• Phone: 617-353-9406
  • E-Mail:  kgbiddle@bu.edu
  • Office: 647A
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Address: Boston University Questrom School of Business
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

Profile Summary

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 methods, especially theorizing, Karen has published two books and is the author of 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. 

In Fall 2015, Karen was a Core Faculty member in the newly-launched MSMS one-year degree program at Questrom, a program recently cited as one of the most innovative  business school ideas in 2015. In addition, Karen teaches courses in organizational/system change and qualitative methods. 

In service and leaderrship, Karen just completed(July 1 2015) a 4-year term Senior Associate Dean of Faculty in the Questrom School of Business where she was responsible for curricular development, faculty research and faculty development.  Professionally, she is active in the Academy of Management, the preeminent association for management and organization scholars, approaching 20,000 members. 








  • 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.

  • PublicationsOpen or Close

    Journal Articles:

      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 .

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

      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.

      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,


      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. : Sage Publications.

    Book Chapters:

      Dietrich, K., Golden-Biddle, K., & Locke, K. (2015). in Constructing contribution in strategy as practice research : Cambridge University Press.

      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., Reay, T., GermAnn, K., Casebeer, A., & Hinings, C. (Accepted). 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, .

    Other Publications:

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

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    Invited Lectures:

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

      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).

  • General ServiceOpen or Close

    Service to the Profession:

      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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