Research Interests


Dr. Edgell’s scholarship agenda expands upon his deep research commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, governance, and social justice. His diverse background has shaped his views on design, media, management, teaching, and scholarship. He actively questions the prevailing underlying research assumptions that dominate mainstream management and governance scholarship. He has broadened the standard change leadership discourse by introducing relevant research on design, systemic thinking, human-technology relations, sustainability, and other non-owner stakeholder perspectives—all uncommon in traditional business schools. Furthermore, he has expanded the strategic management and ethics paradigms by incorporating diverse studies on emerging markets, women and minorities, and distributed leadership modes.

In his PhD dissertation, he empirically tested how various forms of actor heterogeneity (i.e., cognitive, creative, social) and dissonance positively influence organizational creativity outcomes, especially in media settings. This work exposed the dissimilarities in social identity constructions between networked divergent and convergent thinking actors. Since his PhD, he has collaborated with the Program in Law, Science & Technology at Stanford Law School and has advised Stanford University’s SIPX project, an open innovation scholarly content network, on research pertaining to social network theory, IP, public knowledge creation and dissemination, innovation, and emerging markets.

Dr. Edgell’s current collaborative research master project, Design Culture and Change, is a three wave initiative to investigate the antecedents and discursive practices of change and innovation embedded in design culture. The first wave includes an ethnographic study of innovation and sustainability artifacts produced by Architects and a pilot study of design immersion and network engagement exposure as positive mediators for entrepreneurial efficacy, vision, and spatial proclivity. Since arriving at SUNY Poly, his recent interdisciplinary papers include, “A theory of innovation: Benefit, harm, and legal regimes”, published in the scholarly peer reviewed journal, Law, Innovation and Technology, and “Developing nations and sustainable entrepreneurial policy: Growing into novelty, growing out of poverty”, published in the peer reviewed Journal of Applied Business Research.

In January of 2015 his co-authored paper, "Explicating media, governance, and capitalism: A critical comparative analysis of historical cases", was accepted for publication in Corporate Board: Role, Duties and Composition. In addition, his paper “A sociotechnological theory of discursive change and entrepreneurial capacity: Novelty and networks” was selected for TIM divisional presentation at the Academy of Management 2014. Also, he was selected to be chair and discussant for the TIM session, “Institutions, Entrepreneurship, and Policy”, also at the 2014 Academy of Management Annual Meeting.  

Regarding other research related activity, Dr. Edgell recently received two grants. The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties awarded him a grant for support of his ICNY MV initiative which includes a research component. Also, the SUNY Poly Office of Sponsored Research awarded him with a Visiting Scholar Seminar Series grant for presentation of his research work with Professor Moustafellos from Temple University.

Previously, his paper on cognitive-enhancing AI, “A network view of human ingestion and health: Instrumental artificial intelligence”, was published in the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) 2011 Conference Proceedings. The AI paper was selected for additional distribution in the e-journals, Human Cognition in Evolution & Development and Cognition in Mathematics, Science, & Technology. Also, his paper on leading Highly Creative Organizations (HCOs) was distributed by Entrepreneurship Educator: Courses, Cases & Teaching.

For the future, he envisions a varied and collaborative research agenda that encompass four broad interdisciplinary themes: ethics and governance; change and meta-design; social (distributed) innovation and actor networks; and social enterprises. He continues to work on a new book, Leading Highly Creative Organizations: Systemic design thinking, innovation, and evolving business models for sustainability. He has multiple papers in various stages of development for submission to peer-reviewed publications. These working papers include topics such as actor creativity profiles, heterogeneity and team creativity, creativity premium models, and reframing the evolving media industry. Prior to his PhD, he authored the seminar companion book, Profitable marketing and branding in the digital economy. In addition, he has written numerous action research reports and contributed to multiple creative design projects.