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Primarily interested in students with an interest in developing projects about the organizational theory of distributed trust technologies (such as blockchain) and its impacts on society.
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Graduate Student Supervision
Doctoral Student Supervision (Jan 2008 - Nov 2019)
Although international electronic technologies have not provided a direct portal to a Utopian world of fairness and equality as some had dreamed, they have important implications for socio-organizational power that have thus far been under-considered. Once a power structure is in place, it is generally self-reinforcing — powerful actors have motivation and wherewithal to subordinate others, and less powerful actors are constrained from resisting. However, when a technology is introduced to a social system, it creates opportunities for interaction patterns governing power within that system to evolve. International electronic technologies create new and rapidly changing, virtualized contexts for computer mediated communication, social media broadcasting, social networking, coordination, and action. These contexts erode geographic, social, and psychological boundaries that have traditionally determined how, and if, power would be utilized, accepted, resisted, or challenged. In this dissertation I present a modernized model of power that takes these changes into account and report six related empirical studies. In advancing my model, I also draw from, refine, and extend free space theory. I argue that these technologies embed sheltered interaction contexts where the less powerful can express themselves and interact more freely. These spaces can spawn social movements and other forms of collective resistance and ultimately result in social- and/or organizational change. In Studies 1-3, I create the Free Space Index to identify such spaces both online and offline. I collect data in Canada, the USA, and Denmark for cross-societal validation. Studies 4-6 test two central propositions underling my model. The first is that electronic technologies discourage some power-reinforcing behaviours by raising perceived retribution risks; Study 4 examines this in an organizational decision-making context. The second is that these technologies promote action challenging prevailing power structures. Study 5 shows the effect of self-interest, a key offline action predictor, differs online. Study 6 demonstrates that electronic technologies promote action by reducing participation costs—congruent with the slacktivism moniker often applied to Internet mediated social activism—but also by attenuating a number of socio-psychological constraints that discourage offline action. I discuss the implications and limitations of my model and empirical work and suggest future research directions.
- A community-based sociocultural network approach to controlling COVID-19 contagion: Seven suggestions for improving policy (2020)
Behavioral Science & Policy,
- Caught in the middle? Strategic information governance disruptions in the era of blockchain and distributed trust (2020)
Records Management Journal,
- HIBAR Research: The Frontier Is Actually an Ecosystem (2020)
Issues in Science and Technology,
- Hypergrowth Exit Mindset: Destroying Societal Wellbeing Through Venture Capital Biased Social Construction of Value (2020)
Journal of Management Inquiry,
- Results from the 2016 Census: Examining the effect of public pension benefits on the low income of senior immigrants (2019)
Statistics Canada Insights on Canadian Society,
- “The Backstory” (2018)
Journal of Management Inquiry, 27 (2), 176-177
- Escape From Abilene: The Developmental Opportunity of the Review Process (2018)
Journal of Management Inquiry, 27 (2), 140-143
- Questioning Centralized Organizations in a Time of Distributed Trust (2018)
Journal of Management Inquiry, 27 (1), 40-44
- The Role of Conferences in the Emergence of Developmental Professional Culture (2018)
Journal of Management Inquiry, 27 (2), 149-153
- Emergence (2017)
Research in the Sociology of Organizations,
- Emergence: How novelty, growth, and formation shape organizations and their ecosystems (2017)
Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 50, 1-27
- Network opportunity emergence and identification (2017)
Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 50, 141-168
- Open-Source Software (2017)
Encyclopedia of Big Data, , 1--4
- Overcoming Time Compression Diseconomies of Organizational Emergence through Family Business Work (2017)
Academy of Management Proceedings, 2017 (1), 11448
- The Distributed Network of Cooperating Teams (DNCT) : A Multi-Level Initiative for Organizational Change (2017)
- The Impact of Adolescent Work in Family Business on Child–Parent Relationships and Psychological Well-Being (2017)
Family Business Review, 30 (3), 242-261
- Variety, dissimilarity, and status centrality in MBA networks: Is the minority or the majority more likely to network across diversity? (2017)
Academy of Management Learning and Education, 16 (3), 349-372
- Why has Vancouver been so slow to join the sharing economy? (2017)
- The thin red line between success and failure: Path dependence in the diffusion of innovative production technologies (2015)
Strategic Management Journal, 36 (4), 475-496
- Adolescent Experiences and Adult Work Outcomes: Connections and Causes (2014)
Research in the Sociology of Work, 25, 1-10
- Being Early Beats Being Better (2014)
Harvard Business Review,
- Being early beats being better (2014)
Harvard Business Review, (JUN)
- Beneficial "child labor": The impact of adolescent work on future professional outcomes (2014)
Research in the Sociology of Work, 25, 191-220
- In and out of the ethnic economy: A longitudinal analysis of ethnic networks and pathways to economic success across immigrant categories (2012)
International Migration Review, 46 (2), 310-361
- AN INITIAL DESCRIPTION OF THE C-FORM (2011)
Research in the Sociology of Organizations,
- Getting hired: Sex and race (2005)
Industrial Relations, 44 (3), 416-443
- Motivation and opportunity: The role of remote work, demographic dissimilarity, and social network centrality in impression management (2005)
Academy of Management Journal, 48 (3), 401-419
- Research Impact: How Seemingly Innocuous Social Cues in a CEO Survey Can Lead to Change in Board of Director Network Ties (2004)
Strategic Organization, 2 (3), 227-270
- Second-Order Imitation: Uncovering Latent Effects of Board Network Ties (2001)
Administrative Science Quarterly, 46 (4), 717
- Friends in High Places: The Effects of Social Networks on Discrimination in Salary Negotiations (2000)
Administrative Science Quarterly, 45 (1), 1
- Offering a job: Meritocracy and social networks (2000)
American Journal of Sociology, 10 (3), 763-816
- Legitimation, geographical scale, and organizational density: Regional patterns of foundings of american automobile producers, 1885-1981 (1997)
Social Science Research, 26 (4), 377-398
- The fates of de novo and de alio producers in the American automobile industry 1885-1981 (1996)
Strategic Management Journal, 17 (SUPPL), 117-137