The research group ‘Organizations and Social Change’ (OSC) is an emerging research group at the Department of Management and Marketing at University of Massachusetts Boston. Current members of the research group are listed below (in alphabetical order). For more detailed information, please visit the UMass Boston university website: http://www.umb.edu/academics/cm/faculty_staff/faculty.
Erynn Beaton (PhD student)
Prior to the program, I enjoyed a successful career in marketing – most recently in brand management at the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. I received my Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Nebraska and my MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. My research interests are in the economics of the non-profit sector. It is an interest inspired by my experience with several non-profit organizations, including board leadership at Reading in Motion, a charity dedicated to the literacy of at risk children in Chicago.
Thomas Bejarano (PhD student)
My research focuses on entrepreneurial processes, innovation and geographic cluster development. I study the role of incubators, individual networks across organizations, and narrative processes, all of which are part of my dissertation ‘The Dynamics of Early Stage Cluster Development’. I have done field research in the U.S. and Brazil, focusing on the clean tech sector. I also examine the role of narratives and local resources in crowdfunding strategies.
I have worked as a consultant in strategic planning, fundraising and development for a small foundation on the Alabama Gulf coast. My previous work experience has been primarily in the areas of finance, education and transportation. I have masters’ degrees in business (Brandeis Int’l Business School) and education (Harvard). My research interests include how organizations can strategically intervene to mitigate the impact of climate change on the ecology and economies of coastal/island communities.
I conduct research at the intersection of institutional organizational theory and social inequality: how are compensation systems, human resource practices, workplace authority structures, and corporate governance institutions defined, contested, and constructed by actors at the organization, field, and market levels? How do the social processes behind their adoption effect their persistence, consequences, and effectiveness? I am currently exploring these questions through empirical research on the influence of the corporate scandals on executive compensation and corporate governance; the global diffusion of compensation and human resource practices; and the consequences of employee ownership and systems of decentralized organizational authority for employee and organizational outcomes.
Previously, I have worked and volunteered for a variety of organizations in both the United States and Egypt. I am interested in entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation, and industry emergence in conditions of extreme scarcity – such as least developed countries and mass refugee camps. Additionally, I am interested in how the personal beliefs and ideologies of entrepreneurs relate to the conception and use of new ventures, especially within the context of social entrepreneurship and economic development. I hold a BA in English Language and Literature from Gordon College, and an MBA from Clark University, where I focused my studies on Sustainability and Social Change.
Lisa DeAngelis (PhD Student)
I am currently the Director of the Center for Collaborative Leadership, including its Emerging Leaders Program, at the College of Management at UMass Boston. I am interested in both practical and theoretical aspects of the various roles and responsibilities of business in society.
Pacey Foster (Associate Professor of Management)
My research explores how social and organizational networks help individuals and businesses manage complex decision-making and selection processes in creative industries. I am particularly interested in how networks at one level of analysis (e.g., among individuals) affect the structure of networks at higher levels of analysis (e.g., among organizations and industry sectors). His early research explored how nightclub talent buyers use their social networks to manage the uncertainties and risks associated with selecting bands. I recently completed the first history of Boston hip-hop and am currently conducting a study on the local film and television industry which is being funded by a Creative Economy Initiatives Grant from the University of Massachusetts.
Jamila Gilliam (PhD Student)
Prior to joining the OSC program, Jamila serves as a Graduate Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant in the UMass Boston College of Management while pursuing her MBA with a Specialization in Finance. She also earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Management with a Concentration in Finance at UMass Boston and completed an Undergraduate Honors Thesis titled, “The US Bailout Bonanza: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly”, was an original research project/topic which investigated the causes of the 2008 US Financial Crisis, and progress on economic recovery. While a Research Assistant, Jamila was engaged in a number of scholarly research projects regarding social enterprise entrepreneurship and local economic development initiatives. This experience strongly influenced her current research interests, which also include impact investing, impact measurement, sustainable innovation, Clean-tech & renewable energy as she explores effective ways to mitigate global warming and to address climate change issues impacting coastal communities.
Janice Goldman (Lecturer in Management)
I conduct research on education reform, transnational production of cacao and fair trade, legitimation and diffusion of new institutional forms of health care, urban patterns of investment and dis-investment, public-private partnerships
Nardia Haigh (Associate Professor of Management)
I conduct research on organizational responses to large-scale sustainability issues, such as those associated with climate change and the rejuvenation of environmental commons.
Hozami Helwani (PhD Student)
Prior to joining the program, I worked as a university instructor of Business Administration for King Saud University for Girls in Saudi Arabia. I received my Bachelor and Master degrees in Public Administration from KSU in S.A. Understanding ethical decision-making in business organization and creating sensitivity to the implications of business decisions are my main current interests. I am a mother of five children and reside currently in Brookline.
I am a Doctoral Candidate at the College of Management. My research interests include strategy and international business – specifically: global outsourcing, diaspora networks, business policy and strategy for emerging economies, and social entrepreneurship – specifically: hybrid organizations and CSR with a focus on global outsourcing / impact sourcing organizations. My multi-paper dissertation titled “Managing Hybrid Organizations in Global Contexts: The Case of Impact Sourcing Service Providers” analyzes managerial practices and challenges of hybrid organizations and the way they balance tensions between global client demands and local community expectations. Prior to entering academia, I worked as a business analyst for Accenture CIO’s organization and in an advisory role at the Ministry of Science & Technology, India.
My research interests include selection and retention in mission driven organizations, social entrepreneurship, psychological contracts and sustainability initiatives.
Prior to joining the OSC Program, I was involved in qualitative research work on the interactions of business interests with the urban poor. I have an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow and an undergraduate background in Economics, Political Science and History. I am interested in the institutional logics of merit, the perception of merit in society and within organizations (particularly within business schools) and any hidden biases involved in our conception of this idea. How is what we see as “meritorious” used to justify social stratification, and can there be a more objective and equitable way of assessing individuals?
Marc Lavine (Associate Professor of Management)
I am interested in the dynamics of social change. I explore how ideas give rise to social movements and how social movement actors frame messages to attract and retain adherents. I also examine positive deviance as a mechanism that enables social innovation. Additionally, I am interested the relationship between organizational practices and individual meaning-making at work. I consider how the social responsibility practices of organizations influence employee engagement. I also study leadership development and the dynamics of collaborative leadership as well methods and practices to improve management education.
David L. Levy (Professor of Management, Director SERC)
My research focuses on business responses to climate change, corporate political strategy, development of renewable energy industry, multinational corporations and global governance.
I do research on emergence and transformation of entrepreneurial ventures; dynamics of social and organizational change; complexity science and the ecology of leadership; social change through entrepreneurial innovation.
Steve Loren (PhD Student)
I have been associated with the financial community in New York since the 1990’s and have achieved both an MBA in Finance and Investments as well as the CFA Charter and Financial Risk Manager Designations. Prior to embarking on the path to Wall Street, I studied Philosophy and Psychology and developed a strong interest in social theory, which led me to take some Doctoral classes in Philosophy while still an undergraduate. Long active in environmental and consumer organizations, I have always thought and acted at the intersection of Business and Society. I have chaired the Sustainable Investing Committee of the New York Society of Securities Analysts and have worked to advance the use of Environmental, Social and Governance metrics and criteria into the investment management process, including asset selection and portfolio construction. In my role at NYSSA, I have organized conferences featuring world renowned financial practitioners and academics who are leading the way to creating a more just and sustainable society.
Stephan Manning (Associate Professor of Management)
My research stretches across the field of management and mainly covers three areas: (1) the role of multiple stakeholders in promoting sustainability standards; (2) global services sourcing and geographic knowledge services clusters; and (3) the formation and coordination of project-based relationships and networks. I have done field research in various countries, including Germany, the U.S., Romania, China, Kenya and South Africa; and industries, including film production, the automotive industry, the coffee industry, and global business services.
Blogs: Activism, Resistance and Change / Culture and Identity / Movies and Society / Body, Mind, and Creativity
UMass Web: http://www.umb.edu/academics/cm/faculty_staff/faculty/stephan_d._manning
Georgianna Meléndez (PhD Student)
I am currently working in dual roles at UMass Boston. The first is as the Interim Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The second is as Executive Director for Commonwealth Compact, a workforce diversity project aimed at improving Massachusetts reputation as a leader in diversity and inclusion. I have served as an assistant commissioner for the MA Department of Transitional Assistant; executive director of Casa Myrna Vazquez and executive director of RESPOND, Inc., both are domestic violence agencies serving communities in and around Boston. I hold a BA in English, with a minor in cultural studies from Bentley University and a MS in Public Affairs from the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston.
Banu Özkazanç-Pan (Associate Professor of Management)
I am interested in management in a global context, social and economic development and entrepreneurship activities, theorizing management and organization.
Louise Parker (Professor of Practice in Healthcare Management)
My primary research has focused on three interrelated areas: 1) employee participation in decision making including organizational change, quality improvement, and implementation of evidence-based practices, 2) employee responses to injustice and dissatisfaction, in particular, exit, silence, and voice (or reformist dissent), and 3) balancing the sometimes conflicting rights of organizational stakeholders, especially employees and consumers. I am also interested in the translation of research into practice and products in health/bio-medical and other industries. This work includes understanding what constitutes evidence and the factors that foster effective collaboration between scientists, policymakers, practitioners, and consumers so as to facilitate movement from bench to product.
Suhaib Riaz (Assistant Professor of Management)
My research interests are in studying the contestation between strategic, long-term and multiple-stakeholder orientation in organizations and the rise of financialization. My recent and ongoing work explores various aspects of this contestation: organizations-institutions interaction (related to the financial crisis and financial industry), role of organizational elites (organizational change and long-term organizational performance), and stakeholder experiences at the business-society interface (debt practices, socio-economic inequality). I also have an interest in innovation around alternative organizing forms under institutional complexity and constraints.
Anusha C. Satturu (PhD Student)
Hailing from Visakhapatnam, a coastal city in Andhra Pradesh, India, I had completed most of my schooling followed by my Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Production Engineering from there. Soon after, I pursued a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) in Gujarat, India where I was exposed to various NGOs during the two years there and after passing out, when I worked at Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India), an NGO in central India, working in a tribal region. My academic interests developed during my post graduate degree were strengthened by my experiences at work, where I observed that the underlying values of management education and practice were not exactly aligned with democratic values of equality even in NGOs which claim to address issues of inequality in the society. I want to focus my research on understanding how management discourse allows organizations to function as undemocratic spaces while perpetuating existing inequality. My current research interests are in critical management studies, development management and NGOs, organizational inequality and hierarchical structures, sociology of organizations and visual research methods.
Maureen A. Scully (Associate Professor of Management)
I am interested in how Americans make sense of inequality in the workplace, new discourses to address and remedy inequality, and forms of voice at work.
I study social and organizational change, and in particular how social networks foster and impede the emergence of new institutions. My research focuses on elite U.S. companies and their adoption of disparate practices such as the Internet and work/family programs. I have published in such journals as Administrative Science Quarterly, Social Forces and Sociological Theory, among others. I am especially interested in innovative methods for collecting network data, in particular from the Internet, and toward that end has built a database of more than 8,000 Fortune 100 managers and their career histories using online sources.
Vesela Veleva (Lecturer in Management)
My research topics include toxics use reduction and clean production; barriers and drivers for greater adoption of clean technology; the social and environmental impacts of emerging technology (e.g., nanotechnology); business models for dematerialization and reduced resource consumption; the impacts of socially responsible investing.
A native of Nova Scotia, my family has close ties to the fishing and coal mining industries which have historically driven the local economy. I attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, before beginning a career in business development. After 15 years as an entrepreneur and general management consultant, I returned to Dalhousie for a Master of Environmental Studies (MES) degree to gain a better understanding of environment and resource management. My research interests revolve around the intersection of business and sustainability. I have worked with numerous businesses across a wide variety of industries and regions, including some of Canada’s top franchise companies and financial institutions. I have also worked in partnership with various economic development agencies, First Nation communities, and have served on several Team Canada Trade Missions to the US. I chose to investigate methods of integrating environmental dimensions in economic development and strategic planning. I studied strategic environmental assessment and produced a thesis titled Planning a SEA Change. I am interested in building on my more nuanced understanding of environmental management to research the dynamic economies of coastal communities.
Nichole Wissman-Weber (PhD Student)
Prior to joining the program, Nichole had a variety of experiences in policy, research, and environmental work. In Washington State, Nichole worked in environmental youth education programs and environmental restoration efforts. Nichole’s experience extends to international volunteer work in Ecuador where she worked for a non-government organization and reforestation project in the Galapagos. Most recently, Nichole worked as a research assistant in public policy at the Center for Public Policy & Administration at the University of Utah where she helped design and implement various applied research projects, such as economic impact surveys and the efficacy of household alternative energy installations. Nichole holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from New Mexico State University (NMSU). At NMSU, Nichole received both qualitative and quantitative training, served as a research co-investigator, lectured on the environment, and investigated climate change discourse in the media and gender in the media.