AOM Scholars On... How to Win at Work: Using Technology for Productivity and Innovation

09 Apr 2024
In line with the 2024 Annual Meeting theme—Innovating for the Future—this topic will address the dramatic technological shifts as well as the ever-changing workplace complexities at the intersection of innovation, policy, and purpose.

Sunday 11 August 2024 at 12:00 EST (GMT/UTC-4) 

In-person at the AOM 2024 Annual Meeting.

The panel recording will be available here to view following the event.

In line with the 2024 Annual Meeting theme – Innovating for the Future – this topic will address the dramatic technological shifts as well as the ever-changing workplace complexities at the intersection of innovation, policy, and purpose. Helping to answer the questions on how organizations and managers can create policies (at macro, meta, and micro levels) that strike a balance between regulating the use of emerging technologies (such as AI) and incentivizing innovation that aligns with responsible, purpose-oriented and scalable growth? This panel, in-person at the Annual Meeting, will offer research-driven insights into solutions and next steps. 

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Panel Moderator

Margaret Heffernan

Margaret Heffernan, RMIT University, Australia

Margaret Heffernan is an experienced, innovative, and high-energy leader whose ability to engender trust delivers results particularly for communities with socio-cultural marginalization. She brings a sustained analytical, intellectual understanding of the transitioning needs of diverse first year higher education cohort, and management issues through a women’s health lens in vulnerable communities.


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Matthew Beane, University of California, Santa Barbara

Matt Beane is an Assistant Professor in the Technology Management Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Matt studies work involving machine intelligence—specifically robotics. He asks when, where, and how workers, organizations, and even AI adapt to the introduction of intelligent technologies. Matt has done extensive field research in settings such as robotic pick and pack work in fulfillment centers, robotic surgery, robotic materials transport, and robotic telepresence in healthcare, elder care, and knowledge work.

Matt's research on robotic surgery was published in 2019 at Administrative Science Quarterly and Harvard Business Review, his related TED talk has over 1.9 million views, and his work on robotic telepresence was published in 2014 in Organization Science. He was selected in 2012 as a Human Robot Interaction Pioneer, and is a regular contributor to popular outlets such as Wired, MIT’s Technology Review, TechCrunch, Forbes, and Robohub. Matt also took a two-year hiatus from his doctoral studies to help found and fund Humatics, an MIT-connected, full-stack IoT startup. 


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Hila Lifshitz, Warwick Business School

Hila Lifshitz is a Professor of Management at Warwick Business School and a visiting faculty at Harvard University, at the Lab for Innovation Science. 

Hila’s research focuses on developing an in-depth empirical and theoretical understanding of the micro-foundations of scientific and technological innovation and knowledge creation processes in the digital age. She explores how the ability to innovate is being transformed, as well as the challenges and opportunities the transformation means for R&D organizations, professionals and their work. She conducted an in-depth 3-year longitudinal field study of NASA’s experimentation with open innovation online platforms and communities, resulting in a scientific breakthrough. This study received the best dissertation Grigor McClelland Award at the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) 2015, Best Administrative Science Quarterly (ASQ) paper based on dissertation (2018) and Best published paper elected by organizational communication and information systems division of Academy of Management (2018).

Hila investigates new forms of organizing for the production of scientific and technological innovation such as crowdsourcing, open source, open online innovation communities, Wikipedia, hackathons, makeathons, etc. Her work received the prestigious INSPIRE grant from the National Science Foundation and has been presented and taught at a variety of institutions including MIT, Harvard, Stanford, INSEAD, Wharton, London Business School, Bocconi, IESE, UCL, UT Austin, Columbia and Carnegie Mellon. Her work was recognized to have a strong impact on the industry; She received the Industry Studies Association Frank Giarrantani Rising Star award and the Industry Research Institute grant for research on R&D.


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Leon Prieto, Clayton State University

Leon C. Prieto serves as Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement and Professor of Management in the College of Business at Clayton State University. He also serves as a Research Fellow at Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, University of Cambridge, Judge Business School.

Leon has published articles in respected academic and practitioner journals such as Academy of Management Learning & Education, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management History, Harvard Business Review, and MIT Sloan Review. His first book (coauthored with Simone Phipps) is entitled African American Management History: Insights on Gaining a Cooperative Advantage. His scholarship has received awards and recognition from Thinkers50, the Academy of Management, the Thinklist, and the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.