Robert Gephart


Alberta School of Business - Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management
Business Building
11203 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2R6



Research Interests

I completed my PhD in 1979 at the University of British Columbia. My fields of interest include:

  • Organizational analysis
  • Safety, loss and environmental management
  • Research methods

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • (2009) Gephart, R.P., Van Maanen, J. and Oberlechner, T. (Guest Editors). (In Press) Special Issue on Organizations and Risk in Late Modernity. Organization Studies.
  • (2009) Gephart, R.P. (In Press) “An invitation to ethnostatistics”. Sciences de Gestion.
  • (2009) Gephart, R.P., J. Van Maanen and T. Oberlechner. (In Press) “Organizations and risk in late modernity”. Organization Studies.
  • (2008) Gephart, R.P. “Corporate social performance: toward a dramaturgical perspective.” Sciences de Gestion, 65, 143-154.
  • (2008) Gephart, R.P. “Corporate social performance: toward a dramaturgical perspective.” Sciences de Gestion, 65, 143-154.
  • (2008) Gephart, R.P., E. Cohen and C. Topal. (In Press). Risk, broadband technologies and identities: a critical perspective. Tamara: Journal of Critical Postmodern Organization Science.
  • (2008) Gephart, R.P. (In Press) “Computer-Based Analysis of Qualitative Data: CAITA (Computer Assisted Interpretive Textual Analysis). Mills, A., Durepos, G. and Wiebe, E. (Editors). Sage Encyclopedia of Case Study Research
  • (2008) Gephart, R.P. , Topal, C., and Kulicki, M. (In Press). “Risk and organizations”. In Barry, D. and Hansen, H. (Editors), Handbook of the New and Emerging in Management and Organization. Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage.
  • (2008) Gephart, R.P and J. Richardson. Qualitative research methodologies in international human resources management research. Pp. 29-52 in M. Harris (Editor), Handbook of Research in International Human Resources. Lawrence Earlbaum Associates, Inc., Publishers; Mahwah, N.J. 
  • (2008) Gephart, R.P. and Topal, C. (In Press) Environmental determinism. In Clegg, S and Bailey, J.R. (Editors), International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage Publications. 
  • (2007) Gephart, R. P. & Kulicki, M. (In Press). Environmental ethics and business: toward a Habermasian Perspective. In Boje, D. (Editor), Critical Theory Ethics for Business and Administration. Information Age Publishing. 
  • (2007) Gephart, R.P. Crisis sensemaking and the public inquiry. Pp. 123-160 in Christine Pearson, Christopohe Roux-Dufort and Judith Clair (Editors), International Handbook of Organizational Crisis Management. Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage Publications.
  • (2007) Gephart, R. P. “Hearing discourse”. Pp. 239-260 in M. Zachry and C. Thralls (Editors), Communication Practices in Workplaces and the Professions: Cultural Perspectives on the Regulation of Discourse and Organizations. Amityville, N.Y.: Baywood Press.
  • (2006) Gephart, R.P. “Ethnostatistics and organizational research methodologies: an Introduction.” Organizational Research Methods, 9 (4), 417-431.
  • (2006) Gephart, R.P. (Guest Editor). Feature Topic Issue on Ethnostatistics and Organizational Research Methodologies. Organizational Research Methods, 9 (4) 417-515.
  • (2004) Gephart, R.P. “Ethnostatistics”. In M. Lewis-Beck, A. Bryman and T. Futing Liao (Editors), Encyclopedia of Research Methods for the Social Sciences. Volume 1, p. 334. Sage.
  • (2004) Gephart, R.P. “Sensemaking and new media at work. American Behavioral Scientist, 48, No. 4, 479-495.
  • (2004) Rynes, S. and Gephart, R.P. “From the editors: qualitative research and the Academy of Management Journal”. Academy of Management Journal, 47, 4, 454-462.
  • (2004) Gephart, R.P. 2004 “Normal risk.” Organization and Environment, 17, No. 1, pp. 20-26.
  • (2003) Gephart, R.P. “Grounded theory and the integration of qualitative and quantitative research.” Research in Multi-Level Inquiry, 2: 113-125.
  • (2002) Gephart, R.P. “Introduction to the brave new workplace: organizational behavior in the electronic age”. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 23, 327-344.
  • (2002) Gephart, R.P. (Guest Editor). Special Issue on Brave New Workplace: Organizational Behavior in the Electronic Age. Journal of Organizational Behavior.
  • (2001) Gephart, R.P. 2001. “Safe Risk in Las Vegas”. M@n@gement, 4, (3): 141-158.

Grants, Awards & Distinctions

  • $97,564.00 ($82,564 + $15,000 matching funds) Principal Researcher for Research Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for research on “Ethnostatistics, methodological sensemaking and management” 2008-2011
  • $89, 165.00 Principal Researcher for Research Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for research on “Deliberative Democracy, Sensemaking and Organizations”, 2008-2011 
  • $60,000 ($20,000 per annum) for Roger S. Smith Professor of Business, University of Alberta, 2008-2011. 

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor, Organizational Research Methods, (2008-2010).
  • Chair, Publications Team, Organizations and Natural Environment Interest Group, Academy of Management
  • 1993 Program Chair, Research Methods Division, Academy of Management
  • Guest Editor for the Special Issue on Research Methodology, Technology Studies (In Press).
  • Guest Editor for the Special Issue on Philosophical Approaches to Environmental Crises. Industrial and Environmental Crisis Quarterly (In Press).

Editorial Boards

  • Academy of Management Journal, 1997--;
  • Journal of Organizational Change Management, 1994--;
  • Organization & Environment, 1997--;
  • Tamara: A Journal of Critical Postmodern Organizational Science, 2000--;
  • Revue sciences de gestion, 2005--;