Tom Lawrence

W.J. VanDusen Professor of Management
B.Comm. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Alberta)

Segal Room: SGL 3935
Segal Phone: 778.782.5154

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Thomas B. Lawrence is the W. J. VanDusen Professor of Management, Director of the CMA Centre for Strategic Change and Performance Measurement, and Academic Director of the PhD Program at the Beedie School of Business. He received his PhD in organizational analysis from the University of Alberta. His research focuses on the dynamics of power, change and institutions in organizations and organizational fields. It has appeared in such journals as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations, and the Journal of Management. He is a co-editor of the Sage Handbook of Organization Studies, Second Edition, and Institutional Work: Actors and Agency in Institutional Studies of Organization.

Specialization and Research Interests

Social innovation, Strategy, Institutions, Institutional work, Power, Organizational change

Selected Publications

Articles and Reports

Thomas B. Lawrence; Bernard Leca; Tammar B. Zilber

Institutional work: Current research, new directions and overlooked issues

2013 | Organization Studies. 34(8): 1023-1033

Graham J. Dover; Tom B. Lawrence

The role of power in nonprofit innovation

2012 | Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 41(6): 991-1013

Nelson Phillips; Thomas B. Lawrence

The turn to work in organization and management theory: Some implications for strategic organization

2012 | Strategic Organization. 10(3): 223-230

Bryan M. Gallagher; Thomas B. Lawrence

Entrepreneurship and indigenous identity: A study of social identities and identity work in British Columbian indigenous entrepreneurs

2012 | International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business. 17(4): 395-414

Thomas B. Lawrence; Namrata Malhotra; Tim Morris

Episodic and systemic power in the transformation of professional service firms

2012 | Journal of Management Studies. 49(1): 102-143

Masoud Shadnam; Tom B. Lawrence

Understanding widespread misconduct in organizations: An institutional theory of moral collapse

2011 | Business Ethics Quarterly. 21(3): 379-407

Tom B. Lawrence; Roy Suddaby; Bernard Leca; Michael Lounsbury; Bill Kaghan; Hugh Willmott; Matt Kraatz; Henri Schildt; Eero Vaara; Saku Mantere; Hokyu Hwang; Jeannette A. Colyvas

Institutional work - refocusing institutional studies of organization

2011 | Journal of Management Inquiry. 20(1): 52-58

Graham J. Dover; Tom B. Lawrence

A gap year for institutional theory: Integrating the study of institutional work and participatory action research

2010 | Journal of Management Inquiry. 19(4): 305-316

Ian P. McCarthy; Tom B. Lawrence; Brian L. Wixted; Brian R. Gordon

A multidimensional conceptualization of environmental velocity

2010 | Academy of Management Review. 35(4): 604-626 | Download

Charlene Zietsma; Tom B. Lawrence

Institutional work in the transformation of an organizational field: The interplay of boundary work and practice work

2010 | Administrative Science Quarterly. 55(2): 189-221

Thomas B. Lawrence; Sandra L. Robinson

Ain't misbehaving': Workplace deviance as organizational resistance

2007 | Journal of Management. 33(3): 378-394

Sally Maitlis; Thomas B. Lawrence

Triggers and enablers of sensegiving in organizations

2007 | Academy of Management Journal. 50(1): 57-84

Eric A. Morse; Sally W. Fowler; Thomas B. Lawrence

The impact of virtual embeddedness on new venture survival: Overcoming the liabilities of newness

2007 | Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice. 31(2): 139-159

Steve Maguire; Cynthia Hardy; Tom B. Lawrence

Institutional entrepreneurship in emerging fields: HIV/AIDS treatment advocacy in Canada

2004 | Academy of Management Journal. 47(5): 657-679

Thomas B. Lawrence; Sally Maitlis

Care and possibility: Enacting an ethic of care through narrative practice

2012 | Academy of Management Review. 37(4): 641-663

Thomas B. Lawrence; Nelson Phillips; Paul Tracey

From the guest educators: Educating social entrepreneurs and social innovators

2012 | Academy of Management Learning and Education. 11(3): 319-323

Sally Maitlis; Timothy J. Vogus; Thomas B. Lawrence

Sensemaking and emotions in organizations

2013 | Organizational Psychology Review. 3(3): 222-247

Tim Morris; Namrata Malhotra; Thomas B. Lawrence

Understanding power to achieve radical transformational change

2012 | Strategic HR Review. 12(1)

Books, Book Chapters and Monographs

Thomas B. Lawrence; Graham J. Dover; Bryan M. Gallagher

Managing social innovation

2014 | The Oxford handbook of innovation management. Chapter 16: 316-334

Graham J. Dover; Thomas B. Lawrence

Technology, institutions and entropy: Understanding the critical and creative role of maintenance work

2010 | Technology and organization: Essays in honour of Joan Woodward. 259-264

Thomas B. Lawrence; Roy Suddaby; Bernard Leca

Institutional work: Actors and agency in institutional studies of organization


Thomas B. Lawrence; Roy Suddaby; Bernard Leca

Introduction: Theorizing and studying institutional work

2009 | Institutional Work: Actors and Agency in Institutional Studies of Organizations. Chapter Chapter 1: 1-27

Royston Greenwood; Thomas B. Lawrence; Christine Oliver; Kerstin Sahlin-Andersson; Roy Suddaby

Power, institutions, and organizations

2008 | Handbook of organizational institutionalism. Chapter 6: 170-197

Thomas B. Lawrence; Masoud Shadnam

Institutional theory

2008 | The international encyclopedia of communication.

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