Marlys Christianson is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Rotman. She received a PhD in Management & Organizations from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include the coordination of complex and interdependent work, sensemaking in high-risk environments, and resilient organizing, particularly as it relates to error detection and correction. Her work has been published
in a variety of outlets, including Academy of Management Annals, Academy of
Management Perspectives, Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of
Organizational Behavior, Organizational Research Methods, and Organization
Selected Publications - Papers
Christianson, M.K. and Barton, M.A.
Journal of Management Studies
Barton, M.A., Christianson, M.K., Myers, C.G., Sutcliffe, K.M.
Administrative Science Quarterly
Organizational Research Methods
LeBaron, C.*, Christianson, M.K.*, Garrett, L., Ilan, R. (*=shared lead authorship)
Maitlis, S & Christianson, M. K.
The Academy of Management Annals
Cohen, M. D., Ilan, R., Garrett, L., LeBaron, C., & Christianson, M. K.
Archives of Internal Medicine (now JAMA Internal Medicine)
Christianson, M. K., Sutcliffe, K. M., Miller, M. A., & Iwashnya, T. J.
Christianson, M.K., Farkas, M., Sutcliffe, K.M., & Weick, K.E.
Grant, A.M., Christianson, M.K., & Price. R.H.
Academy of Management Perspectives
Blatt, R.*, Christianson, M. K.*, Sutcliffe, K. M.*, & Rosenthal, M. M. (* = shared lead authorship)
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Anderson, P.J.J., Blatt, R., Christianson, M.K., Grant, A.M., Marquis, C., Neuman, E.J., Sonenshein, S., & Sutcliffe, K.M.
Journal of Management Inquiry
Selected Publications - Books and Chapters
Conceptualizing the who, what, when, where, why, and how of resilience in organizations
Caza, B. B., Barton, M.A., Christianson, M.K., Sutcliffe, K.M.
Issue: In Powley, E., Caza, B.B., & Caza, A. (Eds), The Research Handbook of Organizational Resilience.
Managing the unexpected
Sutcliffe, K.M. and Christianson, M.K.
In G. Spreitzer, & K. S. Cameron (Eds.), Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship. Oxford: University Press
Using surprise as a guide: Aha moments of confirmation and disconfirmation
In J.E. Dutton & A. Carlsen (Eds). Research Alive: Exploring Generative Moments in Doing Qualitative Research. Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School
Sensemaking, high reliability organizing, and resilience
Christianson, M. K., & Sutcliffe, K. M.
In P. Croskerry, K. Crosby, S. Schenkel, & R. L. Wears (Eds.), Patient Safety in Emergency Medicine. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Speaking up and speaking out: The leadership dynamics of voice in organizations
Ashford, S.J., Sutcliffe, K.M., & Christianson, M.K
In J. Greenberg & M.S. Edwards (Eds.), Voice and Silence in Organizations. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group
Research and Teaching Interests
sensemaking, coordination of complex and interdependent work, and resilient organizing, particularly as it relates to error detection and correction
Honors and Awards
Roger Martin Excellence Award in Teaching, Rotman School of Management
SSHRC Insight Grant,
Distinguished PhD Alumni Award, University of Michigan
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2020
Excellence in Teaching Award, Rotman School of Management
2007 (OB), 2010 (HCM), 2014, and 2015 (MOC)
Outstanding Reviewer, Academy of Management
Runner-up, INFORMS Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition,