Scancor@HUJI 2014

Institutional theory has been a dominant school of thought in organization theory for over four decades.  Nonetheless, this approach faces several pressing theoretical and methodological challenges. This Ph.D. workshop brings together scholars who are developing novel solutions to these challenges, most notably to issues of change and variety, as well as measurement of institutional influences and effects. The faculty will present current research, review recent papers, and discuss new methodological tools that deepen the institutional agenda. We pay special attention to issues of institutional emergence, persistence, and transformation. We also emphasize methods of comparative, archival, and network analysis. Finally, we tackle fundamental issues involving globalization,

competing institutional

logics, and contestation.


The Workshop is sponsored by Scancor, The Israel Science Foundation, The Hevrew University of Jerusalem and the Department of Sociology at HUJI.


The book on the glocalization of organization and management, co-edited with Markus Höllerer and Peter Walgenbach, is finally on book shelves. Together with Achim Oberg and Giuseppe Delmestri, work continues intensly on the study of the branding of universities, with focus shifting towards processes relating to the development of higher education instituttions in Israel. And together with Janne Tienari and Arild Wæraas, I am co-editing a special issue of the journal International Studies of Management & Organization dedicated to the theme of the management of higher education brands. This year I teach several graduate level courses, on globalization and organization (in English, also for students in HUJI's Glocal MA Program) and theories in the study of organizations. Finally, much of my efforts this year focus on the hosting of Scancor's PhD Workshop on Institutional Analysis,, 5-9 January 2014.


As a sociologist interestקג in global phenomena and processes, the subjects of my classes straddle disciplinary boundaries. I teach courses on the sociology of science, technology, and innovation; globalization and organization; knowledge economy and transnational workplace; theories in organization studies; as well as research- and thesis preparatory courses. Whatever the subject, I bring a comparative, global, institutional and empirical perspectives into the classroom.

  I currently teach at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and previously I taught at Stanford University (2000-2011), University of California Berkeley (2009-2011), University of Bergamo (2011), and with Scancor's Ph.D. Workshop, led by Prof. Woody Powell, at several European business schools.


My research interests are expressed in published books and articles, many of which are co-authored. Among such works is the 2014 “Global Themes and Local Variations in Organization and Management: Perspectives on Glocalization” (Routledge, co-edited with Markus Höllerer and Peter Walgenbach). Previous books are: “Science in the Modern World Polity” (2003, Stanford University Press; co-authored with Meyer, Ramirez and Schofer), “Global E-litism” (2005, Worth), “Globalization and Organization:” (2006, Oxford University Press; co-edited with Meyer and Hwang), and “World Society: The Writings of John W. Meyer” (2009, Oxford University Press; co-edited with Krücken). Additional studies, on global culture, governance, rationalization and rights, were published in various academic journals.


My research interests include the comparative study of science and innovation, globalization, and rationalization. I also study branding, world culture, technology entrepreneurship, higher education, and global health – analyzing all from an institutionalist and comparative perspective. My current research agenda concerns the branding of universities (how marketing strategies shape higher education and its organization), business and technological entrepreneurship (how economic arrangements and business practices reflect global ideas, often in disconnect from local context), and the rationalization of governance and management (how professionalization joins other institutional forces in shaping governance models and propelling their global diffusion).



In Short

I am associate professor of sociology and anthropology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. I was awarded Ph.D. in sociology by Stanford University in 1997. Before joining HUJI in 2011, I was at Stanford University for 22 years, initially as a graduate student and later as a lecturer and Director of Honors Program in International Relations. I also taught at the University of California Berkeley, the Technion in Israel, and University of Bergamo and in 2010 was a guest scholar at the Forum on Peace, Democracy and Justice in Uppsala University.

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