Nearly two years ago, the Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research (SCANCOR) opened a second location at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the first of which started at Stanford University thirty years ago. The SCANCOR-Weatherhead Partnership was launched on October 19, 2016, with an inaugural lecture by John Meyer, professor emeritus of sociology at Stanford, and an opening gala, during which our first cohort of visiting scholars introduced themselves and their respective research projects. Since then, we have welcomed three additional cohorts of visiting scholars, altogether hosting nineteen visitors from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Austria, and Denmark for a semester or for a full year. Scholars conduct research on a wide range of topics related to the SCANCOR-Weatherhead Partnership’s theme of international organizational studies.
At the beginning of each semester, we meet with the new scholars to set the course for the semester and beyond. Every group has expressed an interest in scheduling an internal seminar during which each scholar has an opportunity to present his or her work. They have also identified local scholars in the area with similar research interests and invited them to present their work. Visitors have included Ezra Zuckerman from MIT, Julie Battilana from Harvard Business School, Mary Ann Glynn from Boston College, and Chris Marquis, a Cornell faculty member visiting the Kennedy School.
At the suggestion of the inaugural cohort, we concluded 2016 with a conference including all of the scholars from the first year. Likewise, we just concluded our second annual conference on April 26 and 27, 2018, with thirteen scholars in attendance—including representatives from all four cohorts. The annual conference serves several important purposes for SCANCOR-Weatherhead, including providing ongoing opportunities to collaborate on research projects, strengthening ties to the Weatherhead Center, and continuing to develop a shared sense of community.
Participants in the annual SCANCOR-Weatherhead Partnership conference held on April 26–27, 2018. Photo credit: Michelle Nicholasen