Brenda Lautsch

Professor, Management and Organization Studies

Beedie Professor


Room: WMC 5305

Phone: 778.782.6620


Curriculum Vitae: View


B.Admin. (Regina), M.I.R. (Queen's). Ph.D. (M.I.T.)


Brenda A. Lautsch is a Professor of Management and Organization Studies at SFU Beedie, and has also served as Associate Dean since 2016. She received her doctorate in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, and holds a Masters in Industrial Relations from Queen's University. Dr. Lautsch is an accomplished instructor, among the top ten percent of faculty on the Beedie Teaching Honour Roll.  She teaches and conducts research on negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, new work arrangements, work-life relationships, qualitative research methods, and the effect of flexible work on work and life outcomes.  Dr. Lautsch's book that helps individuals understand how to manage work-life challenges and flexibility is CEO of Me: Creating a Life that Works in the Flexible Job Age (Kossek and Lautsch, 2008 Wharton School Publishing).  Her research has also appeared in numerous leading journals including Academy of Management AnnalsHuman Relations, Industrial Relations and Industrial and Labour Relations Review.

Research Interests

Work and employment relations, non-standard, contingent and flexible work arrangements, work-family relationships, and qualitative research methodology.

Selected Publications

articles and reports

Robertson, K. M., Lautsch, B. A., & Hannah, D. R. (2019). Role negotiation and systems-level work-life balance. Personnel Review, 48(2), 570-594.

Ernst Kossek, E., & Lautsch, B. (2018, May). Hourly Workers Need Flexibility the Most, But Are Often the Least Likely to Get It. Harvard Business Review.

Kossek, E. E., & Lautsch, B. A. (2018). Work–life flexibility for whom? Occupational status and work–life inequality in upper, middle, and lower level jobs. Academy of Management Annals, 12(1), 5-36.

Zhao, N. B., Lautsch, B., & Boyle, T. (2016). Mistakes happen - So manage them. Ivey Business Journal, Feature Article(May/June),

ten Brummelhuis, L. L., & Lautsch, B. A. (2016). Office or kitchen? Wellbeing consequences of role participation depend on role salience. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 93, 171-182.

Robertson, K. M., Hannah, D. R., & Lautsch, B. A. (2015). The secret to protecting trade secrets: How to create positive secrecy climates in organizations. Business Horizons, 58(6), 669-677.

Kossek, E. E., Thompson, R. J., & Lautsch, B. A. (2015). Balanced workplace flexibility: Avoiding the traps. California Management Review, 57(4), 5-25.

Kossek, E. E., Kossek, E. E., & Lautsch, B. A. (2012). Work-family boundary management styles in organizations: A cross-level model. Organizational Psychology Review, 2(2), 152-171.

Hannah, D. R., & Lautsch, B. A. (2011). Counting in qualitative research: Why to conduct it, when to avoid it, and when to closet it. Journal of Management Inquiry, 20(1), 14-22.

Lautsch, B. A., & Kossek, E. E. (2011). Managing a blended workforce. Telecommuters and non-telecommuters. Organizational Dynamics, 40(1), 10-17.

Lautsch, B. A., Kossek, E. E., & Eaton, S. C. (2009). Supervisory approaches and paradoxes in managing telecommuting implementation. Human Relations, 62(6), 795-827.

Lautsch, B. A., & Scully, M. A. (2007). Restructuring time: Implications of work-hours reductions for the working class. Human Relations, 60(5), 719-743.

Kossek, E. E., Lautsch, B. A., & Eaton, S. C. (2006). Telecommuting, control, and boundary management: Correlates of policy use and practice, job control, and work-family effectiveness. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 68(2), 347-367.

Lautsch, B. A. (2003). The influence of regular work systems on compensation for contingent workers. Industrial Relations, 42(4), 565-588.

Lautsch, B. (2002). Uncovering and explaining variance in the features and outcomes of contingent work within firms. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 56(1), 23-43.

Preuss, G. A., & Lautsch, B. A. (2002). The effect of formal versus informal job security on employee involvement programs. Relations Industrielles, 57(3).

Kochan, T. A., Lautsch, B., & Bendersky, C. (2000). An evaluation of the Massachusetts Commission against discrimination alternative dispute resolution program. Harvard Negotiation Law Review, 5, 233-278.

Kochan, T. A., Gittell, J. H., & Lautsch, B. A. (1995). Total quality management and human resource systems: An international comparison. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 6(2), 201-222.

books chapters and monographs

Kossek, E. E., & Lautsch, B. (2007). CEO of me: Creating a life that works in the flexible job age. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, United States: Pearson Prentice-Hall. ISBN:9780132480581, 9780132480581.