Administrative Science Quarterly Online Table of Contents Alert
The June 2022 Vol. 67, No. 2 issue of Administrative Science Quarterly is available online:
As we move toward summer, the ASQ June issue offers some fascinating and topical reads. There are two papers to better understand how organizations can tackle grand challenges like climate change – with hope and collaboration. Two papers help us understand activism – one looking at the influence of CEO activism and another at how internal stigma hierarchies in an occupation reduce their ability to organize. Two papers explore emergency workers behind the scenes- helping us understand how storytelling among medical transport teams aids vicarious learning and how 911 workers get police officers to comply with their requests. Along with a bumper crop of book reviews, we have an upbeat paper examining early career networks of successful songwriters in K-pop. I hope something here puts you in a hopeful and engaged state of mind.
Hope Cultures in Organizations: Tackling the Grand Challenge of Commercial Sex Exploitation
Katina B. Sawyer and Judith A. Clair
As organizational scholars increasingly focus on grand challenges, emotional cultures deserve our attention. This study of an organization addressing commercial sex exploitation walks us through how a culture of hope evolved through shared narratives around triggering events and the accompanying emotional contagion. The strength of its hope culture increased the possibility of meeting the challenge.
Escaping the Survival Trap: Network Transition among Early-Career Freelance Songwriters
Yonghoon G. Lee and Martin Gargiulo
How do early career individuals transition from a closed network that helps them secure resources for survival to an open network that can help them succeed? In this study, songwriters without a hit relied on close collaborators at first. But as they see some of their peers succeed, eventually successful songwriters expanded their network to distant collaborators.
Blog post is here
Storytelling as a Tool for Vicarious Learning among Air Medical Transport Crews
Christopher G. Myers
The medical transport crews studied here used storytelling to proactively and vicariously learn about unfamiliar situations, creating collective knowledge shared across crews. Scaling stories into larger lessons through practices and structures is important in knowledge-intensive environments that offer limited opportunities to learn from peers or direct experience.
Status–Authority Asymmetry between Professions: The Case of 911 Dispatchers and Police Officers
911 dispatchers have functional authority over police officers’ emergency responses but struggle to get officers to comply. Dispatchers who publicize their requests through humor and banter, to other dispatchers and officers, elicit better compliance. This effective peer publicizing relational style relies on the second order influence of other police officers to encourage self-discipline but it takes an emotional toll on the dispatchers.
Frenemies: Overcoming Audiences’ Ideological Opposition to Firm–Activist Collaborations
Cross-sector partnerships between firms and social movement organizations (SMOs) can help in tackling complex problems like climate change. Cooperative ties between radical and moderate SMOs that reduce segmentation in the field increase SMO and firm collaborations. But the audiences that support SMOs view collaborations with firms with suspicion, particularly when the SMOs have defined themselves in opposition to firms.
Stigma Hierarchies: The Internal Dynamics of Stigmatization in the Sex Work Occupation
Madeline Toubiana and Trish Ruebottom
Stigmatized workers can’t always rely on others in their occupation for social support. The authors detail a stigma hierarchy in the sex work occupation, as workers rank each other based on physical, demographic, and moral stigmas. Workers use stealth organizing to find other workers who are safe to connect with, but this internal stigma makes it difficult for the occupation to organize and advocate for their joint interests.
How Do Employees React When Their CEO Speaks Out? Intra- and Extra-Firm Implications of CEO Sociopolitical Activism
Adam J. Wowak, John R. Busenbark, and Donald C. Hambrick
Studying employee responses to CEOs expressing (or not) opposition to the controversial 2016 “bathroom bill” in North Carolina, the authors show that CEO liberal activism can elevate (dampen) employees' commitment to the firm if the employee population is more liberal (conservative). This CEO activism can also increase employee’s own support of liberalism, particularly when the CEO is a prototypical member of the company.
Daniel A. Levinthal. Evolutionary Processes & Organizational Adaptation: A Mendelian Perspective on Strategic Management
Tom Eisenmann. Why Startups Fail: A New Roadmap for Entrepreneurial Success
Julie Battilana and Tiziana Casciaro. Power, for All: How It Really Works and Why It’s Everyone’s Business
Beth A. Bechky. Blood, Powder, and Residue: How Crime Labs Translate Evidence into Proof
Mike Savage. The Return of Inequality: Social Change and the Weight of the Past
Mitchel Y. Abolafia
Christine M. Beckman and Melissa Mazmanian. Dreams of the Overworked: Living, Working, and Parenting in the Digital Age
Ellen Ernst Kossek
Sanford M. Jacoby. Labor in the Age of Finance: Pensions, Politics, and Corporations from Deindustrialization to Dodd–Frank
Bruce G. Carruthers
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Christine Beckman, University of Southern California