Member Publication

Please check out the following recent publication from OOW member Adam Hayes: “The active construction of passive investors: roboadvisors and algorithmic ‘low-finance’”, Socio-Economic Review, online first.

Abstract

How does algorithmic finance operate in society as it crosses the threshold into the hands of lay investors? This article builds on original ethnographic research into a new class of algorithmic trading programs known as ‘roboadvisors’—inexpensive, automated, digital financial platforms that enable ordinary people to invest very small minimum amounts and that rely to a large extent on passive, index strategies that follow the prescripts of Modern Portfolio Theory. The main argument of the article is that roboadvisors, representing an ethos of ‘low-finance’, are actively constructing passive investors by disciplining them through technologies that embody canonical models of financial economics. Roboadvisors and their algorithms reconfigure their users and objectify them through automating investment decisions and enforcing a principle of ‘don’t do’ vis-à-vis the market. Implications that bear on agency, market structure and regulatory regimes are discussed.

Job Posting: TT Assistant Professor Position at Drew University

Drew University seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Management beginning August 2020, pending budgetary approval.

Note: Although the job ad explicitly mentions psychology, we are equally interested in candidates with similar backgrounds in sociology, organizational studies, or other similar fields.

The Business program is governed by an interdisciplinary steering committee with a shared vision of a Business major that reflects the liberal arts. Those  interested in the program can read more about it here. Questions about the position or the program can be sent to professor Christopher Andrews (candrews1@drew.edu) or the Business Program Director, Marc Tomljanovich (mtomljanovich@drew.edu).

Please note that the application deadline is December 16, 2019.

Key Responsibilities

The successful candidate will teach core and elective courses in our business program and closely work with our undergraduate students. In addition, they will contribute to a program that values interdisciplinary, experiential, ethical, and global business perspectives. We especially encourage candidates with industry and/or academic work experience, as well as candidates with teaching or research interests in the field of industrial and organizational psychology.

Requirements

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in a field related to management, by August 1, 2020. Course responsibilities include core and upper-level management classes.

Application

To apply, please send: (1) a cover letter; (2) current curriculum vitae; (3) a brief statement of teaching interests and philosophy; (4) evidence of teaching excellence; (5) a job paper or published article; and (6) three letters of references to hr1119-7@drew.edu. For full consideration, applications must be complete by December 16, 2019.

About Drew University

Drew University, located on a beautiful, wooded,186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,100 students with 145 full-time faculty members. Over 35% of our undergraduate students are from underrepresented groups, and we were recently ranked 19th among baccalaureate institutions for the number of international students enrolled. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 disciplines.

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship and hands-on learning that successfully prepares students for their futures. Students regularly connect with local communities, and because of our proximity to New York City, we are home to multiple New York Semester experiences for our undergraduate students: Wall Street, United Nations, Contemporary Art, Communications and Media, Social Entrepreneurship, and New York Theatre. The University also houses the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti, the Center for Global Education, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, and the United Methodist Archives and History Center. Drew also recently received a multi-year grant to transform teaching and learning in the humanities by incorporating emerging digital technologies, methods, and pedagogies.

To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Department of Homeland Security regulations, a successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. These positions are subject to a background check.

Call for Papers: SASE’s 32nd Annual Conference

Submissions and registration are now open for SASE’s 32nd Annual Conference, Development Today; Accumulation, Surveillance, Redistribution, hosted by The University of Amsterdam from 18-20 July 2020.

Once logged into sase.org, simply click on the green “Submit A Paper” button in the top right-hand corner of the SASE website to begin the submission process. If you need to create an online profile for the first time, click the Join SASE Now button. Detailed submission instructions here.

Early Bird registration fees will be available until 1 April 2020

The deadline for submissions is 10 January 2020

Call for Applications: Medici Summer School – Strategies for the Future of Work

XII Edition of the Medici SchoolStrategies for the Future of Work (June 15-19, 2020)

We are pleased to announce the organization of the XII edition of the Medici Summer School in Management Studies for doctoral students and young researchers which will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, June 15-19, 2020. The school is organized and sponsored by Bologna Business School (University of Bologna), HEC Paris (Society and Organizations Research Center and the HEC Foundation), and MIT Sloan School of Management (Economic Sociology PhD Program).

Mission

The Summer School is designed to promote doctoral education and research in organization theory and related fields (economic sociology, management studies, strategy) and contribute to the development of enlightened practice in the management of business organizations. The Medici Summer School advocates a special focus on cross-fertilizing research across North American and European traditions. The Summer School is a unique educational program for qualified doctoral students interacting with thought leaders in the management field who have shared their knowledge and wisdom on frontier research topics.

The Medici School combines lectures and research seminars by prominent international scholars with active engagement by participating students. Every day of the one-week program is scheduled to end with the presentation of students’ research related to the topic of the School and with a panel of senior faculty providing feedback. There is no fee to participate.

Selected candidates will be fully covered in their accommodation expenses provided that they stay the full week. However, transportation is not covered by the organizers.

Theme: Strategies for the Future of Work

Over the past few years, the world of work has witnessed many important changes. The digitization and digitalization of products, services and processes have revolutionized how sellers and customers behave, the way firms produce and are organized, and the very notion of value capturing and competition. The experience of working has become more fluid: people seem to have more opportunities to change and combine jobs as the waves of freelancers, contractors and part-time workers participating in the Gig Economy illustrate. Deployment of artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics has provided organizations with opportunities to boost productivity, innovation and growth, and has helped dramatically improve the well-being and quality of life for the vast majority of people around the world. Simultaneously, economic and social disruptions often followed those technological and institutional changes, with lasting results for workers, their families, and their communities. Along the way, new skills, occupations, and industries replaced older employment models, challenging established assumptions and setting novel priorities.

The goal of the XII edition of the Medici Summer School is to zoom in on the strategic challenges that characterize the future of work. Changes in the nature of work in fact, open the door to new ways of organizing, affecting how organizations behave, what managers and workers do at work, the ways people experience their jobs and think about work. For social scientists, the opportunities associated with the study of the future of work allow for exploring new ideas, relationships and logics of organizing. The increasing availability of data also present great opportunities for engaging with unorthodox methodologies that are often needed to tackle complex causal interdependences that cut across social, technical, political as well as disciplinary boundaries.

The School will bring together leading researchers who focus on advancing our knowledge on how work has changed and will change, and the ensuing implications for organizations, workers, and institutions. In particular, our goal is to discuss cutting-edge organizational research that sheds new light on theoretical mechanisms, processes as well as methodological approaches that can enhance our understanding of major questions around the future of work. This theme choice reflects a sense of excitement about what can and has been learned from integrating technology- and organization- related concepts and constructs with those existing in current organizational, managerial and entrepreneurship theories.

Program and Faculty

The host faculty members include representatives from the three cosponsoring institutions and those who have been organizing the Summer School over the years. Host faculty at this year’s summer school include Ezra Zuckerman Sivan and Emilio J. Castilla (MIT); Simone Ferriani and Gianni Lorenzoni (Bologna); Rodolphe Durand (HEC Paris); and Gino Cattani (NYU). In addition to the host faculty, the Summer School will bring together guest faculty who are leading strategy, organizations, sociology, and social psychology scholars. The five days of the School are tentatively organized as follows:

  • Day 1, June 15: Lead faculty: Peter Cappelli, The Wharton School
  • Day 2, June 16: Lead faculty: Ruthanne Huising, EMLYON Business
    School
  • Day 3, June 17: Lead faculty: Klarita Gërxhani, European University
    Institute
  • Day 4, June 18: Lead faculty: Steve Barley, University of California,
    Santa Barbara
  • Day 5, June 19: Lead faculty: András Tilcsik, University of Toronto

Each faculty member will be in residence at the School for several days, allowing ample time for one-to-one sessions, knowledge sharing, and networking opportunities.

Application procedure

The School will admit 20-25 student participants. Applications are welcome from current Ph.D. students in Management, Strategy, Organization Theory, Economic Sociology, and related disciplines from universities worldwide. Students for the Summer School will be selected in accordance with the quality of their doctoral curricula, research interests, and application materials. Applications from students who have completed at least two years of doctoral training will be considered, with preference given to those who have satisfied their course requirements and qualifying exams but have not yet embarked on their dissertation research. Applications from post-docs will also be considered.

There is no application or participation fee. Student participants will be responsible for covering their own travel expenses to and from Boston, but the Summer School will cover all accommodation and board expenses during the week of sessions provided that students attend the entire week.

Applications should include:

  • A simple statement declaring that the applicant is interested in being
    considered for admission to the Summer School together with the
    applicant’s contact information: email address, telephone, and mailing address. All of this should be in the body of an email sent to the address below.
  • Curriculum vitae listing educational background, Ph.D. program, scholarly achievements, nationality, etc.
  • A motivation letter (no longer than 1 page) indicating the applicant’s current research activities and their specific interest in the proposed topic for the 2020 Summer School.
  • A brief recommendation letter from one faculty member of their dissertation committee.
  • Applicants are also encouraged (but not required) to submit an extended abstract or discussion note that they could present during the Summer School. The Selection Committee will evaluate the relevance of this paper to the 2020 School theme.

All application materials should be sent by March 6th, 2020 exclusively via email to the following address: mit_medici2020@mit.edu with application Medici Summer School in the subject of the email. For any specific inquiry or clarification please also contact mit_medici2020@mit.edu.

Admitted candidates will be notified by April 10th, 2020.

More details about the Medici School, theme and application procedure here.

Job Posting: ASA Director of Research, Professional Development, and Academic Affairs

ASA Office Job Opening: Director of Research, Professional Development, and Academic Affairs

Are you committed to advancing sociology as a science and profession Would you enjoy conceptualizing and organizing professional development opportunities for sociologists in all sectors, conducting research on the discipline, and supporting sociology departments?  Are you good at working collaboratively with teams to develop and implement programmatic initiatives?  Are you a detail oriented, effective, and experienced leader who is ready to embark on a new challenge in a dynamic and fast-paced environment?  If so, the American Sociological Association (ASA) invites you to apply to become the Director of Research, Professional Development, and Academic Affairs.

ASA has a membership of over 11,000 sociologists who are scholars, teachers, and practitioners.  Among many other activities, ASA publishes 14 journals and offers a large annual meeting.  ASA’s office is in Washington, D.C.

Essential Functions:

* Identify new and innovative opportunities for the association to support the teaching, research, practice, and professional development of sociologists; develop and implement a strategic portfolio of relevant initiatives.
* Oversee the strategic direction and management of the Department Affiliates Program, the Program Reviewers and Consultants group, the High School Program, ASA’s webinar series, TRAILS, the Howery Teaching Enhancement Fund and the Annual Meeting Travel Fund.
* Oversee the association’s portfolio of research about the discipline and lead organizational research efforts.
* Liaise with relevant membership committees and task forces.
* Manage relevant website content.
* Work with the Communications Department to develop and distribute
information regarding research on the discipline, professional development, and academic affairs through channels such as newsletters and social media.
* Manage a substantial departmental operating budget.
* Respond to relevant requests for assistance from members and staff.
* Serve as a member of the staff leadership team and the team of staff sociologists and manage additional responsibilities as assigned by the Deputy Director.

Reporting Structure: Reports to the Deputy Director; Supervises three Research, Professional Development, and Academic Affairs department staff members: the Assistant Director, Senior Research Associate, and Assistant.

Job Classification:  Exempt

Preferred Qualifications: It is important to note that these qualifications are preferred.  We recognize that there are several professional profiles that could be well suited to this position.  Should your profile vary in some ways from the qualifications listed and you think you can be successful in this endeavor, please do not hesitate to apply.  Additionally, this position could be filled on an ongoing employment basis or as a two-year temporary position.

* PhD in sociology or closely related discipline.
* A commitment to serving the discipline by supporting sociologists in teaching and learning, research, practice, and professional development across the broad range of employment sectors and institution types where they are employed.
* Demonstrated leadership, management, and administrative abilities.
* Exemplary writing, editing, and verbal communication skills.
* Strong work ethic.
* Ability to organize, prioritize and move forward on simultaneous initiatives across a broad portfolio.
* Maturity and organizational savvy; ability to work independently and in collaboration with teams; excellent interpersonal skills.

Compensation:  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. A full benefits package is provided to all ASA staff members.

To apply:  Please submit a substantive cover letter and a resume to Margaret Weigers Vitullo, ASA Deputy Director, at mvitullo@asanet.org. Your letter should indicate if you are applying for an ongoing position or a two-year temporary post.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

ASA is an equal opportunity employer.

Call for Papers: USC Price Center Annual Summit

This year, the Price Center’s annual summit will take place on April 3, 2020. The event, titled Social Innovation Summit: Building the Field in 2020, will discuss the current landscape of the field of social innovation, focusing on emerging areas of theoretical and empirical work. Participants will share and discuss research papers organized into four topics: social movements, social entrepreneurship, sectors and systems, and financing social innovation. Each session will explore common threads across these areas, illuminating new and emerging areas of scholarship for the field of social innovation.

The Price Center encourages students, scholars, and educators from all disciplines to submit paper proposals for the Social Innovation Summit. Individual paper proposals should include an extended abstract (5 pages) with the title of the paper, name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and phone number. Full papers are also welcome. Paper proposals will be accepted until November 30, 2019. Submissions can be emailed to Caroline Bhalla (cbhalla@usc.edu), Managing Director of the Price Center for Social Innovation.