from session 1, what can we say about the role of traditional hierarchies and their importance of managing firms successfully?


Jerry Davis,University of Michigan

  • The emergence of the webpage enterprise

Charliss Baldwin, Harvard Business School

  • Chandler Revisited: Hierarchy, Vertical Integration and Authority in the Rationalization of Step Processes

Melissa Valentine, Stanford University

  • Flash Organizations:  Crowdsourcing Complex Work via Reconfigurable Organizational Structures


Stephan Billinger, University of Southern Denmark

3.30 PM - 3.45 PM: Coffee break     

3.45 PM - 4.45 PM: Organization design in collaborative and hierarchical organizations - a discussion

The aim of this session is to have a broader discussion with conference participants about the role of traditional and non-traditional modes of organizing on the field and practice of organization design today.


Hart Posen, Wisconsin School of Business.

4.45 PM - 5 PM: Closing remarks
  Marlo Raveendran, UC Riverside 


Co-Program Chairwomen

Marlo Raveendran, UC Riverside 

Hila Lifshitz-Assaf, Stern School of Business, NYU. 

The ODC conference is sponsored by Leaders in Organization Design: 


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