The Berkeley Haas Culture Conference will take place over two days. The first day is intended for academics and will create a forum for participants to share and get feedback on their latest research. The second day will include both academics and leaders from companies that are pioneering new approaches to building and sustaining winning organizational cultures.

This preliminary agenda below is subject to change between now and the conference in January.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
8:30 – 9:00 Welcome and Introduction
9:00 – 10:30 Plenary Research Session 1:

1. Ozgecan Kocak, Emory University: Separated by a common language: Code conflict and convergence in organizations. Abstract.

2. Klaus Weber, Northwestern University: Emotional display rules and competence in post-crisis behavior. Abstract.

3. Christi Lockwood, University of Virginia: Cultural scaffolding: Constructing distinction in U.S. luxury hotels. Abstract.

4. Michele Gelfand, University of Maryland: Masters of both: Exploring the links between culture tightness and innovation. Abstract.

10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:15 Plenary Research Session 2 – Theoretical Perspectives Across Disciplines:

5. Michele Lamont, Harvard University: Making sense of meaning-making through process-tracing: Culture processes of production and diffusion from complementary disciplinary and applied perspectives. Abstract.

6. Todd Zenger, University of Utah: A social theory of the firm: The firm as a subsociety. Abstract.

7. Omar Lizardo, University of California Los Angeles: An analytical approach to (organizational) culture. Abstract.

8. Eric Van den Steen, Harvard University: Birds of a feather… enforce social norms? Interactions among culture, norms, and strategy. Abstract.

9. Michael Morris, Columbia University: Tribal: Mastering the cultural codes that drive human behavior. Abstract.

12:15 – 1:15 Lunch – Table Group Discussions About Theoretical Perspectives
1:15 – 3:00 Concurrent Research Session 1:

10. Leann Comfort, Harvard University: Don’t throw out the data with the bathwater: Repurposing survey-based culture data with updated computational methods. Abstract.

11. Dustin Stoltz, University of Notre Dame: Innovation as myth and ceremony: Ideational convergence among elite professionals. Abstract.

12. Jennifer Chatman, University of California Berkeley: Organizational culture in context: The relationship between national and organizational culture. Abstract.

13. Paul Gouvard, HEC Paris: Surprisingly different: Linguistic atypicality and corporate earnings surprises. Abstract.

14. Matthew Corritore, McGill University: Integrated insiders or alienated outsiders? How organizational culture relates to contractors’ workplace satisfaction. Abstract.

Concurrent Research Session 2:

15. Sharon Koppman, University of California Irvine: Examining the ‘class ceiling’ in big tech. Abstract.

16. Juliana Schroeder, University of California Berkeley: When alterations are violations: Moral outrage and punishment in response to (even minor) alterations to rituals. Abstract.

17. Jamie Song, INSEAD: David vs. Goliath in the digital age: The effect of network structure and content on the adoption of cultural products. Abstract.

18. Katharina Lix, Stanford University: Timing differences: Temporal variation in discursive diversity and team performance. Abstract.

19. Mitali Banerjee, HEC Paris: Fame as an illusion of creativity: Evidence from pioneers of abstract art. Abstract.

Concurrent Research Session 3:

20. Paul Vicinanza, Stanford University: Corporate seers: Discursive prescience in quarterly earnings calls predicts innovation and firm performance. Abstract.

21. Stefan Pasch, Goethe University Frankfurt: A textual analysis of corporate culture, industry-fit, and firm performance. Abstract.

22. Michael Mauskapf, Columbia University: The social organization of creativity in music. Abstract.

23. Soo Min Toh, University of Toronto Mississauga: Ways women lead: Adapting leadership behavior to culturally tight-loose groups and male followers. Abstract.

24. Yoonjin Choi, London Business School: When ‘givers’ stop giving: How prosocial orientation affects an individual’s helping behavior when a group norm of collaboration is challenged by a deviant member. Abstract.

3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 5:00 Plenary Research Session 3:

25. Douglas Guilbeault, University of Pennsylvania: The collective dynamics of category formation. Abstract.

26. Aruna Ranganathan, Stanford University: The talk of merit: How managers understand and approach the evaluation of merit in the workplace. Abstract.

27. Rodolphe Durand, HEC Paris: Premixed: How does an organization’s motivation profile influence the legitimacy of purposeful leadership? Abstract.

28. Dan Denison, IMD Business School: From broad diagnoses to narrow interventions: Transforming cultures by aligning “nudges.” Abstract.

35. Francisco Brahm, London Business School: The breakdown and recovery of cooperation in large groups: Exploring the role of formal structure using a field experiment. Abstract.

5:00 – 5:15 Break
5:15 – 5:45 Table Discussion / Synthesis
5:45 – 7:00 Cocktails and Welcome Dinner
7:00 – 8:00 Fireside Chat with Steve Kerr, Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors


Thursday, January 16, 2020
8:15 – 8:45 Welcome and Introduction

Ann Harrison, Dean of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley

8:45 – 9:45 Plenary Research Session 4:

29. Jack Goncalo, University of Illinois: PIECE together: How social norms support the process of team creativity

30. Ethan Burris, University of Texas at Austin: Globally integrated or locally attuned: How manager networks shape what employees voice. Abstract.

31. Jeffrey Polzer, Harvard University: Countries, culture, and collaboration: How national culture affects meeting and email behavior

32. Jennifer Chatman, University of California Berkeley: Discussant and summary of social psychological perspectives

9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:35 Practice Roundtable 1 and Table Discussion – Linking Multiple Organizational Cultures

Angela Szymusiak, Principal, Talent Development at Adobe

John Forsythe, Managing Director in Federal Organizational Transformation at Deloitte



Jamie Woolf, Leadership Development at Pixar Animation Studios

11:35 – 12:35 Plenary Research Session 5:

33. Jordan Siegel, University of Michigan: Preliminary findings from the first-time-in-forty-years global replication and extension of the 1967-1973 IBM National Culture Studies. Abstract.

34. Roberto Weber, University of Zurich: Sorting and wage premiums in immoral work

35. Jay Barney, University of Utah: Creating stories to change organizational cultures

36. Todd Zenger, University of Utah: Discussant and summary of economic perspectives

12:35 – 1:35 Lunch – Structured Networking
1:35 – 3:05 Practice Roundtable 2 and Table Discussion – Cultural Innovation and Assessment:

Hilda West, Vice President Talent and Culture at Clorox

Mary Kate Stimmler, PhD, People Analytics at Google

Jeremiah Lee, Innovation Lead, Advisory Services at Spencer Stuart


3:05 – 3:20 Break
3:20 – 4:05 Plenary Research Session 6:

37. Arianna Marchetti, INSEAD: Peering through the glass door: The cultural attributes of ‘less hierarchical’ firms. Abstract.

38. Anjali Bhatt, Stanford University: Crossing cultural boundaries: Enculturability, status, and code switching in a post-merger organization. Abstract.

40. Sameer Srivastava, University of California Berkeley: Discussant and summary of sociological perspectives

4:05 – 5:40 Practice Roundtable 3 and Table Discussion – Building Inclusive Workplace Cultures:

Melissa Thomas-Hunt, Head of Global Diversity and Belonging at Airbnb

Karen Sipprell and Noelle Stout, Faculty at Apple University

Rhonda Morris, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Chevron

Mithra Irani Ramaley, Chief People Officer at City Year

Anika Warren, Chief Organizational Effectiveness Officer at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

5:40 – 5:55 Summary and Final Thoughts
5:55 – 7:30 Cocktails

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