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February 2023

Forrest Briscoe/Erb Colloquium – Co-sponsored with Ross M&O

February 5 @ 11:57 am EDT

Stakeholder Ideological Congruence and the Adoption of Controversial Practices Forrest Briscoe is an associate professor of Management and Organization, and a Frank & Mary Jean Smeal Research Fellow, in the Smeal College of Business. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Sociology. New organizational practices often become yoked to particular ideological positions in society. When this happens, decision makers considering a given practice may contemplate how key stakeholders will react to it, focusing on (mis)alignment between the ideological position of…

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Michael Siegrist (ETH Zurich)/Erb Colloquium

February 5 @ 11:57 am EDT

Symbolic Information Causes Biased Decisions In assessing the outcomes of decisions, people often rely on the symbolic information while neglecting other crucial information. People may be especially prone to rely on this information on topics that are subject to social norms, such as environmentally friendly behavior, environmental risks or risks for humans. I present a series of experiments demonstrating how over-reliance on symbolic information leads consumers to biased decisions on energy consumption and sustainable food choice. Michael Siegrist has been…

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Tima Bansal/Erb Colloquium (co-sponsored with Ross Strategy)

February 5 @ 11:57 am EDT

MAKING SOCIAL ISSUES COUNT: How Businesses Address Social and Environmental Issues in Strategic Decision-Making Pratima (Tima) Bansal, Ivey Business School, Western University (London, Canada) Prior research tends to investigate organizational responses to social and environmental issues after the organization has already responded, often exploring why or how organizations are socially or environmentally responsible. The problem with such an approach is that organizations are sampled based on their responses, yet not all organizations see social and environmental issues in their strategic…

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Aruna Ranganathan/Erb Colloquium

February 5 @ 11:57 am EDT

Leading by Doing: How Female Supervisors Motivate Worker Productivity through Subordinate Scut Work Aruna Ranganathan is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business Abstract: Using ethnographic, personnel, and field experimental data from an Indian garment factory, this paper investigates whether manager gender affects worker productivity and if so, how. We argue that female managers motivate greater worker productivity than male managers in female-typed workplaces by performing subordinate scut work – routine tasks of their subordinates – which increases subordinates’ engagement with their…

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Mary Hunter-McDonnell/Erb Colloquium – Co-sponsored with Ross Strategy

February 5 @ 11:57 am EDT

Take a Stand or Keep Your Seat: Independent Director Turnover following Social Activist Challenges Outside directors play a major role in modern corporate governance by providing firms with valuable human and social capital as well as serving as the primary monitors of managers. Given their influence, researchers have been increasingly interested in understanding what motivates these individuals to exit their positions. We add to this line of inquiry by exploring director departure after social activist challenges. Drawing on impression management…

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September 2016

Todd Schifeling / Erb Colloquium

September 29, 2016 @ 12:00 am EDT

Todd Schifeling will present a study of the evolution of green marketing over the last thirty years that engages with two key questions: i) are green consumer products merely a case of greenwashing? and ii) how have green marketers attempted to earn the trust of skeptical consumers? Co-sponsor: Center for Sustainable Systems

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