NOTES & UPDATES:
March 26, 2015:
My Veni grant application to the NWO (Dutch NSF) was deemed to be of "good quality and significant" and will "make a valuable contribution, but has some minor weaknesses" by the external referees. I'd like to thank the referees for their feedback which I addressed in my response letter to the selection committee. I submitted the letter and I'm crossing my fingers. Looking forward to hearing back from the committee!
March 19, 2015:
My co-authored paper "Temporal Elements in Career Selection Decisions: An Archival Study Investigating Career Decisions in Medicine" was awarded the 2015 best paper award by the Organization Studies Department, Tilburg University. I'd like to thank the selection committee.
February 12, 2015:
My Veni grant application to the NWO (Dutch NSF) was shortlisted for further assessment by external referees. Looking forward to hearing back from the referees.
February 9, 2015:
My co-authors (Bill Bottom and Daisung Jang) and I just received news that our two extended abstracts were accepted for presentation at the 1st workshop on the politicization of firms to be held in Paris (May 6th & 7th) based on our work on the think tank industry. The theme of the workshop is: “The role of think tanks in institutionalizing the firm as a dominant actor”. Looking forward to attending the conference.
January 19, 2015:
My co-authors (Andy Van de Ven and Kangyong Sun) and I re-submitted our paper "Processes of Behavioral Learning in Organizations: The Case of Integrating Midwest Health System" to Organization Science. Hoping for the best!
January 15, 2015:
My co-authors (Bill Bottom and Daisung Jang) and I just submitted a short paper to the EGOS conference in Athens (July 2-4) based on our work on the think tanks industry. Looking forward to hearing back from the conference organizers!
Thank you for visiting my website, where you can find information about my education, research and teaching experience. I'm currently an assistant professor at the Department of Organization Studies, Tilburg University (NL). Prior to my current appointment, I was a postdoctoral research scholar at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis (USA)
I’m interested in experts and expert organizations, and I've pursued this research as a doctoral student, post-doctoral fellow and now as an assistant professor.
My micro-level work examines the entry into expert groups by focusing on the factors (e.g., temporal elements, fit, and peers) that influence individuals' choice of an expert group. This work is based on a 10-year sample of medical residents at a medical residency program in an elite medical institution.
My macro-level work examines the behavior of expert groups within expert organizations by concentrating on the design of organizational routines to manage multiple expert groups (e.g., integrative routines to manage cognitive diversity among expert groups, headquarters-subsidiary routines to manage multi-expert performance, expertise fit routines, and learning routines that emerge in multi-expert settings). These studies are based on a 10-year study of the merger of a primary care clinic division of a regional medical system. My macro-level work also examines the behavior of experts between organizations by examining the composition and social relations of inter-organizational legal teams on large mergers and acquisitions based on 20-years of historical data. Additionally, my macro-level work examines the formation of inter-organizations relations among expert organizations by mapping the think tank field (i.e. public policy research institutes) and the constellations of ties the field maintains to other institutional fields (e.g. academia, media, government and corporate) based on 16-years of historical data.
Finally, my meso-level work examines the behavior of experts within organizations by focusing on the role of expert’s status on group dynamics based on survey data from 70 engineering teams in the research and development (R&D) unit of a multinational firm. I'm also working with a group of graduate students on the role of power and status differences within small team on team learning, undermining behavior and conflict.
Overall, the expert organizations I study include: a medical residency program at an elite medical institution, a primary care clinic division of a regional medical system, an R&D unit of a multinational firm, law firms, and think-tanks. The expert groups that I study include medical residents, physicians, nurses, managers, engineers, lawyers and policy analysts. My work has appeared in the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Organization Science.
I have broad teaching interests and they include organizational theory and behavior, strategic management, and managing innovation and change. My past teaching experience includes teaching 2 semesters of an undergraduate class titled Managing Innovation and Organizational Change at the Carlson School of Management. My teaching received the Excellence in Teaching Award based on student ratings in 2009. I've also taught 2 semesters of an undergraduate class titled Organizational Behavior Within the Firm at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. In addition, I've been a teaching assistant for 7 years at the Carlson School of Management for a broad range of MBA and undergraduate classes including Managing People and Organizations, Negotiation Strategies, and Fundamentals of Management.
Refereed Journal Publications:
 Shah, P., Bechara, J. P., Drefahl, M., Kolars, J., LaRusso, N., Wood, D., and Spurrier, B. 2014. Temporal Elements in Career Selection Decisions: An Archival Study Investigating Career Decisions in Medicine. Organization Science, 25(1): 245-261. doi:10.1287/orsc.2013.0838. - Winner of the 2015 Department of Organization Studies Best Paper Award, Tilburg University, Netherlands.
 Van de Ven, A. H., Leung, R., Bechara, J. P. and Sun., K. 2012. Organizational Designs and Performance Frontiers. Organization Science, 23(4): 1055-1076. doi:10.1287/orsc.1110.0694
 Van de Ven, A. H., Rogers, R., Bechara, J. P. and Sun, K. 2008. Organizational Diversity, Integration and Performance. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 29(3): 335-354. doi:10.1002/job.511
 Bechara, J. P. and Van de Ven, A. H. 2007. Philosophy of Science Underlying Engaged Scholarship. In: Van de Ven, A. H. Engaged Scholarship: A Guide for Organizational and Social Research. Oxford University Press. - Winner of the 2008 Academy of Management George R. Terry Book Award.
 Bechara, J. P. and Van de Ven, A. H. 2011. Triangulating Philosophies of Science to Understand Complex Organizational and Managerial Problems. In: Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 32: 343-364.
 Gray, S., Bunderson, S. , Boumgarden, P., and Bechara, J. P. 2014. Organizational restructuring as a catalyst for cross-unit ties. Academy of Management Proceedings.
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