• 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 Senior Associate Dean, Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Organizational Behavior at Boston University School of Management. She studies organizational and system transformation, and is especially interested in highly professionalized settings such as healthcare and universities with socially significant missions. Currently, she is integrating her work on discovery processes in research with her ethnographic studies of change to theorize how people in organizations come to collectively create and sustain desired change, e.g. the creation and enactment of innovative care delivery models that foster high quality patient-centric care and better patient outcomes. Her latest book (Golden-Biddle and Dutton, 2012) brings together a diverse and talented group of organizational scholars to examine the creation of desired societal change in the domains of poverty and low wage work; environment and sustainability; and health care access and innovation. A special section also profiles individual and collective change agency. Information on this book can be found at: http://www.psypress.com/using-a-positive-lens-to-explore-social-change-and-organizations 9780415878869

  • 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.

  • Current CoursesOpen or Close

    GSM MS711 A1 Language of Business 1

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    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.

      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., 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.

      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), .


      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:

      Golden-Biddle, K., (2014). Create micro-moves for organizational change, in How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact , Jane Dutton and Gretchen Spreitzer , : Berrett-Kohler Publishers .

      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.

      Dittrich, K., Golden-Biddle, K., Feldman, E., Locke, K., (Accepted). Constructing contribution in strategy as practice research, in Constructing contribution in Strategy as Practice research. In D. Golsorkhi, L. Rouleau, D. Seidl, & E. Vaara (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of strategy as practice (2nd edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

      Locke, K., Feldman, M., Golden-Biddle, K., (Accepted). Discovery, validation and live coding, in The Handbook of Qualitative Research, Elsbach and Kramer, : Taylor and Francis Group.

    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), CARMA, The craft of writing qualitative research, CARMA, Detroit. (March 15, 2015).

      Golden-Biddle , K., (Presenter and Author), Liminality as cultural process for cultural change, Boston University School of Management, Boston, MA. (May 16, 2012).

  • Awards and HonorsOpen or Close

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

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