Christine M. Beckman

Christine Beckman is The Price Family Chair in Social Innovation and Professor of Public Policy in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at University of Southern California, with a courtesy joint appointment at the Marshall School of Business. Her research focuses on organizational learning, interorganizational networks, entrepreneurship, and social innovation, particularly on how collaborative relationships and diverse experiences facilitate change. Recent work examines the organizational reaction to and individual experience of operating in a technology-enabled world where boundaries between the personal and the professional are blurred.  Her research sites are varied and include F500 companies, Silicon Valley start-ups, mutual funds, law firms, the U.S. Navy, German football teams, American baseball teams, and urban charter schools. She is a native Californian and received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University. 

MY LATEST RESEARCH

Keeping your employees off social media should involve more tact and art than heavy-handed restrictions. That's one of the insights from my paper with Taryn Stanko, highlighted in the Smith School brain trust.  We studied the Navy's experience in keeping people on task (and off email) while on duty. The paper, "Watching you watching me: Boundary Control and Capturing Attention in the Context of Ubiquitous Technology Use," was published in the June 2015 issue of Academy of Management Journal.

Dreams of the Overworked: Living, Working and Parenting in the Digital Age was published by Stanford University Press in June 2020.  Co-authored with Melissa Mazmanian, a former colleague at UC Irvine, the book takes a close look at the everyday life of nine families in Southern California. The book explores how technology has intensified the expectations of three cultural myths: the Ideal Worker, Perfect Parent, and Ultimate Body. It reveals the social scaffolding that supports working parents in their efforts to accomplish these myths and calls for public policy solutions that make it easier for families to survive.

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