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Neil Fligstein
Neil Fligstein
Class of 1939 Chancellor's Professor
Director, Center for Culture, Organization, and Politics
Department of Sociology
University of California, Berkeley

 

February 12, 2010
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
McClelland Hall 129

 

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship's mission is to advance the creation and transfer of entrepreneurship knowledge through:

  • World-class teaching
  • A rich research focus
  • Service to the broader academic and business communities

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Seminar Series
Presented by the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship
and Eller College Entrepreneurship Advisory Group

Please join us for:

Neil Fligstein
Class of 1939 Chancellor's Professor
Director, Center for Culture, Organization, and Politics
Department of Sociology
University of California, Berkeley

The Anatomy of the Mortgage Securitization Crisis

Hosted by the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship,
Eller College Entrepreneurship Advisory Group,
Department of Marketing, and Department of Sociology

Friday, February 12, 2010
Noon - 1:30 p.m.

McClelland Hall, Room 129
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The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship announces that Neil Fligstein will speak at the Eller College of Management on Friday, February 12, 2010, at noon. As part of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Seminar Series, Professor Fligstein will speak on TBA.

About Neil Fligstein

Neil Fligstein is the Class of 1939 Chancellor's Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calfornia. He is also the Director of the Center for Culture, Organization, and Politics at the Institute of Industrial Relations. His main research interests lie in the fields of economic sociology, organizational theory, political sociology, and the sociology of work. He has been interested in developing and using a sociological view of how new social institutions emerge, remain stable, and are transformed to study a wide variety of seemingly disparate phenomena including the history of the large American corporation and the construction of a European legal and political system. He has used this framework to create a more general view of how markets and states are mutually constitutive and applied this framework to trying to make sense of how global markets work. He is the author of five books and numerous published papers. He is currently working on three projects.

He has recently completed a book on Europe titled Euroclash: The EU, European Identity, and the future of Europe. The central theme of the book is to document how European integration in the past 20 years has created a partial integration of European societies along political, economic, but most importantly social lines. Europe has mostly brought managers, professionals, and other highly educated people into contact. It is this 13% or so of the population that is most European. But the remaining population is mostly wedded to conceptions of self that are distinctly national. This explains how the European project is limited. Without a massive change in the way that most people view themselves, it is difficult to see how more political integration will occur. His second project is to explicate the framework to understand how institutions are formed. He is co-authoring a book with Doug McAdam that is titled A Political-Cultural Approach to the Problem of Strategic Action. This book is a theoretical work that tries to combine insights from institutional theory, social movements theory, and organizational theory to create a general set of understandings of how new social spaces are constructed, maintained, and transformed. At the core of the book is a distinctly sociological view of social action, one that is based on symbolic interactionism. Professors Fligstein and McAdam think that such a theory can prove very useful to understand strategic action by individuals and groups across a wide variety of social settings, including the organization of markets, politics of all kinds, and social movements. Professor Fligstein is currently interested in understanding how the market for mortgage securitization rose and fell. He is in the process of gathering data on the industry over the past 20 years and intends to use his market model to make sense of the market.

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