Brenda Lautsch

Associate Dean, Faculty

Associate Professor, Management and Organization Studies


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 an Associate Professor of Management and Organization Studies in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. 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 and experienced 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 balance, qualitative research methods, and the effect of flexible work on work and life outcomes.  Dr. Lautsch's recent 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 leading journals including California Management Review, the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human 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., & Hannah, D. R. (2019). Role negotiation and systems-level work-life balance. Personnel Review, 48(2), 570-594.

Kossek, E., & Lautsch, B. (2017). Work-life flexibility for whom? Occupational status and work-life inequality in upper, middle, and lower level jobs. Academy of Management Annals, 11(2).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preuss, G., & Lautsch, B. (2002). The effect of formal versus informal job security on employee involvement programs. Relations Industrielles, 57(3), 517-541.

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.

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. (1995). Total quality management and HR systems: An international comparison. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 6(2), 201-222.

Kossek, E. E., Lautsch, B., & 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(1), 347-367.

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.