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The McDonaldization of Everything: Teaching Weber to Undergraduates
The McDonaldization of Everything: Teaching Weber to Undergraduates
Max Weber argued that the process of rationalization transformed social life forever. By loosening the hold of tradition, rationalization led to new practices that were chosen due to their Read More...
How New Businesses Can Improve Their Chances of Survival
How New Businesses Can Improve Their Chances of Survival
More than five decades ago, celebrated sociologist Arthur Stinchcombe coined the term “liability of newness” to depict the disadvantages that new organizations face: they often appear less Read More...
'Group Work' Has Lasting Benefits Beyond K-12
'Group Work' Has Lasting Benefits Beyond K-12
Group work has been implemented successfully for years at the K-12 level, but has been slow to catch on within higher education. Group work, or cooperative learning, offers a host of benefits to both Read More...
Coin Toss Game Examines Interplay of Skill and Fate
Coin Toss Game Examines Interplay of Skill and Fate
Americans tend to believe that opportunities to get ahead are available for everyone and that people's positions in the stratification order are a function of their abilities traits, and efforts, Read More...
A Father/Son Sitdown: Howard and Steven Aldrich
A Father/Son Sitdown: Howard and Steven Aldrich
More than 20 years ago, Steven Aldrich showed the Mosaic Browser to his father, noted entrepreneurship professor Howard Aldrich.  It was a time when Steven was imagining a future in helping Read More...
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Why a Sociologist Studies Entrepreneurship
Why a Sociologist Studies Entrepreneurship
When I attend entrepreneurship conferences or give talks at business schools, I’m often asked why an organizational sociologist has an interest in entrepreneurship. I once had a hard time answering Read More...
Category: Commentary
Hackers, Makers, and Crowd Funding: Lowering the Barriers to Entrepreneurship
Hackers, Makers, and Crowd Funding: Lowering the Barriers to Entrepreneurship
Not too long ago, hackers were engineers with a propensity for mischief and anarchy; makers tinkered with hand tools in their basements; and crowdfunding required nothing more than a guitar, a hat Read More...
Category: Commentary
Personal and Extended Networks are Central to the Entrepreneurial Process
Personal and Extended Networks are Central to the Entrepreneurial Process
From a practitioner’s viewpoint, networking is a useful tool for entrepreneurs who wish to enlarge their span of action and save time. Admonitions to “network,” however, may not be enough. Read More...
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Women Entrepreneurs Have Limited Chances to Lead Their New Businesses
Women Entrepreneurs Have Limited Chances to Lead Their New Businesses
Women who start new businesses with men have limited opportunities to move into leadership roles, according to a study we conducted at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and when they Read More...
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