Administrative Science Quarterly Online Table of Contents Alert
The December 2021 issue of Administrative Science Quarterly Vol. 66, No. 4, is available online:
The December issue of ASQ spans a range of timely societal topics – from promoting sustainability, to the role of algorithms and online forums for workers and organizers, to moral contestation in science, to corporate misconduct. If you'd rather escape the topics of the day, you might enjoy reading about artisanal cheese or begin to compose your winter break reading list by perusing the book reviews. We have more book reviews in this issue than we have had in many years. This is thanks to our book co-editor team, Wes Sine and David Kirsch, who bring new energy to the journal. The December issue also means that the end of 2021 will soon be upon us, marking the end of my first year as editor. A special thanks to the editorial board members and ad hoc reviewers who have sustained us in a(nother) difficult year. I look forward to a 2022 where we can thank authors and reviewers for their contributions in person.
The Impact of Logic (In)Compatibility: Green Investing, State Policy, and Corporate Environmental Performance
Shipeng Yan, Juan (John) Almandoz, and Fabrizio Ferraro
How do state policies and private investors impact a firm's environmental performance? A firm's green efforts are shaped by shareholder protections as well as strong state policies, but they legitimate different means to achieve environmental goals, acting more as substitutes than complements.
The Invisible Cage: Workers' Reactivity to Opaque Algorithmic Evaluations
Hatim A. Rahman
The growing world of gig work often involves algorithms to evaluate worker performance. Unlike performance reviews in organizations, these algorithms are not transparent. How do workers react to these ratings when they don't how their work is being evaluated and thus don't know how to improve?
Blog post is here
How Professionals Construct Moral Authority: Expanding Boundaries of Expert Authority in Stem Cell Science
Stem-cell scientists have diverse moral views yet manage to cooperate with, respect and rely on each other. By developing moral as well as scientific authority, despite their differences, scientists were able to claim expertise in public debates and remain cohesive as a field.
Order from Chaos: How Networked Activists Self-Organize by Creating a Participation Architecture
Felipe G. Massa and Siobhan O'Mahony
Self-organizing is notoriously difficult – often descending into chaos. Through an examination of the Anonymous collective, networked activists that have self-organized online, this paper shows how practices that structure participation enabled the collective to preserve order as the group grew without instituting managerial controls.
Under the Umbrella: Goal-Derived Category Construction and Product Category Nesting
Johnny Boghossian and Robert J. David
The emergence of Quebec "terroir" products shows the process by which the state and intermediaries constructed an umbrella category around local products and regional pride. Artisanal cheese was recruited to help populate and promulgate this new umbrella category and imbued the category with a new identity.
When an Industry Peer Is Accused of Financial Misconduct: Stigma versus Competition Effects on Non-accused Firms
Ivana Naumovska and Dovev Lavie
Firms similar to one accused of misconduct suffer stigma by association . . . but they also may benefit from their competitor's losses. Sophisticated investors, in particular, invest in the most similar of the non-accused competitors; thus, an accused firm's closest competitors can benefit from their downfall.
When Knowledge Work and Analytical Technologies Collide: The Practices and Consequences of Black Boxing Algorithmic Technologies
We expect that knowledge workers understand the strengths and weaknesses of the algorithms they rely on do their work, rather than treat them as a black box. Yet the allocation of tasks, and the practices used to validate and interpret analyses, shape whether employees learn to understand the technology – or not.
Erin Metz McDonnell: Patchwork Leviathan: Pockets of Bureaucratic Effectiveness in Developing States
Antonio Strati: Organizational Theory and Aesthetic Philosophies
Paul C. Godfrey
Emmanuel Lazega: Bureaucracy, Collegiality and Social Change: Redefining Organizations with Multilevel Relational Infrastructures
Patricia H. Thornton
Forrest Briscoe, Brayden G. King, and Jocelyn Leitzinger (eds.): Social Movements, Stakeholders and Non-Market Strategy
James B. Wade
Stephen R. Barley: Work and Technological Change
Kim B. Clark
Many of our December articles are featured on Henrich Greve's blog site Organizational Musings. Our student-run ASQ Blog features interviews with ASQ authors that offer insights into the research and writing process. To stay informed, connect with ASQ on social media: follow us on Twitter (@ASQJournal) and LinkedIn.
Christine Beckman, University of Southern California
Editor, Administrative Science Quarterly