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News

2013

Linda Argote publishes a second edition of her book, Organizational Learning: Creating, Retaining and Transferring Knowledge, with Springer in 2013.

  • From Nicholas P. Philipson, Editorial Director at Springer: Why do some organizations learn at faster rates than others? Why do organizations "forget"? Could productivity gains acquired in one part of an organization be transferred to another? These are among the questions addressed in Organizational Learning: Creating, Retaining and Transferring Knowledge. Since its original publication in 1999, this book has set the standard for research and analysis in the field. This fully updated and expanded edition showcases the most current research and insights, featuring a new chapter that provides a theoretical framework for analyzing organizational learning and presents evidence about how the organizational context affects learning processes and outcomes. Drawing from a wide array of studies across the spectrum of management, economics, sociology, and psychology, Organizational Learning explores the dynamics of learning curves in organizations, with particular emphasis on how individuals and groups generate, share, reinforce, and sometimes forget knowledge. With an increased emphasis on service organizations, including healthcare, Linda Argote demonstrates that organizations vary dramatically in the rates at which they learn—with profound implications for productivity, performance, and managerial and strategic decision making.

2012

Marco Tonellato Sponsored by Swiss National Science Foundation to conduct research at the Center

  • Marco Tonellato is currently a PhD candidate at the Institute of Management in the Faculty of Economics of the University of Lugano (Switzerland) where he works under the supervision of Prof. Alessandro Lomi. His research interests include the analysis of social networks within and between organizations, open innovation, and the dynamics of decision making and learning in open production projects. In his dissertation project he investigates the social mechanisms contributing to the emergence of structure, hierarchy and roles in open source software communities. His work has been published in Organizational Research Methods, Research in the Sociology of Organizations and in edited collections. He holds a bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Padova (Italy) and a master degree in Management from the University of Lugano.

Argote chosen as OMT Distinguished Scholar

  • Center Director, Linda Argote was chosen as the Distinguished Scholar of the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management. She gave a talk, Learning about Organizational Learning, at the 2012 Academy of Management meetings.

2011

Ella Miron-Spektor accepts position at the Technion

  • Ella Miron-Spektor, a postdoctoral researcher at the Center, accepted a position in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion. Ella conducts research on learning and innovation in individuals, teams and organizations.

Linda Argote visits Cambridge Judge Business School

  • Linda Argote was chosen as the Montezemolo Visiting Professor of Marketing, Strategy and Innovation at the Judge Business School and a Visiting Fellow of Sidney Sussex College of the University of Cambridge.

2010

Collaboration with Mindlab project at Aarhus University, Denmark

  • Linda Argote (Tepper School of Business) and Rich Burton (Fuqua School of Business, Duke University) are collaborating with Børge Obel, Dorthe Häkonsson, Dan Mønster and Jacob Eskildsen of Aarhus University on the Mindlab project. Their research examines the role of emotion in organizational learning and performance using behavioral and physiological measures.

Professional Development Workshop on New Perspectives on Organization Science

  • At the 2010 Academy of Management conference (Saturday, August 7, 2010), the Organization and Management Theory division sponsored a Professional Development Workshop on New Perspectives on Organization Science. The workshop was organized around the perspectives essays written by the Senior Editors of Organization Science on important topics for the field.

2009

Conference on New Directions in Organization Science

  • The Senior Editors of Organization Science presented their ideas for the future of the field at Tepper School of Business in May 2009.

2008

Argote Represents NSF in Congressional Role.

  • Center Director Linda Argote was chosen to represent the Division of Social, Behavior and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation in the budget roll-out to Congress in 2008.

2007

Conference on Identity, Innovation and Organizational Learning, June 8-9, 2007

  • Linda Argote (Tepper School of Business) and Aimee A. Kane (Stern School of Business, New York University). The ability to innovate or create new knowledge, to retain that knowledge and to transfer it effectively are key to the success of organizations and societies. The conference examines factors fostering innovation and organizational learning with particular attention to the role of identity. A shared identity, or sense of belonging to the same social group, can have a powerful effect on innovation and knowledge sharing. The conference brought together scholars from a variety of disciplines including organizational behavior, psychology, sociology and strategic management. The conference, which was co-funded by the Carnegie Bosch Institute for Applied Studies in International Management and the Center for Organizational Learning, Innovation and Knowledge at Carnegie Mellon University, provided a forum for scholars to share research findings, identify common themes and chart future directions.

2006

Fulbright Scholar joins Center

  • Ella Miron-Spektor is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in in the Center for Organizational Learning, Innovation and Performance at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University . Ella received a Fulbright award to support her post-doctoral studies and research. She received her PhD in Behavioral and Management Sciences, from the Technion- Israeli Institute of Technology, where she also completed her M.Sc. in Industrial Psychology (2003). Both her M.Sc. and PhD were conducted under the supervision of Professor Miriam Erez and Dr. Eitan Naveh. Ella's research focuses on the paradox of innovation, and suggests that innovation requires balancing exploration and exploitation as it encompasses both the creation of novel and appropriate ideas as well as their implementation. In a programmatic multilevel study, she tests for the competing vs. complementary relationships of the personal attributes and cultural values that lead to idea generation and implementation, and for their effects on innovation at the individual, team and organizational unit levels.

Behavioral Theory of the Firm Conference

  • A conference took stock of the impact of Cyert and March's influential book, A Behavioral Theory of the Firm, and identified promising areas for future research. The conference was organized by Mie Augier (Stanford University), Henrich R. Greve (Norwegian School of Management, BI), Dan Levinthal (Wharton), Michael Prietula (Emory University) and Linda Argote (Tepper).