Dr. Williams presently holds the rank of associate professor at the University of Lethbridge, where he teaches courses in Business Policy and Strategy, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Theory, and is Area Chair, of Policy and Strategy in the Faculty of Management.

Bernie has served as a consultant in both the public and private sectors assisting a variety of organizations with strategic planning and organizational change.  He has been a course developer for the Executive Development program at the U.S. National Fire Academy (NFA), and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the academy since 1994.

The primary academic research interest for Dr. Williams is the study of strategic organizational change. He has conducted extensive research on strategic change in a number of sectors including health care, emergency services, telecommunications, and amateur sports.  He has also conducted cross-cultural research examining business practices in North America, Europe and Asia.  The results of his research have been presented at numerous international conferences and have been published in books, journals and proceedings.

Bernie has a passion for sports and has served as a coach and volunteer administrator with a number of voluntary sports organizations. He is currently the President of the Southern Alberta Lacrosse Association and the Vice President of the Alberta Lacrosse Association. In his spare time Bernie enjoys playing hockey, cycling, swimming, sailing, hiking and travelling.

• Ph.D. (Management) University of Toronto
• MA (Sport Management) University of Alberta
• BPE (Sports Administration) University of Alberta

EOCH 664 – Making Sense of Organizational Change

  • B. E. Williams, Samia Chreim, Ali Dastmalchian and Linda Janz.  “Leading change in a primary healthcare context: The case of distributed agency”,  Academy of Management Annual Meetings, Chicago, Illinois, August 2009.
  • B. E. Williams, Samia Chreim and Bob Hinings.  “Interlevel influences on the reconstruction of professional role identity”,  Academy of Management Journal (December 2007; p 1515- 1539)
  • B. E. Williams, T. Reay, S. Chreim, K. Golden-Biddle, A Casebeer, A Pablo, & C. R. Hinings, “Institutionalizing new ways of working: The role of institutional change champions” Academy of Management Annual Meetings, Atlanta Georgia, August, 2006
  • B. E. Williams,  “Globalization, professionalization, and institutionalization: crisis and strategic reorientation in the emergency services field” in Bruning, S., Administrative Sciences of Canada, Globalization Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 2002.

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