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  • ADDRESS: BOSTON UNIVERSITY
    Questrom School of Business
    Rafik B. Hariri Building
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

PROFILE SUMMARY

Paul R. Carlile is an Associate Professor of Management and Information Systems and the Senior Associate Dean for Innovation at Boston University Questrom School of Business.  He has also served as the Chair of the Information Systems Department. Before coming to Questrom he was on the Faculty at MIT Sloan School of Management.

His research has focused on the knowledge boundaries that exist among people in different expertise domains. Paul is one of the world’s foremost experts on what can be done to address those boundaries in order to enhance collaboration and innovation.  He has used this expertise to develop and design ways to drive innovation in the automotive, software, aerospace, and pharmaceutical industries.   

In a recently published book called Reimagining Business Education Paul ,along with other Questrom colleagues, outlined strategies to address the highly specialized and siloed nature of higher education. The book proposes new approaches to teaching and research that generate more value for a broader set of stakeholders.

In his initial work as Senior Associate Dean for Innovation Paul has focused on the enhancement of student learning through curricular innovation and new models of program delivery.  This has included the new launch of an integrated and experientially-based Master of Science degree in Management Studies (MSMS) that was cited as the Most Innovative Business School Idea of 2015 by Poets & Quants.  

Paul holds a BA in Philosophy and Masters in Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University and a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan.  Prior to graduate school Paul helped start two technology companies

  • EDUCATION Open or Close

    PH D, University of Michigan, Organizational Behavior, 1997.

    MA, Brigham Young University, Organizational Behavior, 1990.

    BA, Brigham Young University, Philosophy, 1988.

  • CURRENT COURSESOpen or Close

    GSM MS726 A1 Collaboration and Innovation Design

    GSM MS732 A1 Business as a System

  • PUBLICATIONSOpen or Close

    JOURNAL ARTICLES:

      Deken, F., Carlile, P., Berends, H., & Lauche, K. (2016). Generating novelty through interdependent routines: A process model of routine work. Organization Science, 27(3), 659-677.

      Carlile, P. (2015). The Irony of Making Materiality of Consequence. British Journal of Management, 26(S1), S22-S25.

      Carlile, P., & Christensen, C. M. (2009). Course Research: Using the Case Method to Build and Teach Management Theory. Academy of Management Education and Learning, 8(2), 240-251.

      Howard-Grenville, J., & Carlile, P. (2006). The incompatibility of knowledge regimes: Consequences of the material world for cross-domain work. The European Journal of Information Systems, 14(5), 473-485.

      Osterlund, C., & Carlile, P. (2005). Relations in Practice: Sorting through practice theories on knowledge sharing in complex organizations. The Information Society, 21, 91-107.

      Black, L., Carlile, P., & Repenning, N. (2004). A Dynamic Theory of Expertise and Occupational Boundaries in New Technology Implementation: Building on Barley's Study of CT-Scanning. Administrative Science Quarterly, 49(4), 572-607. Cornell University.

      Carlile, P. (2004). Transferring, Translating and Transforming: An Integrative Framework for Managing Knowledge across Boundaries. Organization Science, 15, 555-568. Providence, RI.

      Carlile, P., & Rebentisch, E. (2003). Into the Black Box: The Knowledge Transformation Cycle. Management Science, 49, 1180-1195. Hanover, MD.

      Carlile, P. (2002). A Pragmatic View of Knowledge and Boundaries: Boundary Objects in New Product Development. Organization Science, 13, 442-455. Providence, RI.

    BOOKS:

      Carlile, P., Freeman, K., & Venkatraman, N. (2016). Reimagining Business Education: Insights and Actions from the Business Education Jam. : Emerald.

      Carlile, P., & Nicolini, D. (2013). How Matter Matters Objects, Artifacts, and Materiality in Organization Studies.3(1), 320. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

    OTHER PUBLICATIONS:

      Carlile, P., & Lakhani, K. (2010). Myelin Repair Foundation: Accelerating Drug Discovery through Collaboration. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School.

  • RESEARCH PRESENTATIONSOpen or Close

    INVITED LECTURES:

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). Knowledge, Innovation and Networks Summer School, Sociomaterialy and innovation, Vrije University, Amsterdam, NL. (July 1, 2016).

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). McGill Organization Studies Seminar, Physician Health Thyself: Reimagining Business Education, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. (September 1, 2015).

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). Brand Relationship Conference, Physician Heal Thyself: Disruption in Business Schools, Boston University, Boston, MA. (March 1, 2015).

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). Laguna Knowledge Conference, A design response to the Disruption of Business School Education, Boston University, Laguna Beach, California. (February 1, 2014).

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). EGOS, A Relational Approach to Routine Work in Organizations, EGOS, Montreal, Canada. (July 5, 2013).

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). Oxford Organization Studies, Designing for Participation, Oxford University, Oxford, UK. (May 5, 2013).

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). Innovation in Qualitative Methods, Practice Theory, Boundaries and Accumulations, Reading University, Reading, UK. (May 5, 2013).

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). Warwick IS Symposium, A History of Accumulating Interests: The Emergence of the Patent Information Systems, Warwick University, Coventry, UK. (May 5, 2013).

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). Delft Conference on Innovation, Designing for Participation in an Open World, Delft University, Delft, NL. (May 5, 2013).

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). Radbound University, Practice Theory, Boundaries and Accumulations, Radbond University, Neijmegan, NL. (May 5, 2013).

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). KIN Conference, Designing for Participation in an Open World, Vrije University, Amsterdam, NL. (May 5, 2013).

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). ETH Safety Conference, Managing Knowledge Boundaries and Risk in Complex Systems, ETH University, Zurich, SW. (May 5, 2013).

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). Cambridge Innovation Forum, Designing for Innovation, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK. (April 5, 2013).

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). Warwick Organization Studies Seminar, Practice Theory, Boundaries and Accumulations, Warwick University, Coventry, UK. (March 5, 2013).

    ACCEPTED LECTURES:

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). EGOS, Inter-organizational collaboration and innovation, EGOS, Naples, Italy. (July 1, 2016).

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). EGOS Symposium, A relational approach to inter-organizational collaboration, EGOS, Rotterdam, NL. (July 1, 2014).

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). EGOS Symposium, A relational approach to inter-organizational collaboration, EGOS, Rotterdam, NL. (July 1, 2014).

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). EGOS Symposium, A relational approach to inter-organizational collaboration, EGOS, Rotterdam, NL. (July 1, 2014).

    OTHER PRESENTATIONS:

      Carlile, P. (Author Only). Knowledge, Innovation and Networks Summer School, Schumpeter and the Challenge of Novelty, Vrije University, Amsterdam. (July 1, 2016).

  • EDITORIAL AND REVIEW ACTIVITIESOpen or Close

    Carlile, P. Academy of Management Discovery, Associate Editor, International, Standing Editorship (Edited Multiple Publications), Appointed, Academic. (January 1, 2015 - Present).

    Carlile, P. Organization Science, Editorial Board Member. (2004 - Present).

  • AWARDS AND HONORSOpen or Close

    2014 Questom Award for Faculty Excellence in Institutional Leadership, Dean, Boston University, Service, University. (May 16, 2014).