A terrific recognition: please see this profile of Sarah Townsend by P&Q.

Congratulations, Sarah! (12-19-2019)

Nan Jia just accepted an invitation to become Associate Editor for SMJ. Her three year term will start January 2020.

Congratulations, Nan! (11-22-2019)

As you saw from the Provost’s message below, our own Katharine Harrington will return to MOR full time after 15 years of service to the university. Her accomplishments are many, and my guess is her mailbox is currently overflowing with messages. Katharine of course has been a Professor of Clinical Management and Organization for many years even as she has been running USC’s admissions. The latest course she has developed is a new elective on crisis management that will be offered for the first time this spring.

Please join me in welcoming her back to MOR! (10-24-2019)

Provost Announcement: Next Steps for Katharine Harrington


To:                  USC Community

From:              Charles F. Zukoski, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Date:               October 24, 2019

Subject:           Next Steps for Katharine Harrington

I write today to share the news that Dr. Katharine Harrington, our Vice President of Admissions and Planning, has informed me that she will be stepping down from her position, effective June 30, 2020. She will have served 10 years in this critical role and five years prior as dean of admission and financial aid. On behalf of the USC community, I express our deepest gratitude for her extraordinary work and our enormous pride in what she has accomplished over the past 15 years as our chief enrollment officer. She has been an essential part of USC’s growth into a top-tier global university.

During her tenure, Dr. Harrington developed strategies that expanded USC’s reach across the nation and across the world. She provided the leadership and the strategic guidance that has transformed our undergraduate population into one of the most geographically, socioeconomically, and culturally inclusive student bodies in the country. Her work has strengthened our university community, bolstered our academic achievements, and heightened the quality of the student experience. She simultaneously developed financial aid strategies that have ensured all of our students receive as much support from us as possible.

We also have become a much more selective university – the number of applications went from 31,000 in 2005 to 66,000 in 2019, and our acceptance rate went from 27% to 11.4%. At the same time, we are welcoming a higher caliber of student every year. Our students’ average test scores have risen from the 87th percentile to the 96th percentile, and our graduation rate has also increased.

Dr. Harrington provides oversight for our offices of Admission, Financial Aid, Academic Records/Registrar, and Institutional Research. She also provides leadership for our valuable and popular Orientation and Welcome Week programs. She has assembled strong teams in these areas and she and I are extremely proud of the tireless work they do on behalf of our students and our university community.

Dr. Harrington will take a sabbatical and return to teaching at the USC Marshall School of Business where she is a professor of clinical management and organization. We will update you in coming days on our progress to find the next leader of admissions and planning.

As your new provost, I want to make clear that so much of what attracted me to this groundbreaking university was shaped in so many ways by the work of Dr. Harrington. I personally thank her for her years of dedication to drive us forward, and I wish her heartfelt best wishes for the next stage of her life.

Cc:     Carol L. Folt
            Academic Senate
            Academic Deans
            President’s Cabinet
            Provost’s Cabinet

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Carl Voigt

Carl Voigt - ‘Globalização virou alvo fácil’ (10/11/2019)

Janet Fulk and Peter Monge, along with two former USC doctoral students, were awarded a Best Publication of the Year award by the Organizational Communication and Information Systems (OCIS) Division of the Academy of Management  for their 2018 article in Communication Theory entitled “The Value of Questions in Organizing: Reconceptualizing Contributions to Online Public Information Goods”.  The award committee reported reviewing 120 articles and selecting 4 for the Best Publication Award.

Congratulations to all of them! (09-22-19)

Gerry Tellis was just honored with the 2019 Churchill Award of the American Marketing Association, MR SIG.

This award recognizes an individual’s contribution to marketing research including new methodologies, seminal publications, books, awards and other notable contributions. The award committee stated that Gerard J. Tellis “made important methodological contributions to the field of marketing research in the areas of Synthetic Control, latent Dirichlet allocation, Functional Analysis, and Archival Analysis. His research has been creative in showing the power of social media, market pioneering, incumbent’s curse, technological innovation, innovation of nations, and advertising effectiveness. Tellis’ contribution to marketing research has been extensive, impactful, and widely recognized.”Congratulations, Gerry! (06/18/19)

Leigh Tost just accepted an invitation to become Associate Editor for Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (OBHDP). It is just more evidence of her growing visibility and standing in the field.Congratulations, Leigh! (04/08/19)

Vice Dean's Announcement: Leigh Tost promoted to Associate Professor of Management and Organization

Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to announce that the President has approved the promotion of Leigh Tost to Associate Professor of Management and Organization, with tenure, effective immediately.

Professor Tost joined the Marshall School of Business in the fall of 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Management and Organization. She graduated in 2010 with a Ph.D. in Management from Duke University, and before joining USC spent two years as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and four years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Her insightful research questions and skillful theoretical and empirical execution have earned her an international reputation as an expert on the role of hierarchy and legitimacy in organizations. In particular, she has become known for studying organizational processes from multiple levels of analysis – individual, group, and organization. Her work is unusually interdisciplinary and integrative, drawing from scholarship in the fields of psychology, sociology, organizational studies, and strategy. Her research program addresses three main themes: (1) the distinction between psychological and structural power, (2) the effects of power on selfish versus socially responsible behavior, and (3) judgments about the legitimacy of social hierarchies and social positions. Her work has been published in a broad variety of top-tier journals in management and psychology, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Personality and Social Psychology Review, Psychological Science, and Research in Organizational Behavior.

Professor Tost has demonstrated excellence in teaching, teaching in Marshall’s undergraduate core program with instructor ratings that exceed the corresponding instructor averages for Marshall School courses. At Michigan, she taught in the undergrad, MBA Core, and MBA Elective programs. Professor Tost has additionally made strong contributions through her service to the department and the profession, as evidenced by her role on departmental and doctoral student committees, Academy of Management service roles, as well as her role as editorial board member on three of the top management journals in the field: Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. She received the NBD Bancorp Chaired Assistant Professorship Research Award at the Ross School of Business in 2015, acknowledging her as one of the two most research-productive junior faculty members school-wide and has received three “Best Reviewer” awards from the field’s top management journals. She is an active contributor to doctoral education and is praised by doctoral students and her colleagues alike for her theoretical insights, methodological expertise, and her generous and positive nature.

Professor Tost’s promotion is a well-deserved recognition of her outstanding contributions in research, teaching, and service over the years. Please join me in congratulating her and welcoming her to the ranks of tenured associate professors.


Nandini Rajagopalan
Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs
Joseph A. DeBell Chair in Business Administration
Professor of Management & Organization
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California

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As part of the Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence, John Boudreau and Wayne Cascio just received the distinction ‘highly commended’ from the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness for their article “Human capital analytics: Why are we not there?” A link to their paper is below.

Congratulations, John! (02-26-19)

Excellent news: Florenta Teodoridis and Joe Raffiee both were just invited to the Strategic Management Journal editorial board. Our sincere congratulations to both of them. (02-19-2019)