Visiting Scholars: Dr. Paul Tracey and Dr. Neil Stott

visiting-scholar

Date

May 9, 2017  2:00-3:30 p.m., BN-4000

Title

Managing the Consequences of Organizational Stigmatization: Identity Work in a Social Enterprise

Abstract

In this inductive study, we shift the focus of stigma research inside organizational boundaries by examining its relationship with organizational identity. To do so, we draw on the case of Keystone, a social enterprise in the East of England that became stigmatized after it initiated a program of support for a group of migrants in its community. Keystone’s stigmatization precipitated a crisis of organizational identity. We examine how the identity crisis unfolded, focusing on the forms of identity work that Keystone’s leaders enacted in response in order to reframe the meaning that organizational members attached to the stigma. Interestingly, we show not only that the internal effects of stigmatization on identity can be managed, but also that they may facilitate unexpected positive outcomes for organizations.

Bios

Dr. Tracey: Paul Tracey is Professor of Innovation and Organization at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. His research and teaching interests are focused on social innovation, regional innovation and institutional change. He is also co-director of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, an academic centre that engages in research on social innovation, supports the practice of social innovation through its social enterprise incubator (Cambridge Social Ventures), and runs a part-time master’s degree in social innovation. Paul received his PhD from the University of Stirling. Between 2011 and 2013 was an Economic and Social Research Council Mid-career Fellow.

Dr. Stott: Neil Stott is Senior Faculty in Management Practice at the Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. His research and teaching interests are focused on social innovation, community based social purpose organizations and organizational change. He is also co-director of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, an academic centre that engages in research on social innovation, supports the practice of social innovation through its social enterprise incubator (Cambridge Social Ventures), and is course director of the master’s degree in social innovation. Neil received his Doctorate from the University of Middlesex in 2012. Neil has thirty years’ experience of work in charities, public bodies and social enterprises in the UK . He was CEO of Keystone Development Trust and Head of Community Development for Canterbury City Council.