Presentation Summary: What’s leading companies to open up their business processes,
expose their inner workings, give away their learning, nurture communities of
purpose and practice, and help create more value than they aim ever to capture?
Why are some businesses looking past competition and ‘disruption’, to embrace
generosity as a core operating principle?
Harquail will sketch out the conceptual, practical, and
disciplinary origins of what she calls ‘generative business practices’.
Harquail will offer examples of two very different businesses --
Etsy and Buffer-- to illustrate how their generative practices have not only
helped them grow but also helped them become profoundly influential as change
agents in their business networks.
She will share what she think makes generative businesses
different from ‘regular’ ones, and ask for your insights to help connect
generative practice to other trends you see in digital businesses.
Scholars and practitioners interested in the interaction of
organizational culture and digital technologies, software development
practices, F/LOSS traditions, positive organizational scholarship, humanistic
management, for-purpose/for-profit & hybrid organizations, transparency, platforms
and innovation containers, feminist organizing, knowledge sharing, and
hedgehogs will all find a connection to this conversation and are invited to
Additional Reading: Attached please find Harquail's document, "An Introduction to Generative Practice." These
three blog posts offer a quick introduction to the concept of generativity,
help describe the conditions that are required to support generativity (with
examples), and provide a more detailed discussion of a single generative
Bio: CV Harquail,
PhD, (Leadership & Organizational Behavior, Ross School of Business,
The University of Michigan) works at the intersection of organizational change,
leadership, social issues, and digital technology. She brings together academic
expertise, change agent experience, an intersectional feminist point of view,
and new media fluency to help leaders think differently about the relationships
between organizations, individuals, technology, systems, and social change. Her current research, among digital startups
and software businesses, focuses on generative business practices and
At the Howe
School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology, (Hoboken, NJ) CV teaches
the “Senior Design” capstone course where students use “Lean” processes to
create new businesses and to help organizations adopt new technologies. At the Darden
Graduate School of Business at University of Virginia, she taught
Leadership and Organizational Behavior to MBAs and executives.
research emphasizes organizational identity and authenticity, systems of
engagement, positive organizing, collective meaning, and change advocacy, and
has been published in journals such
Administrative Science Qrtly, Organization Studies, Jnl of Management Inquiry,
and Academy of Management Jnl, as well as many edited books. Her publishes her
practitioner oriented pieces, emphasizing social media and organizational
change, on AuthenticOrganizations.com as well as the Huffington Post,
Forbes.com, Women2.0, Social Media Today, and the Harvard Business Review blog.
She is the co-founder of FeministsAtWork and writes the world’s most popular
blog for au pairs and host parents, AuPairMom.com. She rides horses, collects gifs of kittens
and hedgehogs, and spends too much time on Twitter. CV and her family live in