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ASQ June issue

  • 1.  ASQ June issue

    Posted 05-15-2019 07:02

    Administrative Science Quarterly Online Table of Contents Alert

    A new issue of Administrative Science Quarterly is available online:

    June 2019; Vol. 64, No. 2


    Auditors, firefighters, and Buddhist monks are some of the characters you'll meet in the June issue of ASQ. Are they the good guys, the bad guys, or bit players in a high-stakes drama? Grab your popcorn and settle in for some good reading to find out.



    Colleagues and Competitors: How Internal Social Comparisons Shape Organizational Search and Adaptation

    Oliver Baumann, J. P. Eggers, and Nils Stieglitz

    When managers and units in a firm compare their performance and vie for the same resources, colleagues can turn into competitors. This article discovers one condition when this situation benefits the firm – as long as their aggressive competition is channeled through R&D and the competing managers has complementary product lines, even overly ambitious projects can be beneficial.

    Blog post is here


    How Misconduct Spreads: Auditors' Role in the Diffusion of Stock-option Backdating

    Aharon Mohliver

    Auditors help firms stay within the lines of clear rules-and sometimes help them cross the lines of unclear rules. This article shows the key difference, because it documents that auditors spread knowledge of an unethical practice, but also were key to stopping it when it became illegal.

    Blog post is here


    Learning Not to Diversify: The Transformation of Graduate Business Education and the Decline of Diversifying Acquisitions

    Jiwook Jung and Taekjin Shin

    Once a preferred strategy, corporate diversification into disparate lines of business has been on the decline. This article explores how changes in business education led to firms putting the brakes on diversification. It illustrates the power of education well, and also raises the question of how well we need to know something before teaching it. If our students follow our prescriptions this closely, we need to be very confident.

    Blog post is here


    Multinational Firms, Labor Market Discrimination, and the Capture of Outsider's Advantage by Exploiting the Social Divide

    Jordan Siegel, Lynn Pyun, and B. Y. Cheon

    Want a competitive edge in a labor market that discriminates against women? This research shows why you should hire female managers. They think differently from men, and they are more independent because they cannot rise through the ranks through conformity – they are different to begin with, and have to stand out through making better decisions.

    Blog post is here


    The Hidden Side of Trust: Supporting and Sustaining Leaps of Faith among Firefighters

    Michael G. Pratt, Douglas A. Lepisto, and Erik Dane

    Trust can emerge from two sources: knowledge/evidence that is meaningful in the context in question, and faith. Firefighters have to know who to trust when the worst happens, but as they fight fewer and fewer fires, they need to make more leaps of faith. That's why they look very carefully at each other, and make decisions on what type of colleague to trust.

    Blog post is here


    Contesting Commercialization: Political Influence, Responsive Authoritarianism, and Cultural Resistance

    Lori Qingyuan Yue, Jue Wang, and Botao Yang

    How do contentious moral markets develop? This article examines how monks and others effectively resisted admission fees to Buddhist temples in China. The monks did not agree that local authorities should profit from their temples, and found ways of protesting effectively – even using social media, which they knew was monitored by the central government to make sure local governments did not cause unrest.

    Blog post is here


    The Rise of Socially Responsible Investment Funds: The Paradoxical Role of the Financial Logic

    Shipeng Yan, Fabrizio Ferraro, and Juan (John) Almandoz

    To have socially responsible investment options, you need a strong financial sector-but not too strong. It turns out that any form of investment requires a professional finance sector, but this sector is not naturally drawn to social responsibility, and will avoid it if possible.

    Blog post is here


    Book Reviews


    Magali A. Delmas with David Colgan: The Green Bundle: Pairing the Market with the Planet

    Jeffrey G. York


    Mike Lenox and Aaron Chatterji: Can Business Save the Earth? Innovating Our Way to Sustainability

    Thomas P. Lyon


    Christian Seelos and Johanna Mair: Innovation and Scaling for Impact: How Effective Social Enterprises Do It

    Marya Besharov


    Phanish Puranam: The Microstructure of Organizations

    Olav Sorenson

    Each article in this issue is featured in a blog on my site Organizational Musings. And don't forget that our student-run ASQ Blog features interviews with ASQ authors that offer insights into the research and writing process.


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    Henrich R. Greve, INSEAD

    Editor, Administrative Science Quarterly