Organizational Analysis Department’s Research

Overview

Members of the Organizational Analysis Department undertake research in two main disciplinary areas; namely organizational analysis and strategy. Our research interests and contributions cover a broad range of topics, including organizational culture and change, leadership, inclusiveness, organizational control, organizational image and legitimacy, employment relations, employer branding, project management, organizational value creation, strategic planning and governance, sustainability strategies, corporate social responsibilities, business ethics, and indigenous organizational practices. Our research activity takes into consideration historical developments as well as recent legal, societal, technological and/or environmental changes. For example, some of our research activity addresses the implications of the digital environment on organizational stakeholders and related social phenomena. Other research projects undertaken within the department involve multinational corporations, recognizing the importance of developing research insights within a global context.

Sample Research Projects in Progress

Building inclusive workplaces image Building inclusive workplaces (Dr. Angela Workman-Stark): The complexity and fluidity of organizational environments brought about by economic swings, rapidly changing technology, increased global migration, demographic shifts, the changing nature of work, and other factors, challenge conventional notions of organizing and engaging people. To effectively leverage the potential of all people and to respond to these diverse challenges, organizational leaders have increasingly turned their attentions to creating more inclusive workplaces - environments in which all individuals are valued and treated fairly, feel safe to be their authentic selves, and have a voice. Dr. Workman-Stark's current research is focused on developing a scale that will assist in assessing inclusiveness within the workplace. The project is also exploring various interventions to overcome exclusionary practices and behaviours, such as an inclusive leadership development model. The ultimate aim of the research is to help organizations to build more inclusive workplaces.


Rethinking temporary organizational structures image Rethinking temporary organizational structures (Dr. Janice Thomas & Dr. Teresa Rose): An emerging trend in project management is the incorporation new ideas and organizational theories into discussions on ‘project studies’. Dr. Thomas and Dr. Rose are engaged in a cross-disciplinary project with the Faculty of Computing Science to explore similarities and differences in the development of two separate literatures on temporary organizational structures: those on projects and collaborations. A goal of this work is to identify what each literature can offer the other, especially in terms of thinking about initiating and managing complex collaborations and projects, such as mega projects in construction. The research project is resulting in unique insights into the way in which temporary organizational structures function and can assist in dealing with so-called ‘wicked problems’, such as intergenerational trauma and climate change.

Recent Publications and Conference Activities

  • Lam, H. (2019). Marijuana legalization in Canada: Insights for workplaces from case law analysis. Industrial Relations, 74(1), 39-64.
  • Aeon, B. & Lamertz, K. (2019). Those who control the past control the future: The dark side of rhetorical history. Organization Studies, Forthcoming.
  • Clarke, A., MacDonald, A., & Ordonez-Ponce, E. (2019). Implementing community sustainability strategies through cross-Sector partnerships: Value creation for and by businesses. In H. Borland, A. Lindgreen, J. Vanhamme, F. Maon, V. Ambrosini, & B. Palacios-Florencio (Eds.), Business Strategies for Sustainability: A Research Anthology. London: Routledge
  • Farashah, A. D., Thomas, J., & Blomquist, T. (2019). Exploring the value of project management certification in selection and recruiting. International Journal of Project Management, 37(1), 14-26
  • Rawski, S., & Workman-Stark, A. (2018). Masculinity contest cultures in policing organizations and recommendations for training interventions, Journal of Social Issues, 74(3), 607-627.