• Title: Program Director, Doctorate of Business Administration; Associate Professor of Organizational Analysis
  • Email: kai.lamertz@fb.athabascau.ca

Kai Lamertz joined the Athabasca University Faculty of Business in 2015, after having worked for 17 years at the John Molson School of Business in Montreal. Kai’s research examines the relational, cultural, and social embeddedness of organizations. He is interested in the intersection of micro and macro organizational behavior, focusing on networks in and between organization, organizational identity and image, and organizational legitimacy. He teaches organizational theory and research methods and has a passion for graduate student supervision.

Kai has published extensively in a variety of high ranking academic journals, including Organization Studies, Human Relations, and Journal of Applied Psychology. He is the Associate Editor for organizational theory at the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences and an active member in the Canadian community of organizational theory scholars. He has received the best paper award from this community three times in the past six years at the annual conference of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC). He is currently studying authenticity in the Canadian craft beer brewing industry.

Recent publications:

  • Brad Aeon & Kai Lamertz (forthcoming). “Those who control the past control the future: Historical narration and workplace identity control. Organization Studies.
  • Kai Lamertz and Devasheesh Bhave (2017). “Employee perceptions of organizational legitimacy as impersonal bases of organizational trustworthiness and trust.” Journal of Trust Research 7 (2), 129-149.
  • Kai Lamertz, William M. Foster, Diego Coraiola, & Jochem Kroezen (2016). “New identities from remnants of the past: An examination of the history of beer brewing in Ontario and the recent emergence of craft breweries.” Business History. 58 (5): 796-828.
  • Fiona A.E. McQuarrie, Alex Z. Kondra, & Kai Lamertz. 2013. “The impact of government’s coercive power on the perceived legitimacy of Canadian post-secondary institutions.” Canadian Journal of Higher Education; 43 (2): 149-165.

Refereed conference presentations:

  • Kai Lamertz (2018). Employee claims of authenticity about institutional organizational identity in a regional craft brewing industry. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of ASAC (Organization Theory Division), Toronto, ON.
  • Alez Z. Kondra, Kai Lamertz, & Fiona A.E. McQuarrie (2018). Publish and perish: Legitimacy, predatory journals, and organizational categories. Presented at ASAC 2018, Toronto, ON.
  • Ritu Virk, Kai Lamertz, & Rahul Ravi (2017). “Airline Entry into Multipartner Alliances – The embeddedness effect” Proceedings of the Annual Conference of ASAC (Organization Theory Division), Montreal, QC
  • Kai Lamertz & William M. Foster (2017). “Authentic organizational history”. Presented at the annual conference of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, GA.

Scholarly Activities:

  • Action Editor & Member of Editorial Board: Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences
  • Past Editorial Board Membership: Journal of Organizational Behavior
  • Member of Academic Program Committee, EGOS 2013, Montreal,


  • Administrative Sciences Association of Canada
  • Academy of Management
  • European Group for Organizations

Ad-hoc reviewing:

  • Academy of Management Review
  • British Journal of Industrial Relations
  • Human Relations
  • Journal of Business Research
  • Journal of Management Studies
  • Journal of Organizational and Occupational Psychology
  • Organization Studies
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
  • Social Forces

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