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

Bing Ran on ResearchGate

 

 

Dr. Ran is a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. His 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:

 

·        Governance and Collaborative Governance Networks:
Governance refers to the fact that human society is organized to accomplish something. This "organizing" could be achieved through public bureaucracy, private businesses, non-profit organizations, civil society, or even "organizing without organizations". From the public administration perspective, 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 the idea of collaborative governance networks. Dr. Ran explores many aspects in governance and in collaborative governance networks, including power and trust issues, 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.
Collaborators: Dana Kellis; Joe Hafer; Huiting Qi; Zhengjun Luo; Amy Gorman; Erin Smith; James Valentine; Ajay Mirmira; Michael McKenna; Jiguang Wang

 

·        Social Entrepreneurship and Hybrid Organizations:
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.
Collaborators: Scott Weller; Karoli Ssemogerere; Jiguang Wang

 

·        Organizational Identity (Identification) and Image (Imaging):
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.
Collaborators: Rob Duimering; Tim Golden; Joe Hafer

 

·        Knowledge Management and Knowledge Integration:
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.
Collaborators: Frank Safayeni; Rob Duimering; Natalia Derbentseva; Chris Poile; Xu Xu; Sri Harsha Bokka; Erin Smith; Laura Kurtz; Doug Gautsch

Dr. Ran is an active member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Academy of Management (AOM), and the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC). Since 2001, he has been a frequent reviewer, presenter, session chair, and mentor for their annual conferences. He was 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 serves 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); and served as the associate editor of Organizational Communication and Information Systems Division (Academy of Management 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) and the associate editor of Social and Organizational Impacts of IS Track (ICIS - International Conference on Information Systems 2012). He also reviewed manuscripts for journals such as Academy of Management Review, Administration & Society, International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Sage Open, Administrative Sciences, Public Performance and Management Review, etc. His research has won the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada 2010 Best Paper Award in Organizational Theory.

 

Dr. Ran is currently serving as the Chair of Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA, 2017 - 2019) and was instrumental in organizing the 2016 NECoPA which was hosted by Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Public Affairs in collaboration with the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of ASPA. The three-day conference brought more than 185 scholars and practitioners from across the Northeast region of the country to present and participate in more than 150 papers, symposiums, and workshops, all meant to bring those interested in public service together to explore the conference theme: Public Administration in the Era of Collaboration. More than 30 students and faculty members from Penn State Harrisburg assisted in the planning and coordination of the conference.

 

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 served as the 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 

 

 

Edited Books:

1.                 Ran, B. (Ed.). (2017). 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.

 

Book Chapters & Encyclopedia Entries:

5.                 Ran, B.  (2015). Human Capital.  In Frederick F. Wherry (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. Vol. 4, pp. 886-889. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

6.                 Ran, B.  (2015). Matrix Management Structures.  In Frederick F. Wherry (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. Vol. 4, pp. 1079-1080. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

7.                 Ran, B.  (2015). Perception of Others.  In Frederick F. Wherry (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. Vol. 4, pp. 1261-1261. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

8.                 Ran, B.  (2015). Perception of Self.  In Frederick F. Wherry (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. Vol. 4, pp. 1262-1263. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

9.                 Ran, B.  (2015). Personality.  In Frederick F. Wherry (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. Vol. 4, pp. 1267-1267. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

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. 

                                                             i.      Selected for reprint in Thomas Fuyin Li (Ed.), Compendium of Cognitive Linguistics Research. New York: Nova Science.  2012. pp. 65-90.

                                                           ii.      Selected for reprint in Carla E. Wilhelm (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Cognitive Psychology. New York: Nova Science. (2012).

                                                        iii.      Selected for reprint in Nancy E. Wodarth and Alexis P. Ferguson (Eds.), Psychology Research Biographical Sketches and Research Summaries. New York: Nova Science. 2011, pp. 401 – 426.

                                                        iv.      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.            Wang, J., & Ran, B. (2018). Sustainable Collaborative Governance in Supply Chain. Sustainability. 2018, 10(1), 171; DOI:10.3390/su10010171

17.            Ran, B., & Qi, H. (2017). Contingencies of power sharing in collaborative governance. The American Review of Public Administration. First Published December 5, 2017. DOI: 10.1177/0275074017745355

·        Abridged version published at (Feb. 22, 2018) by Intersector Project: Is power sharing the solution to power asymmetry in collaborative governance? [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://intersector.com/researcher-insights-is-power-sharing-the-solution-to-power-asymmetry-in-collaborative-governance/

18.            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

19.            Ran, B. & Qi, H. (2016). Issues and challenges of Public Service Procurement in China: A Collaborative Governance Perspective. International Journal of Public Policy. Vol. 12, Nos. 3/4/5/6. pp. 339 - 358

20.            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

21.            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.

22.            Ran, B. (2012).  Ambiguity Reduction through Socio-Technical Interactions in New Product Development.  Review of Management Innovation & Creativity.  Vol. 5.  Iss.14   pp.1-22.

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

24.            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.

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

26.            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.

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

28.            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.

29.            Ran, B.  (2008). Organizing Doubt: Grounded Theory, Army Units and Dealing with Dynamic Complexity.  Administrative Theory & Praxis.  Vol. 30. No. 3. pp. 377-382

30.            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.

31.            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:

32.            Hafer, J. & Ran, B. (2018). The Influence of Citizen Characteristics on Willingness to Pay for State Forest Lands. American Society for Public Administration 78th Annual Conference, March 9-13, 2018, Denver

33.            Qi, H. T. & Ran, B. (2018). Theoretical Foundation of Collaborative Governance: A Reflection on Literature. American Society for Public Administration 78th Annual Conference, March 9-13, 2018, Denver

34.            Ran, B., & Deng, S.L. (2017). Fiscal Transparency and Accountability in Chinese Provincial Levels: The Dynamic Interactions in the Collaborative Network of Governmental, Nongovernmental and Civil Organizations. American Society for Public Administration 78th Annual Conference, March 17-21, 2017, Atlanta

35.            Hafer, J. & Ran, B. (2017). Implications of Behavioral Public Administration for Collaborative Governance Networks. American Society for Public Administration 78th Annual Conference, March 17-21, 2017, Atlanta

36.            Qi, H. T. & Ran, B. (2017). Contingencies of Power Sharing in Collaborative Governance. American Society for Public Administration 78th Annual Conference, March 17-21, 2017, Atlanta

37.            Li, H., Wang, Y, and Ran, B. (2016). Enhancement of Practical Training for In-Service Students. NASPAA Annual Conference, October 19 – 21, 2016. Columbus, OH

38.            Ran, B., Yu, W., Streams, M. & Stanley, R. (2016). Reflecting the Assessment of Universal Required Competencies (Standard 5.1). NASPAA Annual Conference, October 19 – 21, 2016. Columbus, OH

39.            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

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

41.            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

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

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

44.            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.

45.            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.

46.            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.

47.            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.

48.            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

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

50.            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.

51.            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.

                                                             i.      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 

52.            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

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

54.            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.

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

56.            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.

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

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

59.            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.

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

61.            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.

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

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