William Ocasio

William Ocasio

James F. Towey Professor of Business and Leadership and Director, Illinois Strategic Organization Initiative

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, Stanford University, 1992
  • M.B.A., General Management, Harvard University, 1984
  • B.A., Economics, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, 1976

Positions Held

  • Director, Illinois Strategic Organization Initiative, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020 to present
  • James F. Towey Professor of Business and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020 to present
  • Professor of Business Administration, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020 to present
  • John L. and Helen Kellogg Professor of Management and Organizations, Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2001-2016

Recent Publications

  • Ocasio, W., Rhee, L., & Boynton, D. (2020). March and the pursuit of organizational intelligence: the interplay between procedural rationality and sensible foolishness. Industrial and Corporate Change, 225-239.
  • Ocasio, W., & Gai, S. (2020). Institutions: Everywhere But Not Everything. Journal of Management Inquiry, SAGE Publications Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA, 1056492619899331.
  • Ocasio, W., Rhee, L., & Boynton, D. (2020). March and the pursuit of organizational intelligence: the interplay between procedural rationality and sensible foolishness. Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, 29 (1), 225--239.
  • Radoynovska, N., Ocasio, W., & Laasch, O. (2020). The emerging logic of responsible management: Institutional pluralism, leadership, and strategizing. Research Handbook of Responsible Management Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Ocasio, W., Pozner, J., & Milner, D. (2020). Varieties of political capital and power in organizations: A review and integrative framework. Academy of Management Annals, Briarcliff Manor, NY, 14 (1), 303--338.
  • Ocasio, W., , L., & , D. (2019). Attention. Knowledge, and Organizational Learning. Handbook on Group and Organizational Learning Oxford University Press.

Other Publications

Articles

  • Bartunek, J., Elsbach, K., Bell, E., Markides, C., Christianson, M., Sutcliffe, K., Pratt, M., Coyle-Shapiro, J., Glynn, M., Ocasio, W., & others, . (2019). Theorizing about an AOM president’s response to crisis and the counter responses it evoked. Journal of Management Inquiry, SAGE Publications Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA, 28 (3), 276--282.
  • Rhee, L., Ocasio, W., & Kim, T. (2019). Performance feedback in hierarchical business groups: The cross-level effects of cognitive accessibility on R & D search behavior. Organization Science, 30 (1), 51-69.  link >
  • Ocasio, W., & Joseph, J. (2018). The attention-based view of great strategies. Strategy Science, INFORMS, 3 (1), 289--294.
  • Ocasio, W., Laamanen, T., & Vaara, E. (2018). Communication and attention dynamics: An attention-based view of strategic change. Strategic Management Journal, John Wiley \& Sons, Ltd Chichester, UK, 39 (1), 155--167.
  • Shepherd, D., Mcmullen, J., & Ocasio, W. (2017). Is that an opportunity? An attention model of top managers' opportunity beliefs for strategic action. Strategic Management Journal, John Wiley \& Sons, Ltd Chichester, UK, 38 (3), 626--644.
  • Glynn, M., Lawrence, T., Meyer, R., Ocasio, W., Ometto, M., & Soubli\`ere, Jean-Fran\ccois, . (2016). How Do Institutionalists Matter? Dialogue and Directions from the Closing Plenary', How Institutions Matter. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 48 393--406.
  • Ocasio, W., & Radoynovska, N. (2016). Strategy and commitments to institutional logics: Organizational heterogeneity in business models and governance. Strategic Organization, Sage Publications Sage UK: London, England, 14 (4), 287--309.
  • Ocasio, W., Mauskapf, M., & Steele, C. (2016). History, society, and institutions: The role of collective memory in the emergence and evolution of societal logics. Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Briarcliff Manor, NY, 41 (4), 676--699.
  • Ocasio, W., Loewenstein, J., & Nigam, A. (2015). How streams of communication reproduce and change institutional logics: The role of categories. Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Briarcliff Manor, NY, 40 (1), 28--48.
  • Joseph, J., Ocasio, W., & McDonnell, M. (2014). The structural elaboration of board independence: Executive power, institutional logics, and the adoption of CEO-only board structures in US corporate governance. Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Briarcliff Manor, NY, 57 (6), 1834--1858.
  • Gavetti, G., Greve, H., Levinthal, D., & Ocasio, W. (2012). The behavioral theory of the firm: Assessment and prospects. Academy of Management Annals, Routledge, 6 (1), 1--40.
  • Joseph, J., & Ocasio, W. (2012). Architecture, attention, and adaptation in the multibusiness firm: General electric from 1951 to 2001. Strategic Management Journal, John Wiley \& Sons, Ltd. Chichester, UK, 33 (6), 633--660.
  • Loewenstein, J., Ocasio, W., & Jones, C. (2012). Vocabularies and vocabulary structure: A new approach linking categories, practices, and institutions. Academy of Management Annals, Routledge, 6 (1), 41--86.
  • Mauskapf, M., Ocasio, W., & Zajac, E. (2011). Dissonance as a Source of Change at the New York Philharmonic, 1842--1928.
  • Ocasio, W. (2011). Attention to attention. Organization Science, INFORMS, 22 (5), 1286--1296.
  • Nigam, A., & Ocasio, W. (2010). Event attention, environmental sensemaking, and change in institutional logics: An inductive analysis of the effects of public attention to Clinton's health care reform initiative. Organization Science, INFORMS, 21 (4), 823--841.
  • Ocasio, W. (2008). A ‘Neo-Carnegie’Perspective on Organizations. The SAGE Handbook of New Approaches in Management and Organization, Sage, 150--152.
  • Ocasio, W. (2008). Organizational change. International encyclopedia of organization studies, Sage London, 3 1020--1024.
  • Ocasio, W., & Joseph, J. (2008). Rise and fall-or transformation?: The evolution of strategic planning at the General Electric Company, 1940--2006. Long Range Planning, Pergamon, 41 (3), 248--272.
  • Thornton, P., Ocasio, W., Greenwood, R., Oliver, C., & Suddaby, R. (2008). The Sage handbook of organizational institutionalism. Institutional logics, Sage London, England.
  • Britton, M., & Ocasio, W. (2007). Urbanization and spatial organization: hospital and orphanage location in Chicago, 1848--1916. Social forces, The University of North Carolina Press, 85 (3), 1303--1317.
  • Gavetti, G., Levinthal, D., & Ocasio, W. (2007). Perspective—Neo-Carnegie: The Carnegie school’s past, present, and reconstructing for the future. Organization Science, INFORMS, 18 (3), 523--536.
  • Ocasio, W., & Joseph, J. (2006). Governance Channels and Organizational Design at General Electric: 1950--2001. Organization Design, Springer US, 267--284.
  • Loewenstein, J., & Ocasio, W. (2005). Vocabularies of organizing: How language links culture, cognition, and action in organizations.
  • Ocasio, W. (2005). The opacity of risk: Language and the culture of safety in NASA’s space shuttle program. Organization at the limit: Lessons from the Columbia disaster, Blackwell Publishing Malden, MA, 101--121.
  • Ocasio, W., & Joseph, J. (2005). An attention based theory of strategy formulation: Linking decision making and guided evolution in strategy processes. Advances in Strategic Management, 22 39--61.
  • Ocasio, W., & Joseph, J. (2005). Cultural adaptation and institutional change: The evolution of vocabularies of corporate governance, 1972--2003. Poetics, North-Holland, 33 (3-4), 163--178.
  • Hoffman, A., & Ocasio, W. (2001). Not all events are attended equally: Toward a middle-range theory of industry attention to external events. Organization Science, INFORMS, 12 (4), 414--434.
  • Ocasio, W. (2001). How do organizations think. Organizational cognition: Computation and interpretation, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Mahwah, NJ, 39--60.
  • Barnett, W., Mischke, G., & Ocasio, W. (2000). The evolution of collective strategies among organizations. Organization Studies, Walter de Gruyter Berlin/New York, 21 (2), 325--354.
  • Ocasio, W. (1999). Institutionalized action and corporate governance: The reliance on rules of CEO succession. Administrative Science Quarterly, SAGE Publications, 44 (2), 384--416.
  • Ocasio, W., & Kim, H. (1999). The circulation of corporate control: Selection of functional backgrounds of new CEOs in large US manufacturing firms, 1981--1992. Administrative Science Quarterly, SAGE Publications, 44 (3), 532--562.
  • Thornton, P., & Ocasio, W. (1999). Institutional logics and the historical contingency of power in organizations: Executive succession in the higher education publishing industry, 1958--1990. American journal of Sociology, The University of Chicago Press, 105 (3), 801--843.
  • Ocasio, W. (1997). Towards an attention-based view of the firm. Strategic Management Journal, John Wiley \& Sons, Ltd 18 (S1), 187--206.
  • Ocasio, W. (1995). The enactment of economic adversity: A reconciliation of theories of failure-induced change and threat-rigidity. Research in organizational behavior, JAI Press, 17 287--331.
  • Ocasio, W. (1994). Boards as normative arenas: corporate governance and the routines of CEO selection.
  • Ocasio, W. (1994). Environmental selection and organizational structuring: steps toward a theory of inertia and adaptation in organizations.
  • Ocasio, W. (1994). Political dynamics and the circulation of power: CEO succession in US industrial corporations, 1960-1990. Administrative Science Quarterly, Cornell University Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, 285--312.
  • Mann, A., & Ocasio, W. (1978). Patterns of Income Concentration over Time in Puerto Rico: A Curvilinear Regression Model. Eastern Economic Journal, JSTOR, 4 (3/4), 177--184.
  • Mann, A., & Ocasio, W. (1975). La distribution del ingreso en Puerto Rico: una nueva dimension. Revista de Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 19 (1), 3--23.

Book Chapters

  • Ocasio, W., Thornton, P., & Lounsbury, M. (2017). Advances to the institutional logics perspective. The Sage handbook of organizational institutionalism ( pp. 509--531). SAGE Publications Ltd.
  • Glynn, M., Lawrence, T., Meyer, R., Ocasio, W., Ometto, M., & Soubliere, J. (2016). How do institutionalists matter? Dialogue and directions from the closing plenary. Research in the Sociology of Organizations ( vol. 48A, pp. 393-406).  link >
  • Pouthier, V., Steele, C., & Ocasio, W. (2013). From agents to principles: The changing relationship between hospitalist identity and logics of health care. Institutional Logics in Action, Part A Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • Ocasio, W. (2012). Situated attention, loose and tight coupling, and the garbage can model. The garbage can model of organizational choice: Looking forward at forty Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • Thornton, P., & Ocasio, W. (2008). Institutional logics. The Sage handbook of organizational institutionalism Sage.

Conference Proceedings

  • Boynton, D., & Ocasio, W. (2019). Business Models: Toolkits for Sensemaking in a Post-Chandlerian Economy. Academy of Management Proceedings ( 1 ed vol. 2019, pp. 15967).
  • DANI\cSMAN, A, ., & Ocasio, W. (2012). Globalization vs. Societal Sectors: A Comparative Institutional Analysis of Health Care Financing in OECD Countries ˜ - 28th European Group for Organizational Studies. 28th European Group for Organizational Studies Conference.
  • Ocasio, W., & Thornton, P. (2006). CORPORATE HIERARCHIES IN MARKETS: THE EFFECTS OF STRUCTURE AND STRATEGY ON ORGANIZATIONAL SURVIVAL Academy of Management Proceedings ( 1 ed vol. 2006, pp. K1--K6).
  • Joseph, J., & Ocasio, W. (2005). And then there were none: Political settlements of insider board membership. Academy of Management Proceedings.
  • Ocasio, W., & Pozner, J. (2005). Beyond dependence: A political capital perspective on power in organizations. annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Other Publications

  • Thornton, P., Ocasio, W., & Lounsbury, M. (2012). The institutional logics perspective. Emerging trends in the social and behavioral sciences: an interdisciplinary, searchable, and linkable resource.
  • Ocasio, W. (2002). Organizational power and dependence. ( pp. 363--385). Companion to organizations.
  • Ocasio, W. (1992). Organizational change under economic adversity: a theoretical formulation and empirical application to CEO succession [microform]. Stanford University.

Presentations

  • Ocasio, W. (2020). Legitimacy Contests and Neoliberal Reforms in Mexico's Energy Sector: An Institutional Logics Perspective. Speaker Series, Organizational Behavior Area, Gies College of Business.
  • Ocasio, W. (2019). Legitimacy Contests and Neoliberal Reforms in Mexico's Energy Sector: An Institutional Logics Perspective. Distinguished Scholar, University of Melbourne.
  • Ocasio, W. (2018). Business Models in IPOs: A Toolkit for Strategic Communications in Post-Chandlerian Firms. Department Speaker Series, Management Department, University of Minnessota.
  • Ocasio, W. (2018). Legitimacy Contests and Neoliberal Reforms in Mexico's Energy Sector: An Institutional Logics Perspective. Speaker Series, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Technical Reports

  • Ocasio, W., & Wohlgezogen, F. (2010). Attention and control. Working Paper.
  • Kim, H., & Ocasio, W. (1995). Investor exit, investor voice: Institutional investor, performance monitoring, and CEO succession. Working paper, Northwestern University.

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Faculty Recruitment Program, University of Illinois System, 2020 to present
  • Dean's Impact Award, University of Illinois, Gies College of Business, 2021
  • Distinguished Scholar, University of Melbourne, 2019
  • Sandra Dawson Visiting Professor of Marketing and Management, University of Cambridge, 2018-2018

Grants

  • Distinguished Faculty Recruitment Program, University of Illinois System, 2020 to present

Service

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Organizational Design, 2020 to present
  • Editorial Board, Organization Science, 2017 to present
  • Co-Editor Special Issue on the Attention-Based View of the Firm: Past, Present, and Future, Strategic Organization, 2020-2023
  • Co-Chair, Microfoundations of Institutional Theory, Academy of Management, 2019
  • Associate Program Chair, Program Chair, Chair, Behavioral Strategy Interest Group, Strategic Management Society, 2017-2019
  • Co-Organizer, Track on Vocabularies and Language, European Group for Organization Studies, 2018

Teaching Interests

Organization Theory
Business and Leadership
Organizational Purpose

Research Interests

Organizational Attention
Institutional Theory
Corporate Governance
Organizational Intelligence

Current Courses

  • Designing and Managing Orgs (BADM 312) Understanding of complex organizations; particular attention to ways of dividing work, achieving coordination, and issues connected with change and adaptation.

  • Founds of Organizational Behav (BADM 510) Introduction to the principal theories and important empirical research in various disciplines that study organizations; in addition to examination of the subject matter content of various disciplines, students critically examine the capacities and limitations of the various fields to make contributions to the study of organizations.

  • Institutional Theory (BADM 590) Special topics in the general area of business. Topics are selected by the instructor at the beginning of each term.