Dev Jennings

Professor, Alberta School of Business - Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management


Professor, Alberta School of Business - Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management
(780) 492-3998
4-30A Business Building
11203 Saskatchewan Drive NW
T6G 2R6


Area of Study / Keywords

Interpretive Data Science Organizations and the Natural Environment Institutional Theory


I am an organizational sociologist by training and in my orientation, one with an interest in institutions, technology, entrepreneurship and the natural environment. I have spent most of my academic life in interdisciplinary spaces among sociology, business and natural sciences.


Research Interests

Currently, my main pursuits are work on entrepreneurship and technology, much of it with the Interpretive Data Science (IDeaS) group and around organizations and the natural environment, some of which is with the FES (Future Energy Systems) group.

Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Interpretive Data Science

 Hannigan, T., Briggs, A., Valadao, R., Seidel, MD, & Jennings, P.D. (2021 in press). “Mapping Material and Cultural Possibilities in an Emergent Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.” Research Policy, 104315.

 Jennings, P.D., Hannigan, T.R. & Jennings, J.E. (2021, forthcoming). “’Reversing Entrepreneurship’s Arrow’: The Metaphor’s Model and Some Research Implications.” Research in the Sociology of Organizations.

 Hannigan, T., Wang, M.S., Steele, C., Seidel, MD., Cervantes, E. & Jennings, P.D. (2020). “Seven Suggestions from a Cultural Network Approach for Amending COVID-19 Policy.” Behavioral Science & Policy. Covid-19 Special Issue. Pp. 1-14.

 Hannigan, T., Haans, R. F. J., Vakili, K., Tchalian, H., Glaser, V., Wang, M., Kaplan, S. & Jennings, P. D. (2019). Topic modeling in management research: Rendering new theory from textual data. Academy of Management Annals, (ja). 2nd highest downloaded paper for 2019 at the Annals.

 Zhao, E. Y., Ishihara, M., & Jennings, P. D. (2019). Strategic entrepreneurship's dynamic tensions: Converging (diverging) effects of experience and networks on market entry timing and entrant performance. Journal of Business Venturing.

 Han, Q., Jennings, J. E., Liu, R., & Jennings, P. D. (2019). Going home and helping out? Returnees as propagators of CSR in an emerging economy. Journal of International Business Studies, 50(6), 857-872.

 Zhao, E. Y., Ishihara, M., Jennings, P. D., & Lounsbury, M. (2018). Optimal distinctiveness in the console video game industry: An exemplar-based model of proto-category evolution. Organization Science, 29(4), 588-611.

 Markman, G.D., Russo, M., Lumpkin, G.T., Jennings, P.D., and Mair, J. (2016). Entrepreneurship as a Platform for Pursuing Multiple Goals: A Special Issue on Sustainability, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship. Journal of Management Studies, 53(5): 673–694.

Jennings, J.E., Edwards, T., Jennings, P.D., & Delbridge R. (2015). Emotional arousal and entrepreneurial outcomes: Generating elaborated theory by combining qualitative methods. Journal of Business Venturing. 30 (1): 113-130.

 Jennings, J. E., Jennings, P. D., & Sharifian, M. (2014). Living the dream? Assessing the “entrepreneurship as emancipation” perspective in a developed region. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

 Wry, T., Lounsbury, M., & Jennings, P. D. (2014). Hybrid vigor: securing venture capital by spanning categories in nanotechnology. Academy of Management Journal, 57(5), 1309-1333. Finalist for AoM Best Paper Award of 2014.

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

Organization and the Natural Environment

 Jennings, P.D., Hoffman, A.J., and Cascadden, M. (2022, forthcoming). Sustainability Science and Corporations within Communities: Translation, Resistance and Integration. Chapter in G. George et. al. Handbook on the Business of Sustainability: The Organization, Implementation, and Practice of Sustainable Growth. Edward Elgar.

 Hoffman, A.J., Jennings, P.D., & Poggioli, N. (2021, in press). “Institutional policies for a healthy Anthropocene society.” Behavior Science & Policy.

 Dhar, A., Naeth, M. A., Jennings, P. D., & El-Din, M. G. (2020). Geothermal Energy Resources: Potential Environmental Impact and Land Reclamation. Environmental Reviews. (ja).

Jennings, P. D., Hoffman, A., & Sharifian, M. (2020). “Does a Common Mechanism Engender Common Results?” by Rawhouser, Cummings and Hiatt–Some Carry Forwards for Studies of the Paris Agreement. Academy of Management Discoveries, (ja).

 Dhar, A., Naeth, M. A., Jennings, P. D., & El-Din, M. G. (2020). Perspectives on Environmental Impacts and a Land Reclamation Strategy for Solar And Wind Energy Systems. Science of the Total Environment, 134602.

 Cascadden, M., Heales, K., Block, E. S., & Jennings, P. D. (2020). What’s in a Name? Impact of Community Power, Identity, and Logics on Cross-Sector Agreement Quality. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2020, No. 1, p. 18065). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management.

 Jennings, P. D., & Hoffman, A. J. (2019). Three Paradoxes of Climate Truth for the Anthropocene Social Scientist. Organization & Environment, 1086026619858857.

 Hoffman, A. J., & Jennings, P. D. (2018). Institutional-Political Scenarios for Anthropocene Society. Business & Society, 0007650318816468.

 Hoffman, A.J. and Jennings, P.D. (2018). Re-Engaging with Sustainability in the Anthropocene Era: An Institutional Approach. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. SIM Best Book Award, 2019.

 Hoffman, A.J., and P.D. Jennings. (2017). “Institutional Theory and the Natural Environment: Building Research through Tensions and Paradoxes,” in Greenwood et al., (Eds.). The Sage Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism, 2nd Edition. London: Sage. Pp. 759-785.

 Greenwood, R., P.D. Jennings, and E. Block. (2017). “Decoupling Rape” by Gail Whiteman and William H. Cooper: Two Comments View Original Article. Academy of Management Discoveries, 3(1), 95-98.

 Hoffman, A.J., and P.D. Jennings. (2015). “Institutional Theory and the Natural Environment Research in (and on) the Anthropocene.” Organization and Environment, 28(1): 8-31.

 Greenwood, R.G., Hinings, C.R., and Jennings, P.D. (2015). “Sustainability and Organizational Change: An Institutional Perspective,” in Henderson R., Gulati, R., & Tushman, M., (Eds) Leading Sustainable Change. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. 323-355.

 Misutka, P., Coleman, C., Jennings, P.D., and Hoffman, A.J. (2015). “Processes for Retrenching Logics: The Alberta Oil Sands Case, 2008-2011,” in Lounsbury, M.L. and Boxenbaum, E.’ Institutional Logics in Action. Research in the Sociology of Organizations: Emerald Press.

 Hoffman, A., and Jennings, P.D. (2012). “The Social and Psychological Foundations of Climate Change” Solutions, 4: 3-10.

 Hoffman, A.J. and Jennings, P.D. (2011). “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.


Teaching Experience

  • SMO 441 - Business Strategy 
  • SMO 502 - Strategy and Organization
  • SMO 641 - Capstone Business Strategy
  • SMO 686 - Innovation and Sustainability - Clean Technology
  • SMO 704 - Ph.D. Quantitative Research Methods I - Panel Models, Event History, Network Analysis, Topic Modeling
  • SMO 706 - Ph.D. Quantitative Research Methods II - Advances in Topic Modeling, Network Analysis, and QCA (co-taught with Tim Hannigan and Vern Glaser)

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.


SEM 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 SEM 610. Prerequisite: SEM 500.

Winter Term 2023 Winter Term 2023

SEM 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 2022

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