Upcoming events

    • 06 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Georgia State University, Buckhead Center, 3348 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta GA 30326, (The Buckhead Center is 15 min train ride from Downtown Atlanta)


    The agenda shall comprise the following items: 

    • Election of meeting chairperson
    • Annual report from the Board of Directors
    • Annual financial report
    • Election of members of the Board of Directors (as needed)
    • Election of chief editors, Journal of Organization Design (as needed)
    • Election of auditor
    • Motions received from members of the Board of Directors or Association members
    • Any other business for discussion only
    • The annual general meeting shall be called with no less than fourteen (14) days notice. The agenda for the annual meeting shall be sent out to the members no later than eight (8) days before the meeting.
    • At the annual general meeting, decisions can only be made on agenda items.
    • 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)
    • 2

    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.


    Jerry Davis, Professor, University of Michigan

    • The emergence of the webpage enterprise

    Arun Sundararajan, Professor, NYU Stern

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

    Hila Lifshitz-Assaf, Assistant Professor, NYU Stern

    • Turbulent Stability of Emergent Roles: The Dualistic Nature of Self-Organizing Knowledge Co-Production
    Jennifer Kurkoski, People Analytic Manager, Google
    • Fractures, fault lines, and the potential pitfalls of collaborative organizing: Stories from Google


     Xavier Castaner, Professor, 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?


    Carliss Baldwin, Professor, Harvard Business School

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

    Spencer Harrison, Associate Professor, Boston College

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

    Melissa Valentine, Assistant Professor, Stanford University

    • Flash Organizations:  Crowdsourcing Complex Work via Reconfigurable Organizational Structures
    Amy Kates, Kates Kesler Organization Consulting
    • Why Hierarchy is more Important than ever in Organization Design


    Stephan Billinger, Associate Professor, 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, Associate Professor, Wisconsin School of Business.

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



    Marlo Raveendran, UC Riverside 

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

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