Tom Lawrence

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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.

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

Articles and Reports

Lawrence, T. B., Leca, B., & Zilber, T. B. (2013). Institutional work: Current research, new directions and overlooked issues. Organization Studies, 34(8), 1023-1033.

Maitlis, S., Vogus, T. J., & Lawrence, T. B. (2013). Sensemaking and emotions in organizations. Organizational Psychology Review, 3(3), 222-247.

Dover, G. J., & Lawrence, T. B. (2012). The role of power in nonprofit innovation. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 41(6), 991-1013.

Lawrence, T. B., & Maitlis, S. (2012). Care and possibility: Enacting an ethic of care through narrative practice. Academy of Management Review, 37(4), 641-663.

Lawrence, T. B., Phillips, N., & Tracey, P. (2012). From the guest educators: Educating social entrepreneurs and social innovators. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 11(3), 319-323.

Phillips, N., & Lawrence, T. B. (2012). The turn to work in organization and management theory: Some implications for strategic organization. Strategic Organization, 10(3), 223-230.

Gallagher, B. M., & Lawrence, T. B. (2012). Entrepreneurship and indigenous identity: A study of social identities and identity work in British Columbian indigenous entrepreneurs. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 17(4), 395-414.

Lawrence, T. B., Malhotra, N., & Morris, T. (2012). Episodic and systemic power in the transformation of professional service firms. Journal of Management Studies, 49(1), 102-143.

Morris, T., Malhotra, N., & Lawrence, T. B. (2012). Understanding power to achieve radical transformational change. Strategic HR Review, 12(1).

Shadnam, M., & Lawrence, T. B. (2011). Understanding widespread misconduct in organizations: An institutional theory of moral collapse. Business Ethics Quarterly, 21(3), 379-407. DOI

Lawrence, T. B., Suddaby, R., & Leca, B. (2011). Institutional work - refocusing institutional studies of organization. Journal of Management Inquiry, 20(1), 52-58.

Dover, G. J., & Lawrence, T. B. (2010). A gap year for institutional theory: Integrating the study of institutional work and participatory action research. Journal of Management Inquiry, 19(4), 305-316.

McCarthy, I. P., Lawrence, T. B., Wixted, B. L., & Gordon, B. R. (2010). A multidimensional conceptualization of environmental velocity. Academy of Management Review, 35(4), 604-626.

Zietsma, C. E., & Lawrence, T. B. (2010). Institutional work in the transformation of an organizational field: The interplay of boundary work and practice work. Administrative Science Quarterly, 55(2), 189-221.

Lawrence, T. B., & Robinson, S. L. (2007). Ain't misbehaving': Workplace deviance as organizational resistance. Journal of Management, 33(3), 378-394.

Maitlis, S., & Lawrence, T. B. (2007). Triggers and enablers of sensegiving in organizations. Academy of Management Journal, 50(1), 57-84.

Morse, E. A., Fowler, S. W., & Lawrence, T. B. (2007). The impact of virtual embeddedness on new venture survival: Overcoming the liabilities of newness. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 31(2), 139-159.

Maguire, S., Hardy, C., & Lawrence, T. B. (2004). Institutional entrepreneurship in emerging fields: HIV/AIDS treatment advocacy in Canada. Academy of Management Journal, 47(5), 657-679.

Books, Book Chapters and Monographs

Lawrence, T. B., Dover, G. J., & Gallagher, B. M. (2014). Managing social innovation. In Dodgson, M., Gann, D. M., & Phillips, N. (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of innovation management (pp. 316-334). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Dover, G. J., & Lawrence, T. B. (2010). Technology, institutions and entropy: Understanding the critical and creative role of maintenance work. In Phillips, N., Sewell, G., & Griffiths, D. (Eds.), Technology and organization: Essays in honour of Joan Woodward (pp. 259-264). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

Lawrence, T. B., Suddaby, R., & Leca, B. (2009). Institutional work: Actors and agency in institutional studies of organization. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Lawrence, T. B. (2008). Power, institutions, and organizations. In Greenwood, R., Oliver, C., Sahlin-Andersson, K., & Suddaby, R. (Eds.), Handbook of organizational institutionalism (pp. 170-197). London, United Kingdom: Sage Publications Ltd (UK).

Lawrence, T. B., Suddaby, R., & Leca, B. (2009). Introduction: Theorizing and studying institutional work. In Lawrence, T. B., Suddaby, R., & Leca, B. (Eds.), Institutional Work: Actors and Agency in Institutional Studies of Organizations (pp. 1-27). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Teaching Related Material

Lawrence, T. B., & Shadnam, M. (2008). Institutional theory. In Donsbach, W. (Eds.), The international encyclopedia of communication. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford: Blackwell.

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