Royston Greenwood


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




I completed my PhD in 1976 at the University of Birmingham, England. My fields of interest include the dynamics of organization change, managing professional service firms, and new business ventures.


2021 - 2014 Professorial Fellow, University of Edinburgh

2020 - 2015 Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge

2019 Best Paper Award, Information and Organization

2019 Best Article Award for "Organizing Refugee Camps: 'Respected Space' and 'Listening Posts'" from the Academy of Management Discoveries

2018 - 2014 Highly Cited Researchers List in Business and Economics recognizing his multiple papers ranking in the top 1% of his field which demonstrates significant research influence among his peers, according to Clarivate Analytics

2018 Honorary Doctorate, University of Zurich

2016 and 2014 Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Journal

2015 Pasmore-Woodman Award, Organization Development & Change Division, Academy of Management

2014 Distinguished Scholar Award, Organization & Management Theory Division, Academy of Management

2013 Best Paper Award for "From Practice to Field: A Multilevel Model of Practice-Driven Institutional Change" from Academy of Management Journal

2013 Honorary Member, European Group on Organization Studies (EGOS)

2012 Greif Research Impact Award for "Institutional entrepreneurship in mature fields: The Big Five accounting firms" from the Entrepreneurship Division, Academy of Management

2011 Award for Scholarly Contribution, Administrative Science Quarterly

2009 Fellow of the Academy of Management

More awards in CV above.




Greenwood, R., Oliver, C., Lawrence, T & Meyer, R. The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism 2nd Edition. SAGE Publications.


Palmer, D. Smith-Crowe, K., Greenwood, R., Eds. Organizational Wrongdoing: Key Perspectives and New Directions Cambridge University Press


Greenwood, R., Oliver, C., Sahlin, K., Suddaby. Institutional Theory in Organization Studies.

  • Vol I: Beginning & Elaborations
  • Vol II: Legitimacy, Isomorphism & Diffusion
  • Vol III: Logics and Language, Institutional Entrepreneurship & Change
  • Vol IV: Institutional Entrepreneurship & Change (cont’d)
  • Vol V: Reflections, New Directions

2008-1974: Please see CV above.



Gehman, J., Lounsbury, M., & Greenwood, R. How institutions matter? From the macro foundations of institutional impacts to the macro consequences of institutional arrangements. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 48.

Muzio, D., Falconbridge, J., Gabbioneta, C., & Greenwood , R. “Bad apples, bad barrels, and bad cellars: a boundaries perspective on professional misconduct.” In Palmer et al (eds) Cambridge Companion to Organizational Wrongdoing: Key Perspectives and New Directions, Cambridge University Press.

Hinings, C.R., & Greenwood, R. Working together revisited, in Debra A. Noumair , Abraham B. (Rami) Shani (ed.) Research in Organizational Change and Development, Volume 24


Greenwood, R., Jennings, P.D., & Hinings, C.R. Sustainability and organizational change: an institutional perspective. In Henderson, R.,, Gulati, R., & Tushman, M. Leading Sustainable Change: an Organizational Perspective

Morris, T., Smets, M. & Greenwood, R. In pursuit of creative compliance: innovation in professional service firms. In P. Daniels & J. Bryan, (eds) Handbook of Service Business Edward Elgar

Raynard, M., Johnson, G. & Greenwood, R. Institutional Theory and Strategic Management. In M. Jenkins & V. Ambrosini (eds) Strategic Management: A Multiplie-Perspective Approach. Palgrave.

Smets, M., Greenwood, R & Lounsbury, M. An Institutional perspective on Srategy-As- Practice. In Golsorkhi, D., Rouleau, L., Seidle, D., & Vaara, E. et al, Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice, 2nd Edition. Cambridge University Press, pp 285-302.


Greenwood, R. ‘Organization Theory’, Oxford Bibliographies In Management, Oxford University Press


Greenwood, R., McDougald, M. ‘Management consulting and large accounting firms.’ In, T. Clark & M. Kipping (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Management Consulting. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.


Wry, T., Lounsbury, M., & Greenwood, R., The cultural context of status: generating important knowledge in nanotechnology. In, J. Pearce (ed) Status, Organization and Management, Cambridge University Press

Morris, T., Greenwood, R., Fairclough, S.J. ‘Decision making in professional service firms.’ In, P. Nutt & D. Wilson (eds.), The Handbook of Decision Making. Blackwell.

2009-1974: Please see CV above.



Cappellerro, G., Tracey, P., & Greenwood, R. From Logic Acceptance to Logic Rejection: The Process of Destabilization in Hybrid Organizations. Organization Science. 

Raynard, M., Kodeih, F., & Greenwood, R. Proudly elitist and undemocratic? The distributed maintenance of contested practices. Organization Studies.


Wang, M., Raynard, Mi, & Greenwood, R. From Grace to Violence: Stigmatizing the Medical Profession in China Academy of Management Journal

Claus, L., Greenwood, R., & Mgoo, J. Institutional Translation Gone Wrong: The Case of Villages For Africa in Rural Tanzania Academy of Management Journal


Wang, M.S., Steele, C., & Greenwood, R. Mentalities and events: Historicizing institutional logics, Academy of Management Review, 44 (2): 473-476.

Ometto, M.P., Gegenhuber, T., Winter, J., & Greenwood, R. From balancing missions to mission drift: The role of the institutional context, spaces, and compartmentalization in the scaling of social enterprises. Business & Society, 58:5


de la Chaux, M., Haugh, H., & Greenwood, R. Organizing refugee camps: ‘Respected Spaces’ and ‘Listening Posts’. Academy of Management Discoveries, Vol 4 (2): 155–179

Hinings, C.R., Gegenhuber, T., & Greenwood, R. Digital innovation and transformation: An institutional perspective. Information and Organization, 28(1), 52-61.

Hinings, C.R., Greenwood, R., & Meyer, R. Dusty books: the liability of oldness Academy of Management Review, 43(2), 333-343.


Micelotta, E., Lounsbury, M., & Greenwood, R. Pathways of institutional change: an integrative review and research agenda, Journal of Management 43(6): 1885-1910.

Toubiana, M., Greenwood, R., & Zietsma, C. Beyond ethos: outlining an alternate trajectory for emotional competence and investment, Academy of Management Review, 42: 551-556.

Greenwood, R., Jennings, D., & Block, E., “Decoupling rape”: By Gail Whiteman and William H. Cooper: Two comments, Academy of Management Discoveries, 3(1): 95-98.


Gehman, J., Lounsbury, M. & Greenwood, R. How institutions matter? From the micro foundations of institutional impacts to the macro consequences of institutional arrangements. Research in the Sociology of Organizations. 48A: 1-34.

Ozturk, I., Amis, J., & Greenwood R., Intra-professional status, maintenance failure, and the reformation of the Scottish civil justice system, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol, 48B: 207-234.

Vermeulen, P., Zietsma, C., Greenwood, R., & Langley, A. ‘Strategic responses to institutional complexity’, Strategic Organization – editorial introduction to Special Issue

Delmestri, G., & Greenwood, R. How Cinderella Became a Queen: Theorizing Radical Status Change, Administrative Science Quarterly, 61(4): 507-550.

Greenwood, R., OMT, Then and Now. Journal of Management Inquiry, 25 (1): 27-33. 2016 Saka-Helmhout, A., Deeg, R & Greenwood, R. The MNE as a challenge to institutional theory: key concepts, recent developments and empirical evidence. Journal of Management Studies, 53 (1): 1-11.


Hinings, C.R., & Greenwood, R. Missing in Action: The Further Contribution of Philip Selznick to Contemporary Institutional Theory, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 37.


Gabbioneta, C. Prakash, R. & Greenwood, R. Sustained corporate corruption and institutional processes of ascription within professional networks. Journal of Professions and Organization, Vol1 (1), 16-32.

Greenwood, R., Hinings, C.R., Whetten, D. Rethinking Institutions and Organizations.Journal of Management Studies, 51, 7: 1206-1220.

Kodeih, F., & Greenwood R., Responding to institutional complexity: the role of identity Organization Studies, 35(1), 7-39.


Gabbioneta, C., Greenwood R., Mazzola, P., & Minola, M. The influence of the institutional context on corporate illegality, Accounting, Organizations & Society, 38 (6-7), 484-504.

Maynard, R., Lounsbury, M., & Greenwood, R. Legacies of logics: sources of community variation on CSR implementation in China, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 35.


Smets, M., Morris, T, & Greenwood, R., From practice to field: a practice driven theory of institutional change Academy of Management Journal. 55(4), 877-904.


Greenwood et al, 2011. Institutional complexity and organizational responses. Academy of Management Annals, 5; 317-371.


Greenwood, R., Morris, T., Fairclough, S., Boussebaa, M. The organizational design of transnational professional service firms. Organizational Dynamics, 39(2): 173-183.

Wry, T., Greenwood, R., Jennings, P.D., Lounsbury, M. Institutional sources of technological knowledge: A community perspective on nanotechnology emergence. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 29: 149-176.

Greenwood, R., Miller, D. Tackling design anew: Getting back to the heart of organizational theory. Academy of Management Perspectives, 24(4): 78-88.

Suddaby, R., Elsbach, K.D., Greenwood, R., Meyer, J.W. Zilber, T.B. Organizations and their institutional environments – bringing meaning, values and culture back in: Introduction to the special research forum. Academy of Management Journal, 53(6).

Greenwood, R., Diaz, A.M., Li, S.X., Lorente, J.C. The multiplicity of institutional logics and the heterogeneity of organizational responses. Organization Science, 21(2): 521-539.

2009 - 1969: Please see CV above.




  • Management of Professional Service Firms
  • Small Business Management
  • Theory of Formal Organization


  • Doctoral Seminar in Organization Theory
  • Doctoral Seminar in Strategic Management
  • Management of Professional Service Firms
  • Introduction to Strategic Management
  • Introduction to Organization Theory and Administrative Practice
  • Fundamentals of Technology Commercialization
  • Introduction to Management Consulting