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Marlys Christianson

Marlys Christianson

    Marlys Christianson

    Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour & HR Management

    Degrees: PhD, University of Michigan
    MD, University of Saskatchewan
    Email: Send an email to Marlys Christianson
    Phone: 416-978-0250


    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 Science.

    Selected Publications - Papers

    Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

    • 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; 2012; Pages: 843-854
    • Using surprise as a guide: Aha moments of confirmation and disconfirmation; Christianson, M.K.; In J.E. Dutton & A. Carlsen (Eds). Research Alive: Exploring Generative Moments in Doing Qualitative Research. Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School; 2011; Pages: 38-41
    • 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; 2009; Pages: 27-33
    • 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; 2009; Pages: 175-201

    Honors and Awards

    2015-2018  SSHRC Insight Grant
    2014  Distinguished PhD Alumni Award; University of Michigan
    2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016  Excellence in Teaching Award; University of Toronto
    2007 (OB), 2010 (HCM), 2014, and 2015 (MOC)  Outstanding Reviewer; Academy of Management,
    2008  Runner-up, INFORMS Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition,

    Research and Teaching Interests

    sensemaking, coordination of complex and interdependent work, and resilient organizing, particularly as it relates to error detection and correction  

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