Dev Jennings

Director Canadian Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship; Professor, Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management


Director Canadian Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship; Professor, Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management
(780) 492-3998
4-30A Business Building
11203 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2R6



Research Interests

I am involved in three areas of research. My main publications under each are listed below, but not my work in progress or under review. PDF files will be available soon via hyperlinks.

The Natural Environment and Institutional Theory

Hoffman, A., and Jennings, P.D. “The climate change debate: A greater and more varied voice from the social sciences.” Solutions. Forthcoming. 

Hoffman, A.J. and Jennings, P.D. “The BP Oil Spill as a cultural anomaly? Institutional context, conflict and change.” Journal of Management Inquiry, 20 (2): 20, No. 2, pp. 100-112 

Schulz, M., Jennings, P.D. and Patient, D. 2008. “Cleaning Up the Water Act: A Problemistic Approach Rule Change." Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings

Jennings, P.D., Schulz, M., Patient, D., Gravel, C. and Yuan, K., 2005. "Weber and legal rule evolution: The closing of the iron cage?" Organization Studies. 26(4): 621-653. (Authorship of Jennings and Schulz is stated in article as co-equal.) 

Jennings, P.D., Zandbergen, P.A. and Martins, L.M. 2002. “Complications in Compliance: Variations in Enforcement in British Columbia’s Lower Fraser Basin, 1985-1996.” In Organizations, Policy, and the Natural Environment: Institutional and Strategic Perspectives. Edited by Andrew Hoffman and Marc Vantresca. Stanford University Press: Palo Alto, 2001. (Referred and externally edited.) 

Clark, V. and Jennings, P.D. 1997. “Talking about the natural environment: A means for deinstitutionalization?” American Behavioral Scientist, 40(4): 454-464. 

Jennings, P.D. and Zandbergen, P. 1995. “Ecologically Sustainable Organizations: An Institutional Approach.” Academy of Management Review. 20 (4): 1015-1052.

Entrepreneurship and Family Business from an Institutional Theory Standpoint

Sharifian, M., P.D. Jennings and Jennings, J.E. Forthcoming. “Should women go into business with their husbands? Exploring the effects of copreneurship on business and family outcomes.” Chapter accepted for the DIANA Handbook on Women’s Entrepreneurship. Edward Elgar. 

Jennings, J.E., Jennings, P.D. and Greenwood, R. 2007. “Novelty and new firm performance. The case of employment systems in knowledge-intensive service organizations.” Journal of Business Venturing. 24(4): 338-359. 

Martens, M.L., Jennings, J.E. and Jennings, P.D. 2007. “Do the Stories They Tell Get Them the Money They Need? The Role of Entrepreneurial Narratives in Resource Acquisition at IPO.” Academy of Management Journal. 50(5): 1107- . (Authorship is stated in article as co-equal.) 

Shepherd, D., McMullen, J. and Jennings, P.D. “The Formation of Opportunity Beliefs: A Coherence Theory View.” Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. Vol. 1: 

Cliff, J.E., Jennings, P.D. and Greenwood, R. 2006. "Outside the core and questioning the rules: Organizational founders who act as innovators rather than imitators." Journal of Business Venturing. 21(5): 633-663.

The Development of Institutional and Political Theory Fundamentals

Jennings, P.D., Zandbergen, P.A. & Martins, M.L. 2011. “An Institutional View of Process Strategy in the Public Sector”. In Handbook of Strategy Process Research. Edited by Pietro Mazzola and Franz Kellermann. Pp. 492-517. 

Jennings, P.D. and Greenwood, R. 2002. “Enactment as an Institutional Change Mechanism: A Counterpoint to Weick.” In Paradigm Wars. Edited by Robert Westwood and Stewart Clegg. London: Blackwell Publishing, 2002.

Lawrence, T, Winn, M. and Jennings, P.D. 2001. “The Temporal Dynamics of Institutionalization.” Academy of Management Review. 26(4): 624-644. 

Jennings, P.D. 1994. "Viewing Macro HRM From Without: Political and Institutional Perspectives." Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management. Volume 12, Pages 1-40. 

Moore, L.F. and Jennings, P.D. 1993. "Human Resources Management at the Crossroads." Asia Pacific HRM. Volume 31(2): 12-25. 

Moore, L.F. and Jennings, P.D. (editors). 1995. Human Resources Management on the Pacific Rim: Institutions, Practices and Attitudes. Berlin, Germany: Walter de Gruyter Press. 

Palmer, D.A., Jennings, P.D. and Zhou, X. 1993. "Politics and Institutional Change: Late Adoption of the Multidivisional Form by Large U.S. Corporations." Administrative Sciences Quarterly. 38(1): 100-131. 

Baron, J.N., Jennings, P.D. and Dobbin, F. 1988. "Mission Control? The Development of Personnel Systems in U.S. Industry." American Sociological Review. 53: 497-514. 

Palmer, D.A., Friedland, Jennings, P.D. and Powers, M. 1987. "The Economics and Politics of Structure: The Multidivisional Form and the Large U.S. Corporation." Administrative Science Quarterly. 32: 25-48. 

Baron, J.N., Dobbin, F. and Jennings, P.D. 1986. "War and Peace: The Evolution of Modern Personnel Administration in U.S. Industry." American Journal of Sociology. 92(2): 350-383.


Teaching Experience

  • SMO 441 - Business Strategy 
  • SMO 502 - Strategy and Organization
  • SMO 641 - Business Strategy
  • SMO 686 - Innovation and Sustainability

In the past, I have taught courses in research methods, organizational behavior, organization theory, and human resources management. Much of that teaching was done at the University of British Columbia, partly with the UBC MBA Core Team. At UBC, I also taught in the UBC - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Program and the former UBC - Hong Kong Program.


SMO 502 - Organization Strategy/Managing Organizations

The first part of this course examines the formation of business strategy. It recognizes the complexities and messiness of strategy formation and explores how organizations actually develop strategies. The second part examines the evolution, determinants, and relevance of alternative ways of organizing. Contemporary ideas (e.g. re-engineering, the learning organization, virtual organizations) are critically reviewed. Not open to students who have completed SMO 610. Prerequisite: SMO 500.

Winter Term 2021
SMO 706 - Seminar in Quantitative Research Methods

Quantitative methods is an empirics-focused seminar that is intended to sharpen the student's ability to design and use quantitative and mixed methods in behavioral studies, as well as to broaden the student's knowledge of exemplary research in methods in this domain of research. The course complements standard regression or ANOVA course taken by students, and is particularly tailored for students of organization, strategy, and entrepreneurship. Prerequisite: Registration in Business PhD Program at the University of Alberta or written permission of instructor. Approval of the Associate Dean, PhD Program is also required for non-PhD students.

Fall Term 2020

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