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Marlys Christianson

Marlys  Christianson

Marlys Christianson

Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour & HR Management


PhD, University of Michigan
MD, University of Saskatchewan




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

  • Conceptualizing the who, what, when, where, why, and how of resilience in organizations

    Caza, B. B., Barton, M.A., Christianson, M.K., Sutcliffe, K.M.

    Elgar Publishing

    Issue: In Powley, E., Caza, B.B., & Caza, A. (Eds), The Research Handbook of Organizational Resilience.


    Pages: 338-353

  • 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


    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


    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


    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


    Pages: 175-201

Research and Teaching Interests

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

Honors and Awards

  • 2019

    Roger Martin Excellence Award in Teaching, Rotman School of Management

  • 2015-2018

    SSHRC Insight Grant,

  • 2014

    Distinguished PhD Alumni Award, University of Michigan

  • 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2020

    Excellence in Teaching Award, Rotman School of Management

  • 2007 (OB), 2010 (HCM), 2014, and 2015 (MOC)

    Outstanding Reviewer, Academy of Management

  • 2008

    Runner-up, INFORMS Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition,