PhD, Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
MSc, Economics & Philosophy, London School of Economics and Political Sciences, UK
BA, Women's Studies, University of Alberta, Canada
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 accomodate regulatory change (Human Pathogens and Toxins Act), auditing fads (Environmental Mangement Systems), and efficiency efforts (Ontario perioperative coaching program) and the complex responses of scientists, biosafety officers, health physicists, surgeons, nurses, and administrators.
Her paper "Governing the Gap: Forging Safe Science Through Relational Regulation" with Susan S. Silbey http://web.mit.edu/~ssilbey/www/ won the W.Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the American Sociological Association and prize for the best article published in Regulation & Governance (2011). She also won the Best Dissertation Paper Prize from the Labor and Employment Relations Association in 2008. Her dissertation research was funded the Martin Family Initiative on Sustainability, the Joseph Juran Centre, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). In 2011, she was awarded a young researcher grant from the "Fonds de Recherche sur la Societé et la Culture" of Quebec (FQRSC). In 2013, she was awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant.
Ruthanne represents McGill University on the CKUT campus and community radio station's Board of Directors. She is co-founder of the Montreal Organizations Writing Workshop and a member of the Organizational Science editorial review board.
Prior to pursuing a PhD, Ruthanne was a Human Capital Consultant at Mercer in Vancouver, Toronto, and Boston, where she worked on executive and employee performance management and reward programs. She also worked as a statistician for the Government of the Northwest Territories. As an undergraduate student, Ruthanne ran a start-up and co-founded and produced the CJSR radio show Adamant Eve.
Ruthanne is dedicated to excellence in undergraduate teaching. She teaches the core organizational behavior course and a change management elective. She is also committed to increasing undergraduate engagement in research through applied or fundamental projects. These projects may stem from for-credit independent study course, research assistantships, or through the conversion of internship experiences into research projects. Each term Ruthanne supervises two to three undergraduate research projects.
She is a member of the Inquiry Network (http://www.mcgill.ca/tls/projects/nexus/network), a cross disciplinary group of faculty who meet regularly to explore how to engage undergraduate students with the processes of research and scholarship within coursework. She has served as a member of the Undergraduate Program Committee since 2010.
Ruthanne was awarded the Desautels Faculty of Management Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2014 and the Management Undergraduate Society’s Prize for Professor of the Year in 2010. She was nominated for the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2009 and 2014, and the Faculty of Management Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2012.
She is profiled on the Teaching and Learning Services website https://www.mcgill.ca/teachingsnapshots/ruthanne-huising
Organizational Change Processes
Expertise, Work, and Power
Environmental Management Systems
Regulatory Governance and Organizational Compliance
Gallia Singer, McGill University
Louis-Francois Brodeur, HEC Montreal
Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals
Huising, Ruthanne, “To Hive or to Hold? Producing Relational Authority through Scut Work” Administrative Science Quarterly (forthcoming)
Huising, Ruthanne, “The Erosion of Expert Control through Censure Episodes.” Organization Science (forthcoming)
Nigam, Amit, Ruthanne Huising, and Brian Golden, “Improving Hospital Efficiency: A Process Model of the Hospital Change Commitments.” Medical Care Research & Review (forthcoming).
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 Silbey, Susan S. (2011), “Governing the Gap: Forging Safe Science through Relational Regulation,” Regulation and Governance, v.5, no.1, pp. 14–42.
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.
Books and Edited Volumes
Chapters in Books
Evans, Joelle, Ruthanne Huising, and Susan S. Silbey (2014), “Accounting for Accounts: Crafting Ethnographic Validity through Group Collaboration in Handbook 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”, in Guide to Global Compensation and Benefits, Edited by Calvin Reynolds, 323-334. Harcourt Press, New York.
2012: W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship, Awarded by the American Sociological Association, for “Governing the Gap: Forging Safe Science through Relational Regulation,” Regulation and Governance, v.5, no.1, pp. 14–42.
2011: Best Paper Prize, Regulation and Governance for “Governing the Gap: Forging Safe Science through Relational Regulation,” Regulation and Governance, v.5, no.1, pp. 14–42.
2011: Best Paper Prize, ASQ, HEC and OMT Conference on Coordination
2011: Professor of the Year, McGill University Management Undergraduate Society
2009: Nomination for Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching, McGill University
2008: Best Dissertation Paper Award, Labor and Employment Relations Association
2006: Joseph M. Juran Dissertation Fellowship Award
2005: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship
2005: Industrial Performance Center Fellowship, Sloan Industry Center
2004: Martin Family Fellowship for Sustainability
2002-2004: M.I.T. Presidential Graduate Fellowship
2013: SSHRC Insight Development Grant
2012: SSHRC Internal Grant
2011: SSHRC Internal Grant
2010: Fonds de Recherche sur la Societé et la Culture of Quebec