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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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Nicolas Gruber

Full Professor of Environmental Physics, ETH Zurich

Nicolas Gruber has been Full Professor of Environmental Physics at ETH Zurich at the Department of Environmental Systems Science since 2006. His research centers on the study of Earth’s carbon cycle, with a particular focus on the role of the ocean and its interaction with the climate system. He relies on the interpretation and analysis of observation data and modeling to conduct his research. 


Milind Tambe

Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science &

Director of the Center for Research in Computation and Society (CRCS), Harvard University

Prof. Tambe and his team's work  focuses on advancing AI and multiagent systems for public health, conservation & public safety, with a track record of building pioneering AI systems for social impact.   In so doing, this research has often provided the first very uses of key multiagent systems models and algorithms in the real world.


Michal Tamuz

Visiting Scholar,  NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Michal Tamuz studies how organizations learn from low-probability, high-consequence events, such as rare, but potentially fatal incidents in aviation safety and healthcare organizations. In research funded by the National Science Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, she examined how aviation regulators and airlines learn from near accidents as well as how hospitals and their pharmacies seek to learn from medication errors.


Christine Beckman

Price Family Chair in Social Innovation, USC Price School of Public Policy

Christine Beckman is known for her research on organizational learning, interorganizational networks, inequality, innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly on how collaborative relationships and diverse experiences facilitate organizational change. Her research sites are varied and include urban charter schools, F500 companies, Silicon Valley start-ups, law firms, the U.S. Navy, and German football teams


Mie Augier

Professor, Departments of Defense Management and Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School

Dr. Aguier is a founding member of the Naval Warfare Studies Institute and is interested in strategy, organizations, leadership, innovation, and how to educate strategic thinkers and learning leaders.


Maurizio Zollo

Professor of Strategy and Sustainability, Imperial College London

Maurizio Zollo's research aims to understand how business organisations learn to grow and adapt to environmental turbulence and how managers can guide these evolutionary processes through the combined use of strategic growth initiatives and organisational change, innovation and learning processes. The research focuses on the management of complex strategic initiatives, from M&A and partnerships to sustainability-oriented innovation and organizational change efforts.

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