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was a Doctoral Fellow at the NCDG while pursuing a Ph.D. in
Organization Studies at the Carroll School of Management at Boston
College. She received her M.E.S. in Environmental Studies at the
Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 1987
and her BA in Psychology and Social relations at Harvard University in
dissertation topic was: “Organizing non-state-based global governance:
The structuration of the corporate accountability policy arena”. The
dissertation explores organizational and field level drivers of the
constitution of organizational authority. Her empirical focus is the
transnational corporate social accountability policy arena where
jurisdictions are undefined and institutional design options are in
play. This research involves tracing the relevant histories of three
organizations’ attempts to position themselves as influential policy
sponsors, and their preferred institutional models as authoritative.
The focal organizations – the UN, ISO and CERES – have contrasting
bases of power and identities. The study suggests that such
organization level factors drive initial policy positions, but that
with time organizations reframe their policy positions and political
strategies in ways better predicted by field-level dynamics.
Naomi Olson, Doctoral Candidate
Carroll School of Management
olsonen (at) rcn.com
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