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1 June 2014

Summer School: Medici VI Edition on Deviances and deviants in organizational research

  • When: 01/06/2014 - 05/06/2014
  • Where: Florence, Italy

The 6th edition of the Medici Summer School in Management Studies for doctoral students and young researchers  is organized and sponsored by Alma GS (University of Bologna), HEC Paris (Society and Organizations Research Center and the HEC Foundation), and Stern School of Business (New York University).

The program of “The 2014 Medici Summer School in Management Studies” will focus on deviance and deviants. Whereas conformity, consistency, stability, “typecasting”, imprinting, and isomorphic pressures are powerful, it is deviants and deviance behaviors that underlie change and dynamism. The 2014 Medici School brings together interdisciplinary scholarship at multiple levels of analysis to understand the role of deviance and deviants in many social and business phenomena. Deviance is multi-faceted. On one hand, it carries typically negative connotations with respect to violating social and legal norms and standards. Work on wrongdoing so conceived considers the causes of misconduct, which include institutional structures and processes on the macro level, rational choice and social influence on the meso level, and bounded rationality and moral identity on the micro level. It also considers the consequences of wrongdoing, both for the perpetrators and victims of misconduct. On the other hand, deviance may be also positively viewed in the context of innovation and change at both micro and macro levels. For instance, individuals and organizations that engage in search behaviors or strategies that differ from the norm may also be more likely to reap unusual or outlier outcomes. Understanding what makes a person or team exceptionallycreative, or an organization unusually innovative (or incur spectacular failures) may give us insight into how "deviance" can lead to both positive and negative outcomes.

The five days of the Summer School will be tentatively organized as follows, moving from a macro level to a micro level study of deviants and deviance: 

Day 1. Cultural perspectives on deviance: Tightness-looseness. Michele Gelfand, University ofMaryland, College Park, USA.

Day 2. Deviance and social influence in (financial) markets, Fabrizio Ferraro, IESE Spain

Day 3. Innovation as deviance: A strategic perspective. Melissa Schilling, Stern School of Business, New York University, USA

Day 4. Multi-level analysis of organizational wrongdoing and misconduct, Don Palmer, UC Davis, USA

Day 5. Deviant behaviors within groups and organizations. Madan Pillutla, London Business School, UK

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