New Podcast: Chris Grey on Organizations

Chris-Grey_opt.jpgWhat is an “organization?” According to Chris Grey, the guest in this Social Science Bites podcast, in many ways it’s a moment in time. “An organization,” he tells interviewer David Edmonds, “is also a momentary crystallization of an ongoing process of organizing.”

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Grey is a professor of organizational studies in the school of management at Royal Holloway University in London and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. And while he’s been heavily involved in management studies – he’s actually part of the School of Management at Royal Holloway – he makes clear that the rubric of ‘an organization’ extends far beyond business alone. “A huge amount of life is organized,” Grey explains, “and is therefore under the ambit of organizational studies.” In fact, the field itself, which essentially emerged from work on bureaucracy by Max Weber, was usually located in an institution’s sociology or psychology departments until the advent of business schools in the 1960s exerted a magnetic draw on the discipline.

One of Grey’s best examples of not being solely a business study is detailed in his 2012 book — Decoding Organization: Bletchley Park, Codebreaking and Organization Studies — about the (now) famous British World War II codebreaking campus. As he describes in this podcast, Bletchley Park harnessed many of the current cultural trends and personality traits of its selected workforce so well that even spouses didn’t know of each other’s wartime exploits for decades after V-E Day.

Even if organizational studies is boiled down to issues of economic efficiency, he continues, “we have to open up the question of what does efficiency mean and for who?” He adds: “We needn’t give the answer, ‘efficient for the powerful’.” And while admitting that his “take” is far from universal among his colleagues, “Fundamentally the problems of organization are not soluble and they’re not amenable to the kind of prediction and control that is sometimes promised.”

While he has wide ranging research interests and a love of detective novels, Grey remains well-represented in the management field. He was editor-in-chief of Management Learning for six years. Grey co-edited the 2016 book Critical Management Studies: Global Voices, Local Accents and was co-author of another 2016 volume, Secrecy at Work: The Hidden Architecture of Organizational Life.

His most recent book for SAGE is the cleverly named A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations.

For a complete listing of past Social Science Bites podcasts, click HERE. You can follow Bites on Twitter @socialscibites and David Edmonds @DavidEdmonds100.

New Podcast from the Journal of Management Inquiry!

We are pleased to feature a new podcast from the Journal of Management Inquiry’s series entitled “Six Degrees” with participants Deepak Patil and Dr. Linda Ackerman Anderson.

Please click here to listen to the podcast directly, where Anderson discusses her life and career in organization transformation.JMI_72ppiRGB_powerpoint.jpg

Deepak Patil is currently pursuing his doctorate in OD with California School of Professional Psychology. He has 16 years of rich work experience in the field of Leadership development and OD. Before rejoining student in Aug 2015, he was VP and Head of Leadership Development at Firstsource for their global operations. He is actively engaged with Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Sciences, Group Relations India, Silicon Valley OD Network and South Asian Association of Transactional Analysis. Deepak aspires to research in Strategic Change Management and Systems Thinking. After doctorate, he desires to consult for profit and not for profit organizations across the globe. Deepak enjoys travelling, reading and experiencing life to its fullest. He can be reached at

linda.jpgDr. Linda Ackerman Anderson, Co-Founder of Being First, Inc., specializes in facilitating transformational change in Fortune 1000 businesses, governments, the military, and large not-for-profit organizations. Industry experts regard Linda as a founding leader of Organization Transformation and a godparent to the Organizational Development community.

As one of the pioneers of Conscious Change Leadership, Dr. Ackerman Anderson brings decades of expertise in developing conscious change leaders and equipping them with the insights and methods to become experts in their fields. She specializes in assisting leaders to sort through the chaos of transformation, develop change processes that produce extraordinary business outcomes, transform organizational mindset and culture, and personally model the changes they seek to create. Linda is an international speaker, co-wrote two best-selling books, Beyond Change Management: How to Achieve Breakthrough Results through Conscious Change Leadership, and The Change Leader’s Roadmap: How to Navigate Your Organization’s Transformation and co-created the renowned 9-phase change model; The Change Leader’s Roadmap™. Dr. Ackerman Anderson was granted an honorary doctorate from Chapman University (Brandman University) for her life’s work in transformational change and leadership.

You can also view the entire JMI Six Degrees podcast series here.


New Podcast! Protecting Student Intellectual Property in the Entrepreneurial Classroom

Podcast MicrophoneIn the latest podcast from Journal of Management Education, Jane Murray speaks with Jerome Katz and Sarah Wright about their article, “Protecting Student Intellectual Property in the Entrepreneurial Classroom.” The podcast delves into the inspiration for Sarah to interview Jerome about student entrepreneurship, as well as what future research and projects this paper has sparked for Sarah and Jerome.

The abstract for the paper:

While universities are intensely protective of revenue streams related to intellectual property interests for the institution and professors, the financial and legal interests of students in the entrepreneurial process have largely been overlooked. This lack of attention, both in universities and in the literature, is intriguing given the mushrooming growth in entrepreneurial education courses in almost every U.S.
university. This article builds and reflects on an original article by Katz, Harshman, and Lund Dean where the JMEauthors advocate for establishing classroom norms for promoting and protecting student intellectual property. We present research, insights, and reflections from Professor Katz regarding the controversial ethical and legal issues related to student intellectual property in university settings and provide suggested resources for faculty traversing these issues.

Interested in hearing the interview? You can listen to the full podcast by clicking here. You can also read the article, “Protecting Student Intellectual Property in the Entrepreneurial Classroom” from Journal of Management Education free for the next two weeks by clicking here.

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Happy Fourth of July!

In honor of the fourth of July, and to take advantage of the long summer days, we’ve compiled an entertaining collection of summer-themed podcasts.


In the podcast episode entitled “13 Reasons for the American Revolution,” the Stuff You Missed in History Class hosts delve into the many motivations for the American Revolution that started in 1765. There is a misconception that the main reason for the American Revolution was the lack of representation (hence the famous saying “no taxation without representation”), but there is more to the American Revolution than that. Listen to the podcast here.

17069308693_145d31eea3_zOne of the hallmarks of summer in the United States is the enticing, smoky scent of backyard barbecues grilling up hot dogs and burgers. Freakonomics Radio touches upon America’s love of cheeseburgers with the episode “The Cheeseburger Diet,” which follows one woman’s quest to find the best burger in town, and what her experiment can teach us about how to eat smarter. Listen to the podcast here.


Ice cream is a favorite treat for hot summer days, but how did ice cream come to be? In “We All Scream for Ice Cream” from Stuff You Missed in History Class, you can learn about the multi-cultural history of ice cream, and how it came to be such a popular treat in the United States, where 1.6 billon gallons of ice cream are produced annually. Listen to the podcast here.

2867425266_0278965d3f_mTo help keep your mind off the heat, why not listen to a podcast about icebergs? In “How Icebergs Work (Very Cool)” from Stuff You Should Know, the podcast hosts go beyond the surface to discuss not only the science and history of icebergs, but also emerging research on icebergs. Listen to the podcast here.


Summer is the perfect time to go on an adventure, and what better adventure to go on than a hot air balloon ride? In the podcast “How Hot Air Balloons Work” from Stuff You Should Know, you can find out more about the physics of hot air balloons, as well as the tragic history of hot air balloons. Listen to the podcast here.

9550292392_0ed00edb98_zAnd finally, while the rest of the world loves to watch  and play football (also known as soccer) any time of the year, Americans are much less enthusiastic about the sport. Despite this, long daylight hours in summer means plenty of time to get out of the house to play a match of football. In the episode “Why America Doesn’t Love Soccer (Yet),” Freakonomics Radio delves into what it would take for Americans to become football fans. Listen to the podcast here.

Happy Fourth of July from Management INK!

New Podcast: Tomika Greer on Using HRD to Support Repatriates

Podcast MicrophoneIn the latest podcast from Human Resource Development Review, Tomika Greer of University of Houston discusses the article she co-authored with Alexandra Stiles of Shell Oil Company, entitled “Using HRD to Support Repatriates: A Framework for Creating an Organization Development Strategy for Repatriation,” which was recently published in the March 2016 issue of Human Resource Development Review.

You can find the podcast on the Human Resource Development Review website here, or click here to download the podcast. You can also read the full article free for the next two weeks by clicking here.

The abstract from the paper:

A systematic review of repatriation literature in human resource development (HRD) HRDjournals reveals common themes of low motivation to repatriate among expatriates and high rates of repatriation failure in organizations. In addition, there is a gap in the published research regarding organization development (OD), suggesting that there is a need to look more closely at managing the changes for individuals, teams, and organizations associated with repatriation. In this article, we addressed this literature gap by proposing a framework for creating an OD strategy for repatriation. This framework is useful for HRD instructors, trainers, and other practitioners who are tasked with creating and instructing others on how to create an OD strategy for repatriation. Such a strategy could help improve repatriation motivation and decrease repatriation failure, ultimately improving organizational performance. The proposed framework was adapted from a positive model of planned change and focuses on discovering, examining, and capitalizing on previous organizational successes to positively impact the repatriation process.

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 Tomika W. Greer, PhD is visiting assistant professor of Human Resource Development in the College of Technology at the University of Houston. She has previously presented and published research related to trends and challenges associated with career development for women and implementation/outcomes of “family-friendly” organizational policies and programs. Her work appears in journals including Human Resource Development Review, New Horizons in Adult Education & Human Resource Development, and The Psychologist-Manager Journal.

New Podcast: Henriette Lundgren on Mezirow’s Theory and Its Operationalization

Podcast MicrophoneIn the latest podcast from Human Resource Development Review, Henriette Lundgren discusses the article she co-authored with Rob Poell entitled, “On Critical Reflection: A Review of Mezirow’s Theory and Its Operationalization,” which was recently published in the March 2016 issue of Human Resource Development Review.

You can find the podcast on the Human Resource Development Review website here, or click here to download the podcast. You can also read the full article free for the next two weeks by clicking here.

The abstract:

In this article, we review empirical studies that research critical reflection based on Mezirow’s definition. The concepts of content, process, and premise reflection have often been cited, and operationalizing Mezirow’s high-level transformative learning theory and its components has been the endeavorHRD.jpg of adult education and human resource development (HRD) researchers. By conducting a literature review, we distill 12 research studies on critical reflection that we dissect, analyze, and compare. Discovering different approaches, assessment processes, and outcomes leads us to the conclusion that there is little agreement on how to operationalize reflection. We suggest four improvements: (a) integrating different critical reflection traditions, (b) using multiple data collection pathways, (c) opting for thematic embedding, and (d) attending to feelings. By implementing these improvements, we hope to stimulate closer alignment of approaches in critical reflection research across adult education and HRD researchers.

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Henriette Lundgren is a workplace educator and an associated researcher with Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Her main scholarly interests are learning in the workplace, the use of reflection instruments, and adult education theory.


New Podcast: Kincy Madison on Agency and Stewardship Theory

Podcast MicrophoneIn the latest podcast from Family Business Review, assistant editor Karen Vinton speaks with Kincy Madison of Mississippi State University about the article “Viewing Family Firm Behavior and Governance Through the Lens of Agency and Stewardship Theories,” co-authored with Daniel Holt, Franz Kellermanns, and Annette Ranft.

You can find the podcast on the Family Business Review website here, or click here to download the podcast. You can also read the full article here.

The abstract:

Agency and stewardship theories are prominent perspectives to examine myriad FBR_C1_revised authors color.inddissues within family firms. Although considered opposing theories, both address the same phenomena: the individual-level behaviors and firm-level governance mechanisms that predict organizational outcomes. Accordingly, we review and synthesize these theories concurrently, using the concepts of behavior and governance as our organizing framework. Our review encompasses 107 family firm articles grounded in agency and/or stewardship theory, published between 2000 and 2014 in 24 journals across several disciplines. Additionally, we identify future research areas that provide scholars opportunities to push theoretical boundaries and offer further insights into the family firm.

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 Kincy  Madison, Ph.D.Kristen (“Kincy”) Madison is an Assistant Professor of Management in the College of Business at Mississippi State University. She received her PhD in Organizations and Strategy from the University of Tennessee. She has a BS in Management and a MS in Human Resources, both from Auburn University. Kincy’s research interest is family business, with a focus on topics that intersect strategic management and human resources, such as governance, leadership, and competitive advantage.

Karen L. Vinton, Ph.D., is assistant editor of FBR and a 1999 Barbara Hollander Award winner and Professor Emeritus of Business at the College of Business at Montana State University, where she founded the University’s Family Business Program. An FFI Fellow, she has served on its Board of Directors and chaired the Body of Knowledge committee.