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Webinar: How to Build a Theory and a Community of Scholars

  • 1.  Webinar: How to Build a Theory and a Community of Scholars

    Posted 03-08-2023 10:26

    Speaker: Prof. Wendy Smith, University of Delaware


    Wednesday, 15th of March at 5pm (New York) / 9pm (London)

    Thursday, 16th of March at 8am (Sydney) / 10am (Aukland) 

    Scheduled for 90 minutes (incl. Q&A).

    Registration: Please register here to receive a personalized Zoom link and a reminder prior to the event.

    Paradox theory and research has exploded in the last 20 years. Scholars have turned to paradox theory to understand and unpack the nature of competing demands to address individual dilemmas, organizational tensions and societal grand challenges. In this webinar, we identify features that have advanced the journey of an emerging theory and advancing organizational scholarship and community of this important theory.

    Recommended reading:

    • Lewis, M. W. and W. K. Smith (2022). "Reflections on the 2021 AMR Decade Award: Navigating Paradox Is Paradoxical." Academy of Management Review 47(4): 528–548.
    • Hahn, T. and E. Knight (2021). "The ontology of organizational paradox: a quantum approach." Academy of Management Review 46(2): 362-384.
    • Schad, J., et.al.  (2016). "Paradox Research in Management Science: Looking Back to Move Forward." Academy of Management Annals 10(1): 5-64.
    • Putnam, L. L., G. T. Fairhurst and S. G. Banghart (2016). "Contradictions, dialectics, and paradoxes in organizations: A constitutive approach." Academy of Management Annals 10(1).

    About the speaker:

    Wendy Smith is the Dana J. Johnson Professor of Management and faculty director of the Women's Leadership Initiative at the Lerner College of Business and Economics, University of Delaware. She earned her PhD in organizational behavior at Harvard Business School, where she began her intensive research on strategic paradoxes-how leaders and senior teams effectively respond to contradictory, yet interdependent demands. Working with executives and scholars globally, she received the Web of Science Highly Cited Research Award (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) for being among the 1 percent most-cited researchers in her field and received the Decade Award (2021) from the Academy of Management Review for the most cited paper in the past 10 years. Her work has been published in such journals as Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, Organization Science, and Management Science. She integrates her research into her book Both/And Thinking: Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems

    For queries, please contact Ibrat Djabbarov i.djabbarov@cranfield.ac.uk.

    Ibrat Djabbarov
    Cranfield School of Management