Dr. Roy Suddaby

Dr. Roy  Suddaby
Professor; Francis G. Winspear Chair; Director, Research; Associate Dean Research and Faculty Renewal


BSc and LLB, University of Alberta; MBA, University of British Columbia; PhD in Organizational Analysis, University of Alberta

Office: BEC 472


  • Organizational change
  • Professions and professional firms
  • Corporate governance
  • Business and society
  • Technology and work

Scholarship and Professional Profile(s)

Roy Suddaby is the Winspear Chair of Management at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Canada. He also is a Professor of Management at the Carson College of Business, Washington State University, USA and Liverpool University Management School, UK, an adjunct Professor at Ritsumeikan University, Japan and IAE Business School, Argentina.

Professor Suddaby is an internationally regarded scholar of organizational theory and institutional change. His work has contributed to our understanding of the critical role of symbolic resources – legitimacy, authenticity, identity and history – in improving an organization’s competitive position. His current research examines the changing social and symbolic role of the modern corporation and the intersection of craft and science in innovation.

Roy is a past editor of the Academy of Management Review and is or has been an editorial board member of the Academy of Management JournalAdministrative Science QuarterlyOrganization StudiesJournal of Management Studies, and the Journal of Business Venturing. He has won best-paper awards from the Academy of Management JournalAdministrative Science Quarterly, and the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada as well as the Greif Research Impact Award from the Academy of Management.

Roy was recently named JMI Scholar by the Western Academy of Management and a Fellow of the Academy of Management

Journal publications


Suddaby, R., & Jaskiewicz, P. (2020). Managing Traditions: A critical capability for Family Business Success. Family Business Review.

Harvey, C., Maclean, M., & Suddaby, R. (2019). Historical Perspectives on Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy. Business History Review.


Suddaby, R., Coraiola, E., Harvey, C., & Foster, W. (2020). History and the Micro-Foundations of Dynamic Capabilities. Strategic Management Journal41(3), 530–556.

Elangovan, A. R. (Elango), & Suddaby, R. (2020). Solomons for our Times: Wisdom in Decision Making in Organizations. Organizational Dynamics49: 1-9.

Suddaby, R., Bévort, F. & Strandgaard-Pedersen, Jesper. (2019). Professional Judgment and Legitimacy Work in an Organizationally Embedded Profession. Journal of Professions and Organization. Forthcoming.

Suddaby, R., Coraiola, D., Harvey, C. & Foster, W. (2019). History and the Micro-Foundations of Dynamic Capabilities. Strategic Management Journal. Forthcoming

Ganzin, M., Islam, G. & Suddaby, R. (2019). Spirituality and Entrepreneurship: The Role of Magical Thinking in Future-Oriented Sensemaking” 2019. Organization Studies, Forthcoming.

Suddaby, R. (2019). Objectivity and Truth: The role of the essay in management scholarship. Journal of Management Studies, 56(2), 441–447. https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12340

Suddaby, R. (2019). Spiritual Myths of Consumption: Puritanism, Transcendentalism and the Consubstantiation of the American Consumer. Journal of Marketing Management, 35(5-6), 410–426. https://doi.org/10.1080/0267257X.2019.1585686

Shepherd, D., Wiklund, J., Wennberg, K., & Suddaby, R. (2019). What are we explaining? A review and agenda on initiating, engaging, performing, and contextualizing entrepreneurship. Journal of Management, 45(1), 159–196. https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206318799443

Suddaby, R., Bruton, G. D., & Walsh, J. P. (2018). What we talk about when we talk about inequality: An introduction to the Journal of Management Studies Special Issue. Journal of Management Studies, 55(3), 381–393. https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12333

Suddaby, R., Ganzin, M., & Minkus, A. (2018). Craft, Magic and the Re-enchantment of the World. European Management Journal, 35(3), 285–296. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emj.2017.03.009

Suddaby, R., Bitektine, A., & Haack, P. (2017). Legitimacy. Academy of Management Annals, 1(11), 451–478. https://doi.org/10.5465/annals.2015.0101

Suddaby, R., & Foster, W. (2017). History and Organizational Change. Journal of Management, 1(43), 19–38. https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206316675031

Recognition & Awards

2020 Fellow, Academy of Management 


JIM Outstanding Scholar, Western Academy of Management


Otto Mønsted Visiting Professorship Award, Copenhagen Business School


John F. Mee Award for Paper with the Best Management History Division Contribution, Management History Division of the Academy of Management


Emerald Citations of Excellence Award, Emerald Group Publishing


JMI Outstanding Scholar, Western Academy of Management


Greif Research Impact Award, USC Marshall School of Business


Distinguished Scholar, Organization and Management Theory Division, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC)


Best Paper Award, Administrative Science Quarterly


Ascendant Scholar, Western Academy of Management


Best Paper Award, Academy of Management Journal


Pearson Faculty Fellow, Alberta School of Business


Business Week Best Business Teachers in US list, Business Week


  • “What’s the Beef? The Emerging Contest over the Legitimacy of Meat”. Joel Baum (U of Toronto) and Roy Suddaby (U Vic) ($7500.00). Funded by the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship Research Grant, Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto

  • "The process of stakeholder management: An investigation of social managers and their stakeholders", Funded by Killam Research Fund Committee, University of Alberta (September 1, 2012) ($29,951.00), Completed, Fall 2012, PI William Foster with CoInvestigator Roy Suddaby

  • "The Management of Corporate Social Memory: The role of the corporate historian/ archivist.", Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (September 1, 2011) ($57,044.00), Completed, Fall 2011, PI William Foster with CoInvestigator Roy Suddaby, CoInvestigator Elden Weibe

  • "Institutional Homology: Explaining Corporate Art", Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (September 1, 2010 - September 1, 2013) ($97,266.00), Completed, Fall 2010, PI Roy Suddaby with CoInvestigator William Foster

  • "Post­ professional regulation", Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (September 1, 2005 - September 1, 2008) ($92,600.00), Completed, Fall 2005, PI Roy Suddaby with CoInvestigator David Cooper

  • "The production of trust and distrust in capital markets under threat", Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (September 1, 2003) ($122,975.00), Completed, Fall 2003, PI Yves Gendron with CoInvestigator Roy Suddaby

Courses Taught

  • Qualitative Methods (PhD)
  • Organization Theory (PhD)