Publications

The uncertainty mindset: innovation insights from the frontiers of food. This book analyzes years of interview and observational data from some of the world’s most innovative culinary R&D teams to describe the uncertainty mindset—which acknowledges uncertainty and incorporates it in decisions about action—and argue that such a mindset modifies how individuals and organizations work in ways that make them more innovative and adaptable. (Forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Spring 2020.)

Using negotiated joining to construct and fill open-ended roles in elite culinary groups.” This paper updates conventional hiring theory and practice and suggests that what I call negotiated joining is a more appropriate approach to hiring for innovation teams where job descriptions cannot be fully defined in advance. I show how active negotiation and testing of explicitly provisional roles allows individuals to build roles tailored to their strengths and inclinations, while enabling organizations to build flexible and adaptable teams. (In Administrative Science Quarterly 60(1), p103-132. 2015.)