Foundation of Extreme contexts #3

Are you a scholar interested in extreme context research (ECR)? If so, we invite you to the third Organizing in Extreme Contexts workshop online on February 25, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm GMT. NOTE: in a previous email the time was misstated. The correct time is 3pm-4.30 pm GMT.

The theme of the third workshop is Foundations of extreme contexts – featuring scholars who have been foundational for our research interest, followed by an open discussion about where we are heading next.

When? The third organizing in extreme context workshop takes place Thursday, February 25, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm GMT using Zoom (link is provided after signing up).

Who? Everyone with an interest in ECR is welcome to join. Presenters in the third seminar include Karlene Roberts & William Starbuck!

How? To join the workshop, please register before 22nd of February, here:

Organizers and contact information:



Karlene H Roberts is professor emerita at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and her PhD in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a Docteur Honoras Causa from University Paul Cezanne, Aix Marseille III. Karlene’s research is on the design and management of organizations in which errors can have catastrophic consequences. She has published numerous articles in this area. Her most recent publication is From Organizational Reliability to Reliable Organizing, (2018) co-edited with Rangaraj Ramanujam. Karlene is a fellow in the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society and the Academy of Management, from which she also received the AOM Practice Impact Award.  She has received research grants from (among others) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Navy, and the California Energy Commission (current). Among the organizations she has consulted with are Statoil, the Risk Management Association, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, and Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO).


William H. Starbuck is Professor-in-Residence at University of Oregon and professor emeritus at New York University. He has held faculty positions in economics, sociology, or management at Purdue University, Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and New York University, as well as visiting positions in Australia, England, France, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United States. He was also senior research fellow at the International Institute of Management in Berlin. He edited Administrative Science Quarterly, chaired the US screening committee for Fulbright awards in business management, directed the doctoral program in business administration at New York University, and was President of the Academy of Management. He has published articles on accounting, bargaining, business strategy, computer programming, computer simulation, forecasting, decision making, human-computer interaction, learning, organizational design, organizational growth and development, perception, scientific methods, and social revolutions. He has also authored two books and edited seventeen books.