Panel: Achieving Organization: Processes and Structures that Realize and Undermine Sought-after Goals

A session at Third Zuckerman Conference at the Mellon Biennial

Thursday 9th April, 2015

4:00pm to 6:00pm (EST)

The point of an organization as an organization is to put itself together in such a way as to achieve stated goals, as effectively and perhaps efficiently as possible. One paper looks at how successful lobbying is first and foremost a process of organizational achievement whereby participants continuously adjust their interests rather than, as conventional research suggests, holding on to stable preferences. Lobbyists for Israel involved in developing the U.S. Mutual Security Act of 1952 is used as an example. Another paper unpacks the success of organizations like Google in using aesthetic communication (color, shape and sound), rather than cognitive communication (words and text), to foster creativity and shape what organizations do. And two papers show how educational organizations put themselves together in ways that undermine their ability to achieve their goals: in the case of universities, the goal of increased enrollment of women in science, technology, engineering and math fields; in the case of Israeli elementary schools, their goal of fostering Arab-Israeli co-existence.

Dani Lanier-Vos, Assistant Professor of Sociology/University of Southern California
Aligning Interests: The Israel Lobby and the Production of the Mutual Security Act of 1952

Micki Eisenman, Lecturer/Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Three-Way Streets: Toward a Theory of Effective Aesthetic Communication

Roz Redd, Lecturer in Sociology/London School of Economics and Political Science
Peer Influence and Gender Inequality in Undergraduate Major Choice: A Field Theoretic Approach

Uri Shwed, Assistant Professor of Sociology/Ben Gurion University
The Troubled Seeds of Coexistence

Marion Dumas, Sustainable Development & Mellon Fellow, Columbia University

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Time 4:00pm6:00pm EST

Date Thu 9th April 2015

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