Kai Lamertz studies the relational, cultural, and social embeddedness of organizations. His research focuses on better understanding the intersection of micro and macro organizational behavior, examining such phenomena as networks in and between organization, organizational identity and image, and organizational legitimacy. Dr. Lamertz is currently investigating authenticity in Canada’s craft brewing industry, the evolution of multi-partner alliance networks in the global airlines industry, and organizational legitimacy in the Canadian higher education sector.

Professor Lamertz has published extensively in a variety of high ranking academic journals and is active 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).


Recent publications:

  • Kai Lamertz, William M. Foster, Diego Coraiola, & Jochem Kroezen. (forthcoming). “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
  • 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.
  • Kai Lamertz & Martin L. Martens. 2011. “How do we make you look good? A social network study of upstream organizational impression management and the rhetorical construction of IPO firm images.” Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences. 28: 373-387.
  • Kai Lamertz & Pursey P.M.A.R. Heugens. 2009. “Institutional translation through spectatorship: Collective consumption and editing of symbolic organizational texts by firms and their audiences.”Organization Studies; 30 (11): 1249-1279.
  • Carol-Ann Tetrault-Sirsly & Kai Lamertz. 2008. “When does a corporate social responsibility initiative provide a first-mover advantage?” Business & Society; 47 (3): 343-369.
  • Kai Lamertz, Michael Carney, & François Bastien. 2008. “Image on the internet: Interorganizational isomorphism in image management by professional soccer clubs.” International Journal of Sports Management & Marketing. 3: 242-262.
  • Kai Lamertz, 2006. “Organizational citizenship behavior as performance in multiple informal network positions.” Organization Studies 27 (1): 79-102.

Refereed conference presentations:

  • Badr Hadrioui & Kai Lamertz 2015. “Remembrance of things past: Employees’ accounts of their company’s history.” Presented at the Annual Conference of ASAC (Organization Theory Division), Halifax, NS.
  • Kai Lamertz, Sean Ship, Raghid Al Hajj, & Ulrich Wassmer 2014. “Drawing boundaries around multipartner alliances (MPA): Institutional spectatorship and the evolution of MPA-related collaboration within the global airline industry.” Proceedings of the Annual Conference of ASAC (Organization Theory Division), Muskoka, ON.
  • Kai Lamertz & Raymond Paquin, 2013. “Stars lead and cliques follow? A study of shared identity perceptions in ego networks.” Academy of Management Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Kai Lamertz, Alex Kondra, & Fiona McQuarrie, 2013. “Managing organizational image at the borders of institutional expectations: New universities and their identities.” EGOS 2013, Montreal, QC.
  • Kai Lamertz & Devasheesh Bhave, 2013. “Organizational trust and member perceptions of trustworthiness signals in different stakeholder relations.” ASAC 2013, Calgary, AB.

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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