Professor Roy Suddaby

Professor and Chair in Organisation Theory

Roy Suddaby – Biography


Roy Suddaby is the Winspear Chair of Management at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Canada and Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Carson College of Business at Washington State University, USA.  Professor Suddaby is an internationally regarded scholar of organizational theory and institutional change. His work has contributed to our understanding of the critical role of symbolic resources – legitimacy, authenticity, identity and history – in processes of entrepreneurial change and innovation. His current research examines the rhetorical use of the past to mobilize resources for entrepreneurial change.

Roy is a past editor of the Academy of Management Review and is a current associate editor of Academy of Management Perspectives.  He is or has been an editorial board member of the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, and the Journal of Business Venturing. He has won best-paper awards from the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada as well as the Greif Research Impact Award from the Academy of Management.

Roy was recently named a Fellow of the Academy of Management, a JMI Scholar and an Ascendant Scholar by the Western Academy of Management and a Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the RoyalSociety of Canada. Thompson Reuters identifiedRoy as one of the world’s most highly cited researchers in business and economics in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.