Job Posting: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Warwick Business School

“Management insights for tackling grand challenges: the case of climate-related financial risks in the financial investment industry”

The four-year project is led by Dr. Katharina Dittrich and located within the Organisation and HRM (OHRM) group at Warwick Business School. It involves the principal investigator, two postdoctoral research fellows and a PhD student.

This is an exciting opportunity to

  • Conduct research on a pressing societal concern (climate change)
  • Develop real-world impact
  • Work with a team of highly committed and motivated researchers
  • Be part of a thriving community of organisational researchers working with practice, process and institutional approaches
  • Develop your academic career and network

The project

Despite the importance and significance of climate change for our planet and society, the finance sector for a long time has neglected climate change. In recent years, financial firms have realized that climate change poses a significant material risks to financial assets and the stability of financial markets. Yet, investors are ill-equipped to deal with these risks. There is a dearth of climate-related financial information, risk models do not provide the forward-looking scenario analysis required for climate change, and short-term orientation is still the dominant view amongst many working in financial firms. The challenge of climate risk is that it is complex, multi-dimensional, far-reaching in breadth and magnitude, and nothing like the traditional risks in finance. Tackling climate-related financial risks is beyond the power of any single firm and involves a large ecosystem of organizations, including financial investors, data providers, consultancies, regulators and NGOs.

Of relevance to this challenge is a recent stream of research in management and organisation studies that investigates how organizations tackle these large-scale, complex, enduring problems, referred to as ‘grand challenges’ (Ferraro, Etzion, & Gehman, 2015; George, Howard-Grenville, Joshi, & Tihanyi, 2016). This research has helped to highlight the macro processes of institutional change and to uncover the contributions of single organizations and multi-stakeholder initiatives to solving grand challenges. While much can be learned from this research, it leaves open how organizations change what they do when they are caught in a complex web of interactions with other organizations. How do they overcome the practical challenges that emerge in the interactions with others? How do the local experiments in multiple organizations interact and contribute to emerging collective approaches to the large-scale problem? Drawing on practice theory (Nicolini, 2012) and innovative ethnographic research methods, this four-research project traces in detail the actions of 10-12 organizations in their efforts to address climate-related financial risks, including different kinds of investors (e.g., pension funds, insurance companies, asset managers etc.), data providers and consultancies, investor networks, and NGOs.

The position

This recruitment is for a full-time, three years fixed position. The anticipated starting date is September/ October 2020.

As part of the project you will

1.         Collect ethnographic data on the day-to-day activities of people in different organizations, through the use of observations, formal and informal interviews and the collection of documents. Researchers will spend approximately three days per week in the field to collect data and use the remaining days to elaborate on field notes, read documents, and engage in analysis. Data collection will be conducted in organizations in the UK (primarily London) and, to a lesser extent, in Europe, so some flexibility and willingness to travel is required.

2.         Participate in regular face-to-face or virtual team meetings to share insights from data collection and analysis.

3.         Write or contribute to top academic publications.

4.         Attend and present research findings and papers at academic conferences, and contribute to the external visibility of the team and the department.

5.         Organise and deliver various impact activities aimed at disseminating research findings to project partners and other practitioners, including internal workshops with the organizations studied, targeted talks at practitioner conferences, conversations with policy-makers and practitioner-oriented reports & publications.

Requirements

You will possess a PhD degree in a relevant area of Business and Management, Sociology, Political Sciences or Human Geography (or you will shortly be obtaining it). You should have a strong background in one or more of the following areas:

  • Organization Theory
  • Practice Theory
  • Climate change
  • Financial markets/ investments
  • Risk management
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Ethnography

You should have excellent skills in qualitative data collection and analysis as well as administration and communication.

Application

More information on the position can be found here

The deadline for applications is June 9th.

Candidates should provide their application form, a CV, list of publications and two selected papers, either published or unpublished. Informal enquiries to Katharina.dittrich@wbs.ac.uk are welcome.

Job Posting: Postdoc at Northeastern University

Postdoctoral Research Associate at Northeastern University

We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate to support an NSF-funded project to study the diffusion of gender equity ideas through university and scholarly networks. The postdoctoral research associate will join an interdisciplinary team led by Professor Kathrin Zippel and Assistant Professor Laura K. Nelson in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. This is a two-year, full-time, benefits-eligible position starting Fall 2020.

The postdoctoral research associate will play a leading role in the collection and analysis of quantitative/digitized data, including relational data and text-as-data; to help author reports, papers and journal articles using project data; and to help coordinate tasks across the research team.

Qualifications:

  • A PhD in social science, data science, network science or related fields by the time of hire
  • Knowledge or interest in gender (equity), intersectionality, diversity, organizations, STEM fields, higher education, and/or the diffusion of ideas
  • Proficiency with a programming language, preferably R, Python, Julia, or Go
  • Experience with either computational text analysis techniques, social network analysis, or both
  • Ability to work independently and willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Experience with, interest in, or openness to open science practices and reproducibility

Review of applications will start May 24, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.

Apply here.

Call for Short Essays: Sociology and Biological and Evolutionary Sciences.

Call for short essays about sociology and evolutionary for This View of Life.

We cordially invite you to contribute to a new series of short essays on the connection between sociology and the biological and evolutionary sciences. Never has it been more important to re-examine this connection in the light of the current pandemic and its aftermath.

The essays will be published in the online magazine This View of Life, which is at the forefront of publishing academically informed content on all aspects of human affairs from an evolutionary perspective. TVOL reaches a diverse audience of academic professionals, public policy experts and the informed general public across the world (typically between 30K-50K pageviews/mo). The essays will be published first individually to be the center of attention and then collected into a special issue for long term visibility (go here for current special issues). We expect that our special issue will provide a foundation for further discussion and exploration of collaborative potential.

We are extending the invitation to the chairs of all the ASA sections, in addition to members of the Evolution, Biology, and Society section, to include the full diversity of sociological perspectives.

The essays should reflect upon the following theme:

A biologically evolved virus finds an environmental niche it can successfully exploit and upends human society.  Whether we celebrate or fear modern technology, whether we applaud or dismiss science, whether we view health as a personal or public concern, an invisible pathogen forces us to recognize our interdependence both with the natural world and with each other. 

Of course, sociology begins with the importance of social connection, highlights the social processes that shape human outcomes, and takes account of social groups and the cultures they create when explaining human behavior.  And we now know that these insights take us back to, not away from, our evolved biology:  that the environment influences genetic expression; that culture influences evolutionary change; that the need for group support and social connection are the evolved lodestone of our species and are reflected in the functioning of our brains.

The COVID -19 crisis provides an opportunity for sociologists to reflect upon the history of evolutionary thinking and current understandings in their area, and the potential benefits and costs of a more transdisciplinary vision. These reflections, representing the full diversity of sociological perspectives, will be valuable in their own right in addition to their relevance to the current moment. Hence, explicit connections to the COVID-19 crisis are encouraged but should not overshadow the theme of the past, present, and future of evolutionary thinking in the discipline.

The essays should be approximately 1000 words in length, which is enough for a concise statement and can link to the larger literature. Please let us know within two weeks if you can take part. If you are unable, please help us identify someone else in your section to approach, since it is important for the series to reflect the diversity in the discipline. We have flexibility in due dates but would like to receive at least some essays by June 1. Authors who accept our invitation will receive guidelines about formatting and other details.

This project is a collaboration between Russell Schutt (current chair of the Evolution, Biology and Society section), Rengin Firat (EBS Council member), David Sloan Wilson (Editor in Chief of TVOL) and Eric Michael Johnson (Managing Editor of TVOL).  David has made foundational contributions to theories of social evolution and Eric’s recently completed PhD thesis is on the early impact of Darwin’s Theory on sociological thinking.  Russ studies social engagement in relation to organizational functioning and health outcomes, with connections to social neuroscience, evolutionary theory, and psychosocial treatments for serious mental illness.  Rengin’s research focuses on inter-group relations and racial disparities of health and well-being with a neurosociological approach.

We hope you, your loved ones, your colleagues and students remain safe and healthy throughout the pandemic.  We look forward to hearing from you within two weeks so we can assemble our roster of authors for the series.

Thanks for considering our request,

Russ, Rengin, David, Eric

Russell Schutt
2020 Chair, Evolution, Biology and Society section
Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Boston
Clinical Research Staff Scientist I, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lecturer (part-time), Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Rengin Firat
Council member, Evolution, Biology and Society section at ASA
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Riverside

David Sloan Wilson
President, Evolution Institute, and Editor in Chief, This View of Life
SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology, Binghamton University

Eric Michael Johnson
Managing Editor, This View of Life

Member Publication: Framing and Managing Lean Organizations in the New Economy

Please check out the recent publication by Darina Lepadatu and OOW member Thomas Janoski. 2020. Framing and Managing Lean Organizations in the New Economy. Routledge.

Here is a short description of the book:

This multidisciplinary book argues that lean production is now the dominant theory of the division of labor replacing “Fordism” and the vague term “post-Fordism.” The first part of the book examines the recognition of lean production in five disciplines from its strong focus in industrial engineering to a weaker recognition in sociology.

The second part discusses three varieties of lean production: Toyotism, Nikeification and Waltonism. As the strongest form at Toyota and Honda, “Toyotism” emphasizes both teamwork and just-in-time inventory. Other corporations emulate Toyotism—Ford, Nissan and McDonalds—but their efforts pale in comparison. A middling form of lean at Nike, Apple and Google is “Nikeification” based on offshoring that is teamwork at home and Fordism abroad. The least form is “Waltonism” that only uses a strong just-in-time inventory system, while Costco and Amazon use more teamwork.  As sociology has ignored lean production in the new millenium, this book gives it a full theoretical and organizational examination.

For further information and to purchase the book, visit Routledge’s website or Amazon.

Also look for Janoski and Lepadatu’s edited book, International Handbook of Lean Production, coming out later this year at Cambridge University Press.

Job Posting: Professor of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Research at the University of Fribourg

Call for a Full Professor (80%) in Sociology, Social Policy and Social Research beginning February 1, 2021 or by appointment at the Department of Social Work, Social Policy and Global Development at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Fribourg/CH.

Requirements

  • The applicant holds a doctorate and a habilitation or equivalent qualification. He or she has proven experience in teaching and supervising theses at university level (BA, MA, doctorate) in sociology and social policy (theories, concepts and methods) as broadly as possible bridging German, French and Anglo-Saxon academic traditions.
  • He or she has proven experience in teaching and supervising theses at university level (BA, MA, doctorate). In addition to sociology and (comparative) social policy, the applicant should have large expertise in quantitative social research. Openness towards qualitative social research is a requirement. The candidate has proven skills in managing research projects and raising third-party funds. He or she is integrated into international research networks; existing collaborations within Switzerland are an advantage.
  • Teaching language is German. Very good knowledge of English is also expected for teaching. At the bilingual University of Fribourg, at least a passive knowledge of French is necessary and the readiness to improve this knowledge within two years.

Application submission date

  • 31 May 2020
  • Please submit applications in electronic (PDF) Form to the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Fribourg jobs-lettres@unifr.ch
  • Applications contain a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a list of research projects and courses as well as five publications important for the profile as PDFs.

Further information

Call for Papers: Sociological Perspectives: Special Issue on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Society

Sociological Perspectives
Special Issue: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Society

Guest Editors:
Andrew P. Davis, North Carolina State University, USA
Terrence Hill, University of Arizona, USA
Simone Rambotti, Loyola University, New Orleans, USA

In a matter of months, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has quickly spread around the world and undermined seemingly stable social systems. Although researchers and practitioners from public health, epidemiology, and medicine currently dominate public discussions, the field of sociology is uniquely qualified to assess the social causes and social consequences of COVID-19. The successes and failures of local, state, and national governments in containing the spread of the virus have ramifications for the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities, and social institutions. Sociologists are well positioned to make intellectual contributions to public discourses, debates, and policies about epidemics, pandemics, and their corresponding social responses.

This special issue seeks manuscripts that advance sociological perspectives on the intersection of coronavirus and society. By providing an outlet for foundational theoretical and empirical sociological research on COVID-19 and society, this volume will interrogate structural and interpersonal responses to a newly discovered virus. Studies can focus on local, state, national, and/or cross-national reactions to the pandemic. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the topics listed on the following page.

Submission Guidelines and Details
Prospective contributors should submit a proposal of no more than six double-spaced pages, including supplemental materials (tables, figures, references, etc.). In addition, contributors must include some preliminary theoretical constructs, models, and/or analyses (up to three, doublespaced pages in length), including concept/model/data descriptions, sample sizes, tables, figures, preliminary estimates, etc. Text must be in 12-point, Times New Roman font, and all submissions must include 1-inch margins on all four sides, with pages numbered sequentially. Submissions should be prepared using the ASA Style Guide (Fourth Edition).

Proposed paper submissions should be uploaded as a single document and received no later than 5 PM PST on May 21, 2020 to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sop. You must note that your submission is for the “Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Society” special issue.

Areas of Interest
• The rollout of, and adherence to, stay-at-home orders
• Social distancing and potential exposure among vulnerable populations (inmates, homeless persons, disabled individuals, the elderly, etc.)
• The economic and labor-market consequences of COVID-19
• The consequences of border closings for migration, commerce, and international relations
• Communication messaging about COVID-19, including disinformation and “fake news”
• Political elections and states of emergency
• Emergency response preparedness and inequalities in healthcare access and viral testing
• Resource hoarding and consumerism during social crises
• Innovative methods and measures to account for coronavirus exposure, including the measurement of uncounted and/or misclassified cases and deaths
• Differential responses by local, state, and national governments in “flattening the curve”
• The use of social networks and technology in contact tracing and social support
• The consequences of globalization for supply chain disruption in the delivery of medical supplies, food, goods, and services
• Gender inequality in work-life balance following employer work-from home policies
• Educational disruption in the lives of children and students
• Demographic (race, gender, and age) disparities in coronavirus cases and deaths
• The expansion and use of state power to compel compliance among citizens and businesses
• The implications of stock market declines for retirement planning and old age support
• Access to the legal system and modifications to the constitutional rights of defendants
• Executive and authoritarian power during states of emergency
• Gun sales in anticipation of possible social unrest
• Changes in levels of environmental pollution, energy consumption, and particulate matter
• Population regulation and demographic theory
• Geopolitical and cross-national pandemic responses in comparative perspective
• Changes in criminal justice and law enforcement policies to limit the spread of COVID-19

The selected contributors will be invited to submit a full-length manuscript (no more than 10,000 words, inclusive of supplemental materials) by September 1, 2020. The papers will then be sent out for peer review, and authors will receive their reviews by mid-October 2020. Revised manuscripts and their corresponding editorial memos must be received by December 1, 2020. Manuscripts accepted for publication will appear in the special issue, which is tentatively slated to be published in Summer/Fall 2021.

More information here.

Webinars on Labor and Employment Relations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) is hosting a series of webinars on “Labor and Employment Relations During the COVID-19 Pandemic” and you are invited to attend.

These webinars, planned to begin April 23, will take place on Thursdays, hosted by a mix of LERA Industry Councils, Interest Sections, and Local Chapters. The one-hour facilitated sessions will begin with brief comments by leading experts (5 minutes each), followed by open forum dialogue.  

The overarching aim is to deepen understanding and appreciation for the breadth of labor and employment relations matters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These webinars are free to anyone who would like to join us. We request that you register for each webinar separately, and do not share, forward, or post the webinar links and passwords to ensure the security of each webinar session.

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April 23rd,  12 – 1 pm EST (New York Time)

LERA Policy Forum

“COVID-19 Crisis Calls from Government, Industry, and Labor”

Speakers:
Catherine Feingold (AFL-CIO and ITUC)
Sandy Jacoby (University of California, Los Angeles)
Tom Kochan (MIT)
Wilma Liebman (National Labor Relations Board, former)
Alan Wild (IBM, former; and HR Policy Association)

Moderator:  Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld (Brandeis University)

Register for April 23 @ 12 EST 

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April 30th, 12 – 1 pm EST  (New York Time)

LERA Dispute Resolution Interest Group

“Virtual Dispute Resolution During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Speakers:
Richard Fincher (Workplace Resolutions LLC)
Janet Gillman (Oregon Employment Relations Board) T
om Melancon
 (Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service)

Moderator: Mark D. Gough (Penn State University)
 
Note:  This webinar will explore some of the benefits and challenges of conducting mediation, arbitration, and collective bargaining through video conferencing.  Speakers will share their experiences in developing and carrying out virtual dispute resolution programs at state and federal government levels and in private practice.

 Register for April 30 @ 12 EST 

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May 7th, 12 – 1 pm EST  (New York Time)

LERA Health Care Industry Council

“On the Front Lines in the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Speakers:
Dennis Dabney (Kaiser Permanente)
Peter Lazes (Cornell University, retired)
Jim Pruitt (Kaiser Permanente)
Hal Ruddick (Alliance of Health Care Unions)
Bonnie Summers (BlueCross BlueShield Association)

Moderator:  Paul Clark (Penn State University)

 Register for May 7 @ 12 EST 

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May 7th, 1:30 – 2:30 pm EST  (New York Time)

Labor Journalism and Media

“Journalists Discuss Covering Work and Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Speakers:
Josh Eidelson (bloomberg)
Lauren Gurley (Vice)
Noam Scheiber (New York Times)
Nitasha Tiku (Washington Post)

Moderator:  Steven Greenhouse (New York Times, retired) 

Register for May 7 @ 1:30 EST

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May 14th – 10:00-11:00 EST (New York Time)

LERA Local Chapter Session — Midwest Region, organized by the Detroit LERA Local Chapter

“Keeping Your People Engaged Using a Structured OD Approach”

Speakers:
Elizabeth Chiaravalli (Michigan State University)
Terry Morgan (NLRB-region 7)
Freya Weberman, (MEA/NEA Local 1)

ModeratorRobert Chiaravalli (Strategic Labor and Human Resources, LLC)

Register for May 14 @ 10:00 EST 

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May 14th, 12 – 1 pm EST  (New York Time)

LERA Higher Education Industry Council

(jointly with National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions)

“Higher Ed Collective Bargaining and Shared Governance in Responding to COVID-19”

Speakers:
Theodore H. (Terry) Curry (Michigan State University)
William A. Herbert (Hunter College, City University of New York)
Risa L. Lieberwitz (Cornell University and American Association of University Professors)

Register for May 14 @ 12 EST 

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May 21st, 12 – 1 pm EST  (New York Time)

LERA Work and Human Resources Network

“Low Wage and Gig Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Speakers:
Janice Fine (Rutgers University)
David Lewin (UCLA)
Sarah Thomason (University of California, Berkeley)
David Weil (Brandeis University)

Moderators:  Tashlin Lakhani (The Ohio State University) and Xiangmin (Helen) Liu (Rutgers University)

Register for May 21 @ 12 EST 

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May 28th, 12 -1 pm EST  (New York Time)

LERA Local Chapters Session — Eastern Region, organized by the New Jersey LERA Chapter

“Labor Relations in Times of Pandemic”

Speakers:      
Peter Cipparulo (CWA Local 1038)
Adrienne Eaton (Rutgers University)
Eric Meyer, Esq. (FisherBroyles LLP)
Patrick Westerkamp, Esq. (Westerkamp ADR, LLC)

Moderator: Jonathan F. Cohen, Esq. (Plosia Cohen LLC)

Register for May 28 @ 12 EST 

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June 4th, 10 – 11 am EST(New York Time)

LERA International and Comparative Interest Section

“Implications of COVID-19 for Workers: International Comparisons of Government, Employer and Union Policies and Practices”

Speakers:
Fang Lee Cooke (Monash University, Australia)
Greg J. Bamber (Monash University, Australia and Newcastle University, UK)
Martin Behrens (Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) of the Hans-Böckler-Foundation, Germany)
Harry Katz (Cornell University)

Moderator: Janice Bellace (University of Pennsylvania)
 
Note:  Fang will cover China; Greg will cover Australia; Martin will cover Germany; Harry will cover USA.

Register for June 4 @ 10 EST 

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The outreach to launch these sessions began with the leadership of the Industry Councils, Interest Sections, and Local Chapters.  In some cases, we have gone beyond these categories, but they continue to be the point of departure for our planning.  We are now in discussions on scheduling these additional potential sessions:

  • Construction Industry Council and the Labor Studies and Union Research Interest Group, including Dale Belman (Michigan State University), Bob Bruno (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), and others
  • Labor Markets and Economics Interest Section, including Peter Berg (Michigan State University) and others.
  • LERA Local Chapters in Eastern, Central, and Western Regions
  • K-12 Industry Council
  • Public Sector Industry Council
  • Sports and Entertainment Industry Council

LERA members interested in contributing to the organization of Industry Council, Interest Section, or Local Chapter sessions should contact the LERA COVID-19 webinar organizing group here: Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Bill Canak, and Wilma Liebman.

LERA can host multiple sessions on the same date, either before (10 a.m. EST/New York Time) or after (1:30 p.m. EST/New York Time) a scheduled noon session, so additional sessions are possible.

LERA COVID-19 Webinar Organizing Group

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Brandeis University, LERA Industry Council/Interest Section Coordinating Committee Chair
Wilma Liebman, NLRB (former), incoming LERA President-Elect
William Canak, MTSU (ret.), LERA NCAC Chair