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Organization Design Community Annual Conference 2022

  • 27 Oct 2022
  • 9:00 AM (EDT)
  • 28 Oct 2022
  • 12:00 PM (EDT)


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ODC annual conference 2022

Organizing for Novelty

October 27th-28th 2022

The Organizational Design Community is pleased to announce that the annual conference will be held virtually on October 27-28, 2002. The theme for this year’s conference is “Organizing for Novelty”. The co-organizers of the conference, Oliver Alexy and Isin Guler, have assembled a program that encompasses diverse approaches to issues of organizational design at the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology. 

Topics for this year's conference include:

  • Evolution, innovation, and org design | New insights on organizing for novelty
  • Organizing for novelty & novel ways of organizing | The view from practice
  • Experimentation | Novelty in, from, and like start-ups
  • Technology in organizations | What's next for innovation and organizing?
 Sessions  Detailed Program
 Session 1 Evolution, innovation, and org design | New insights on organizing for novelty


Vibha Gaba

Vibha Gaba is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and The INSEAD Fellow in Memory of Erin Anderson. She is currently the Co-Editor of the Strategic Management Journal after serving two terms as the Associate Editor there. Broadly, her research seeks to understand how organizations learn and how it impacts their ability to innovate and adapt. Her recent work focuses on the diffusion of problems and solutions, the emergence of novelty, and the decision-making implications of multiple goals and aspirations. In this talk, she will discuss ideas related to the diffusion of new technologies and the generation of novelty. 
Elena Novelli  Elena Novelli is Professor of Strategy at Bayes Business School. Her research focuses on the strategic management of knowledge and on decision making in strategy and entrepreneurship. Her work in this area has been published on international academic journals, including the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Annals, Organization Science and Research Policy and has received multiple grants and awards. In this talk she will describe the implications of teaching managers and entrepreneurs a theory-based approach to decision making that resembles that used by scientists when exploring new phenomena.
J.P. Eggers  J.P. Eggers is a professor at NYU Stern studying behavioral processes for innovation. In this talk he will explore how expanding upon the classic variation-selection-retention model borrowed from evolutionary biology opens new potential paths for innovation research.
 Session 2 Distributed Autonomous Organizations: What is the hype and what is here to say?
Martin Gonzalez Martin Gonzalez is a member of Google’s Organization Development team, where he links to Google’s engineering organizations, advises start-ups around various organization design challenges, and frequently links to business schools in teaching and research.
Lisa Wocken Lisa Wocken is an accomplished practitioner, speaker, and organization designer around DAOs, who also holds a Ph.D. in organizational leadership from the University of Minnesota. 
Ying-Ying Hsieh
Ying-Ying Hsieh is Assistant Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College Business School, and one of the leader researchers around topics concerning new forms of organizing in cryptocurrency (e.g., Bitcoin) and more broadly, financial technology (FinTech), and DAOs. 
 Session 3 Experimentation | Novelty in, from, and like start-ups
Teppo Felin Teppo Felin is the Anderson Endowed Professor at the Huntsman School, USU. From 2013 to 2021, he was Professor of Strategy at the University of Oxford. In this talk, Felin will discuss the theoretical and practical implications of theory-based view (TBV) for questions of organization design, experimentation and the origins of novelty. The TBV emphasizes organization and firm-specificity, and this emphasis will also briefly be contrasted with environment-oriented, heuristic-driven and resource-based approaches to strategy, as well as approaches such as lean startup.
Jacqueline Kirtley  Jacqueline ‘Jax’ Kirtley is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where she studies the strategy evolution of early stage, hard-science and technology start-ups. She will present current research that pushes the boundary conditions of the swimming with sharks literature beyond its assumptions of low powered entrepreneurial firms and imitating established firms. This multi-year, longitudinal, qualitative field study examines how power from resource dependence is assessed and managed between entrepreneurial and established firm in relationships for the development of novel technology innovations.
Diane Burton   M. Diane Burton is the Joseph R. Rich ’80 Professor of Human Resource Studies at the ILR School of Cornell University where she leads the Institute for Compensation Studies.  Her research focuses on the employment practices of entrepreneurial firms.  In this talk she will discuss opportunities for entrepreneurship researchers and human resource management researchers to learn from one another.
 Session 4  Technology in organizations | What's next for innovation and organizing?
Anita Woolley  Anita Williams Woolley is the Associate Dean of Research and a Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. Her research focuses on collective intelligence in human groups and in hybrid human-machine systems. In this talk, she will describe recent research with collaborators to develop a Transactive Systems Theory of Collective Intelligence, which they use to inform the design of collectives to enhance Collective Human-Machine Intelligence.
Callen Anthony  Callen Anthony is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at the Stern School of Business at New York University. She will share findings from an ethnographic study of investment bankers using technological tools in their analytical work. Focusing on choices between two competing technologies, in her presentation Callen will discuss how informal social relationships amongst these expert knowledge workers led to unexpected patterns of technology use – including sustained use of a tool these bankers struggled to understand and perceived to be worse; episodic and covert use of the preferred tool; and sudden shifts to these patterns – even as tasks and features of technologies remained stable. These patterns of technology use held consequences for how expert knowledge workers gathered, analyzed, and codified data.
Samer  Faraj Samer Faraj holds the Canada Research Chair in Technology, Innovation, and Organizing at McGill University. His research focuses on knowledge collaboration and on how emerging technologies are transforming coordination and organizing. In this talk, he will highlight the ways in which current conceptualizations of technology are problematic for theorizing about the role of technology in the digital age.

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