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Karen Golden-Biddle is Questrom Professor in Management and Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. She received her BA degree from Denison University and MBA and PhD degrees from Case Western Reserve University. 

Working in the areas of organizational change and qualitative methodology, Karen has published two books and authored more than fifty articles and book chapters in management journals such as the Academy of Management Journal and Organization Science.  Recognition for Karen's scholarship includes the 2013 Douglas McGregor Award (Journal of Applied Behavioral Science) for her research on organizational change, and the Academy of Management’s Robert McDonald Award for the Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology. Her co-authored book,Composing Qualitative Research, has been used in doctoral programs in top business schools across the world, including Stanford, University of Michigan, Northwestern, Cambridge, INSEAD, and Columbia.  

Her current work focuses in two areas:

(1) Creating dynamic analyses of organizational phenomena in our research practices. Wtih two colleagues, she is currently writing an article about how authors practice coding in theoriizing, with particular focus on how they occasion and articulate discovery in their practice.  

(2) Developing a relational perspective on agency and meaningfulness in organizational change.  She is currently writing an academic article that articulates the perspective and its implications for the theorizing and practice of change, and a book for use in creating and teaching about such change iintiatives. 

Karen teaches courses in organizational/system change and qualitative methods. 

Professionally, she is active in the Academy of Management, the preeminent association for management and organization scholars. 








  • EDUCATION Open or Close

    PH D, Case Western Reserve University, Managerial and Policy Studies, 1988.

    MBA, Case Western Reserve University, Managerial and Policy Studies, 1981.

    BA, Denison University, Modern Languages, 1976.

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      Reay, T., Chreim, S., & Golden-Biddle, K. (2013). Transforming new ideas into practice: An activity-based perspective on the institutionalization of practices.. Journal of Management Studies , 50(6), 963-990.

      Golden-Biddle, K. (2013). How to change your organization without blowing it up. Sloan Management Review , 54(2), 35-41.
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      Langley, A., Golden-Biddle, K., Reay, T., Denis, J., & Lamothe, L. (2012). Identity struggles in merging organizations: Renegotiating the sameness-difference dialectic. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 48(2), 135-167.

      Howard-Grenville, J., Golden-Biddle, K., Irwin, J., & Mao, J. (2011). Liminality as cultural process for cultural change. Organization Science , 22(2), 522-539 .

      Locke, K., Golden-Biddle, K., & Feldman, M. (2008). Making Doubt Generative: Rethinking the Role of Doubt in the Research Process. Organization Science , 19(6), 907 - 918.

      Golden-Biddle, K., & Sonpar, K. (2008). Using content analysis to elaborate adolescent theories of organization.. Organizational Research Methods, 11(4), 795 - 814.

      Reay, T., Golden-Biddle, K., & GermAnn, K. (2006). Legitimizing a new role: Small wins and micro-processes of change.. Academy of Management Journal, 49(5), 977-988.

      Golden-Biddle, K., Locke, K., & Reay, T. (2006). Using knowledge in management studies.. Journal of Management Inquiry, 9(15), 237-254.

      Golden-Biddle, K., Reay, T., Witt, C., Petz, S., Casebeer, A., Pablo, A., & Hinings, C. (2003). Toward a communicative perspective of collaborating in research: The case of the researcher-decision maker partnership.. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 8(S2), 20-25.

      Golden-Biddle, K., & Ramanujam, V. (1985). Between a dream and a nightmare: On the integration of the human resource management and strategic business planning processes.. Human Resource Management, 24, 429-452.

      Golden-Biddle, K. Beyond Episodic and Continuous Models of Organizational Change.


      Golden-Biddle, K., & Dutton, J. (2012). Using a Positive Lens to Explore Social Change and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation. : Taylor and Francis Group - Routledge.

      Golden-Biddle, K., & Locke, K. (2007). Composing Qualitative Research.(2nd), : Sage Publications.


      Golden-Biddle, K., Reay, T., GermAnn, K., Casebeer, A., & Hinings, C. (2016). Creating and sustaining the right kind of space for organizational learning in primary health care, in Mobilizing Knowledge in HealthCare: Challenges for Management and Organization, Swan, Newell and Nicolini, : Oxford University Press.

      Dietrich, K., Golden-Biddle, K., Feldman, E., & Locke, K. (2015). Constructing contribution in strategy-as-practice research, in Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice (2nd ed.), Damon Golsorkhi, Linda Rouleau, David Seidl, and Eero Vaara, (2nd). New York: Cambridge University Press, pp 95-110.

      Locke, K., Feldman, M., & Golden-Biddle, K. (2015). in Discovery, validation and live coding : Taylor and Francis Group.

      Golden-Biddle, K. (2014). in Create micro-moves for organizational change : Berrett-Kohler Publishers .

      Golden-Biddle, K., & Mao, J. (2012). in What makes an organizational change process positive? : Oxford University Press, pp 763-772.

      Golden-Biddle, K., & Correia, K. (2012). in Hope as generative dynamic in transformational change: Creating and sustaining "Collaborative Care" in ThedaCare Health System : Taylor and Francis Group; Routledge, pp Chapter 12.

      Golden-Biddle, K. (2011). in "Blink and you (dis)miss them: Coming to see new lines of sight in Carlsen, A. and Dutton, J.E. Generativity" Doing Qualitative Research : Copenhagen Business School , pp Chapter 34 pg.178-181.

      Golden-Biddle, K., GermAnn, K., Reay, T., & Procyshen, G. (2006). in Creating and sustaining positive organizational relationships: A cultural perspective. : Exploring positive relationships at work: Building a theoretical and research foundation. .

      Golden-Biddle, K., Wiebe, E., & Locke, K. (2005). Using qualitative methodology to study the dynamics of organizational change., in Handbook of Organizational Change and Learning, Lunes, Langley and Stensaker, : Handbook of organizational change and learning.

      Golden-Biddle, K., Casebeer, A., Reay, T., & Besner, J. (2003). in Multi-Organizational Partnerships and Collaborative Strategies .

      Golden-Biddle, K., Locke, K., & Feldman, M. Cultivating dynamic analyses of dynamic phenomena., in Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, Morgenstern, Aquinis and Ashford, (5). Palo Alto: Annual Reviews.


      Golden-Biddle, K. (2013). How micro-moves can drive major health care change.: Harvard Business Review Blog Network.



      Golden-Biddle, K. (Presenter & Author). Connections in Action: Keeping Track of Large Social Phenomena using Relational and ‘Micro-sociological’ approaches., Dynamic analyses of dynamic phenomena, University of Warwick, UK. (December 9, 2016).

      Golden-Biddle, K. (Presenter & Author). Academy of Management Conference, How) is healthcare management different?, Academy of Management, Anaheim California. (August 1, 2016).

      Golden-Biddle, K. (Presenter & Author). Academy of Management Conference, Coding in the Trenches: Live Coding., Academy of Management, Anaheim California. (August 1, 2016).

      Golden-Biddle, K. (Presenter & Author). Qualitative Research Methods, The Craft of Writing Qualitative Research, Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis, Detroit Michigan. (June 1, 2016).

      Golden-Biddle, K. (Presenter & Author). CARMA (Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis, The craft of writing qualitative research, CARMA, Detroit. (June 15, 2015).

      Golden-Biddle, K. (Presenter & Author). Seminar Series, Create micro-moves for organizational change, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. (March 23, 2015).

  • GENERAL SERVICEOpen or Close


      International, Professional/To the Academy, Pro Bono Professional Service, Academy of Management. (2012 - 2013).

  • AWARDS AND HONORSOpen or Close

    Douglas McGregor Best Paper Award, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Research. (June 27, 2013).

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