Research themes

The SnO Center brings together researchers across various disciplines, using diverse perspectives to investigate relevant issues regarding how society influences organizations and how organizations change and shape society.

The research undertaken by the Center’s members is highly recognized, having been published in leading academic and practitioner journals, such as The Academy of Management Review ; Accounting, Organizations and Society ; The American Journal of Sociology ; Organization Science ; Organization Studies ; Strategic Management Journal ; and also the Harvard Business Review ; the Stanford Social Innovation Review ; and California Management Review .

Among the topics under study, some examples are: sources of social actor legitimacy and reputation stakes; ambivalence and strategic choice; changes in governance norms and the rise of market logic; the crisis of public and state management; the marketization of professions and vocations; the growing importance of sustainable investment; cooperation and coordination issues in organizations; the role of institutions in economic efficiency; the role of firms in reshaping social ties; and corporate political activities.

The Center’s research areas can be grouped under two main axes:

Public vs. private, norms of management

This research stream encompasses two sub-topics:

(1) the evolution of governance norms, the emergence of new management norms in the context of public - private interactions, and the rise of sustainability practices in firms.

(2) the extension of market logics in the definition of norms, as well as privatization and marketization processes, highlighting the roles of market intermediaries (rating agencies, critics, …),  as well as the influence of established professions, and industries.

Social norms, institutions and Networks

Another stream of research focuses on how social norms, institutions and networks influence strategies and performance. This research stream encompasses the following topics:

(1) the influence of market structures and macro-level institutions on organizational efficiency, particularly on strategic decision-making processes.

(2) incentives, strategies and inter-organizational  action with a  focus on strategies inside organizations and on the role of incentives. It also examines contracting mechanisms and their effects on inter-organizational relations and opportunism.

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