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Ryann Manning

Ryann Manning

Ryann Manning

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour and HR Management


PhD, Harvard University
MA, Harvard University
MPP, Harvard University
AB, Princeton University


Ryann Manning is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Rotman. She received a PhD in Organizational Behavior and Sociology from Harvard University. Her research uses indepth fieldwork to examine culture, emotion, and morality in organizational life, and to understand how organizations with a social mission, and people organizing to meet societal needs, grapple with challenges posed by acute and ongoing crises. Her recent research projects have examined online and offline organizing by volunteers responding to the 2014-2015 Ebola crisis in West Africa and the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. As an experienced manager, global health practitioner, and social entrepreneur, she is particularly interested in healthcare organizations, public sector organizations, and organizations in the developing world. 

Non-Academic Positions

  • 2010-2017

    Non-Executive Director, Welbodi Partnership

  • 2015

    Acting CEO, Welbodi Partnership

  • 2010

    Consultant, Malaria Consortium

  • 2009-2010

    Country Manager, Innovations for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Concern Worldwide

  • 2006-2009

    Field Research Coordinator and Consultant, World Bank

  • 2005-2008

    Associate Director and Consultant, Center for Universal Education, Council on Foreign Relations

  • 2004

    Council of Women World Leaders Fellow, Ethical Globalization Initiative

  • 2002

    Junior Visiting Research Fellow, University of Cape Town, Democracy in Africa Research Unit

  • 2001-2002

    Researcher, University of Natal, Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD)

Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

Honors and Awards

  • 2023

    Insight Development Grant, Department of National Defence Research Initiative (DNDRI), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)

  • 2023

    Connaught New Researcher Award, University of Toronto

  • 2022

    Louis Pondy Best Dissertation Paper Award, Academy of Management OMT Division

  • 2018, 2020, 2021

    Rotman School Teaching Award, University of Toronto

  • 2017

    Dean's Award for Service to School and Society, Harvard Business School

  • 2016

    Wyss Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research, Harvard Business School

  • 2016

    Sociology of Emotions Graduate Student Paper Award, American Sociological Association (ASA)

  • 2016

    Health, Health Policy and Health Services Student Paper Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)

  • 2016

    Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) Reviewing Award, Academy of Management OMT Division

  • 2016-2017

    Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

  • 2014

    Best Student Paper Award, European Group on Organizational Studies (EGOS)

  • 2013

    Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University

  • 2005

    Thayer Scholarship, Harvard University

  • 2001

    Henry Richardson Labouisse '26 Prize Fellowship, Princeton University

Academic / Professional Service

  • 2023

    Research Committee, OMT Division , Academy of Management

  • 2021

    Selection Panel, Best Student Paper Award, European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)

  • 2019-2021

    Co-Organizer, OBHRM Speaker Series, Rotman School of Management

  • 2014

    Co-organizer, Work/Culture Sociology Group meeting, Harvard University

  • 2012-2014

    Co-organizer, Work, Organizations, and Markets Workshop , Harvard University

  • 2012-2014

    HBS Doctoral Programs Student Advisory Group , Harvard Business School