Forrest S. Briscoe

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Professor of Management, Frank and Mary Jean Smeal Research Fellow

Department Management and Organization
Office Address 450 Business Building
Email Address fsb10@psu.edu

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Forrest Briscoe is a Professor of Management and Organization, and Frank & Mary Jean Smeal Research Fellow, in the Smeal College of Business. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Sociology.

See personal website for current biography, teaching, research, and publications (link above)

Education

Ph D, Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003

BA, Environmental Sciences, Harvard University, 1995

Courses Taught

MGMT 601 – Ph.D Dis Full-Time
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MGMT 831 – Strat Impl and Chg (3)
This course addresses the managerial challenge of strategy implementation, particularly by examining the organizational elements that must be drawn into line to support a strategy, as well as the immense difficulties of changing an organization. As such, the course relies on two overarching frameworks. The first is a model of organizational alignment; the second is a model for managing the change process. The course will emphasize application and practice, primarily by the use of cases. Students will be asked, class after class, to take the position of a senior manager or an adviser to a manager, and develop answers to questions like these: What¿s the real problem here? How are the elements of the problem interconnected? What should be done? How, specifically, should we go about it? Strategy Implementation and Organizational Change will be relevant for a broad array of students, including those hoping to be managers, consultants, investors, and entrepreneurs. Because the course focuses on changing entire organizations (rather than small parts of organizations), we will be primarily taking the point of view of senior managers. However, our frameworks and tools, and the skills students will develop, will be useful early in their careers, as they face the need to manage change in their own subunits, as well as the need to comprehend and contribute to firm-wide changes.

BA 804 – Ethical Leadership (2)
The objective of the ethical leadership course is to raise awareness of the key role played as a manager and leader in creating and maintaining responsible business conduct in work groups and organizations. The course is also intended to enhance the student's ability to deal with the complexities of ethical decision making in today's dynamic business environment by clarifying and applying personal values.

ENTR 597 – Special Topics (2)
Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently; several different topics may be taught in one year or semester.

BA 571 – Strat Mgmt (2)
Analysis and application of concepts and techniques aimed at successfully developing and implementing competitive strategy in a complex business environment. B A 571 B A 571 Strategic Management for Converging Economies (3)This course introduces students to the field of strategic management and the skills and tools used by general managers to make strategic decisions. Students learn to use frameworks and perspectives for analyzing industries, competitors, and companies with an overall objective of positioning the firm to attain and sustain competitive advantage. Students learn how to identify the industry and firm-level determinants of profitability and then relate those factors to the development of competitive strategy within the context of responsible business practice. Students also learn how to evaluate strategies to understand how and why companies are successful or not. Finally, students will learn how senior managers use integrative approaches for solving strategic problems.

MGMT 538 – Sem in Org Thry (3)
Current theoretical and research issues applicable to the study of design and management of complex organizations.

BA 504 – Ethical Leadership (2)
The objective of the ethical leadership course is to raise awareness of the key role played as a manager and leader in creating and maintaining responsible business conduct in work groups and organizations. The course is also intended to enhance the student's ability to deal with the complexities of ethical decision making in today's dynamic business environment by clarifying and applying personal values.

B A 504 – Ethical Leadership (2)
This course introduces students to their ethical responsibilities as business leaders.

ENTR 596 – Individual Studies (2)
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, that are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

ENTR 597E – Creating Value Through Social Entrepreneurship (2)
Gain a toolkit of social-entrepreneur tactics for creating change; apply this toolkit to startup contexts as well as traditional managerial roles.

ENTR 596G – Applied Social Enterprise Independent Study (2)
This course will allos the student to gain a further understanding of environmentally sustainable business practices and how they can be applied to the golf industry. The student will develop useful tools that will increase the chances of entrepreneurial

B A 596 – Individual Studies (Variable)
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

MGMT 590 – Colloquium (Variable)
Continuing seminars which consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.

MGMT 596 – Individual Studies (Variable)
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

MGMT 326 – Organizational Behavior and Design (3)
Concepts, theories, and methods of managing people and designing organizations.

IRHR 596 – Individual Studies (variable)
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, that are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

L I R 496 – Independent Studies (variable)
Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

L I R 497W – Organizational Behavior: Applications to LIR (3)
Overview of selected management issues in modern organizations, combining theory with case studies.

IRHR 597A – Pro Seminar in IRHR (3)
This course provides students with an overview of research on the inner workings of employment-based organizations.

L I R 494 – Research Project (variable)
Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individualor small-group basis.

L I R 497B – Politics of Affirmative Action (3)
This course provides students with basic tools useful for thinking about and managing careers in organizations, drawing on theory and research and then applying to real-world case studies.

L I R 100 – Industrial Relations (3)
Introductory analysis of the employment relationship and of the interrelated interests of managements, workers, unions, and the public.

IRHR 595 – Internship (variable)
Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction, including field experiences, practicums, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.

IRHR 505 – Seminar in Human Resources (3)
Current human resource topics in the context of organizational strategy, planning, and responsibility.

Selected Publications

Anderson T., Bidwell M., Briscoe F. S., "External Factors Shaping Careers." 2019, Invited
Gupta A., Briscoe F. S., Hambrick D. C., "Evenhandedness in Resource Allocation: Its Relationship with CEO Ideology, Organizational Discretion, and Firm Performance." Academy of Management Journal, vol. 61, no. 5, 2018, pp. 1848-1868
Briscoe F. S., Leitzinger J., King B., "Integrating Research Perspectives on Business and Society-Market Strategy." (Emerald Publishing), vol. 56, 2018, Invited
Briscoe F. S., Joshi A., "Bringing the Boss's Politics In: Supervisor Political Ideology and the Gender Gap in Earnings." Academy of Management Journal, vol. 60, no. 4, 2017, pp. 1415-1441, amj.aom.org/content/early/2016/09/19/amj.2016.0179.abstract
Gupta A., Briscoe F. S., Hambrick D. C., "Red, Blue and Purple: Organizational Political Ideology and Corporate Social Responsibility." Strategic Management Journal, vol. 38, no. 5, 2017, pp. 1018-1040, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/smj.2550/abstract
Briscoe F. S., Gardner H., "Review of Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind: The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts." vol. 62, no. 4, 2017, pp. NP42-NP44
Briscoe F. S., Rogan M., "Coordinating Complex Work: Knowledge Networks, Partner Departures, and Client Relationship Performance in a Law Firm." Management Science, vol. 62, no. 8, 2016, pp. 2392-2411
Briscoe F. S., von Nordenflycht A., "The Effectiveness of Inheritance vs. Rainmaking Strategies in Building Books of Business for Female and Minority Partners.." (Cambridge University Press), 2016, pp. 328-356, Invited
Briscoe F. S., "Paradox and Contradiction in Organizations: Introducing Two Articles." vol. 10, no. 1, 2016, pp. 1-3
Briscoe F. S., Gupta A., "Social Activism In and Around Organizations.." Academy of Management Annals, vol. 10, no. 1, 2016, pp. 671-727
Briscoe F. S., Gupta A., Anner M. S., "Social Activism and Practice Diffusion: How Activist Tactics Affect Non-Targeted Organizations." Administrative Science Quarterly, vol. 60, no. 2, 2015, pp. 300-332
Briscoe F. S., "STATA Heterogeneous Diffusion Model Software." 2015
Briscoe F. S., Chin M., Hambrick D. C., "CEO Ideology as an Element of the Corporate Opportunity Structure for Social Activists." Academy of Management Journal, vol. 57, no. 6, 2014, pp. 1786-1809
Briscoe F. S., "Review of The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Reputation." vol. 59, no. 3, 2014, pp. NP10-11
Briscoe F. S., "Review of The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Reputation, edited by Michael L. Barnett and Timothy G. Pollock." 2014, Invited
Briscoe F. S., von Nordenflycht A., "Which Path to Power? Workplace Networks and the Relative Effectiveness of Inheritance and Rainmaking Strategies for Professional Partners." Journal of Professions and Organization, vol. 1, no. 1, 2014, pp. 33-48
Bidwell M., Briscoe F. S., Fernandez-Mateo I., Sterling A., "The Employment Relationship and Inequility: How and Why Changes in Employment Practices are Reshaping Rewards in Organizations." The Academy of Management Annals, vol. 7, no. 1, 2013, pp. 61-121, Invited
Briscoe F. S., Murphy C., "Sleight of Hand? Practice Opacity, Third-Party Responses, and the Interorganizational Diffusion of Controversial Practices." Administrative Science Quarterly, vol. 57, no. 4, 2012, pp. 553-584
Briscoe F. S., Tsai W., "Overcoming Relational Inertia: How Organizational Members Respond to Acquisition Events in a Law Firm." Administrative Science Quarterly, vol. 56, no. 3, 2011, pp. 408-440
Briscoe F. S., Sawyer S., Wardell M., "Membership Has Its Privileges? Independent Contracting and Workers’ Flexibility to Set Work Hours and Work from Home." Industrial and Labor Relations Review, vol. 64, no. 2, 2011, pp. 258-282
Briscoe F. S., Kellogg K., "The Initial Assignment Effect: Local Employer Practices and Positive Career Outcomes for Flexible-Work Program Users." American Sociological Review, vol. 76, no. 2, 2011, pp. 291-319
Briscoe F. S., Safford S., "Employee Affinity Groups: Their Evolution from Social Movement Vehicles to Employer Strategies." Perspectives on Work, vol. 14, no. 1, 2010
Bidwell M., Briscoe F. S., "The Dynamics of Inter-organizational Careers." Organization Science, vol. 21, no. 5, 2010, pp. 1034-1053
Briscoe F. S., "Review of "The Changing Face of Medicine: Women Doctors and the Evolution of Health Care in America" by Ann Boulis & Jerry Jacobs." Industrial and Labor Relations Review, vol. 63, no. 1, 2009
Briscoe F. S., "The Design of Work as a Key Driver of Work-Life Flexibility for Professions." Work-Life Policies that Work, (Washington, DC: Urban Institute Press), 2009, pp. 83-93
Bidwell M., Briscoe F. S., "Who Contracts? Determinants of the Decision to Work as an Independent Contractor Among IT Professionals." Academy of Management Journal, vol. 52, no. 6, 2009, pp. 148-168
Briscoe F. S., Safford S., "The Nixon-in-China Effect: Activism, Imitation and the Institution." Administrative Science Quarterly, vol. 53, no. 3, 2008, pp. 460-491
Briscoe F. S., "The Upside of Bureaucracy: Unintended Benefits for Careers in Professional Services." The White Collar Workplace: New Models for the 21st Century, (Cambridge University Press), 2008, pp. 223-256
Briscoe F. S., "From iron cage to iron shield? How bureaucracy enables temporal flexibiliy for professional service workers.." Organization Science, vol. 18, no. 2, 2007, pp. 297-314
Briscoe F. S., Konrad T. R., "HMO Employment and African-American Physicians." Journal of the National Medical Association, vol. 98, no. 8, 2006, pp. 1318-1325
Briscoe F. S., "Temporal Flexibility and Careers: The Role of Large-Scale Organizations in the Practicing Physician Labor Market." Industrial & Labor Relations Review, vol. 60, no. 1, 2006, pp. 67-83
Maxwell J., Briscoe F. S., Temin P., "Corporate Health Care Purchasing and the Revised Social Contract with Workers." Business & Society, vol. 39, no. 3, 2000, pp. 281-303
Maxwell J., Briscoe F. S., Davidson S., Robbins M., Temin P., Young C., "Managed Competition in Practice." Health Affairs, vol. 17, no. 1, 1998, pp. 216-226
Maxwell J., Rothenberg S., Briscoe F. S., Marcus A., "Green Schemes: Corporate Environmental Strategies and their Implementation." California Management Review, vol. 39, no. 3, 1997, pp. 118-134
Gupta A., Briscoe F. S., "Organizational Political Ideology and Corporate Openness to Social Activism." Administrative Science Quarterly

Editorships

Administrative Science Quarterly, Associate Editor, August 2014 - Present
Journal of Professions and Organizations, Editorial Board, January 2013 - Present
Academy of Management Annals, Associate Editor, January 2013 - January 2016
Administrative Science Quarterly, Editorial Board, January 2013 - January 2015
Sociological Science, Editorial Board, January 2013 - January 2015
Academy of Management Journal, Editorial Board, January 2010 - Present
Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division, Academy of Management, Conference Reviewer, January 2002 - January 2014