Department of Organization


Room: KIL/14.A-4.97
E-mail: eb.ioa@cbs.dk

Eva Boxenbaum conducts research on how organizational actors shape the spread and institutionalization of new management ideas and practices. Her research focuses on cognitive, material and visual dimensions of these processes, as well as their intended and unintended consequences at the field level. She leads the collective research project “TITAN: Turning Theory into Action” [titan.cbs.dk], which is funded by the Velux Foundation. In recognition of her impactful qualitative and conceptual research, she received the prestigious 2021 EliteForsk Award as well as the 2019 DSEB Research Award. Her work has been published in journals such as Academy of Management ReviewAcademy of Management AnnalsJournal of Management StudiesOrganization StudiesCalifornia Management ReviewStrategic Organization, and Research in the Sociology of Organizations.

In 2022-2023, Eva Boxenbaum is Division Chair for the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management. OMT has around 4000 scholarly members around the world and is recognized internationally as an Excellent Science community within the field of Management. She is also Associate Editor for Organization Theory, a pluralist theory journal published by SAGE and associated with EGOS, the largest European community of organizational scholars. In 2022, she joined the Board of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.


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Primary research areas

Institutional Innovation

Multimodal research methods

Organizational change

Curriculum Vitae
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Selected publications

Colombero, S., & Boxenbaum, E. 2019. Authentication as institutional maintenance work. Journal of Management Studies, 56(2): 408-440.

Cartel, M., Boxenbaum, E. & Aggeri, F. 2019. Just for fun! How experimental spaces stimulate innovation in institutionalized fields. Organization Studies, 40(1): 65-92.

Meyer, R. E., Jancsary, D., Höllerer, M., & Boxenbaum, E. 2018. The role of verbal and visual text in the process of institutionalization. Academy of Management Review, 43(3): 1-27.

Boxenbaum, E., & Rouleau, L. 2011. New knowledge products as bricolage: Metaphors and scripts in organizational theory. Academy of Management Review, 36(2): 272-296.

Battilana, J., Leca, B., & Boxenbaum, E. 2009. How actors change institutions: Toward a theory of institutional entrepreneurship. Academy of Management Annals, 3 (1): 65-107. (Fast Breaking Paper, Science Watch, Aug. 2011, Thomson Reuters.) Academy of Management Annals Decade Award 2019.  

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Juliane Reinecke; Eva Boxenbaum; Joel Gehman / Impactful Theory : Pathways to Mattering.
In: Organization Theory, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2022, 20 p., p. 1-20
Editorial > peer review
Mélodie Cartel; Eva Boxenbaum; Sylvain Colombero / Place and Status Recategorization
In: Proceedings of the Eighty-second Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management . ed. /Sonja Taneja. Briarcliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2022, 1 p., p. 907 (Academy of Management Proceedings)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Sophie Marie Cappelen; Eva Boxenbaum / Talk Normal! : How Management Consultants Translate Academic Knowledge into Practical Advice.
Paper presented at 38th EGOS Colloquium 2022, 2022
Paper > peer review
Silviya Svejenova; Eva Boxenbaum; Renate Meyer / Turning Public Libraries into Collaborative Spaces : The Role of Multimodal Imaginaries.
In: Collaborative Spaces at Work: Innovation, Creativity and Relations. . ed. /Fabrizio Montanari; Elisa Mattarelli; Anna Chiara Scapolan. Abingdon : Routledge 2021, p. 197-216 (Routledge Advances in Management and Business Studies)
Book chapter > peer review
Eva Boxenbaum / Book Review: Les Équilibristes
In: Organization Studies, Vol. 41, No. 8, 8.2020, p. 1201-1204
Book review > peer review
Eva Boxenbaum; Susse Georg / The Role of Standards and Exemplars in Consolidating Labels for Sustainable Construction
In: Labelling the Economy: Qualities and Values in Contemporary Markets . . ed. /Brice Laurent; Alexandre Macmillan. Singapore : Palgrave Macmillan 2020, p. 125-150
Book chapter > peer review
Sylvain Colombero; Eva Boxenbaum / Authentication as Institutional Maintenance Work
In: Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 56, No. 2, 3.2019, p. 408-440
Journal article > peer review
Eva Boxenbaum / Conceptual Metaphors in MicroFoundations of Institutional Theory
In: Microfoundations of Institutions. ed. /Patrick Haak; Jost Sieweke; Lauri Wessel. Bingley : Emerald Group Publishing 2019, p. 299-315 (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 65B)
Book chapter > peer review
François-Xavier De Vaujany; Anouck Adrot; Eva Boxenbaum; Bernard Leca / Conclusion : Ontological Reflections on the Role of Materiality in Institutional Inquiry.
In: Materiality in Institutions: Spaces, Embodiment and Technology in Management and Organization. . ed. /François-Xavier de Vaujany; Anouck Adrot; Eva Boxenbaum; Bernard Leca. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan 2019, p. 379-382 (Technology, Work and Globalization)
Book chapter > peer review
François-Xavier De Vaujany; Anouck Adrot; Eva Boxenbaum; Bernard Leca / Introduction : How Can Materiality Inform Institutional Analysis?.
In: Materiality in Institutions: Spaces, Embodiment and Technology in Management and Organization. . ed. /François-Xavier de Vaujany; Anouck Adrot; Eva Boxenbaum; Bernard Leca. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan 2019, p. 1-31 (Technology, Work and Globalization)
Book chapter > peer review
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Louisiana Museum of Modern Art - Board Member
Six meetings (9:00-13:00) per year + strategy seminar

Aalto University, Finland, www.aalto.fi
Evaluation of professor candidacy (one time event)
Dansk Oplysningsforbund www.danskoplysning.dk/
Keynote at DOF Annual Assembly (one time event)
Rotterdam School of Management
Research Evaluation Committee
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