Delectable Reads: An Abundance of Book Reviews and Articles About Food

November 27, 2015 by

Still thinking about all of the delicious Thanksgiving food from yesterday? Here is a food-themed collection of book reviews and articles for you to dig into over leftovers:

Cultivation of TasteChristel Lane : The Cultivation of Taste: Chefs and the Organization of Fine Dining. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. 368 pp. $45.00/£30.00, hardback.

Read the review by Michaela DeSoucey of North Carolina State University, published in the September 2015 issue of Administrative Science Quarterly:

In today’s world, eating out is serious business. And Christel Lane’s new book, The Cultivation of Taste, is a serious—and engaging—scholarly investigation into the business of the culinary industry. Broadly, her comparative analysis of the world of fine-dining chefs and top restaurants in Britain and Germany is a study of the contemporary social organization and business of taste. It unites arguments from organizational theory, the sociology of ASQ_v60n3_Sept2015_cover.inddculture, and economic sociology. Lane, a sociologist, takes the reader on a behind-the-scenes tour, spanning organizational and industry structures, the occupational careers and attitudes of elite chefs, and the taste-making power of gastronomic guides, namely the prestigious Michelin Guide. Her choice of Britain and Germany as case studies was a purposeful one; both are newcomers to fine dining and equally smaller than the French sector. Yet, despite lacking rich histories of haute cuisine, both have seen stratospheric public interest in home-grown fine dining—and all that neo–fine-dining entails in the 21st century—in the last few decades.

Food - ClappClapp, J. (2012). Food. Malden, MA: Polity Press.

Read the review by Josh Brem-Wilson of Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, published in the September 2012 issue of Organization & Environment:

In recent years, Jennifer Clapp, Chair of Global Environmental Governance at Waterloo’s Centre for International Governance Innovation, has established herself as a food analyst of international repute, her work on the dynamics of transnational corporation (TNC) participation in agrifood systems and food volatility being two recent highlights. That she would have been chosen to contribute this volume to Polity’s Resource series should therefore come as no surprise. The timeliness of this text goes without saying—the broad range of themes and contentions clustered under “food policy issues,” whilst perhaps not garnering the same degree of elite attention that they were just 3 or 4 years ago, continue to command specialist and public awareness alike. At the same time, however, the complexity of the issues and of the “system” within which they are contested, and the speed with O&E_Mar_2012_vol26_no1_Cover_Final.inddwhich new issues emerge onto the radar, sets the bar of entry within this field of human endeavour quite high. Thus, as Clapp states in her introduction: “This book aims to contribute to a fuller understanding of some of the key forces that influence and shape the current global food system,” focusing in particular on “the interface between the international political and economic dimensions of the system—what I refer to as the ‘world food economy.’”

ASQ_v59n1_Mar2014_cover.inddRead the article, “The Price You Pay: Price-setting as a Response to Norm Violations in the Market for Champagne Grapes” by Amandine Ody-Brasier and Freek Vermeulen, published in the March 2014 issue of Administrative Science Quarterly. The abstract:

Contrary to the general view that markets are shaped by economic forces, bargaining power, and the prior relationships between exchange partners, this paper posits that markets can sometimes also be purely socially constructed, in the sense that prices can vary irrespective of the economic value embedded in the exchange. Building on insights from the literature on categories, we argue that sellers may react to violations of local norms on the part of particular buyers by charging them higher prices. Sellers thus provide economic benefits, in the form of lower prices, to buyers who closely adhere to the category’s norms. We test these ideas using data on the market for Champagne grapes, examining the exchange between grape growers (the sellers) and the 66 houses that make the sparkling wine (the buyers). Interviews and survey data informed us that growers have clear, normative ideas about what a Champagne house should look like and do: houses that are no longer headed by a descendant of the founder, are not located in one of the traditional Champagne villages, are relative newcomers to the industry, are part of a corporate group, supply supermarket brands, operate winemaking subsidiaries abroad, or acquire their own vineyards are all viewed in a negative light. Our models provide strong support for our prediction, showing that the prices different organizations are charged for their purchases depend substantially on whether they meet local expectations for who they are and what they do. Our qualitative evidence confirms that this differential pricing by growers occurs not through collusion but through a spontaneous, bottom-up process.

cqx coverRead the article, “Mobile Tablet Menus: Attractiveness and Impact of Nutrition Labeling Formats on Millennials’ Food Choices” by Maryam F. Yepes, published in the February 2015 issue of Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. The abstract:

Using mobile tablet technology, this study compared menu selections by millennial-age respondents to test the effects of five different menu nutrition labeling formats for attractiveness, perceived influence, and actual influence on the students’ food choices. Labeling formats presented on an iPad involved combinations of numeric caloric values, traffic-light color coding, and percentage of daily intake presented as a graphic summary. Each participant was asked to select four courses from a fine-dining restaurant menu, and each was shown one of the five nutrition labeling formats (or no information at all). Although there was no significant difference in the calorie count for the six groups, the labeling format with traffic-light color coding combined with a graphic summary of the meal’s calorie count (compared with the daily recommended intake) received the highest attractiveness ranking. This attractive graphic format also showed a significant positive correlation to its perceived influence on food choices. Overall, participants in all labeling groups indicated a strong support for inclusion of nutrition information on restaurant menus using mobile tablet technology.

WFR_72ppiRGB_powerpointRead the interview, “The Hidden Costs of Seafood: An Interview with Muhammad Saidul Islam,” published in the September 2014 issue of World Future Review. From the introduction:

In coastal communities throughout the developing world, farmers are cordoning off swaths of beaches, lakes, and rivers to cultivate stocks of fish, shellfish, and shrimp for markets in the more affluent parts of the globe. These “aquaculture” industries, as the fish farms are known, satisfy a massive global consumer demand for seafood while bringing considerable business profits to the farmers and distributors who make their livelihoods in them. But the business carries a heavy price for the communities in which the aquaculture industries set up shop, according to Muhammed Saidul Islam, an assistant professor of sociology at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Happy reading!

Happy Thanksgiving from Managment INK!

November 26, 2015 by

Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of this American holiday, here are some interesting facts about Thanksgiving!Thanksgiving Postcard

  • The first Thanksgiving service known to be held in North America occurred on May 27, 1578 in Newfoundland. (Smithsonian)
  • After a long, harsh winter that left the Pilgrims malnourished and weak, a Native American man named Squanto taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish and avoid poisonous plants. The Pilgrims celebrated their first Thanksgiving feast with their Native American allies in November 1621, following their first successful corn harvest. The celebration lasted for three days, and because of low sugar supplies, it likely did not feature any pie, cakes, or other desserts. (History Channel)
  • The guest list of the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving featured 53 colonists and 90 Wampanoag Native Americans. (History Channel)
  • Thanksgiving became an annual holiday thanks to the hard work of Sarah Josepha Hale, who published stories and recipes, and sent letters to government officials asking to establish the holiday starting in 1827. After 36 years of lobbying for the holiday, President Lincoln proclaimed on October 3, 1863 that Thanksgiving would be celebrated every year, on the fourth Thursday of November. (Smithsonian)
  • Americans eat an average of 13.3 pounds of turkey per year. Almost 46 million turkeys are eaten at Thanksgiving, more than double the amount of turkey eaten during Christmas and Easter combined. (History Channel)

Bon appétit!

Announcing the Winner of Public Finance Review’s Outstanding Paper Award of 2015

November 25, 2015 by

We’re pleased to congratulate Timothy F. Page and Karen Smith Conway, winners of the Outstanding Paper Award of 2015 from Public Finance Review! Their award-winning article entitled “The Labor Supply Effects of Taxing Social Security Benefits” appeared in the May 2015 issue of Public Finance Review.

The abstract:PFR_72ppiRGB_powerpoint

In 1983, federal and state governments began taxing the social security benefits of high-income elderly. We develop a conceptual model and use 1981–1986 Current Population Survey data to estimate the policy’s labor supply effects. Our estimates suggest that the approximate 20 percent reduction in benefits for the highest income individuals led to a two to five percentage point increase in their labor force participation. Using 2008 data, we show that failing to index the taxation thresholds for inflation, adding a second set of thresholds in 1993, and removing the earnings test in 2000 all substantially magnify the policy’s scope.

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Gather Classroom Data and Encourage Learning with the Attendance2 App

November 24, 2015 by

JME[We’re pleased to welcome Cathy Finger of St. Mary’s College. Professor Finger published a review entitled “iOS Application, ‘Attendance2′” in the April 2015 issue of Journal of Management Education.]

While teaching introductory accounting at a liberal arts college, I found that students were more engaged if I monitored student attendance and rewarded students with points for professionalism (such as attendance, punctuality, and no classroom disruptions). I was facing a term with four accounting classes, each with three class meetings per week, and dreaded the necessary recordkeeping. By chance, a colleague showed me the Attendance2 app for iOS devices (iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, and iPad). After using it for two years, I have found this tool to be indispensable for teaching because of the time it saves me and the information I now have available at my fingertips. I also believes that the app could help scholars collect classroom data for research. I wrote my Resource Review for the Journal of Management Education to inform other business professors of the app’s existence and features.

The abstract:

The iOS application (app) Attendance2 allows instructors to record attendance and class participation electronically while viewing students’ photos, making the process more efficient and reliable. Instructors can then quickly summarize the data in a spreadsheet report. The app has flexible settings so instructors can tailor their data collection to meet their specific teaching needs. It can be a useful tool for instructors across the curriculum, including business instructors, who do not want to be buried in record-keeping tasks but still want to motivate attendance or to reward class participation. I describe the app’s features, discuss ways it can be used in the classroom, and discuss the costs and benefits of using the app.

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Unequal to the Task: Task Segregation As a Mechanism of Inequality for Women at Work

November 23, 2015 by

Woman and ManGender inequality studies have long focused on identifying the material disparities between men and women in the workforce, including researching the gender wage gap. But gender inequality in the workforce extends beyond differences in earnings and promotional opportunities–women also experience inequality in more subjective forms, such as through task segregation, which ultimately impacts job quality. In their article, “Task Segregation as a Mechanism for Within-Job Inequality: Women and Men of Transportation Security Administration,” published online by Administrative Service Quarterly, Curtis Chan and Michel Anteby explore a case study of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees, which found that female employees were disproportionately assigned the undesirable task of patting-down airline customers. The authors go on to explore the negative impact of task segregation on the female TSA employees.

The abstract:

In this article, we examine a case of task segregation—when a group of workers is disproportionately allocated, relative to other groups, to spend more time on specific tasks in a given job—and argue that such segregation is a potential mechanism for generating within-job ASQ_v60n4_Dec2015_cover.inddinequality in the quality of a job. When performing those tasks is undesirable, this allocation has unfavorable implications for that group’s experienced job quality. We articulate the processes by which task segregation can lead to workplace inequality in job quality through an inductive, interview-based case study of airport security-screening workers in a unit of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at a large urban airport. Female workers were disproportionately allocated to the pat-down task, the manual screening of travelers for prohibited items. Our findings suggest that this segregation led to overall poorer job quality outcomes for women. Task segregation overexposed female workers to processes of physical exertion, emotional labor, and relational strain, giving rise to work intensity, emotional exhaustion, and lack of coping resources. Task segregation also seemed to disproportionately expose female workers to managerial sanctions for taking recuperative time off and a narrowing of their skill set that may have contributed to worse promotion chances, pay, satisfaction, and turnover rates for women. We conclude with a theoretical model of how task segregation can act as a mechanism for generating within-job inequality in job quality.

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Journal of Management Education’s Editors on the Invisibility of Reviewers

November 20, 2015 by

JMEFor reviewers, anonymity can be both a good thing and a bad thing. While anonymous reviews allow reviewer’s freedom to evaluate submissions solely based on merit, anonymity also means that reviewers are left unrecognized for their thoughtful yet time-consuming work. It would seem that this trade-off has made reviewing less of an attractive opportunity for potential reviewers. In their article, “Harry Potter in the Academy: Reviewing and Our Own Cloak of Invisibility, published in the current issue of Journal of Management Education, Kathy Lund Dean and Jeanie M. Forray offer a thought-provoking discussion of the flaws and merits of the blind review process, including why change is necessary to attract new reviewers. The article begs the question, is it possible that in the future, reviewers will cast off their Invisibility Cloaks, so to speak, and receive more recognition?

From the editorial:

We should not be surprised by the shrinking pool of reviewers for our conferences and publications. Steve Kerr explained for us decades ago how we focus our attention on that which is rewarded at the expense of other activities (Kerr, 1975). Perhaps because of Kerr’s article so many years ago and its continued power to frame reward systems theory and practice, we would expect management academics to, well, understand how not acknowledging the importance of reviewing will lead to precisely the dearth of reviewer pool we and other editors are experiencing, and change the reward system. That reviewing remains largely considered a service activity rather than a bona fide intellectual contribution is a serious issue for the continued health of our field. And the “blind” aspect of reviewing only exacerbates its invisibility—a reviewer devotes many hours, probably closer to a full day, to assessing a manuscript and to crafting a helpful, supportive review, and all that is usually noted on that person’s CV is a single bullet point telling others for which journals she or he serves as a reviewer. This must change, not only due to the inequity between those who author and those who review but also because of its gross distortion of how publication actually comes about.

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Technology Extends Learning and Engagement Outside of the Classroom

November 19, 2015 by

[We’re pleased to welcome Gavin Northey of University of Western Sydney. Professor Northey published an article entitled “Increasing Student Engagement Using Asynchronous Learning” with Tania Bucic, Mathew Chylinski, and Rahul Govind in the Journal of Marketing Education.]


  • What inspired you to be interested in this topic?

There is a broad body of research that links student engagement to learning outcomes. Often, though, studies fail to provide usable frameworks that assist with the creation and maintenance of engagement in a learning setting. Recent research in marketing, such as work on service dominant logic (Vargo and Lusch, 2004), has suggested that truly engaged participants come about by being involved in production. In a learning environment, this means that education consumers (the students) should be included in the knowledge production process. Based on this, we looked to extend this concept so that students could involve themselves in the creation of knowledge through both synchronous and asynchronous channels. We also wanted to test whether the use of extrinsic, in-class rewards could be used to motivate participation in out-of-class activities.

  • Were there findings that were surprising to you?

To some extent, the findings appear to be reasonably intuitive, in that students who participate in topic-related discussions both in class and outside of class achieve higher academic outcomes than students who only participate in-class. An interesting finding within the data was that the actual level of activity in the out-of-class asynchronous network was not the main driver of improvement in academic outcomes. Rather, membership of the out-of-class group was critical. It would appear that a substantial number of students would login to the out-of-class, online discussions and use the time to observe and reflect. While this wasn’t hypothesized or specifically tested, from the data it did appear the chance for observation and reflection increased topic knowledge, which the students then brought back into class.

  • How do you see this study influencing future research and/or practice?

Around the world, education is currently undergoing a major transformation. Student cohorts are increasingly multicultural, requiring educators to accommodate very diverse learning styles. Along with this, digital technology is so prevalent in modern lifestyles that education consumers (students) are demanding a rethink of product and service delivery. A potential benefit of this is that the combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities enables students to self-select into the option that is most appropriate for their learning needs. By tailoring course delivery to their own requirements, the flow on is increased commitment and engagement and a deeper learning.

The abstract:

Student engagement is an ongoing concern for educators because of its positive association with deep learning and educational outcomes. This article tests the use of a social networking site (Facebook) as a tool to facilitate asynchronous learning opportunities that complement face-to-face interactions and thereby enable a stronger learning ecosystem. This student-centered learning approach offers a way to increase student engagement and can have a positive impact on academic outcomes. Using data from a longitudinal quasi-experiment, the authors show that students who participated in both face-to-face on-campus classes and asynchronous online learning opportunities were more engaged than students who only attended face-to-face classes. In addition, the findings show that participation in the asynchronous setting relates significantly and positively to students’ academic outcomes (final grades). The findings have notable implications for marketing education.

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Gavin NortheyGavin Northey is a PhD candidate at Western Sydney University and manager of the UNSW Australia Business School Experimental Research Laboratory. His marketing research focuses on sensory marketing and cross-modal effects between sensory modalities. His teaching philosophy reflects a student-centered learning approach, with a preference for outcomes based education, constructive alignment and sustainable assessment. As a result, his education research concerns the use of online tools and asynchronous leaning and their affect on student engagement.

Tania Bucic

Tania Bucic (PHD) is currently Senior Lecturer and School of Marketing L&T Coordinator at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Tania is passionate about quality teaching practice and lifting the profile of L&T. She has distinguished herself by winning a string of teaching-related accolades at faculty, university, and national levels including: Bill Birkett Teaching Award; Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence; ANZMAC -Pearson Marketing Educator Award; and most recently, a 2013 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. In addition, Tania has published in: Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Innovation Management, Journal of Workplace Learning, as well as conference such as ANZMAC (10 papers), PDMA and Frontiers in Service. She is an ad-hoc reviewer of several journals and conferences and has acted as chair for several ANZMAC conferences.

Mathew ChylinskiMathew Chylinksi is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He has previously been published in International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, Marketing Science, and European Journal of Marketing.

Rahul Govind

Rahul Govind is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Dr. Govind’s research utilizes spatial dependence in empirical data to study two types of marketing problems. His first research stream focuses on studying the geographical similarity between consumers in devising solutions for services marketing. In addition to utilizing existing spatial modeling methods, his research has aimed to create tools for spatial marketing. His second research stream utilizes geographical similarity between consumers to analyze health problems focused on consumption. The aim of this stream is to devise spatially variant health marketing strategies for public policy officials to combat the problems that can arise out of negative consumption. He has previously been published in Health Marketing Quarterly, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Gerontologist, and Journal of Marketing.

The Business of Bumble Bees: A Look at the Relationship Between Business and Biodiversity Loss

November 18, 2015 by


Small though they may be, bumble bees play a large part in the environment. As pollinators, bees assist in the reproductive process of flowering plants, including crops that produce food, fiber, drugs, and fuel. More than a third of the world’s crops rely on bees as pollinators, which makes the population decline of bees in recent years particularly alarming. In their article, “Invisible Compromises: Global Business, Local Ecosystems, and the Commercial Bumble Bee Trade,” published in Organization & Environment, authors Carol Reade, Robin Thorp, Koichi Goka, Marius Wasbauer, and Mark McKenna use the bumble bee trade as a lens to explore the complex relationship between global business and ecosystem health, including biodiversity loss. In addition, the article explores ways that businesses can adopt more sustainable practices.

The abstract:

The purpose of this article is to challenge organizational scholars, management educators, and business leaders oae coverto consider more deeply the impact of global business activities on local ecosystems. Drawing on the management, sustainability, and entomology literature, we illustrate the complex relationship between global business and biodiversity loss through the lens of the commercial bumble bee trade. Global firms in this trade rear and supply bees for greenhouse crop pollination. We build on a well-known global strategy framework used in management education by adding a sustainability dimension, and offering propositions for the relationship between global business strategy and the strength of environmental sustainability. We conclude that a locally responsive, place-sensitive business strategy supports the strongest degree of environmental sustainability, and addresses the invisible compromises to ecosystem health that may result from the efforts of global firms to provide otherwise beneficial products and services.

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Book Review: How Matter Matters: Objects, Artifacts, and Materiality in Organization Studies

November 17, 2015 by

How Matter Matters Book Cover

Paul R. Carlile, Davide Nicolini, Ann Langley, Haridmos Tsoukas , eds.: How Matter Matters: Objects, Artifacts, and Materiality in Organization Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 294 pp. $100.00, hardcover.

You can read the book review by Candace Jones of Boston College in the December 2015 Issue of Administrative Science Quarterly.

This volume challenges the reader, and the various chapters challenge one another indirectly. It raises important questions, such as (1) What are the implications of materiality for process theories? (2) If the social and material are always entangled, where is agency? (3) What does entanglement mean, and what are its boundary conditions?, and (4) Do materials have agency or only properties that constrain and enable human action? The volume clearly focuses on knowledge as the key integrating link. There is, however, an important absence in the volume: the extensive work on place, space, and materialityASQ_v60n4_Dec2015_cover.indd by sociologists such as Gieryn (2000, 2002), Preda (1999), and McDonnell (2010), whose work links directly to knowledge and practice. There is also a tendency for the chapters (except Olsen’s) to emphasize the positives of materiality, while avoiding decay and obstacles of materiality. Finally, as the editors are experts in process theories, I had hoped they would conclude by comparing, debating, and making sense of these diverse and engaging essays, but perhaps other scholars can build on the pieces in this volume to bridge its disciplinary boundaries and create a more unified body of work for organizational researchers.

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Read Family Business Review’s December Issue!

November 16, 2015 by

FBR_v26n1_72ppiRGB_150pixWThe December 2015 issue of Family Business Review is now available to read for free for the next 30 days! The issue offers a range of thought provoking articles exploring the different dynamics of family firms.

The lead article, “How Family, Business, and Community Logics Shape Family Firm Behavior and ‘Rules of the Game’ in an Organizational Field,” was authored by Trish Reay, Peter Jaskiewicz, and C.R. (Bob) Hinings. The article explores how family firms are not only influenced by field-level logics, but also influence those logics by taking action that modifies the field to best support their own legitimacy and sustainability. You can read the abstract here:

The relationships between family firms and their institutional contexts are critical to family firm legitimacy and sustainability. However, we still know little about how these relationships influence firm behavior. We draw on the institutional literature—institutional logics in particular—to investigate the behavior of different types of wineries within the Okanagan region in Western Canada. We analyze how family, business, and community logics guide firm behavior, and how different combinations of logics lead firms to take action that modifies the field to support their own legitimacy and sustainability.

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