Tim Hannigan, D.Phil, M.Sc, B.A. (Hons)
Area of Study / Keywords
Entrepreneurship Innovation Management Business Organizations
Timothy R. Hannigan’s research and teaching interests at the Alberta School of Business surround institutional theory, early moments, and the emergence of fields and markets. He draws on research in Strategy, Organization, and Cultural Entrepreneurship. He employs mixed methods to study the effects of collective meaning structures, including product innovation rumours, media framing in scandals, and cultural resources in entrepreneurial ecosystems. He uses natural language processing, topic modeling and network text analysis to study how meanings emerge.
Before joining University of Alberta, Tim attended the Queen’s University (BA Hons), London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc) and University of Oxford (PhD). He is currently an Associate Professor of Organization Theory and Entrepreneurship at the Alberta School of Business.
Publications authored by Dr. Hannigan can be found in leading journals such as Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies, Organization Theory, Research Policy, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Annals, Behavioral Science & Policy, and Big Data & Society.
Organization Theory, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Interpretive Data Science, Content Analysis, Natural Language Processing, Topic Modeling, Organizational Wrongdoing, Scandal, Corporate Reputation, Open Innovation, Network Analysis
Pozner, J.E. & Hannigan, T.R. (In Press), How relational publics become a scandal audience: values and the creation of scandal. Organization Theory.
Gamache, D., Devers, C., Klein, F., & Hannigan, T.R. (2023). Shifting perspectives: How scrutiny shapes the relationship between CEO gender and acquisition activity. Strategic Management Journal.
Hannigan, T.R. (2023) Relational publics: studying organizational possibilities. Organization Studies.
Hannigan, T.R., Pak, Y., & Jennings, P.D. (2022). Mapping the multiverse: A cultural cartographic approach to realizing entrepreneurial possibilities. In Lockwood, C, & J.-F. Soublière (eds.), Advances in Cultural Entrepreneurship (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 80, pp. 217-237). Bingley: Emerald Publishing.
Lounsbury, M. & Hannigan, T.R. (2022). Field of Dreams: Exploration of Entrepreneurial Possibilities. Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange.
Hannigan, T. R., Briggs, A. R., Valadao, R., Seidel, M.-D. L., & Jennings, P. D. (2021). A new tool for policymakers: Mapping cultural possibilities in an emerging AI entrepreneurial ecosystem. Research Policy, 104315. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2021.104315
Hannigan, T.R., Wang, M.S., Steele, C.W.J., Seidel, M.D.L., Cervantes, E., Jennings, P.D. (2020) A community-based sociocultural network approach to controlling COVID-19 contagion: Seven suggestions for improving policy. Behavioral science & policy.
Seidel, V. P., Hannigan, T.R, & Phillips, N. (2020). Rumor communities, social media, and forthcoming innovations: The shaping of technological frames in product market evolution. Academy of Management Review.
Hannigan, T.R., Haans, R.F.J., Vakili, K., Tchalian, H., Glaser, V.G., Wang, M., Kaplan, S., & Jennings, P.D. (2019) Topic Modeling in Management Research: Rendering New Theory from Textual Data. Academy of Management Annals.
Hannigan, T. R., & Casasnovas, G. (2021). New structuralism and field emergence: The co-constitution of meanings and actors in the early moments of social impact investing. In C. W. J. Steele, T. R. Hannigan, V. Glaser, M. Toubiana, & J. Gehman (eds.), Macrofoundations: Exploring the institutionally situated nature of activity (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 68, pp. 147–183). Bingley: Emerald Publishing.
Steele, C. & Hannigan, T.R. (2021). Integrating and complicating the micro- and macro- ‘foundations’ of institutions: towards a more optometric institutionalism and an institutionalist optometry. In C. W. J. Steele, T. R. Hannigan, V. Glaser, M. Toubiana, & J. Gehman (eds.), Macrofoundations: Exploring the institutionally situated nature of activity (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 68, pp. 19-46). Bingley: Emerald Publishing.
Steele, C., Hannigan, T.R., Toubiana, M., Glaser, V., & Gehman, J. (2020). Macrofoundations: Exploring the Institutionally Situated Nature of Activity. In C. W. J. Steele, T. R. Hannigan, V. Glaser, M. Toubiana, & J. Gehman (eds.), Macrofoundations: Exploring the institutionally situated nature of activity (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 68, pp. 3-16). Bingley: Emerald Publishing.
Glaser, V.L., Valadao, R. & Hannigan, T.R. (2020) Algorithms and Routine Dynamics, in Cambridge Handbook of Routine Dynamics.
Hannigan, T.R., Seidel, V.P., & Yakis-Douglas, B. (2018). Product Innovation Rumors as Forms of Open Innovation. Research Policy, 47 (5), 953-964.
Hannigan, T.R. (2016). Categories. In C. Carroll (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of corporate reputation (pp. 102-104). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.
Hannigan, T.R. (2015). Close encounters of the conceptual kind: Disambiguating social structure from text. Big Data & Society, 2(2).
Awards & Grants
2023 Schulze Publication Award recipient for article with Michael Lounsbury, “Field of Dreams: Exploration on of Entrepreneurial Possibilities” (EIX.org)
2022 SSHRC Insight Grant award #435-2022-0175, The Emerging Blockchain Entrepreneurship Field (PI, $269,169). (Co-Investigator: Michael Lounsbury).
2022 Xerox Canada Faculty Fellowship, University of Alberta
2020 Academy of Management Review Developmental Reviewer Award
2019 Special EFF-SAS Grant, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta, IDeaS workshop.
2019 EFF-SAS Grant, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta.
2019 OMT Above and Beyond the Call of Duty reviewing award, Academy of Management Meetings, Boston.
2019 Society for the Advancement of Management Studies Grant, Workshop on Data Analysis Methods for Management Research, with Vern Glaser.
2018 SSHRC Insight Development Grant, The Cultural Holes of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems ($58,581)
2017 EFF-SAS Grant, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta, Reputation, Role-Conflict, and Scandal.
2015 Pearson Faculty Fellowship, University of Alberta.
2015 Best Paper Proceedings for the Academy of Management Meetings, Vancouver, BC. The Social Construction of Scandal: The Role of Media in the British Parliamentary Expense Affair.
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