Bing Ran

     (B.A., M.A., M.A.Sc., Ph.D.)

Associate Professor of Public Administration

School of Public Affairs

Penn State Harrisburg

777 W. Harrisburg Pike

Middletown, PA  17057

Office:   W160 A Olmsted Bldg.

Phone:   +1 717 948 6057

Fax:      +1 717 948 6320

Email:   bingran@psu.edu

Webpage: http://harrisburg.psu.edu/faculty-and-staff/bing-ran-phd

 

 

Dr. Ran’s research interests focus on the dynamic interactions between society's complex infrastructure and human behavior – a domain generally understood as socio-technical systems. He is currently conducting research in the following areas:

·                    Organizational Identity (Identification) and Image (Imaging):

o   Organizations must answer the question of “who we are” by examining their central, distinctive, and enduring characteristics that define their identities. They need to constantly construct and negotiate their identities within their social structures mediated by the technical and institutional constraints. Dr. Ran investigates the mechanisms used by organizations to influence their internal and external stakeholders for socio-economic or political purposes, and how identities are interpreted and constructed according to social intentions. 

o   Collaborators: Rob Duimering; Tim Golden; Joe Hafer

·                    Knowledge Management and Knowledge Integration:

o   Modern organizations are facing the challenges of effectively managing their knowledge assets through dynamic interactions in its socio-technical systems; and employees need to continuously integrate new knowledge into their existing knowledge structure. Dr. Ran studies the current organizational practices of knowledge management, socio-technical interactions in integrating different knowledge domains in an organization, knowledge representation in human cognition, how a person's existing knowledge influences how they make sense of the new knowledge, and how they creatively combine their existing knowledge to generate something new in their cognition via conceptual combinations.

o   Collaborators: Frank Safayeni; Rob Duimering; Natalia Derbentseva; Chris Poile; Xu Xu; Sri Harsha Bokka; Erin Smith; Laura Kurtz; Doug Gautsch

·                    Social Entrepreneurship and Hybrid Organizations

o   Social entrepreneurship is the creation and distribution of a public service or public good through entrepreneurial oriented organizations whose business activities are largely fed into serving the public good. The essence of the social entrepreneurial organizations is hybriding – a dialectical combination of two or more distinctively different institutional logics (social logic and business logic) & governance structures (service-driven vs. profit-driven). Dr. Ran studies the paradoxes, ambiguity, fuzziness, and dynamism regarding social entrepreneurship and hybrid organizations.

o   Collaborators: Scott Weller; Karoli Ssemogerere

·                    Collaborative Governance Networks

o   It is widely acknowledged that in order to solve complex and “wicked” public problems, public administrators have had to rely on entities outside of formal public administration utilizing all possible mechanisms such as contracting, outsourcing, public private partnerships, or even partial privatization, leading to two related streams of thought within public administration literature: network approaches to governance and the idea of collaborative governance, combined as “collaborative governance networks”. Dr. Ran explores many aspects in the collaborative governance networks, including the network structural characteristics and their behavioral or policy impacts, the public participation in policy making, the leadership and ethics issues, the government procurement processes and issues, public-private partnerships, etc.

o   Collaborators: Dana Kellis; Joe Hafer; Huiting Qi; Zhengjun Luo; Amy Gorman; Erin Smith; James Valentine; Ajay Mirmira; Michael McKenna

 

Dr. Ran is an active member of the Academy of Management (AOM), the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC), and American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Since 2001, he has been a frequent reviewer, presenter, session chair, and mentor for their annual conferences. He is the Division Chair, Organizational Theory Division, ASAC (2015 – 2016) after serving as the Division Coordinator and Division Editor, Organizational Theory Division, ASAC, between 2013 -2015. He was the committee chair of the membership committee, Public and Non-profit Division, Academy of Management (2012-2013). He is currently serving as the editor of the book series: Contemporary Perspectives on Technological Innovation, Management and Policy (Information Age), co-editor of the book series Contemporary Perspectives In Human Capital And Development (Information Age). He is an Editorial Board Member and Article Editor for Sage Open, Sage (2015 – present), and also reviews manuscripts for journals such as Academy of Management Review, Administration & Society, International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Organizational Change Management, etc. His research has won the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada 2010 Best Paper Award in Organizational Theory.

 

Dr. Ran teaches graduate courses in organizational behavior, organizational theory, and human resource management, and serves as the graduate faculty in MPA, MHA, and PhD programs. At the college, he serves as President (2016 – 2017) of the Faculty Senate, Penn State Harrisburg, after serving as the Chair, the Strategic Planning Committee at Penn State Harrisburg Senate, and Co-Chair, Penn State Harrisburg Strategic Steering Committee (2011 – 2015). He also serves as the Program Coordinator, Certificate Program in Public Sector Human Resource Management, School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg.

 

 

Recent Publications

 

Books and Book Chapters:

1.      Ran, B. (Ed.). (2016). Technological Innovation Networks: Collaboration and partnership. A volume in Ran, B. (Ed.). Contemporary perspectives on technological innovation, management and policy. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing

2.      Ran, B. & & Teo, S. (Ed.) (2016). Contemporary Perspectives in Human Capital and Development. Volume I: Human Capital Management Research: Influencing practice and process (Guest-edited by Deborah Blackman, Michael O’Donnell and Stephen Teo). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing

3.      Ran, B. (Ed.). (2013). Global Perspectives on Technological Innovation. A volume in Ran, B. (Ed.). Contemporary perspectives on technological innovation, management and policy. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

4.      Ran, B. (Ed.). (2013). The Dark side of Technological Innovation. A volume in Ran, B. (Ed.). Contemporary perspectives on technological innovation, management and policy. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

5.      Ran, B.  (2015). Human Capital.  In Frederick F. Wherry (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. Thousand Oaks: Sage. In Print.

6.      Ran, B.  (2015). Matrix Management Structures.  In Frederick F. Wherry (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. Thousand Oaks: Sage. In Print.

7.      Ran, B.  (2015). Perception of Others.  In Frederick F. Wherry (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. Thousand Oaks: Sage. In Print.

8.      Ran, B.  (2015). Perception of Self.  In Frederick F. Wherry (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. Thousand Oaks: Sage. In Print.

9.      Ran, B.  (2015). Personality.  In Frederick F. Wherry (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. Thousand Oaks: Sage. In Print.

10.  MacKenzie, D.W., Ran, B., and Ciment, J. (2010).  Political Theories and Models.  In James Ciment (ed.), Booms and Busts: An Encyclopedia of Economic History from Tulipmania of the 1630s to the Global Financial Crisis of the 21st Century.  New York: M.E. Sharpe. pp. 629 – 632.

11.  Ran, B. & Duimering, P.R.  (2009). Conceptual Combination: Models, Theories and Controversies.  In Stella P. Weingarten and Helena O. Penat. (Ed.), Cognitive Psychology Research Developments.  New York: Nova Science.  pp. 39 -64. 

a.       Selected for reprint in Thomas Fuyin Li (Ed.), Compendium of Cognitive Linguistics Research. ISBN: 978-1-62100-751-7. New York: Nova Science.  2012. pp. 65-90.

b.      Selected for reprint in Carla E. Wilhelm (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Cognitive Psychology. ISBN: 978-1-62618-074-1. New York: Nova Science. (2012).

c.       Selected for reprint in Nancy E. Wodarth and Alexis P. Ferguson (Eds.), Psychology Research Biographical Sketches and Research Summaries. ISBN: 978-1-61470-491-1 . New York: Nova Science. 2011, pp. 401 – 426.

d.      Selected for re-publication at International Journal of Cognitive Linguistics. (Inaugural Issue).  2010. Vol. 1. Iss. 1.  pp. 65-90.

12.  Ran, B.  (2009). Conformance / Conformity.  In Charles Wankel (ed.), Encyclopedia of Business in Today's World. Thousand Oaks: Sage. pp. 356 – 357.

13.  Ran, B.  (2009). Industrial & Commercial Bank of China.  In Charles Wankel (ed.), Encyclopedia of Business in Today's World. Thousand Oaks: Sage. pp. 858 – 859.

14.  Ran, B.  (2009). Motivation.  In Charles Wankel (ed.), Encyclopedia of Business in Today's World. Thousand Oaks: Sage. pp. 1160 -1161.

15.  Ran, B.  (2009). Scheduling.  In Charles Wankel (ed.), Encyclopedia of Business in Today's World. Thousand Oaks: Sage. pp. 1414 – 1415.

 

 

Journal Papers:

16.  Ran, B. & Qi, H. (2016, forthcoming). Issues and challenges of Public Service Procurement in China: A Collaborative Governance Perspective. International Journal of Public Policy.

17.  Hafer, J. & Ran, B. (2016). Developing a Citizen Perspective of Public Participation: Identity Construction as Citizen Motivation to Participate. Administrative Theory & Praxis. Vol. 38, Iss: 03, pp. 206 - 222

18.  Kellis, D. S. & Ran, B.  (2015). Effective Leadership in Public Sector Change Management, Journal of Organizational Change Management. Vol. 28 Iss: 4, pp.614 - 626

19.  Kellis, D. S. & Ran, B. (2013). Modern Leadership Principles for Public Administration: Time to Move Forward.  Journal of Public Affairs. Vol. 13. Iss. 1,  pp. 130–141.

20.  Ran, B. (2012).  Evaluating Public Participation in Environmental Policymaking.  Journal of US-China Public Administration.  Vol. 9.  Iss. 4.  pp. 407-423.

21.  Ran, B. & Golden, T.  (2011).  Who are we? The Social Construction of Organizational Identity through Sense-Exchanging.  Administration & Society.  Vol. 43 Iss. 4. pp. 417 - 445.

22.  Xu, X. & Ran, B. (2010).  Familiarity, Abstractness, and the Interpretive Strategies of Noun-noun Combinations.  Cognitive Sciences. Vol. 5. Iss. 2.  pp. 125-138.

23.  Ran, B. & Duimering, P.R.  (2010).  Conceptual Combination: Models, Theories and Controversies.   International Journal of Cognitive Linguistics (Inaugural Issue).  Vol. 1. Iss. 1.  pp. 65-90.

24.  Plant, J & Ran, B.  (2009).  Education for Ethics and Human Resource Management: A Necessary Synergy.  Public Integrity.  Vol.11. No.3. pp.221 – 238.

25.  Safayeni, F.; Duimering, R.; Zheng, K.; Derbentseva, N.; Poile, C.; Ran, B. (2008).  Requirements Engineering in New Product Development: How effective are the necessary interactions?  Communications of ACM.   Vol.51. No.3. pp.77 – 82.

26.  Ran, B. & Duimering, P.R. (2007). Imaging the Organization: Language use in Organizational Identity Claims.  Journal of Business and Technical Communication.         Vol. 21 No. 2 pp. 155 – 187.

27.  Duimering, P.R.; Ran, B., Derbentseva, N.; Poile, C. (2006).  The Effects of Ambiguity on Project Task Structure in New Product Development.  Journal of Knowledge & Process Management.   Vol. 13 No. 4 pp. 239 – 251.

 

 

Selected Conference Papers:

28.  Weller, S. & Ran, B., (2016). Collaborative Governance Networks: Hybrid Pathways to Social Innovation. American Society for Public Administration 77th Annual Conference, March 18-22, 2016, Seattle

29.  Hafer, J. & Ran, B. (2016). Power Imbalance in Collaborative Governance Networks. American Society for Public Administration 77th Annual Conference, March 18-22, 2016, Seattle

30.  Qi, H. T. & Ran, B. (2016). The Entangled Twins: Trust and Power in Collaborative Governance. American Society for Public Administration 77th Annual Conference, March 18-22, 2016, Seattle

31.  Ran, B., & Hafer, J. (2015). Identity Construction: an Intangible Citizen Benefit of Public Participation. Academy of Management Annual Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

32.  Ran, B., & Weller, S. (2015). Hybrid Governance: The Complexity of Organizing. American Society for Public Administration 76th Annual Conference, March 6-10, 2014, Chicago

33.  Ran, B., & Weller, S. (2014). Social Entrepreneurship: The Complexity of Cross-Sector Governance. American Society for Public Administration 75th Annual Conference, March 14-18, 2014, Washington, DC.

34.  Ran, B., & Qi, H. T. (2014). Government Procurement of Public Services in China: Issues and Challenges. Northeast Conference on Public Administration, November 6-8, 2014. Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

35.  Ran, B., & Hafer, J. (2014). Identity Construction as an Intangible Citizen Benefit of Public Participation. Northeast Conference on Public Administration, November 6-8, 2014. Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

36.  Ran, B., & Weller, S. (2014). Governance in Hybrid Institutions: Three Approaches to Organizing. Northeast Conference on Public Administration, November 6-8, 2014. Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

37.  Ran, B. (2013). Odd Couple: Making Sense of the Curious Concept of Social Entrepreneurship. Northeast Conference on Public Administration, University of Delaware, November 1-2

38.  Ran, B. & Golden, T.  (2012).  Organizational Identity Construction: An Integrative Framework.  Administrative Sciences Association of Canada 2012 Conference.  St. John’s, Canada

39.  Ran, B. & Golden, T.  (2012).  Who Are We and How Do We Get There? An Integrative Framework on Organizational Identity Construction.  Academy of Management Annual Conference. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

40.  Kellis, D. S. & Ran, B. (2011).  Modern Leadership Principles for Public Administration: Time to Move Forward.   Academy of Management Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

·         Abridged version published at (2012) PUBLIC: ESADE's Institute of Public Governance & Management (IGDP) E-Bulletin (ISSN 2013-2530), volume 25. March 2012.  Retrieved from http://www.esade.edu/public/modules.php?name=news&idnew=754&idissue=62  

41.  Ran, B. (2010).  Who are we? The social construction of organizational identity through negotiations.  Administrative Sciences Association of Canada 2010 Conference.  Regina, Canada

·         Won the ASAC 2010 Best Paper Award in Organization Theory

42.  Kellis, D. S. & Ran, B. (2010).  Modern Leadership Principles for Public Administration: Time to Move Forward.  British Academy of Management, London. UK.

43.  Ran, B. & Golden, T.  (2010).  Negotiating Organizational Identity: a Case Study on How a University Responds to Identity Threats.  Academy of Management Annual Conference. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

44.  Ran, B. (2009).  An Evaluative Model on Public Participation.  Academy of Management Annual Conference. Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

45.  Duimering, P.R. & Ran, B.  (2006).  The Effects of Requirements Ambiguity on Task Structure in NPD Projects.  Academy of Management Annual Conference.  Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

46.  Ran, B. & Duimering, P.R.  (2005).  Linguistic Construction of Organizational Identity.  Administrative Sciences Association of Canada 2005 Conference.  Toronto, Canada.

47.  Ran, B. & Duimering, P.R.  (2004).  Imaging the Organization: Language use in Organizational Identity Claims.  6th International Conference on Organizational Discourse. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

48.  Ran, B., Derbentseva, N., Poile, C., Duimering, P.R.  (2004).  Patterns of Task Change due to Ambiguity in New Product Development.  Administrative Sciences Association of Canada 2004 Conference. Quebec, Canada.

49.  Duimering, P.R., Derbentseva, N., Poile, C., Ran, B.   (2003).  Integrating distributed organizational knowledge in new product introduction projects.  INFORMS 2003 Conference.   Atlanta, USA.

50.  Poile, C., Derbentseva, N., Duimering, P.R., Ran, B., Safayeni, F.   (2003).  Simulating social network interactions in new product introduction.  INFORMS 2003 Conference.   Atlanta, USA.

51.  Ran, B. & Duimering, P.R.  (2002).  Organizational Identity Construction.  Academy of Management Annual Conference.   Denver, Colorado, USA.

52.  Ran, B. & Duimering, P.R.  (2001). Language Mechanisms in the Construction of Organizational Images.  Academy of Management Annual Conference. Washington, D.C.  USA.