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Jane E. Dutton

Jane Dutton's research and expertise lies at the intersection of strategy, management and organizations, and psychology.  After receiving her Ph.D. from Northwestern, she was on the strategy faculty of New York University for six years.  Since 1989, when she joined the University of Michigan faculty, she has enjoyed a joint appointment between the Management and Organizations department at the Ross School and the Department of Psychology.

Jane's research is focused on processes that build capabilities and strengths of employees in organizations.  In particular, she examines how high quality connections and identity processes increase employees' and organizations' capabilities.  Her research has explored compassion and organizations, resilience and organizations, as well as energy and organizations.  This research stream is part of a growing domain of expertise at the University of Michigan called Positive Organizational Scholarship  Her past research has explored processes of organizational adaptation, focusing on how strategic issues are interpreted and managed in organizations, as well as issues of organizational identity and change. 

Nigel P. Melville

Nigel P. Melville is an assistant professor of information systems at theStephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

Professor Melville's research examines questions related tohow organizations generate value with information systems, including value associated with environmental sustainability. His articles have been cited more than 300 times.

His research has been published in premier academic journals such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Decision Support Systems, and Information Systems Journal. He teaches MBA courses on information systems for managers and service innovation management. His expertise has been sought by publications such as theNew York Times, international conferences such as Net Impact, and leading environmental organizations such as the Carbon Disclosure Project.

Jerry Davis

Jerry Davis is the Wilbur K. Pierpont Collegiate Professor of Management at the Ross School of Business and Professor of Sociology, The University of Michigan. Davis received his PhD from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Recent books include Social Movements and Organization Theory (with Doug McAdam, W. Richard Scott, and Mayer N. Zald; Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Organizations and Organizing: Rational, Natural, and Open System Perspectives (with W. Richard Scott; Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007). Davis has published widely in management, sociology, and finance. He is currently Editor of Administrative Science Quarterly and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Committee on Organization Studies (ICOS) at Michigan.

Davis’s research is broadly concerned with corporate governance and the effects of finance on society. Recent writings examine how ideas about corporate social responsibility have evolved to meet changes in the structures and geographic footprint of multinational corporations; whether "shareholder capitalism" is still a viable model for economic development; how income inequality in an economy is related to corporate size and structure; why theories about organizations do (or do not) progress; how architecture shapes social networks and innovation in organizations; why stock markets spread to some countries and not others; and whether there exist viable organizational alternatives to shareholder-owned corporations in the United States.


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