Fourth Israel Organizational Behavior Conference (IOBC) at Tel Aviv University's Coller School of Management
Creativity and innovation in organizations are the focus of an organizational behavior international conference at Tel Aviv University’s Coller School of Management
Creativity and innovation in organizations and in research on organizations – that was the focus of the Fourth Israel Organizational Behavior Conference (IOBC), which was held this week (2-4 January 2018) at Tel Aviv University’s Coller School of Management in collaboration with other universities and hosted the top researchers in the field from leading universities around the world.
The Israel Organizational Behavior Conference (IOBC) has been held every two years since 2011 and among other things confers a lifetime achievement award for organizational behavior research. This year the award was conferred on Prof. Teresa Amabile from the Harvard Business School, who gave the keynote address at the conference. In her research over the years, Prof. Amabile has dealt with creativity and innovation in organizations and how the work environment can influence creativity and motivation. In the course of her research she has developed models and methods for evaluating creativity and motivation, an analysis of the impact of the work environment and an array of insights for advancing and maintaining innovation.
The other main speakers at the conference were Prof. Brian Uzzi from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, who also teaches in the Kellogg-Recanati International EMBA, a program conducted at the Coller School of Management in cooperation with the Kellogg School of Management. Prof. Uzzi’s expertise is in the area of analyzing social networks in firms and organizations, with the aim of understanding how the relationship with people in the social and professional circle impacts creativity, decision making and success, and how to advance processes of innovation in organizations. Another key lecture was that of Prof. Jack Goncalo from the University of Illinois, which dealt with creativity in organizations.
Prof. Moshe Zviran, Dean of the Coller School, welcomed the participants at the opening of the conference, noting that as the core values of the Coller School innovation and creativity find expression in the manifold activities in all areas of its research and teaching, including the field of organizational behavior. Prof. Zviran noted that the conference, with its scores of participating scholars from Israel and abroad conducting cutting edge research in the field, is another building block in the multifaceted activities of the Coller School in the international academic arena.
Prof. Peter Bamberger and Dr Nava Michael-Tsabari opened the evening session on Tuesday, the first day of the conference. Prof. Danny Heller introduced the winner of the lifetime achievement award, Prof. Teresa Amabile. During the course of the conference, Dr Carmit Tadmor introduced Prof. Jack Goncalo and Dr Ori Weisel introduced Prof. Brian Uzzi.
Scholars from around the world presented their latest work at advanced stages of research in all areas of organizational behavior. From among the dozens of studies presented, the conference scientific committee chose four studies for the final round of the best paper competition. The winning paper of the competition was by Michael Parke of the London Business School on "The Creative Benefits of Wearing Hearts on Sleeves: Authentic Affect Climate, Surface Acting, and Team Creativity."
During the course of the conference a meeting was held of the organizational behavior scholars from Israel and abroad with organizational consultants from Israel, to discuss the insights in the areas of innovation and creativity that have emanated from the research on organizational behavior and to make the work of the top scholars accessible to organizations in Israel.
Photography: Israel Hadari
Prof. Teresa Amabile
Prof. Brian Uzzi
Prof. Jack Goncalo