Here are a couple of reminders about OOW’s schedule for this year’s ASA conference in San Francisco:

Our EIGHT Section Sessions will be held SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

The OOW Business Meeting is scheduled for Sat, August 16, 5:30 to 6:10pm.  Attend the Business Meeting for the celebration of our graduate student paper, article, and book awardees.  Witness a peaceful transfer of power from the Section Chair to the Chair Elect, Mark Mizruchi, before you head over to the Reception and the Networking Dinners.

The OOW Reception will be held SATURDAY jointly with the Inequality, Poverty and Mobility Section at the Parc55 Wyndham Hotel.  We will offer an array of appetizers alongside a cash bar.

OOW Networking dinners after the reception.  We started the practice last year of organizing small groups of mixed seniority levels who meet at local restaurants for conversation.  Kim Fox has kindly agreed to coordinate the dinners.  Please contact her at Kimberly.Fox@bridgew.edu, and we’ll put together some groups and restaurant recommendations.

OOW Section Election Results

First, on behalf of the entire Section I thank the nominating committee:  Martin Ruef (Chair), Emily Barman, Erin Leahey, and Woody Powell, and I thank everyone who generously agreed to appear on the slate.  Second, thank you to Section members for a big turn-out.  Third, thank you to the ASA’s Section Guru Justin Lini for coordinating the poll.  Here are the results:

Chair-Elect (3-year term as Chair Elect 2014-15, Chair in 2015-16, and then Past Chair):  Lisa Keister (Duke)
Secretary/Treasurer (3-year term begins in 2014): Michel Anteby (Harvard)
Council Members (3-year term begins in 2014): Gabriel Rossman (UCLA) and Elizabeth Hirsh (UBC)

Our ballot measure passed, so that starting next Spring, we will elect a student member of Council for a one-year term.  For this year, we will continue our past practice of appointing the Thompson Award member as Council member.

Russel Sage Special Issue: Changing Roles of Women

The remarkable gains in educational achievement and advances in the economic and social standing of women have been distinguishing features of the 20th and early 21st centuries. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences invites paper submissions for its upcoming special issue on the changing roles and status of women and the effects on society and the economy. The special issue will consider both the determinants of these important economic and social changes as well as their consequences. The first section will examine changes in women’s labor market outcomes including education, experience, occupations, and pay. The second section will address family and intimate relationships. The third section will address issues in politics, law, and culture.  The journal issue is being edited by Martha Bailey (Department of Economics, University of Michigan) and Thomas A. DiPrete (Department of Sociology, Columbia University).  For more detailed information about this issue, please click here.  Prospective contributors should submit a CV and an abstract of their study along with up to two pages of supporting material no later than 5 PM EST on August 7, 2014, to: https://rsfjournal.onlineapplicationportal.com  . . . Each paper will receive an honorarium when the issue is published. All questions should be directed to Suzanne Nichols, Director of Publications, at journals@rsage.org and not to the email addresses of the editors of the special issue.  Selected papers will receive notification by mid- September 2014. A meeting of the authors of invited papers will be held on January 9, 2015 at the RSF headquarters in New York City, and a draft of the full papers will be due in the late spring of 2015.  For more detailed information about this issue, please click here.

Gender, Science, and Organizations Writing Workshop

The 8th semi-annual Gender, Science, and Organizations Writing Workshop will take place from 8 am to 5 pm on Friday, August 15th 2014 the day before the annual meeting for the American Sociological Association in San Francisco. The workshop is targeted at sociologists who are already doing research on studies of gender & academic careers, scientific workplace organizations, organizational transformations to promote gender equality, etc. We are a growing, loosely organized group of sociologists who focus on science as a workplace and many workshop participants work on NSF-funded ADVANCE research projects.

The purpose of the workshop is to: 1) network with other scholars conducting research on similar topics and 2) write. As a group, we will talk about our current projects. This will provide workshop participants with the information necessary to explore potential collaborative projects. There will also be two large designated blocks of time for writing. All interested sociologists are welcome to join the writing workshop. Send an email to Christina Falci (cfalci2@unl.edu) to reserve your spot in the workshop.

Your ASA conference fees will cover the room cost for the writing workshop. Participants need to bring a laptop computer (maybe an extension cord) and are encouraged to bring snacks to share. We will coordinate a place to have lunch during and dinner after the workshop (participants pay for their own meals; but attendance at meals is not essential for participation in the workshop).

Christina Falci (Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Kathrin Zippel (Associate Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University)

Query for OOW Section Membership

Editor’s Note: Originally posted to the OOW Listerseve. If you can think of an idea, let Tania know via email or post in the comments section.

I am a PhD student at Brown University and a member of the OOW section of ASA. I was wondering if it might be possible to issue a query to the OOW listserv regarding something that has come up in my dissertation work. I study internal medicine residents and have found there to be significant preference (and some might say bias) towards graduates from US allopathic medical schools, even though fewer than 50% of residents in internal medicine graduated from such schools (the rest are foreigners who trained at  foreign medical schools, Americans who studied at Caribbean medical schools or Americans who studied at osteopathic institutions). So I wanted to query to listserv to see if anyone knows of another American profession where such a premium is placed on having trained in the US. In some professions (such as computer science), I’m inclined to think that this same preference is not as strong. In other professions (such as law), it is very difficult for individuals trained outside the US to penetrate the profession. The medical profession, however, relies on foreign and osteopathic trained professionals to fill a critical gap in the training workforce, all the while privileging US medical grads over all others. Can anyone think of a parallel in any other profession?

Tania M. Jenkins, M.A.
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Sociology, Box 1916
Brown University


Brown University Visiting Assistant Professor Ad

The Brown University Sociology Department has just received authorization for a one- or two-year Visiting Assistant Professorship in organizational sociology. A few noteworthy features of the position:

— The position is neither an adjunct lectureship nor a post-doc, but rather a named visiting assistant professorship: The Pearson Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Organizational Studies.
— The teaching load is quite reasonable (one course per semester).
— The search has been defined broadly, to welcome applicants from all fields at the intersection of Organizational Sociology, Economic Sociology, Work and Occupations, and Organizational Theory.
— Brown offers a vibrant organizations community, with a lively graduate program, engaged and intrepid undergraduates, and a very livable locale.
— Brown is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, with a strong commitment to fostering diversity at all levels.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
— Interested candidates should apply via Interfolio, using the link in the attached position listing.
Review of applications will begin on May 1 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.



Pearson Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology/Organizational Studies

Department of Sociology
Brown University

The Sociology Department of Brown University seeks applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in the area of Organizational Studies, to begin 1 July 2014. Renewal for a second year is contingent upon funding.

We welcome applicants from all fields at the intersection of the Sociology of Organizations and Occupations and Organizational Theory.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand by 1 August 2014. The successful applicant will teach one undergraduate course per semester in Organizational Studies, and will engage in research within the field of organizations. Preference will be given to candidates who can offer courses on topics that are likely to generate strong undergraduate interest and to applicants who have prior teaching experience and publications within the broad area of Organizations. Applicants should propose an undergraduate course designed to be taught in either an open-enrollment lecture/discussion format or a limited- enrollment seminar format. The course should directly employ the theories and frameworks of Organizational Behavior and/or Organizational Theory; it should focus primarily on organizational processes and phenomena; and it should thoroughly incorporate organizational analysis into its discussions and assignments. A wide range of substantive topics are acceptable. Examples include: organizational networks; organizational change; workers and workplaces; occupations and professions; non-profit organizations; healthcare organizations; political and governmental organizations; organizations and development; entrepreneurship in non-Western societies; and global and cross-cultural business. In addition to interacting with Brown’s energetic and engaged undergraduates, visiting assistant professors are encouraged to participate in the intellectual life of the Brown Sociology Department and the program in Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations (BEO), including colloquia, social events, and an ongoing graduate student/faculty Organizations Reading Group. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to interact with a growing body of scholars at Brown who are engaged in research in fields related to organizational studies, technology management, entrepreneurship, finance and operations research. Applications should include (1) a cover letter describing research completed and planned, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a teaching statement including ideas for courses within Organizational Studies, (4) a 2-3 page course proposal which includes a description of the course, an example of typical readings, and an assignment/evaluation plan, and
(5) the names, positions, and email addresses of three references who can write letters of recommendation.

The review of applications will begin on May 1 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Brown is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Send materials to: http://apply.interfolio.com/24571

2014 “Trust between Individuals and Organizations” Workshop

Call for Submissions to the 2014 AOM Professional Development Workshop (PDW) titled “Trust between Individuals and Organizations”

Scheduled: Saturday, Aug 2 2014 8:00AM 10:00AM
Pennsylvania Convention Center in Room 107 (Philadelphia, PA)

Organizer: Oliver Schilke; U. of California, Los Angeles;
Organizer: Bart A. de Jong; VU U. Amsterdam;
Facilitator: Reinhard Bachmann; U. of Surrey;
Facilitator: Kurt T Dirks; Washington U. in St. Louis;
Facilitator: Nicole Gillespie; The U. of Queensland, Australia;
Facilitator: Audrey Korsgaard; U. of South Carolina;
Facilitator: Deepak Malhotra; Harvard U.;
Facilitator: Laura Poppo; U. of Kansas;
Facilitator: Maurice Schweitzer; U. of Pennsylvania;
Facilitator: Antoinette Weibel; Konstanz U.;
Facilitator: Akbar Zaheer; U. of Minnesota;
Facilitator: Edward Zajac; Northwestern U.

Please be invited to submit discussion questions (segment 1) and/or work-in-progress papers on trust (segment 2)!

(1) The first segment starts off with a panel discussion, in which leading scholars present their views on the important and “hot” topic of trust violation and recovery. Fundamental issues addressed by the panelists include whether or not the nature of recovered trust is different from trust prior to a violation, whether recovered trust can ever be as strong or even stronger than before the violation, how to measure trust violation and recovery, and which factors are conducive to trust recovery. Subsequently, the workshop breaks into groups that will discuss questions previously submitted by workshop participants. A requirement for registration for the PDW’s first segment is to submit at least one discussion question in advance pertaining to current issues in the study of trust between individuals and organizations (see below for details on how to submit). Questions may relate (but are not limited) to: • trust dynamics over time, • trust at and across levels of analysis, • links between interpersonal and interorganizational trust, • the role of the institutional environment, • the mechanisms through which trust affects performance, • dysfunctional consequences of trust, • trust and control, • trust asymmetries, • trust versus distrust, • the role of emotions.

(2) After a short break, the second segment of the program consists of a paper development workshop, in which the facilitators provide indepth feedback on work-in-progress trust research previously submitted by workshop participants and selected through a competitive process. These papers should be in an advanced developmental stage, targeted at a scholarly management journal, and no more than 40 doublespaced pages in length.

Registration requirements: For segment 1 (discussion): Submit at least one discussion question by email to trustpdw@gmail.com no later than July 25, 2014. For segment 2 (paper development): Submit your working paper by email to trustpdw@gmail.com no later than July 11, 2014. You will then receive a code that will allow you to register for the PDW.

Note that you may register for only one of the two segments if you wish.

Please see the official workshop announcement at http://aom.org/meetings/sess2014.asp?id=10373

Berlin Social Science Center Postdocs

The WZB (Berlin Social Science Center), Research Unit Inequality and Social Policy (Director: Prof. David Brady, Ph.D.), is offering positions for two Postdoctoral Researchers for the time period of up to three years starting on August 1, 2014, with 39 weekly working hours.

The WZB is a publicly financed international social science institution that conducts basic research that is theory-based and problem-oriented (see: http://www.wzb.eu/en). The USP research unit studies the causes and consequences of poverty/inequality and social policy, and the relationships between poverty/inequality and social policy (see:http://www.wzb.eu/en/research/education-work-and-life-chances/inequality-and-social-policy).

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2014 OOW Section Awards

We are excited to announce that the 2014 OOW Section Awards committees have been organized. For those of you unfamiliar with our awards process, we offer three awards on a yearly basis:

Details on each award, including award committees and submission processes, can be found on each award’s webpage. Follow the links above, or from the site menu, for additional information.