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 currently serving as the editor of the book series that are indexed by SSCI: 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); 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 is the Division Coordinator, Organizational Theory Division, ASAC (2014 – 2015) and will serve as the Division Chair, Organizational Theory Division, ASAC, between 2015 -2016. He was the committee chair of the membership committee, Public and Non-profit Division, Academy of Management (2012-2013). He also reviewed 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. He currently serves as the Chair, the Strategic Planning Committee at Penn State Harrisburg Senate, and Co-Chair, Penn State Harrisburg Strategic Steering Committee. He also serves as the Program Coordinator, Certificate Program in Public Sector Human Resource Management, School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg.

 

 

Recent Publications

 

Refereed

 

·        Ran, B., & Weller, S. (2015). Hybrid governance: the complexity of organizing. American Society for Public Administration 76th Annual Conference, March 6 -10, 2015, Chicago.

·        Kellis, D. S., & Ran, B.  (forthcoming). Effective leadership in public sector change management. Journal of Organizational Change Management.

·        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.

·        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.

·        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.

·        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, D.C.

·        Ran, B. (2013). Odd couple: making sense of the curious concept of social entrepreneurship. Northeast Conference on Public Administration, November 1-2, 2013. Delaware, DE.

·        Kellis, D. S., & Ran, B. (2013). Modern leadership principles for public administration: Time to move forward.  Journal of Public Affairs, 13(1), 130-141.

·        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.

·        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.

·        Ran, B. (2012). Evaluating public participation in environmental policymaking.  Journal of US-China Public Administration, 9 (4), 407-423. 

·        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.

·        Ran, B., & Golden, T.  (2012).  Organizational identity construction: an integrative framework.  Administrative Sciences Association of Canada 2012 Conference.  St. John’s, Canada

·        Ran, B., & Duimering, P.R.  (2012). Conceptual combination: models, theories and controversies.  

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

·        Selected to be reprinted in Carla E. Wilhelm (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Cognitive Psychology. New York: Nova Science. 2012. ISBN: 978-1-62618-074-1.

·        Selected to be reprinted in Nancy E. Wodarth and Alexis P. Ferguson (Eds.), Psychology Research Biographical Sketches and Research Summaries. New York: Nova Science.  2011.  pp. 401 – 402. ISBN: 978-1-61470-491-1.

·        Selected to be re-published at International Journal of Cognitive Linguistics. (Inaugural Issue).  2010. 1(1), 65-90.

·        Originally published in Stella P. Weingarten and Helena O. Penat. (Eds.), Cognitive Psychology Research Developments. New York: Nova Science. 2009.  pp. 39 -64.  ISBN: 978-1-60692-197-5.

·        Ran, B., & Golden, T.  (2011). Who are we? The social construction of organizational identity through sense-exchanging.  Administration & Society, 43 (4), 417 - 445.

·        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.

·        Xu, X., & Ran, B. (2010). Familiarity, abstractness, and the interpretive strategies of noun-noun combinations. Cognitive Sciences, 5(2), 125-138.

·        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

·        Kellis, D. S., & Ran, B. (2010).  Modern leadership principles for public administration: time to move forward.  British Academy of Management, London. UK.

·        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.

·        MacKenzie, D.W., Ran, B., & Ciment, J. (2010).  Political theories and models.  In Ciment, J. (Ed.), Booms and Busts: An Encyclopedia of Economic History from Tulipmania of the 1630 to the Current Global Financial Crisis. NY: M.E. Sharpe. pp. 629 – 632. 

·        Plant, J., & Ran, B.  (2009). Education for ethics and human resource management: A necessary synergy.  Public Integrity, 11(3), 221-238.

·        Ran, B. (2009).  An evaluative model on public participation.  Academy of Management Annual Conference. Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

·        Ran, B.  (2009).  Conformance/Conformity.  In C. Wankel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Business in Today's World. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. pp. 356 – 366.

·        Ran, B.  (2009).  Motivation.  In C. Wankel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Business in Today's World. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. pp. 1160 – 1161.

·        Ran, B.  (2009).  Scheduling.  In C. Wankel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Business in Today's World.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. pp. 1414 – 1415.

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

·        Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: tumblr hit counterSafayeni, 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, 51(3), 77 – 82.

·        Ran, B.  (2008). Book review: Organizing doubt - grounded theory, army units and dealing with dynamic complexity. Administrative Theory & Praxis.  30(3), 377-382. 

·        Ran, B., & Duimering, P.R. (2007). Imaging the organization: Language use in organizational identity claims.   Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 21(2), 155 – 187.

·        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, 13(4), 239 – 251.

·        Duimering, P.R., & Ran, B.  (2006).  The effects of requirements ambiguity on task structure in new product development projects.   Academy of Management Annual Conference.   Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

·        Ran, B., & Duimering, P.R.  (2005).  Linguistic construction of organizational identity.  Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Conference.  Toronto, Canada.

·        Ran, B., & Duimering, P.R.  (2004).   Imaging the organization: Language use in organizational identity claims.  6th International Conference on Organizational Discourse. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

·        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 Annual Conference. Quebec, Canada.

·        Ran, B., & Duimering, P.R.  (2002).    Organizational identity construction.  Academy of Management Annual Conference.   Denver, Colorado, USA.

·        Ran, B., & Duimering, P.R.  (2001).   Language mechanisms in the construction of organizational images.  Academy of Management Annual Conference.   Washington, D.C.  USA.

 

 

Non-Refereed:

 

·        Kellis, D. S., & Ran, B. (2012).  Three pillars of public leadership: Making a difference in public organizations.  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&newlang=english  

·        Ran, B.  (2011).  The teacher - student interactions in hybrid and online courses: an echo analysis.  Harnessing the Power of Hybrid & Online Teaching and Learning Colloquy,  Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Penn State Harrisburg, and the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.  May 11, 2011 

·        Ran, B. (2010).  Social construction of organizational identity: Is Penn State a public university? Faculty Seminar Series, Penn State Harrisburg

·        Ran, B. (2010).  Research Methods in Management Sciences.  School of Management, Shanxi University

·        Ran, B., & Gorman, A. (2008).  Public participation evaluation model: Where do roundtables fit in influencing decision-making? Research Report to Sponsors.  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

·        Safayeni, F., Duimering, P.R., Abimbola, G., Derbentseva, N., & Ran, B.  (2004 - 06). Studies of knowledge creation and problem solving in organizational groups. Research Report to Sponsors.  Bell Canada Delta Collaborative Centre, Toronto. Various reports & presentations.

·        Safayeni, F., Duimering, P.R., Jewkes, E., Derbentseva, N., Poile, C., Ran, B., & Zheng, K., (2001 - 2005).  Organizational effectiveness: modeling and simulation of organizational interactions.  Bell University Labs/Bell Canada, Toronto. Various reports & presentations.

·        Ran, B.   (2005).  Knowledge (de)codification as conceptual meaning construction. Fifth Graduate Student Research Conference.   University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

·        Ran, B.   (2004).  Codification of organizational knowledge.  Fourth Graduate Student Research Conference.  University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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

·        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.

·        Safayeni, F., Duimering, P.R., Jewkes, E.M., Derbentseva, N., Ran, B., Poile, C., & Bobinski, M. (2003).  Organizational effectiveness: Modeling and simulation of organizational interactions.  Bell University Laboratories National Conference.   Toronto, Canada.

·        Ran, B.   (2002).   Dynamics in categorization: A mission statement example.   Second Graduate Student Research Conference.   University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.