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Jane Lê

Jane Lê

BSc Hons Brandon; MSc Nottingham; PhD Aston
Senior Lecturer

Rm 4185
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 3119
Fax +61 2 9351 4729
jane.le@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Jane Lê is a Senior Lecturer working at the boundary of Organization Theory and Strategic Management. Her research focuses on practice-based studies of complex contexts, particularly infrastructure settings like energy, rail, telecoms, rail and water that critically underpin our economy and quality of life. She fosters particular interests in paradox and materiality. She aims to conduct research at the highest level, producing quality research outputs with real world relevance. Her work has appeared in a number of leading journals including Organization Science, Organization Studies, Strategic Organization, British Journal of Management, International Journal of HRM, and Organization. Dr. Lê has a strong profile in her focal field of strategy-as-practice, where she currently leads the Research Community Platform at the European Group for Organizational Studies and is Incoming Chair for the Strategizing Activities and Practice interest group at the Academy of Management. However, her training in psychology and sociology, and breadth of experience working in human resource management, strategy and organizational studies, position her well to understand and appreciate work conducted along a broad spectrum of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Dr. Lê has developed strong expertise in research methods, having used a range of research designs, including cross-sectional and longitudinal case studies, and drawing on multiple qualitative data sources including interviews, observation and archival sources to study private and public sector organizations. She was recently successful in securing a highly competitive ARC Discovery Grant entitled ‘The Human Side of Energy Security’, which will examine how organisational practices and processes shape outcomes for secure, reliable and affordable energy with low environmental impact.

Dr. Lê is also a passionate teacher, who strives to continuously engage with students and develops innovative ways to teach. She uses diverse teaching and assessment tools – including exercises involving LEGO and card games, as well as real-life simulations – to make learning more interesting and effective. Her student feedback is continuously above average. Dr. Lê’s core teaching areas are strategic management and research methods, though her versatile profile also positions her well to teach strategic human resource management, organisational behaviour, organisational change, organization theory, and management. She has taught on programs at all levels, including the MBA, PhD, MPhil, MComm/MSc and the BComm/BSc. These activities are supported by pedagogic training through a Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, as well as continuous professional development activities. For instance, she has built and manages a repository of teaching materials and co-organizes a successful recurring teaching workshop at the Academy of Management. She frequently receives invitations to teach and deliver training workshops at other institutions. Dr. Lê is a fervent advocate of research training. She enjoys mentoring doctoral and early career researchers, and has actively supervised more than 20 research students.

She also contributes to University life through service contributions. Dr. Lê has been part of numerous review boards (for instance, reviewing the Higher Degrees by Research programmes, the undergraduate Management Major, and the marking policy), acted as Faculty Liaison for our student society, and served as disciplinary Research Coordinator (overseeing the research portfolio and doctoral candidates). She also lead the Business School’s bid to become an institutional member of the Strategy-as-Practice International Network; created an informal ECR Network within the business school; organized international visitors and workshops for research groups; and is acting as a Steering Committee member for the Balanced Enterprise Research Network. Further, she frequently reviews journal and conference papers; convenes streams at top international conferences; and exhibits strong leadership in the strategy-as-practice community.

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Publications

2016

2
Book Section/s

Jarzabkowski P, Le JK and Spee AP 2016 Forthcoming 'Taking a strong process approach to analysing qualitative process data' in SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies, ed. Ann Langley and Haridimos Tsoukas, Sage Publications, London, United Kingdom

Le JK and Bednarek R 2016 Forthcoming 'Paradox in everyday practice' in Oxford Handbook of Organizational Paradox: Approaches to Plurality, Tensions and Contradictions, ed. Paula Jarzabkowski, Marianne Lewis, Wendy Smith, and Ann Langley, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom

Le JK 2016 'Qualitative Analytic Software' in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2nd edition, ed. Steven Rogelberg, Sage, Oxford, United Kingdom

4
Journal Article/s

Le JK and Jarzabkowski P 2016 Forthcoming 'Conflict as a micro-process shaping the relationship between strategy process and content', British Journal of Management

Jarzabkowski PA and Le JK 2016 Forthcoming 'We have to do this and that? You must be joking: Constructing and responding to paradox through humor', Organization Studies

2015

2
Book Section/s

Le JK and Spee AP 2015 'The role of materiality in the practiced of strategy' in Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice (2nd edition), ed. Golsorkhi, D., Rouleau, L., Seidl, D. and Vaara, E., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 582-97

4
Journal Article/s

Dameron S, Le JK and LeBaron C 2015 'Materializing Strategy and Strategizing Materials: Why Matter Matters', British Journal of Management, vol.26, pp. S1–S12 Link

Le JK and Jarzabkowski P 2015 'The Role of Task and Process Conflict in Strategizing', British Journal of Management, vol.26:3, pp. 439-62 Link

Balogun J, Best K and Le JK 2015 'Selling the Object of Strategy: How Frontline Workers Realize Strategy through their Daily Work', Organization Studies, vol.36:10, pp. 1285-313 Link

5
Conference Paper/s

Le JK, Jarzabkowski P and Balogun J 2015 'Realizing Strategy: zipping the gap between strategizing and structuring', 31st European Group of Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium, Athens, Greece, 4th July 2015

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Balogun J, Best K and Le JK 2015 'Selling the Object of Strategy: The Role of Frontline Workers in Strategy Realization (Best Paper Proceedings)', 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada, 11th August 2015

2014

4
Journal Article/s

Le JK 2014 'Book Review - Practicing Strategy: Text and Cases. Sotirios Paroutis, Loizos Heracleous and Duncan Angwin. London: Sage, 2013. ISBN 9781849207508', Organization, vol.21:5, pp. 750-4

Jarzabkowski P, Bednarek R and Le JK 2014 'Producing persuasive findings: Demystifying ethnographic textwork in strategy and organization research', Strategic Organization, vol.12:4, pp. 274–87 Link

5
Conference Paper/s

Jarzabkowski PA, Balogun J and Le JK 2014 'Temporary Structuring: Zipping the gap between strategizing and structuring in practice', Management Society Conference 2014 - "Strategies in a World of Networks", Madrid, Spain, 21st September 2014

Le JK and Spee A 2014 'The material turn in organization studies and strategy-as-practice', 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - "The Power of Words", Philadelphia, United States, 5th August 2014

Jarzabkowski P and Le JK 2014 'We have to do this and that? You must be joking: Humour as an everday response to paradox in oganizations', 30th European Group for Organisational Studies Colloquium EGOS 2014 - "Reimagining, rethinking, reshaping organizational scholarship in unsetted times", Rotterdam, Netherlands, 4th July 2014

2013

4
Journal Article/s

Jarzabkowski P, Le JK and Van de Ven AH 2013 'Responding to competing strategic demands: How organizing, belonging, and performing paradoxes coevolve', Strategic Organization, vol.11:3, pp. 245-80 Link

Le JK 2013 'How constructions of the future shape organizational responses: Climate change in the Canadian oil sands', Organization, vol.20:5, pp. 722-42 Link

Suddaby R, Seidl D and Le JK 2013 'Strategy-as-Practice meets Neo-Institutional Theory', Strategic Organization, vol.11:3, pp. 329-44 Link

5
Conference Paper/s

Le JK, Suddaby R and Seidl D 2013 'Strategy-as-Practice meets Institution Theory', 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - "Capitalism in Question", Orlando, United Kingdom, 13th August 2013

Guerard S and Le JK 2013 'Teaching Strategy-as-Practice', 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - "Capitalism in Question", Orlando, United Kingdom, 13th August 2013

Le JK and Jarzabkowski P 2013 'Conflict as a micro process shaping the relationship between strategy process and content', 29th European Group for Organisational Studies Colloquium EGOS 2013 - "Bridging Continents, Cultures and Worldviews", Montreal, Canada, 6th July 2013

2012

4
Journal Article/s

Jarzabkowski P, Le JK and Feldman M 2012 'Toward a Theory of Coordinating: Creating Coordinating Mechanisms in Practice', Organization Science, vol.23:4, pp. 907-27 Link

5
Conference Paper/s

Le JK and Schmid T 2012 'Quality in Qualitative Strategy Research: Current Designs & Future Directions', Academy of Management Annual Meeting AOM 2012 - “The Informal Economy”, Boston, United States, 7th August 2012

Le JK 2012 'The process of responding to paradoxical tension in organizations', Symposium on Changing Change - Academy of Management Annual Meeting AOM 2012 - “The Informal Economy”, Boston, United States, 7th August 2012

Le JK 2012 'Walking the talk: Paradoxical goals, future imaginings and the development of the Canadian oil sands', 28th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2012 - "Design!?", Helsinki, Finland, 7th July 2012

2011

2
Book Section/s

Le JK and Jarzabkowski P 2011 'Touching data: Revelation through Energetic Collaboration' in Research Alive. Exploring Generative Moments in Doing Qualitative Research, ed. Arne Carlsen & Jane E. Dutton, Copenhagen Business School Press, Copenhagen, Denmark, pp. 130-32

5
Conference Paper/s

Le JK 2011 'When contradictory logics coexist: How work practices and institutional accounts reconfigure institutional logics (Listed in the Best Paper Proceedings)', 71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management AoM 2011 - "West meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, and Transcending", San Antonio, United States, 16th August 2011

Jarzabkowski P, Le JK and Van de Ven A 2011 'A Dialectical Process Model of Responding to Paradoxical Tension in Organizations', 71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management AoM 2011 - "West meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, and Transcending", San Antonio, United States, 16th August 2011

Le JK, Jarzabkowski P and van de Ven A 2011 'How practices and accounts enable contradictory institutional logics to coexist', 27th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2011 - "Reassembling Organizations", Gothenburg, Sweden, 9th July 2011

Le JK and Schmidt T 2011 'Qualitative Research in Strategic Management', 27th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2011 - "Reassembling Organizations", Gothenburg, Sweden, 9th July 2011

Le JK 2011 'Coping with paradoxical tensions through discourse: The energy industry and climate change', 27th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2011 - "Reassembling Organizations", Gothenburg, Sweden, 9th July 2011

2010

4
Journal Article/s

Le JK, Tissington P and Budhwar P 2010 'To move or not to move: A question of family?', International Journal of Human Resource Management, vol.21:1, pp. 17-45

5
Conference Paper/s

Le JK and Jarzabkowski P 2010 'Humour practices and processes during strategy implementation', European Group for Organizational Studies, Lisbon, Portugal, 1st January 2010-31st December 2010

Jarzabkowski P, Le JK and Feldman M 2010 'Organizing to reorganize: End-to-end management in practice', HEC/GéPS Strategy-as-Practice Workshop, Montreal, Canada, 1st January 2010-31st December 2010

Le JK and Jarzabkowski P 2010 'The role of conflict in strategy tasks', SMS Special Conference: Intersection of Strategy Processes and Strategy Practices, Levi, Finland, 1st January 2010-31st December 2010

Le JK and Jarzabkowski P 2010 'The role of conflict in strategy tasks', Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2010 - "Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research", Montreal, Canada, 10th August 2010

2009

1
Book/s

Le JK and Binder M 2009 'How to survive your doctorate', Open Up Study Skills, OUP, London, United Kingdom, pp. 208

Tissington P, Hasel M and Le JK 2009 'How to write successful business and management essays', Sage, London, United Kingdom, pp. 160 Link

2
Book Section/s

Jarzabkowski P, Le JK and Van de Ven A 2009 'Doing which work? A practice approach to institutional pluralism' in Doing Institutional Work, ed. T. Lawrence, B. Leca and R. Suddaby, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 284-316

5
Conference Paper/s

Le JK, Jarzabkowski P and Feldman M 2009 'Organizing to reorganize: Doing end-to-end management in practice', Academy of Management Conference, Chicago, United States, 1st January 2009-31st December 2009

Le JK and Jarzabkowski P 2009 'The role of conflict in strategy tasks', European Group for Organizational Studies, Barcelona, Spain, 1st January 2009-31st December 2009

2008

4
Journal Article/s

Le JK and Tissington P 2008 'The four-factor taxonomy of relocation outcomes', Human Resource Development Review, vol.7:2, pp. 142-164

5
Conference Paper/s

Jarzabkowski P, Le JK and Van de Ven A 2008 'A process model of coping with dialectical tensions in organizations', Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, United States, 1st January 2008-31st December 2008

Jarzabkowski P, Le JK and Feldman M 2008 'Organizing to reorganize: End-to-end management in practice', European Group for Organizational Studies, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1st January 2008-31st December 2008

2007

4
Journal Article/s

Le JK and Richter A 2007 'Gaining access to organisations – Foot in the door or door in the face?', The Psychologist, vol.20:3, pp. 144-147

5
Conference Paper/s

Jarzabkowski P and Le JK 2007 'Strategy as everyday practice: Quantitative methods to analyse practice data', European Group for Organizational Studies, Vienna, Austria, 1st January 2007-31st December 2007

Selected grants

2017

  • SOAR proposal - Le, Jane Kirsten; Le (nee Matthiesen) J; DVC Research/SOAR Fellowships.

2016

  • The human side of energy security; Le (nee Matthiesen) J, Wright C, Jarzabkowski P; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Research Expertise

  • Strategy practice and process research
  • Paradox
  • Sociomateriality
  • Coordination in organizations
  • Qualitative research methods

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