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. 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. 


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.

Universities increasingly are encouraging their faculty to move beyond their narrow specialties to engage in interdisciplinary research (IDR). We find faculty who engage in this type of research publish yet but often receive greater visibility. This recent paper, with Erin Leahey and Taryn Stanko, was profiled in BizEd Magazine.  The paper, "Prominent but less productive: The impact of interdisciplinarity on scientists' research was published in Administrative Science Quarterly in March 2017.

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