CGO TJX Speaker Series: How Status-Based Counter Tactics Can Block Organizational Change

"Gender, Status and Organizational Change: How Status-Based Counter Tactics Can Block Organizational Change" Event, October 1, 2012

A workshop with Kate Kellogg, MBA, PhD

Dual agenda change efforts linking equity and effectiveness are the hallmark of what we call the "CGO approach" to challenging gendered organizations. Professor Kellogg's recent research in surgical units of two prestigious hospitals advances our understanding of dual agenda change in some unexpected ways.

Counterintuitively, she found that a change in work rules designed to improve patient safety (effectiveness) and quality of work and personal life for surgical staff (equity) sparked strong opposition, even from those who would benefit personally from the change. In this presentation she details the specific micro-process that led to success in one hospital and the surprising counter tactics -- linking gender and status -- that undermined the multi-identity coalitions necessary for change and led to failure in the other. This presentation will be of interest not only to health care practitioners and organizational change agents but also to gender scholars interested in exploring the inner workings of gendered organizational norms and work practices.


Kate Kellogg is an Associate Professor of Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Her research focuses on social change inside organizations in response to social movements and her papers have been published in the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, and Organization Science. Her recent book, Challenging Operations: Medical Reform and Resistance in Surgery (2011 University of Chicago Press) has been widely acclaimed as a ground breaking study of organizational change.

Time: 12 noon to 2 P.M.

A light lunch will be served at 12 noon; the seminar will begin at 12:15 p.m.

Location: Simmons School of Management, 5th Floor, 300 The Fenway, Boston

Discounted parking is available in the SOM garage.

This event is free and open to the public.

Please register by September 24 by emailing

Other Upcoming Events:

October 31, 2012
12 noon to 2 p.m.

Event Title: Whole Self or Best Self? Identity Expansion and the Building of Positive Relationships at Work

Presenters: Stephanie Creary, Brianna Barker Caza, Laura Morgan Roberts

December 6, 2012
12 noon to 2 p.m.

Event Title: The Global Woman Manager: The Story behind the Story

Presenters: Evangelina Holvino, Banu Pan, Maureen Scully

The 2012/13 Speakers Series is sponsored by
The TJX Companies, Inc.