2017 Academy of Management

Congratulations to all those who have been accepted to present about relational coordination at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting this year! Below is a list of sessions that include RCRC partners (partners denoted with asterisk). We will be adding sessions as we receive them. If you have a session to share, please email Tanya Allain at tallain@brandeis.edu.

See here for a recap of sessions about relational coordination from the 2016 Academy of Management.

Coordinating Change at a Scale of the Whole: Relational Alliances from Whole Systems Perspectives

Sunday, August 6th at 10:30am – Hyatt Roswell Room

Why do relationships matter for organizational change? This question sets the premise for this presenter symposium, which brings together four empirical scholarly papers that examine social change from whole systems perspectives. Each presentation included explores relational theories and approaches that contribute to the complex task of coordinating at team, organizational, and systemic levels. Integrated throughout these papers are common themes pertaining to the importance of relational and sociostructural dynamics in implementing critical policies that affect broad change, particularly within multi-stakeholder collaborative contexts.

Sponsored by: All Academy Theme and Public and Nonprofit Division


Anna Perlmutter*, Case Western Reserve

Brenda Bond*, Suffolk University


Ronald Fry, Case Western Reserve

Susan Helper, Case Western Reserve


Examining Organizational Change in Urban Child Care Centers: Perspectives from Relational Bureaucracy Theory (Anne Douglass*, University of Massachusetts Boston)

Interagency Networks as Conduits for Social and Organizational Change: Testing Relational Coordination Within a Comprehensive Community Safety Initiative (Brenda Bond*, Suffolk University and Erika Gebo, Suffolk University)

Hub and Spokes for a Cause: Building Relational Capacity Within Inter-Organizational Nonprofit Networks (Anna Perlmutter*, Case Western Reserve University)

Operating for Justice: Social Identity, Partnerships, Strengths and Challenges in Social Movement Work (Callie Watkins Liu*, Brandeis University)

Strategic Relational Human Resource Management: An Emerging Paradigm

Tuesday, August 8th at 1:15am – Atlanta Hilton Room 307

The literature on high performance work (HPW) practices and strategic HRM highlights the organizational benefits of synergistic HR practices and policies. These inter-dependent and complementary practices, leverage skill development, information exchange, and motivational factors to reduce turnover and enhance key outcomes like productivity, quality, and financial performance (MacDuffie, 1995; Ichniowski, Shaw, & Prennushi, 1997; Huselid, 1995). Yet the importance of complementarity among practices, and the theoretical mechanisms that link high performance practices to outcomes are subject to some debate (Chadwick, 2010; Gerhart, 2007, Cappelli & Neumark, 2002). Nevertheless, there is clear evidence that meso-level relational factors play a crucial role in facilitating superior organizational outcomes (Adler & Kwon, 2002; Collins & Smith 2006; Pil & Leana, 2009; Gittell, Seidner & Wimbush, 2010), These meso-level processes facilitate the creation of knowledge and its exchange and use, the development of a shared vision, and the emergence of collective trust – all of which enable superior individual and group-based outcomes. This symposium aims to establish a bridge between the HPW literatures, and the theoretical frameworks centered on these relational factors.

Sponsored by: Organization and Management Theory Division, Human Resources Division and Business Policy & Strategy Division


Frits Pil, University of Pittsburgh

Jody Hoffer Gittell*, Brandeis University


Jody Hoffer Gittell*, Brandeis University


The Impact of Human Capital, Social Capital, and Epistemic Paradigms on Standardized Work Tasks (Frits Pil, University of Pittsburgh)

When Does HR Matter Most? Incorporating CEO Human Capital into Strategic Human Resource Management (Christopher Collins, Cornell University)

Out of Its Comfort Zone: SRHR in the Context of the Temporary Inter-Organizational Form (Dana Minbaeva, Copenhagen Business School and Iben Sandal Stjerne, Copenhagen Business School)

Relational Coordination and Human Resource Management at a Time of Exponential Change (Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld*, Brandeis University)

New Developments in Coordination Theory and Practice

Tuesday, August 8th at 11:30am – Atlanta Marriott L503

This symposium highlights new developments in the theory and practice of coordination. While coordination is often defined as managing the interdependence between tasks (Malone & Crowston, 1994), theorists have come to see it also as the management of interdependence between the people who perform the tasks. As a result, while still attending to the technical requirements of the work that is being coordinated – uncertainty, complexity, time constraints, interdependence, etc. – theorists are paying greater attention to the quality of communication and relationships among participants (Weick & Roberts, 1993; Faraj & Sproull, 2000; Gittell, 2002; Quinn & Dutton, 2005; Faraj & Xiao, 2006; Bechky, 2006; Adler, Kwon & Heckscher, 2008; Kellogg, Orlikowski & Yates, 2006; Gittell, 2011). In a sense, coordination is now seen as a sociotechnical process with fundamental implications for how organizations work. In this symposium we explore four new developments in coordination theory and practice – formal structures as replacement for managerial authority, technological disruption, temporal disruption, and the policy-making process – highlighting the implications for how organizations work.

Sponsors: Organization and Management Theory Division, Organizational Communication and Information Systems Division and Health Care Management Division


Jody Hoffer Gittell*, Brandeis Universtiy

Samer Faraj, McGill University


Linda Argote, Carnegie Mellon


Exploring Coordination in Self-Managing Organizations (Michael Y. Lee, Harvard Business School)

Losing Touch: How Robots Transform Coordination Practices (Anastasia Sergeeva and Marleen Huysman, VU University and Samer Faraj, McGill University)

Coordination Across Time When Practices are Disrupted (Martha Feldman, UC Irvine and Monica Worline, Stanford University)

Extending Relational Coordination Theory to Develop Policy Agreement Among Stakeholders (Elisabeth Okrant, Brandeis University)

Hatching New Ideas Through Conversation: A Research Incubator on Positive Relationships at Work

Friday, August 4th from 11:15 PM– 2:15 PM – Hilton Atlanta, Crystal Ballroom B, E

Join us for a three-hour workshop intended to provide scholars conducting research on positive relationships at work with focused feedback from experienced relationships researchers. The session will include intimate discussions (2 participants to every 1 facilitator) customized to participants’ specific research projects. Details on the many community members who have agreed to participate, as well as how to participate, is attached.

Integrating Human Resource Management and Social Networks Research

Organized by:

Scott Soltis, University of Kentucky

Jessica Methot, Rutgers

Teaching Positive Relationships at Work

Saturday, August 5th from 12:45 PM – 3:45 PM – Hilton Atlanta, Crystal Ballroom A,F

This lively and engaging PDW aims to put the “W” back in PDW with a focus on the intersection of teaching skills and positive relationships at work. As interpersonal processes continue to play a significant role in organizational life, workplace relationships are burgeoning within organizational behavior research as an important mechanism for explaining and enhancing organizational functioning and individual outcomes at work. Given the importance of positive relationships at work for both organizations and individuals, this PDW is designed to offer attendees insight on existing exercises for teaching the skills and knowledge required to participate in positive workplace relationships with well-crafted “teaching blasts” by invited presenters. In addition, attendees will work with each other to craft new teaching tools focused on self-selected topics of interest that can be used immediately after attending the PDW. Finally, by allowing time for attendees to share their newly developed teaching tools with each other during the closing exercise, participants will leave the workshop with multiple, actionable ideas for incorporating lessons on positive workplace relationships within a variety of possible class topics and formats. To pre-register, please complete the short survey (link below) regarding the teaching topics you are interested in:

Primary sponsor: Organizational Behavior Division

Other Sponsors: Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division, Management, Education and Development Division and Human Resources Division


Jason Kanov, Western Washington University

Kerry Roberts Gibson, Babson College


David S. Bright, Wright State University

Angela Passarelli, College of Charleston

Jody Hoffer Gittell*, Brandeis University

Building a Research Community: Advancing a Social Network Perspective in Human Resource Management Professional Development Workshop

Saturday, August 5th from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM


Jessica Methot, Rutgers University

Scott Soltis, University of Kentucky, LINKS Center


Jody Hoffer Gittell*, Brandeis University