Berkeley Culture Conference

Berkeley Haas School of Business


January 11, 2021 to January 12, 2021
8:30am to 12:00pm
Virtual Presentation


Berkeley Culture Conference
Dates: January 11 and 12, 2021
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time each day
Location: Virtual Presentation
Register by January 8, 2021, at 12:00 PM Pacific Time. Please email for information on how to register for the conference.

Organizers Jenny Chatman, Associate Dean for Learning Strategies and Distinguished Professor of Management at Berkeley's Haas School of Business, and BIDS Faculty Affiliate Sameer Srivastava, Associate Professor and Chair in Management Philosophy and Values, also at Berkeley's Haas School of Business, announce their third annual Berkeley Culture Conference, which will feature talks, discussions, and activities led by top academics spanning the domains of sociology, social psychology, economics, and strategy who are pioneering new ways of conceptualizing and measuring culture. Those interested in participating may view the full agenda and register to attend by Friday, January 8, 2021, at 12:00 PM Pacific Time. Please contact if you would like more information.


Monday, January 11, 2021

8:30 – 8:40    Welcome and Introduction

8:40 – 9:40    Plenary Research Session 1

  • 1. Sigal Barsade, University of Pennsylvania: Emotional Code
  • 2. Ann Swidler, University of California, Berkeley: Can We Develop Better (Multilevel, Differentiated) Concepts of Culture?

9:40 – 10:40    Concurrent Research Sessions

Concurrent Research Session 1  |  Discussant: Amir Goldberg, Stanford University 

  • 3. Andrea Freud, Stanford University: Well but Unwanted: The subtle backlash against prioritizing mental wellbeing at work 
  • 4. Jamie Seoyeon Song, INSEAD: Going Beyond Conversational Partners: Entrepreneurs’ Framing and Audiences’ Support for Their Innovations in Online Platforms
  • 5. Jeremy  Yip, Georgetown University: Worry at Work: How Organizational Culture Promotes Anxiety
  • 6. Arianna Marchetti, London Business School: Taking Cultural Heterogeneity Seriously: The Distinct Forms of Cultural Distinctiveness

Concurrent Research Session 2  |  Discussant: Damon Phillips, Columbia University 

  • 7. Constantinos Coutifaris, University of Pennsylvania: Chief Executive Golfer vs. Chief Executive Mountaineer: The Opposing Roles of CEO Hedonistic and Stimulating Hobbies in Organizational Culture and Innovation
  • 8. James Riley, Harvard University: A Bazaar Affair: Market Platforms for Contemporary Art Promise Efficiency but Reveal and Reinforce Hierarchy
  • 9. Lillien Ellis, Cornell University: A Cultural Perspective on Idea Theft in Organizational Settings 
  • 10. Jillian Grennan, Duke University: Communicating Culture Consistently: Evidence from Banks

Concurrent Research Session 3  |  Discussant: Yang Bai, University of California, Berkeley

  • 11. Jacob Levitt, University of Pennsylvania: How Should We Feel?: Emotion Culture Crafting and its Influence on Team Process and Viability 
  • 12. Jackson Lu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Multicultural Diversity Stimulates Entrepreneurship: Evidence From Two Natural Experiments 
  • 13. Vanessa Conzon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Managing “Disruption”: Flexibility, Relational Style, and Gender
  • 14. Hana Shepherd, Rutgers University: Cultural Change in Groups: Group Structure and the Formation of Consensus in Norm Perception

10:40 – 10:50    Break

10:50 – 11:50    Plenary Research Session 2

  • 15. Joel Brockner, Columbia University: Wise Interventions in Organizations 
  • 16. Edgar Schein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Peter Schein, Organizational Culture and Leadership Institute; Daniel Denison, International Institute for Management Development: Thoughts about the Future of Research and Practice on Organization Culture: Keeping Our Humanity Front and Center

11:50 – 12:00    Closing


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

8:30 – 8:40    Welcome and Introduction

8:40 – 9:40    Plenary Research Session 3

  • 17. Jacob Foster, University of California, Los Angeles: Discourses of Death: Extracting the Semantic Structure of Lethal Violence with Machine Learning
  • 18. Michele Lamont, Harvard University: Inclusion and Narratives of Hope after the American Dream

9:40 – 10:40    Concurrent Research Sessions

Concurrent Research Session 4  |   Discussant: Michael Morris, Columbia University
  • 19. Eftychia Stamkou, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and University of California, Berkeley: Aesthetic Revolution: Art as Culture and Catalyst for Social Change
  • 20. Lara Yang, Stanford University: Language as a Window into the Mind: A Computational Perspective On Organizational Identification
  • 21. Sapna Cheryan, University of Washington: Masculine Defaults: Identifying and Mitigating Hidden Cultural Biases
  • 22. Özgecan Koçak, Emory University: Conflict in Organizations: A Cultural Perspectiv

Concurrent Research Session 5  |   Discussant: Olivia (Mandy) O’Neill, George Mason University 

  • 23. Noah Askin, INSEAD: Live Forever or Slide Away? How Creative Assessments Age and Change 
  • 24. Chad Hartnell, Georgia State University: Do Patterns Matter?  An Examination of the Predictive Validity of Culture Configurations and Culture Dimensions on Narrow and Broad Unit Outcomes
  • 25. Max Winkler, University of Zurich: Do Disasters Affect Adherence to Social Norms?
  • 26. Paul Govard, USI Lugano: It takes two to tango: Firms’ cultural orientation and job seekers’ identity as antecedents of selection and hiring

Concurrent Research Session 6  |   Discussant: Glenn Carroll, Stanford University 

  • 27. Douglas Guilbeault, University of California, Berkeley: Promoting Shared Understanding Across Cultures: Comparing U.S. and Chinese Populations in an Online Language Game
  • 28. Alexander Zentefis, Yale University: Corporate Culture as a Theory of the Firm
  • 29. Francisco Brahm, London Business School: The mechanics of organizational culture
  • 30. Jennifer Dannals, Dartmouth College: The role of hierarchical rank in social norm perception

10:40 – 10:50    Break

10:50 – 11:50    Plenary Research Session 4

  • 31. Bob Gibbons, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: From Chandler to Schein (via Kreps, Henderson, and Geertz): Governance of Shared Interpretation
  • 32. Jennifer Chatman and Sameer Srivastava, University of California, Berkeley: Synthesis and Discussion 

11:50 – 12:00    Closing


Sameer B. Srivastava

Associate Professor and Harold Furst Chair in Management Philosophy and Values, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Sameer B. Srivastava is Associate Professor and Harold Furst Chair in Management Philosophy and Values at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, and he is also affiliated with UC Berkeley Sociology. His research unpacks the complex interrelationships among the culture of social groups, the cognition of individuals within these groups, and the connections that people forge within and across groups. Much of his work is set in organizational contexts, where he uses computational methods to examine how culture, cognition, and networks relate to career outcomes. His work has been published in journals such as American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, and Organization Science. It has been covered in media outlets such as The New York Times, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Forbes. Sameer co-directs the Berkeley-Stanford Computational Culture Lab and the Berkeley Culture Initiative.