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Bentley Professors Receive Outstanding Paper Award from Emerald Literati Club

May 31, 2006

Bentley professors Susan Adams and Patricia Flynn are recipients of an Outstanding Paper Award from the Emerald Literati Club for their article, "Actionable Knowledge: Consulting to Promote Women on Boards," published in the Journal of Organizational Change Management (2005).

The paper presents a conceptual model for organizational change based on the consulting work of The Boston Club, the area's largest organization for high-achieving senior executive and professional women. The Boston Club provides a forum for business, professional, and community leaders to meet, network, offer mutual support, grow professionally and collectively assert influence in their communities.

"The paper focuses on the process of promoting change in situations that have well-entrenched routines of behaviors," says Adams, associate professor of management, who is a co-author with Flynn of The Boston Club's annual census of women directors and executive officers of Massachusetts public companies.

The model described in the paper combines views on psychodynamics, organizational learning, open systems, and critical management studies. It presents a push-pull approach taken by The Boston Club that addresses perceived social constraints and psychological needs involved in changing behavior to create a commitment to adding women to corporate boards.

"The case study represents an attempt to facilitate change on a larger scale through the use of localized efforts," says Flynn, Trustee Professor of Economics and Management. She notes that women held less than 10 percent of corporate board seats in Massachusetts in 2005. "The article is significant because it provides an action agenda."

Emerald is a leading international publisher of academic and professional literature in the fields of management, library services and engineering.

An electronic version of the award-winning paper can be found at


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