Associate Professor, Department of Management
Kai Lamertz studies the inter-personal, organizational, and societal contexts of organizational life. Exploring the behavior of both people in organizations and of organizations in their external environment, he has researched identity and image management, social expectations for legitimate self-presentation, and networks that connect actors into webs of relationships. Dr. Lamertz is currently investigating multi-partner alliance networks in the global airlines industry, the legitimacy of organizations in the Canadian higher education sector, and the relationships between identity, image, and authenticity.
Professor Lamertz has published extensively in a variety of high ranking academic journals and is active in the Canadian community of organizational theory scholars. He has received the best paper award from this community twice in the past four years at the annual conference of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC).
Refereed Journal ArticlesKai Lamertz & Martin L. Martens. 2011. “How do we make you look good? A social network study of upstream organizational impression management and the rhetorical construction of IPO firm images.” Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences. 28: 373-387.
Kai Lamertz & Pursey P.M.A.R. Heugens. 2009. “Institutional translation through spectatorship: Collective consumption and editing of symbolic organizational texts by firms and their audiences. Organization Studies; 30 (11): 1249-1279.
Carol-Ann Tetrault-Sirsly & Kai Lamertz. 2008. “When Does a Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative Provide a First-Mover Advantage?” Business & Society; 47 (3): 343-369.
Kai Lamertz, Michael Carney, & François Bastien. 2008. “Image on the Internet: Inter-organizational isomorphism in image management by professional soccer clubs.” International Journal of Sports Management & Marketing. 3: 242-262.
Kai Lamertz, 2006. “Organizational Citizenship Behavior as performance in multiple informal network positions.” Organization Studies 27 (1): 79-102.
Kai Lamertz, Pursey P.M.A.R. Heugens, & Loic Calmet, 2005. “The configuration of organizational images among firms in the Canadian beer brewing industry.” Journal of Management Studies; 42(4): 817-843.
Karl Aquino & Kai Lamertz 2004. “A relational model of workplace victimization: Social roles and patterns of victimization in dyadic relationships.” Journal of Applied Psychology 89 (6): 1023-1034.
Refereed Conference PresentationsKai Lamertz, Fiona McQuarrie, & Alex Kondra, 2012. “Organizational Legitimacy and Identities in Canadian Post-Secondary Education: Investigating Students’ Perceptions. Proceeding of the Annual Conference of ASAC (Organization Theory Division), St. John’s NL. (Winner of Divisional Best Paper Award)
Kai Lamertz & Marco Morelli, 2010. “The relationship between shared organizational identity perceptions and organizational communication and coordination” Proceeding of the Annual Conference of ASAC, 2010 (Organization Theory Division), Regina, SK.
Kai Lamertz, 2009. “On the topography of shared organizational identity meanings in social networks. In S. Carayannopoulos: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of ASAC, 2009 (Organization Theory Division), Niagara Falls, ON. (Winner of Divisional Best paper Award)
Kai LamertzAssociate Professor, Department of Management
PhD (University of Toronto)
Contact InformationJohn Molson School of Business
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Canada H3G 1M8
Office: MB 14.361
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext 4136
Area of Expertise
- Employee-organization linkages
- Image management
- Organizational identity
- Organizational legitimacy
- Organizational networks