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Previous Speakers


Jeffrey Pfeffer

Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the 2021 keynote speaker and recipient of the Scholar's Quest Lecture In Honor Of James G. March. Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. Dr. Pfeffer received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and his Ph.D. from Stanford. He began his career at the University of Illinois and then taught for six years at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Pfeffer not only has published extensively, but serves on many advisory boards. He is known for many ideas, but every graduate student recognizes his work about resource dependence with GR Salancik.


David Gallo, Oceanographer

2020 Keynote Speaker

David Gallo is the Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dr. Gallo is an American Oceanographer who co-led an expedition to create the first detailed and comprehensive map of the RMS Titanic, a successful international effort to locate the remains of Air France flight 447, and among others. He is a member of the James Cameron's Deep Ocean Task Force and the X-Prize Ocean Advisory Board.


Thorbjørn Knudsen,  Professor of Organization Design at the University of Southern Denmark

2020 Fireside Chat

Thorbjørn Knudsen is a Professor of Organization Design at the University of Southern Denmark, and is well-known for his research on exploration and modeling in organizational learning.


Richard Scott, Professor

Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, Stanford University

Richard (Dick) Scott is an organizational sociologist who had who has concentrated his work on the study of professional organizations, including educational, engineering, medical, research, social welfare, and nonprofit advocacy organizations.  Professor Scott is best known for his work on the interface between organizations and their institutional environments.


Anne Miner, Professor

Professor Emeritus-Research Fellow, Wisconsin School of Business

Anne Miner studies organizational learning within the context of technology entrepreneurship, product development, and university start-ups. She has had a substantial impact on how we understand organizations, and the decisions they make.

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Martin Schulz, Professor

Associate Professor, Sauder School of Business

Martin Schulz studies rules and rule formation within organization. His work extends the Behavioral Theory Of The Firm to investigate change and persistence with organizations.


Daniel Levinthal, Professor

Reginald H. Jones Professor of Corporate Strategy, Wharton Business School, U. Pennsylvania

Daniel Levinthal is a well known scholar within organizational learning, and management in general. He has published extensively on questions of organizational adaptation and industry evolution, particularly in the context of technological change.


Linda Argote, Professor

Thomas Lord Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory; Director, Center of Organizational Learning, Innovation and Knowledge; Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Research, Carnegie Mellon University

Linda Argote has written extensively on organizational learning, and has made inroads in understanding how organizational members learn within organizations, how organizations learn with experience, and how knowledge transfer occurs between organizations.


Richard Burton

Professor Emeritus, Duke University

Richard Burton is well known within the field of organizations, especially for his work on computational organizational theory, organizational design, and organizational structure and strategy.

Sarah Kaplan

Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for Gender and the Economy at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Sarah Kaplan is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for Gender and the Economy at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. She is author of the business bestseller, Creative Destruction and, more recently, The 360º Corporation: From Stakeholder Trade-offs to Transformation, both of which address the challenges of innovation and organizational change in our society. She frequently speaks and appears in the media on topics related to achieving a more inclusive economy.

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