2017 CASBS summer institute builds on storied legacy

The CENTER FOR ADVANCED STUDY IN THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES  (CASBS) AT STANFORD played a preeminent role in the early decades of the study of organizations. Some of the foundational work in the field was conducted at the Center by economists, political scientists, social psychologists and sociologists.

But an important goal at CASBS is not only to shape but also to integrate contributions from different disciplines approaching individual questions. The center has a long history of convening summer institutes to pursue such integration. It hosted a series of institutes on a variety of topics and themes between 1977 and 2007 and seeks ideas for new summer institutes from the scholarly community.

Summer Institute co-directors Stanford sociologist Woody Powell, left and Robert Gibbons, MIT professor of management. (Image credit: Michael Gaetani)
Summer Institute co-directors Stanford sociologist Woody Powell, left, and Robert Gibbons, MIT professor of management. (Image credit: Michael Gaetani)

In 2016, CASBS returned to the tradition with a summer institute for social and behavioral scientists on “Organizations and Their Effectiveness,” supported by funding from MIT, Stanford’s Dean of Research, the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and the Hoover Institution.

Based on 2016’s success, this year CASBS will host a second summer institute, again on organizations and their effectiveness, from July 10 to July 21.

The intensive two-week “boot camp” is comprised of young scholars (ranging from late-stage graduate students to advanced assistant professors) whose careers studying organizations are underway and who have demonstrated an interest in and an aptitude for expanding their thinking about organizations toward other disciplines.

An important aspect of the institute is that it is highly interdisciplinary; it brings together a cohort of promising young researchers from a wide range of fields, including communication, economics, education, management, political science, social psychology and sociology.

Read more about the program and its participants.