Annc: Reframing Institutional Logics by Alistair Mutch

Alistair Mutch asked us to send this message to our network:

Dear friends

Apologies for this marketing message but I hope you will be interested to know that my new book on institutional logics is now published by Routledge. Building on my recent article in Academy of Management Review, it seeks to offer a new perspective on institutional logics by drawing on the resources of critical realism.

Reframing Institutional Logics: History, Substance and Practices, Routledge 2019 – available at https://www.routledge.com/Reframing-Institutional-Logics-Substance-Practice-and-History/Mutch/p/book/9781138482357  

From the blurb:

How are we to characterise the context in which organisations operate? The notion that organisational activity is shaped by institutional logics has been influential but it presents a number of problems. The criteria by which institutions are identified, the conflation of institutions with organisations, the enduring nature of those institutions and an exaggerated focus on change are all concerns that existing perspectives do not tackle adequately. This book uses the resources of historical work to suggest new ways of looking at institutional logics. It builds on the work of Roger Friedland who has conceived of institutional logics being animated by adherence to a core substance that is immanent in practices. Development of this idea in the context of organisation theory is supported by ideas drawn from the work of the social theorist Margaret Archer and the broader resources of the philosophical tradition of critical realism. Institutions are seen to emerge over time from the embodied relations of humans to each other and to the natural world on which they depend for material existence. Once emergent, institutions develop their own logics and endure to form the context in which agents are involuntarily placed and that conditions their activity. The approach adopted offers resources to ‘bring society back in’ to the study of organisations.

The book will appeal to graduate students who are engaging with institutional theory in their research. It will also be of interest to scholars of institutional theory, of the history of organisations and those seeking to apply ideas from critical realism to their research.

I hope you would be able to recommend purchase to your library.

Many thanks

Alistair

 

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Job: RA post on ESRC grant

Job Details

Research Associate For quantitative network analysis of appointment diaries

Reference Number

022838

Location

Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building

College / Service

COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

Department

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL & POLITICAL SCIENCES

Job Family

Research And Teaching

Position Type

Full Time

Salary Range

£35,210 – £39,610

Job Purpose

To make a leading contribution to the ESRC-funded project ‘Quantitative Social Network Analysis of Appointment Diaries’. Specifically, the job requires knowledge of the preparation and analysis of social network data. The post-holder will also be required to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals and help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following activities in conjunction with the Principal Investigator (PI) as appropriate:

1. Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of assigned research, taking responsibility for a core element as appropriate, in accordance with the project objectives and project/School/College/University research strategy.

2. Write up research findings/outcomes for publication in leading journals for disseminations as appropriate. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting progress reports and papers as appropriate.

3. Establish and maintain a personal research profile and reputation and that of the School/College/University. Establish and sustain a track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit, gathering indicators of esteem and identifying opportunities for knowledge exchange.

4. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project and subject area, and develop/implement a suitable research strategy.

5. Present work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance the research profile of the School/College/University.

6. Take a leading role in the identification of potential funding sources and assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies, planning and developing a line of research activities.

7. Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the project and in the broader School/College/University and wider community (e.g. Academic and other collaborators/partners).

8. Take a leading role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College/University.

9. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the project and School, including budgets/expenditure.

10. Contribute to elements of teaching within a clear and established programme and carry out associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with PI.

11. Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.

12. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Head of School and/or PI.

13. To contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan – Inspiring People – Changing the World.
http://www.gla.ac.uk/about/strategy/people/

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge/Qualifications
Essential
A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or equivalent in professional qualifications and experience with evidence of personal development in similar role.
A2 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge in areas relevant to the field of research, specifically social network analysis
A3 Sufficient breadth and/or depth of knowledge in specialist subject and of research methods and techniques to work within the subject area.

Desirable
B1 Knowledge of project-specific data sources
B2 Knowledge of specialist IT software, notably R, as appropriate

Skills
Essential
C1 Ability to analyse and organise resources in order to manage time and workload effectively.
C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate.
C3 Ability to communicate material of a specialist or highly technical nature and to be effective both orally and in writing at a level appropriate to the activity, including public presentations.
C4 Ability to apply policy, practice and procedures including broader University/sector external (e.g. commercial) awareness.
C5 Proven initiative and judgement to resolve problems independently and/or as part of a team.
C6 Good leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills as appropriate.
C7 Willingness to travel to work in the UK/Europe and elsewhere as required by the project

Experience
Essential
E1 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience normally including sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field
E2 Experience of planning and progressing work activities within professional guidelines or organisational policy, applying initiative and independent judgement.
E3 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals and/ or at conferences.E4 Experience of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of literature, design and analysis of research data and drafting of papers.

Desirable
F1 An emerging national or international reputation in research.

Job Features

Dimensions
To carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international quality.
Publish and seek funding as appropriate to subject specialism within agreed timescales.
Undertake informal supervision and support of less experienced members of the project team e.g. postgraduate and project students.
Undertake teaching or other duties in accordance with school policy and as agreed with Head of School and PI.
Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.

Planning and Organising
Management of time and prioritisation of all activities.
Planning, organisation and implementation of research project on a weekly/monthly basis.
Plan research directions that are within the available budget.
React to varying project needs and deadlines.

Decision Making
Undertake decision making on all aspects of research project/activities within remit of the role
Prioritise own workload.
Decide on research directions and goals within remit of original project proposal and, as appropriate, adjust research approaches to meet project outcomes.
Identify best journals for publication and meetings/conferences to attend.

Internal/External Relationships
Internal:
University colleagues: to exchange information to ensure efficient working and to facilitate cross disciplinary working.
External:
External bodies/collaborators: proactively maintain co-operation and links at all levels to enhance profile and reputation
Dissemination of data through preparation and presentation of reports/results and participation in meetings and conference calls within the remit of the role.

Problem Solving
Research including technical and theoretical aspects, problem solving and development of original ideas.
Resolving issues in relation to project and budget.
Supporting and mentoring undergraduate/postgraduate students and less experienced team members with problems relating to the research project.

Standard Terms & Conditions
Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £35,210 – £39,610 per annum.

This position has funding up to 31/08/2020 in the first instance and is full time at 35 hours per week

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Vacancy Reference: 022383 Closing Date: 18th November 2018

To apply go to: https://www.gla.ac.uk/it/iframe/jobs/

The problem with Harvard Business School case studies

Reblogged from The Past Speaks:

The discipline of business history has long been linked to the case-study method of teaching. It will therefore interest many readers of this blog to learn of a new article in the business press that talks about the historical origins of the case study method, which began at Harvard Business School and which was later adopted in management schools around the world. The article in Quartz disseminates some of the key findings presented in A New History of Management, an important new book by John Hassard, Michael Rowlinson, Stephen Cummings, and Todd Bridgman. Regardless of whether you are a friend or a foe of the use of case studies, I would encourage you to check out the piece in Quartz and the underlying scholarly works.

Personally, I’m glad to see that the life and ideas of HBS Dean Wallace Donham (1877-1954) is being investigated. In the 1920s, Donham was one of the most influential critics of shareholder primacy and the related idea that the maximization of shareholder value is the best criterion for judging the performance of managers. At a time when the idea of shareholder primacy is being scrutinized once again, it is encouraging to know that people are paying attention to Donham.

Pan Am research grant

The Dave Abrams and Gene Banning Pan Am Research Grant

by Jay Sylvestre

The Pan Am Historical Foundation announces the ninth annual Dave Abrams and Gene Banning Pan Am Research Grant competition. Up to $1,500 will be awarded to support scholarly research using the Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records held by the University of Miami Libraries’ Special Collections. The grant honors two of Pan Am’s most avid historians, Dave Abrams and Gene Banning.

Since its first international flight in 1927, Pan Am positioned itself as a world leader in American commercial aviation. The Pan Am records date from 1927 to the 1990s and include administrative and financial files; technical and research reports; public relations and promotional materials; internal publications including newsletters, journals, and press releases; and thousands of photographs.

The grant is open to advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty. Priority will be given to research proposals that will result in publication in any media.

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit a proposal of no more than two pages describing their research project, a curriculum vitae or résumé, and two letters of recommendation.

Application deadline is November 30, 2018.

Please send inquiries and applications to:

The Dave Abrams & Gene Banning Pan Am Research Grant
c/o Jay Sylvestre
University of Miami Libraries
1300 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146-0320
j.sylvestre@miami.edu

About Dave Abrams and Gene Banning

After graduating from the University of Miami, Dave Abrams (1919-2005) joined Pan American Airways and worked for 42 years as a meteorologist, navigator and Director of Flight Operations for Latin America. Abrams was instrumental in the formation of The Pan Am Historical Foundation after the company shut its doors in 1991 and in finding a home for Pan Am’s archives and memorabilia.

Gene Banning (1918-2006) was one of the longest serving pilots for Pan Am. His aviation days started with the infamous flying boats in 1941 and ended with Boeing 747s in 1978. An avid researcher, Banning was a guiding member of The Pan Am Historical Foundation from its inception and the author of Airlines of Pan American since 1927 (McLean, Va.: Paladwr, 2001).

About the Pan Am Historical Foundation and the University of Miami Libraries

The Pan Am Historical Foundation is a group dedicated to preserving the heritage of Pan American World Airways. For more information about the Foundation, visit http://www.panam.org/. The Special Collections of the University of Miami Libraries preserves and provides access to research materials focusing on the history and culture of Florida, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The Pan American World Airways, Inc. records consist of hundreds of boxes of materials and reigns as the most frequently consulted single resource in Special Collections. For more information about the Special Collections of the University of Miami Libraries, visit https://www.library.miami.edu/specialcollections/index.html.

Past Winners

  • 2017: Bryce Evans: Pan Am: A Gastronomic History
  • 2016: Sean Seyer, “Independent Internationalism in the Air: Pan American Airlines, the Pan American Union, and the 1928 Havana Convention”
  • 2015: Josue Sakata, Boston Public School Primary Source Sets
  • 2014: Hadassah St. Hubert, “Visions of a Modern Nation: Haiti at the World’s Fairs”
  • 2013: Ken Fortenberry & Gregg Herken, “Point of No Return: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Clipper”
  • 2012: Felipe F. Cruz, “Flight of the Toucans: Technology and Culture in the Brazilian Airspace”
  • 2012: Gordon H Pirie examined Pan Am’s role in civil aviation to, and from, in post-colonial Africa
  • 2011: Jonathan Ruano, “Pan American Airways, the South Atlantic Route and Rise of the American Empire”
  • 2010: Houston Johnson, “Taking Off: The Politics and Culture of American Aviation, 1927-1929”
  • 2009: Augustine Meaher “Pan Am Arrives Down Under: A Diplomatic and Aeronautical Accomplishment”
  • 2009: Roger Turner, “Pan-Am’s Contribution to the Development of Aeronautical Meteorology”
  • 2007: Jennifer Van Vleck “No Distant Places: Aviation and American Globalism, 1924-1968”

ABH 2019 submissions opened!

Association of Business Historians Annual Conference
‘Business Transformation in an Uncertain World‘
Sheffield Hallam University, 4-6 July 2019

The Submissions Platform for papers and sessions to be uploaded is now open.  You can upload your paper or session via this link: https://unternehmensgeschichte.de/db/public/C7.  The link is also in the attached Call for Papers and on the ABH website at: https://www.gla.ac.uk/external/ABH/.

You should receive an email confirming receipt of your paper.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact j.singleton@shu.ac.uk.

New Postdoc Position with Exeter History

Reblogged from Imperial and Global Forum:

Imperial & Global Forum

Job title: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job reference: P64462

Date posted: 10/10/2018

Application closing date: 07/11/2018

Location: Exeter

Salary: The starting salary will be from £29,515 up to £34,189 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience.

Package: Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

Job category/type: Academic

Job description

The above full-time post is available from December 1st 2018 until 30th November 2019 on a fixed-term basis.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university in the top 200 of universities worldwide. We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. We have over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and have been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as…

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Historical Perspectives on Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

Reblogged from The Past Speaks:

The Past Speaks

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
Guest Editor:
Michael J. Douma, Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business


Rationale for the special issue: 
1.    Promote historical understanding of entrepreneurship.
2.    Recognize the impact of entrepreneurs on historical change.
3.    Reconceptualize historians as entrepreneurs.
4.    Consider ways to add entrepreneurial activity to the syllabus and curriculum of business and economic history.

Overview:
Josef Schumpeter lamented that historians generally believe that “all that is needed to explain a given historical development is to indicate conditioning or causal factors.” (Schumpeter, 1947). Schumpeter countered that the “creative response” that actors have to certain conditions and factors is less predictable. Indeed, historians can never know all of the conditions or factors contributing to change. We know that cause and effect can never been seen, but that it must be intuited from the evidence. By recognizing the creative responses of individual…

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