Change and Sustainability Conference

May 9-10, 2013


Business & Environment

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May 9
12:00- 1:00 PM

Opening Lunch

Hawes 2nd Floor Lounge

1:00- 1:30 PM

Introduction to the Project

Ranjay Gulati, Rebecca Henderson and Michael Tushman, Harvard Business School
Hawes 203

1:30- 2:15 PM

Stumbling Towards Sustainability

John Sterman, MIT Sloan School of Management
Discussant: Andrew King, The Tuck School, Dartmouth 
Hawes 203

2:15- 2:30 PM


2:30- 3:15 PM

Staying the same while changing: Organizational identity in the face of environmental challenges

Mary Ann Glynn, Boston College
Discussant: Mary Benner, The Carlton School, Minnesota
Hawes 203

3:15- 4:00 PM

Two tales of one city: Samsung, Daewoo, and lessions on large-scale transformation

Donald Sull, London Business School
Discussant: Andrew Pettigrew, Oxford University
Hawes 203

4:00- 4:15 PM


4:15- 5:00 PM

Weaving Sustainability into the Organization’s Fabric: A Framework for Organizational Renewal

Luciana Silvestri and Ranjay Gulati, Harvard Business School
Discussant: William Ocasio, The Kellogg School, Northwestern University
Hawes 203

5:00-6:00 PM

Practitioner Reflection: David Jones, CEO Havas

Hawes 203

6:00- 6:30 PM


Williams Room, Spangler Center

6:30- 8:30 PM


Speaker: Ron Heifetz, Harvard Kennedy School 
Williams Room, Spangler Center

May 10
8:00 - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

Hawes 2nd Floor Lounge

8:30 - 9:15 AM

Distributed Leadership: An Organizational Form for Creative Adaptation to Environmental Change

Deborah Ancona, Kate Isaacs, and Elaine Backman, MIT
Discussant: Karen Golden-Biddle, Boston University
Hawes 203

9:15- 10:00 AM

Driving Strategic Change: Relational Contracts, Purpose and Sustainability

Rebecca Henderson, Harvard Business School and Kate Isaacs, MIT Sloan and Harvard Business School
Discussant: Paul Adler, UCLA
Hawes 203

10:00- 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Leading Strategic Renewal: Proactive Punctuated Change Through Innovation Streams and Disciplined Learning

Michael Tushman (HBS), Charles O'Reilly (Stanford University), and Bruce Harreld (HBS)
Discussant: Morten Hansen, University of California, Berkeley
Hawes 203

11:00- 11:45 AM

How Purpose-Based Companies Use Institutional Logic to Master Change

A conversation between Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School and Charles Perrow, Yale University
Hawes 203

11:45- 12:30 PM


Hawes 2nd Floor Lounge 

12:30 - 1:15 PM

Leading Change for Sustainability as a Learning Process

Amy Edmondson & Tiona Zuzul
Discussant: Martine Haas, The Wharton School
Hawes 203

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Sustainability & Organizational Change: An Institutional Perspective

Royston Greenwood, Bob Hinings & Dev Jennings, University of Alberta
Discussant: Kate Kellogg, MIT
Hawes 203 

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM


2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Transitioning to Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability

Alfred Marcus & Andrew Van de Ven, University of Minnesota
Discussant: Andrew Hoffman, Erb Center, University of Michigan

Hawes 203 

3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Capitalizing on Connections

All participants in small groups and then in plenary

  • What do we know about organizational change?
  • What connections can we make across levels of analysis and modes of explanation?
  • What can we say to firms attempting to change in response to the challenges of sustainability?

 Hawes 203

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Conclusions & Next Steps

Ranjay Gulati, Rebecca Henderson, Michael Tushman, Harvard Business School