profile crop 2Pilar Opazo is a Post-Doctoral Associate and Lecturer in the “Work and Organization Studies” group at MIT Sloan. She did her PhD in Sociology at Columbia University. Her research explores how organizational contexts shape social behavior. Specifically, her research interests include Organizational and Economic Sociology, Innovation Studies, Qualitative Methods, Negotiation, and Science and Technology Studies.
Her book “Appetite for Innovation: Change and Creativity at elBulli” (2016), published with Columbia University Press, uses ethnographic techniques to examine the nature of radical and systematic innovation. Her investigation considers the case of elBulli, the avant-garde restaurant directed by Chef Ferran Adria that has pioneered the “molecular” or “experimental” cuisine movement in the gastronomy industry.  http://cup.columbia.edu/book/appetite-for-innovation/9780231176781 Pilar’s doctoral thesis received the “Robert K. Merton Award” for Best Dissertation in 2014, awarded by the Sociology Department at Columbia University. Her research has been supported by a Fulbright Scholarship and a grant awarded by Telefonica Digital, Barcelona, major telecommunication company in Spain.
Her other published works include two peer-reviewed articles, “Order at the Edge or Chaos” published in Sociological Theory (2011, with Jorge Fontdevila and Harrison White) and “Discourse as a Driver of Innovation” published in the International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science (2012). Also, two Spanish-language books, “Negotiation: Competing or Collaborating” (2006, with Cristian Saieh and Dario Rodriguez) and “Communications in Organizations” (2007, with Dario Rodriguez).
During 2008 and 2009, under the frame of the Center on Organizational Innovation (COI), Pilar conducted ethnographic and network-analytic research at “Citilab” a center of social innovation located in Barcelona. Before coming to Columbia University, Pilar coordinated the Research Center of “Infocap,” a foundation that provides labor training to unskilled workers in Chile.

 

Education

 

 PhD Sociology (May, 2014)
Department of Sociology, Columbia University

M.A. Sociology (May, 2010)
Department of Sociology, Columbia University

 

B.A. Sociology  and Minor Philosophy
Catholic University of Chile, Magna Cum Laude

Publications & Working Papers

 

Articles

 

  •  “Order at the Edge of Chaos: Meanings from Switchings across Functional Systems.” 2011.  Jorge Fontdevila, M. Pilar Opazo and Harrison C. White, Sociological Theory, 29 (3): 178-198. 
    Chapter in Book (translation) “Znaczenia z Prezeskokow: Wstep do Wydania Polskieg,” 2001, Article “Order at the Edge of Chaos” in Polish translation of Harrison C. White “Identity and Control” 2nd edition, by Elzbieta Halas. Wsoikczesne Teorie Socjologiczne, (Pp. LI).
  • Discourse as a Driver of Innovation in Haute Cuisine: The Case of elBulli Restaurant. 2012. ” M. Pilar Opazo.International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science, 1 (2): 82-89. 

 

Books

 

  • “Appetite for Innovation: Change and Creativity at elBulli” (forthcoming in Columbia University Press, July 2016)

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Encyclopedia Entries
  • Structural Coupling (forthcoming). In WCSA book of keywords of Systemtic visions. M. Pilar Opazo.
  • Coupling (Loose vs Tight). 2013. In Penuel, K.B., Statler, M. and R. Hagen (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Crisis Management, SAGE Publishing. Pp. 183-184. M. Pilar Opazo and Dario Rodriguez.
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Teaching

 
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