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Brian Pentland

The Main Street Capital Partners Intellectual Capital Endowed Professor, Faculty Director of the Center for Business & Social Analytics
Department: Accounting and Information Systems
Office:
North Business Building
632 Bogue St Rm N255
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 432-2927
Curriculum Vitae
  • Biography
    Brian T. Pentland is the Main Street Capital Partners Endowed Professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at Michigan State University. His research is focused on the analysis of repetitive patterns of action, such as organizational routines. He has used this perspective to study software support, auditing, invoice processing, customer service and most recently, electronic medical record keeping. With support from the National Science Foundation and an amazing set of co-authors, he has helped build the field of routine dynamics by introducing concepts and tools for analyzing and visualizing action patterns. His creative work has appeared in Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Administrative Science Quarterly, JAIS, Journal of Management Studies, Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Organization Science, Organization Studies, YouTube, Soundcloud, and elsewhere.  He received his PhD in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991 and SB in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981.  He is a recipient of the 2015-16 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award. 
  • Publications
    Article
    Pentland, B.T., Recker, J. and Wyner, G.  (2017) "Rediscovering Handoffs," Academy of Management Discoveries, 3(3), 284-301. doi:10.5465/amd.2016.0018
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    Feldman, M.S. Pentland, B. T., D’Adderio, L. and Lazaric, N. (2016) “Beyond routines as things: Introduction to the special issue on routine dynamics,” Organization Science, 27(3), 505-513.
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    Hærem, T. Pentland, B. T., and Miller, K. D. (2015) “Task complexity: Extending a core concept,” Academy of Management Review, 40(3): 446-460.
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    Pentland, B. T., Feldman, M. S., Becker, M. and Liu, P. (2012), "Dynamics of Organizational Routines: A generative Model" Journal of Management Studies, 49(8).
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    Miller, K.D., Pentland, B.T. and Choi, S. (2012) "Dynamics of Performing and Remembering Organizational Routines" Journal of Management Studies, 49(8).
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    Pentland, B. T. (2011) "The foundation is solid if you know where to look: Comments on Felin and Foss" Journal of Institutional Economics, 7(2), 279-293.
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    Pentland, B. T., T. Haerem and D. Hillison (2011) "The (n)ever changing world: Stability and change in organizational routines" Organization Science, 22(6), 1369-1383.
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    Pentland, B. T., T. Haerem and D. Hillison. (2010). Comparing Organizational Routines as Recurrent Patterns of Action. Organization Studies. 31: 7. 917-940.
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    Lee, J., Wyner, G and Pentland, B. T.. (2008). Constraining the Search Space with Grammar-Based Design. MIS Quarterly. 32: 4. 757-778.
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    Pentland, B. T. and Feldman, M. S.. (2008). Designing Routines: On the folly of designing artifacts, while hoping for patterns of action. Information and Organization. 18: 4. 235-250.
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    Pentland, B. T. and Feldman, M. S.. (2007). Narrative Networks: Patterns of technology and organization. Organization Science. 18: 5. 781-795.
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    Pentland, B. T., Pentland, A. P. and Calantone, R. (2017) "Bracketing off the actors: Towards an action-centric research agenda," Information and Organization, 27, 137-143.
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    Pentland, B. T. and Feldman, M. S.. (2005). Organizational routines as a unit of analysis. Industrial and Corporate Change.
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    Pentland, B T. (2003). Conceptualizing and Measuring Variety in Organizational Work Processes. Management Science.
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    Feldman, M. S. and Pentland, B. T.. (2003). Reconceptualizing Organizational Routines as a Source of Flexibility and Change. administrative science quarterly.
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    Pentland, B T. (2003). Sequential variety in work processes. Organization Science.
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    Kwon, P. M. J. Chung, and B. Pentland,. (2002). A Grammar-Based Framework for Integrating Design and Manufacturing. Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering.
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    Chung, M.J., P. Kwon and B. Pentland. (2002). Making Process Visible: A Grammatical Approach To Managing Design Processes. Journal of Mechanical Design.
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    Pentland, B T. (1999). Building process theory with narrative: From description to explanation. Academy of Management Review.
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    Pentland, B. T. (2013) “Desperately seeking structure: Grammars of action in information systems research,” The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems, 44(2): 7-18.
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    Pentland, B. T. (2013) “Desperately seeking structure: Grammars of action in information systems research,” The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems, 44(2): 7-18.
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    Miller, K.D., Choi, S. and Pentland, B.T. (2014) “The role of transactive memory in the formation of organizational routines,” Strategic Organization, 12(2): 109-133. 

    Article
    Wimble, M. Tripp, J. & Pentland, B.T. (2015) "Want pudding? An analytic model of the benefits and constraints of process standardization," Journal of Management Systems, 25(1): 25-44.
  • Courses
    • ITM 911: Doctoral Seminar in Information Systems
    • ACC 822: Project Management
    • PIM 813: Information Systems for Executive MBA
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