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Michal Frankel
Schusterman Visiting Professor of Israel Studies and Sociology

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Michal Frenkel is Schusterman Visiting Professor of Israel Studies and Sociology. She is a Senior Lecturer at the department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research focuses on the transformation of local and transnational social orders, in the context of the "globalization" of management practices with a special interest in the ways in which the cross national diffusion of ideas has shaped and reshaped Israeli society and its gender, ethnicity and class compositions. Her empirical and theoretical publications, which appeared in top international and Israeli journals, have looked at the role of geopolitical and center-periphery power relations in the cross national transfer and translation of management practices within multinational corporations (AMR, 2008), and across national boundaries (Organization Studies 2003; 2005; ISMO, 2008). Her current research projects focus on Work-Family policies at the Israeli state and Israeli as well as multinational corporation’s organizational levels and the ways in which these policies have affected gender identities and gender hierarchies in the Israeli hi-tech industry. Her recent research projects -- sponsored by external and competitive grants from the Israel Foundation Trustees, Israeli Science Foundation, the Rothschild-Caesarea foundation, the Pinchas Sapir Forum, the Cherrick Center and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor (among others). In 2005-6 she was a visiting fellow at Harvard University's Center for European Studies and a scholar in residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, at Brandeis University.