Nicole Woolsey Biggart
Jerome J. & Elsie Suran Chair in Technology Management
Education: B.A. at Simmons College; M.A. at University of California-Davis; Ph.D. at University of California-Berkeley
Research interests: Economic and organizational sociology; Comparative organizations; Sociology of complex organizations; Organizational behavior; Organization strategy and structure; Experiential approaches to management; Industrial change and social bases of technology adoption; Management of innovation; Asian organization and management; Firm networks; Human resources management; Women and work; Sociology of mass communications.
Present positions: Scientific Advisory Board, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, Germany ● Advisory Board, Sloan Foundation-Social Science Research Council Program on the Corporation as a Social Institution ● Editorial Board: Organization: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Organization, Theory, and Society; California Management Review ● Memberships: Business Development/Entrepreneurship Action Team of Partnership for Prosperity (a diverse group of stakeholders that is building a business plan for the Sacramento region that leverages its unique strengths and market opportunities); Representative for the UC Davis on the Bay Area Council (a business-sponsored, public-policy advocacy organization for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area).
Awards and acknowledgments: Best Paper Award 2004, Academy of Management Review, for the paper System of exchange ● Honorable mention for Best Paper in Comparative Historical Sociology, American Sociological Association, for Developing difference: Social organization and the rise of the auto industries in South Korea, Taiwan, Spain, and Argentina, 1999 ● Honorable mention for Best Paper in Comparative Historical Sociology, American Sociological Association, for Market, culture and authority: A comparative analysis of management and organization in the Far East, 1988
Web resources on Professor Biggart: Biggart speaks at the Washington D.C. briefing on “How Will the Obama Administration and New Congress Support Innovation Amid An Economic Crisis?”, January 2008, Panel One “Rebuilding the U.S. Innovation System” (video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CEv_36Q9u8) ● Biggart’s speech to the California Legislature, on The role of the University of California in the state's economic success (video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6GlKWA-lvU) ● Biggart's vision for Graduate School fo management, 2003 (http://www.dateline.ucdavis.edu/dl_detail.lasso?id=7043) ● Nicole Biggart: First recipient of the Suran Chair in Technology Management, 2002 (http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/innovator/fall2002/SuranChair.pdf) ● Presentation: Developing difference: Social organization and the rise of auto industries in South Korea, Taiwan, Spain and Argentina, 1999 (http://www.si.umich.edu/ICOS/Presentations/031299/)
SOME PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE ON THE WEB
(All available at Professor Biggart’s website: http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/Directory_and_Profiles/2009CVShort.pdf).
(2007) Nicole Woolsey Biggart, Loren Lutzenhiser. Economic sociology and the social problem of energy inefficiency. American Behavioral Scientist, (50):1070-1087 (http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/Directory_and_Profiles/Biggart/EconomicSociologyEnergy.pdf).
(2006) Thomas D. Beamish, Nicole Woolsey Biggart. Economic worlds of work: Uniting economic sociology with the sociology of work. In: Social Theory and Work. Marek Korzynski, Randy Hodson, and Paul Edwards (eds.). Oxford University Press: 233-271 (http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/Directory_and_Profiles/Biggart/EconomicWorldsofWork.pdf).
(2004) Biggart, Nicole Woolsey and Rick Delbridge. System of exchange. Academy of Management Review, 29 (1): 28. Best Paper Award 2004 (http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/Directory_and_Profiles/Biggart/Systemsofexchange.pdf).
(2003) Biggart, Nicole Woolsey and Thomas D. Beamish. The economic sociology of conventions: Habit, custom, practice, and routine in market order. Annual Review of Sociology, 29: 433 (http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/Directory_and_Profiles/Biggart/economicSociologyConventions.pdf).
(2002) Nicole W. Biggart (ed.). Readings in economic sociology. Blackwell Publishers (http://books.google.it – type: “readings in economic sociology”).
(2001) Palmer, Donald A. and Nicole Woolsey Biggart. Organizational institutions. In Joel A.C. Baum (ed.) Companion to Organizations. Oxford, UK: Blackwell (http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/Directory_and_Profiles/Biggart/OrganizationalInstitutions.pdf).
(2001) Biggart, Nicole Woolsey and Richard P. Castanias. Collateralized social relations: The social in economic calculation. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 60(2):471 (http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/Directory_and_Profiles/Biggart/collateralizedSocialRelations.pdf).
(1999) Biggart, Nicole W. and Mauro F. Guillén. Developing difference: Social organization and the rise of the auto industries in South Korea, Taiwan, Spain, and Argentina. American Sociological Review, 64(5): 722 (http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/Directory_and_Profiles/Biggart/DevelopingDifference.pdf).
(1997) Biggart, Nicole W. Societal strategic advantage: Institutional structure and path dependence in the automotive and electronics industries in East Asia. In State, Market and Organizational Forms. A. Bugru and B. Usdiken (eds.). Berlin: W. de Gruyter (http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/Directory_and_Profiles/Biggart/SocietalStrategicAdvantage.pdf).
(1991) Biggart, Nicole W. Explaining East Asian economic organization: Toward a Weberian institutional perspective. Theory and Society, 20(2) (http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/Directory_and_Profiles/Biggart/explainingAsianEconomicOrganization.pdf).
(1988) Hamilton, Gary G. and Nicole W. Biggart. Market, culture and authority: A comparative analysis of management and organization in the Far East. American Journal of Sociology, 94(5): S52 (http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/Directory_and_Profiles/Biggart/MarketCultureAuthority.pdf).
(1987) Biggart, Nicole Woolsey and Gary G. Hamilton. An institutional theory of leadership. Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences, 23(4): 429 (http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/Directory_and_Profiles/Biggart/InstitutionalTheoryleadership.pdf).
(1985) Biggart, Nicole W. and Gary G. Hamilton. Why people obey: Theoretical observations on power and obedience in complex organizations. Sociological Perspectives,28(1): 3 (http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/Directory_and_Profiles/Biggart/WhyPeopleObey.pdf).
(1985) Biggart, Nicole W. Scandals in the white house: An organizational explanation. Sociological Inquiry, 55(2): 109 (http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/Directory_and_Profiles/Biggart/ScandalsInTheWhiteHouse.pdf).
(1984) Biggart, Nicole W. and Gary G. Hamilton. The power of obedience. Administrative Science Quarterly, 29(4): 540 (http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/Directory_and_Profiles/Biggart/powerObedience.pdf).
(1983) Biggart, Nicole W. Rationality, meaning, and self-management: Success manuals, 1950- 1980. Social Problems, 30 (3): 298 (http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/Directory_and_Profiles/Biggart/rationalityMeaningSelManagement.pdf).(1977) Biggart, Nicole Woolsey. The creative-destructive process of organizational change: The case of the post office. Administrative Science Quarterly, 22(3): 410 (http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/Directory_and_Profiles/Biggart/creativeDestructionProcess.pdf).
Working papers and drafts:
(----) Nicole Woolsey Biggart, Banking on each other: t£he situational logic of rotating savings and credit associations ( http://faculty.fuqua.duke.edu/oswc/2000/papers/wednesday/NicoleBiggart.doc)
Updated: January 25, 2010