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HUISING Ruthanne

Ruthanne HUISING

Professor of Management and Organizations

Ruthanne Huising is an ethnographer of work and organizations. She studies how organizations respond to external pressures to change and the implications of these changes for professional control and expertise.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management
Cambridge, MA (USA) 
PhD in Management (2008) 

London School of Economics and Political Science 
London, UK
MSc Economics and Philosophy (2002) 
Diploma in Economics (1994) 

University of Alberta 
Edmonton, AB (Canada)
BA en Women’s Studies (1992)


McGill University William Dawson Scholar (2016)
W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship, American Sociological Association (2012)
Best Paper Prize, Regulation and Governance (2011)
Best Paper Prize ASQ, HEC and OMT Conference on Coordination (2011)
Best Dissertation Paper Award, Labor and Employment Relations Association (2008)

McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management Undergraduate Teaching Award (2014)
McGill University Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Nomination (2014, 2009)
McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management Undergraduate Society Professor of the Year (2011)


Since 2016 :
emlyon Business School                                                                                                
Professor of Management and Organizations

2008-2017 :
Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University                                                                                       
Montréal, Québec (Canada)
Associate Professor (2015-2017)
Assistant Professor (2008-2015)

Scientific CommitteesTop

Senior Editor - Organization Science 2016

Editorial Review Board - Organization Science 2013 – 2016

Editorial Review Board - Academy of Management Discoveries, Special Issue on Changing Nature of Work, 2016

Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Journal of Management Inquiry
  • Law and Policy
  • OMT-AoM Conference
  • Regulation and Governance
  • Science, Technology, & Human Values
  • University of Toronto Press


Ruthanne Huising is an ethnographer of work and organizations. She studies how organizations respond to external pressures to change and the implications of these changes for professional control and expertise. Across her various projects she has observed how organizations accommodate regulatory change (Human Pathogens and Toxins Act), auditing fads (Environmental Management Systems), and efficiency efforts (Ontario perioperative coaching program) and the complex responses of scientists, biosafety officers, health physicists, surgeons, nurses, and administrators.

Key words: Work, occupations, expertise, power, biological science, organizational change, regulatory change, ethnography


Co-founder of Montreal Organizations Writing Workshop

Academy of Management Association

American Sociological Association

European Group on Organization Studies

Law and Society Association

Courses taughtTop

Introduction to Organizational Behaviour (undergraduate)

Managing Organizational Change (masters and executive)

Meso Organizational Theory (PhD Seminar)

Research InterestTop

Journal Articles

Huising, Ruthanne, (2019) “Moving off the Map: How Knowledge of Organizational Operations Empowers and Alienates Employees”Organization Science30(5): 1054-1075.

Huising, Ruthanne and Susan S. Silbey, (2018) “From Nudge to Culture and Back Again: Coalface Governance in the Regulated Organization”Annual Review of Law and Social Science14:91-114.

Nigam, Amit, Ruthanne Huising, and Brian Golden, (2016) “ Explaining the Selection of Routines for Change during Organizational Search”Administrative ScienceQuarterly v.61, n.4: 551-583.

Huising, Ruthanne, (2016) “From Adapting Practices to Inhabiting Ideas: How Managers Restructure Work across Organizations”Research in the Sociology of Organizations47:383-413.

Huising, Ruthanne, (2015) “To Hive or to Hold: Producing Relational Authority through Scut Work”Administrative Science Quarterly,v. 60, n.2: 263-299.

Huising, Ruthanne, (2014) “The Erosion of Expert Control through Censure Episodes”Organization Science, v.25, n.6, pp 1633-1661.

Nigam, Amit, Ruthanne Huising, and Brian Golden, (2014) “Improving Hospital Efficiency: A Process Model of the Hospital Change Commitments”Medical Care Research & Review,v. 71, no.1, pp. 21-42.


Garland, Jennifer, Ruthanne Huising, and Jeroen Struben, (2013) “What if Technology Worked in Harmony with Nature: Imagining Climate Change through Prius Advertisements”Organization,v.20, no.5, pp. 679-704.

Huising, Ruthanne, and Susan S. Silbey (2013), “Constructing Consequences for Non-Compliance in Academic Laboratories”Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, v.649, pp.157-177.

Huising, Ruthanne and Susan S. Silbey (2011), “Governing the Gap: Forging Safe Science through Relational Regulation”Regulation and Governance,v.5, no.1, pp. 14–42.

Awarded the W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship (American Sociological Association) and Best Paper Prize (Regulation and Governance).

Silbey, Susan S., Ruthanne Huising, and Salo Coslovsky (2009), “The Sociological Citizen: Recognizing Relational Interdependence in Law and Organizations”L’Année Sociologique,v.59, no.1, pp.201–229.

Book Chapters

Ruthanne Huising and Susan S. Silbey. (2016) “Surveillance and Regulation of Laboratory Practices” inHandbook of Science and Technology Studies, Edited by Felt, Ulrike, Rayvon Fouché, Clark A. Miller, and Laurel Smith-Doerr, MIT Press, Cambridge.

Evans, Joelle, Ruthanne Huising, and Susan S. Silbey (2015), “Accounting for Accounts: Crafting Ethnographic Validity through Group Collaboration” inHandbook of Innovative Qualitative Research Methods: Pathways to Cool Ideas and Interesting Papers,Edited by Kimberly Elsbach and Rodney Kramer, Routledge Press, New York.

Delaney, James G. and Ruthanne Huising (2001), “Canadian Remuneration Practices” inGuide to Global Compensation and Benefits, Edited by Calvin Reynolds, 323-334. Harcourt Press, New York.