Mary Ann Glynn
Joseph F. Cotter Professor of Management & Organization
Boston College

Related Research Interests

My research is centrally concerned with aspects of social cognition writ large, i.e., organizational identity, learning, creativity, intelligence, and leadership, as well as its social embeddedness in larger systems of meaning arising from organizational fields, market categories, institutional systems, and cultural forces.

Positive Relationships at Work Research Statement

There are a number of ways in which my research connects to POS generally and PRW specifically.  I am interested in what it means to categorize something – an entity, a process, an event, etc. – as “positive.”  And, especially, how we understand the relational interplay between actors (individuals or organizations)  and the broader social systems in which they are embedded.  I am interested in understanding this interplay through various relational touchstones, as well as their effects on legitimacy, acceptance, and social or reputational capital.  To date, I have explored relational touchstones that include:  individual, organizational and collective identities; entrepreneurial constructions of market categories; leadership process; and institutional dynamics.

Related Publications

  • Glynn, M.A. 2011. The “Martha” Moment: Wading into Others’ Worlds. In Carlsen, A. & Dutton, J. (Eds.) Research Alive: Generative Moments for Doing Qualitative Research, chapter 9, pp 63-66. Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press.
  • Glynn, M.A. & Watkiss, L. 2011. Symbolism in Organizations: The Generative Potency of Cultural Symbols: Implications for Positive Organizational Scholarship. In Cameron, K. & Spreitzer, G. (Eds.), Handbook of Positive Organization Scholarship, chapter 46, pp 617-628. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Glynn, M.A. & Walsh, I.A.  2009. Commentary: Finding the Positive in Positive Organizational Identities.  In Roberts, L.M. &  Dutton, J. (Eds.), Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation, pp 479-496. New York, NY: Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Glynn, M.A. & Dowd, T. 2008. Charisma (Un)Bound: Emotive Leadership In Martha Stewart Living Magazine, 1990-2004. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 44: 71-93.
  • Dutton, J.E. & Glynn, M.A. 2007. Positive Organizational Scholarship. In Cooper, C.L. & Barling, J. (Editors).  Handbook of Organizational  Behavior, pp 693-711. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Glynn, M.A. & Wrobel, K. 2006. My family, my firm: How familial relationships function as endogenous organizational resources. In Dutton, J. and Ragins, B.R. (Eds.), Exploring Positive Relationships at Work: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation, Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum
  • Dutton, J., Glynn, M.A., & Spreitzer, G. 2006. Positive Organizational Scholarship. In J. Greehaus and  G. Callanan  (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Career Development, pp 641-644. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.