Professor John Amis

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Chair in Strategic Management & Organisation and Director of the Doctoral Programme

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Profile

Background

John Amis joined the University of Edinburgh Business School in July 2013 as Chair in Strategic Management and Organisation. He is also Director of the School's Doctoral Programme. John received his PhD from the University of Alberta.

Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, John was in the Department of Management at the University of Memphis. He held several administrative positions including Chair of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics Masters Sub-Council, a body that oversaw all MBA and taught Masters degrees in the College. He was also Director of an annual Study Abroad programme.

He has been a runner-up for the annual Academy of Management Journal ‘Best Paper’ award, and has also won Best Paper awards at the annual meetings of the Academy of Management (Organizational Development & Change division), Western Academy of Management, and Southern Management Association. He has received a number of teaching awards including the University of Memphis’ Distinguished Teaching Award. He sits on several Editorial Boards, including Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies, and Journal of Management Inquiry, and is an Associate Editor at Journal of Change Management. He has carried out consulting assignments, sponsored research projects, and Executive Leadership Development programs with various firms, including Fortune 500 US companies, FedEx and AutoZone.

Research interests

John's research interests center on issues of organisational and institutional change. He recently concluded a three year project that examined how a major new innovation management programme was adopted by a Fortune 100 firm in the United States. He also spent three years as Principal Investigator on a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Fund examining the development and implementation of US policy designed to address childhood obesity in the US. A third major project is exploring an ongoing, and highly contentious, school board merger. These projects have led to useful insights into the ways in which new practices are adopted and how large-scale change processes are managed in public- and private-sector organisations.

In addition to two books, John has had over 50 journal articles and book chapters published, delivered over 80 refereed conference and invited presentations, and has organised several conferences, conference streams and symposia. John’s work has been published in journals that include Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, American Journal of Public Health, Human Relations, Organizational Research Methods, and Journal of Change Management.

Group membership

PhD Supervision

John is supervising 4 PhD students


Publications

Intra-professional status, maintenance failure, and the reformation of the Scottish civil justice system

Ozturk, Amis and Greenwood. (2017) Research in the Sociology of Organizations 48B. 207-234.
Contribution to journal: Article

Institutions and economic inequality

Amis, Munir and Mair. (2017). 1-74.
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Cognitive appraisal as a mechanism linking negative organizational shocks and intentions to leave

Biggane, Allen, Amis, Fugate and Steinbauer. (2016) Journal of Change Management.
Contribution to journal: Article

'What are they saying?' Examining healthcare field discourses in West Tennessee

Singh, Janz, Richardson, Agrawal and Amis. (2015).
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Conference contribution

Translating intentions to behavior: the interaction of network structure and behavioral intentions in understanding employee turnover

Vardaman, Taylor, Allen, Gondo and Amis. (2015) Organization Science 26 (4). 1177-1191.
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Transnational organization and symbolic production: Creating and managing a global brand

Amis and Silk. (2014) 19. 119-144.
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Adolescent obesity, educational attainment, and adult earnings

Amis, Hussey and Okunade. (2014) Applied Economics Letters 21 (13). 945-950.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Readiness for Change: An Institutional Perspective

Amis and Aïssaoui. (2013) Journal of Change Management 13 (1). 69-95.
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Civil Society Organizations: Governance, hybridity, and blurring boundaries

Maier, Amis and Wijkström . (2013).
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The paradox of fit: How perceptions of fit impede organizational change

Gondo, M .B., Amis, J .M., Janz, B. and Vardaman, J .M. (2013).
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Elaborating Change: The (Re)Production of a Legitimate Practice

Amis, Gondo, Janz and Vardaman. (2013).
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When resources facilitate change: An institutional empowerment perspective

Aissaoui, Amis and Lawrence. (2013).
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Variations in practice adoption: The roles of conscious reflection and discourse

Gondo, M .B. and Amis, J .M. (2013) Academy of Management Review 38 (2). 229-247.
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Inequality, Institutions & Organizations

Lawrence, Amis and Munir. (2013).
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Interpreting change as controllable: The role of network centrality and self-efficacy

Vardaman, Amis, Dyson, Wright and Van de Graaff Randolph. (2012) Human Relations 65 (7). 835-859.
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Implementing childhood obesity policy in a new educational environment: The cases of Mississippi and Tennessee

Amis, Wright, Dyson, Vardaman and Ferry. (2012) American Journal of Public Health 102 (7). 1406-1413.
Contribution to journal: Article

Institutional Work and the Institutionalization of Inequality

Lawrence, Amis and Munir. (2012).
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Problem recognition and organizational learning: A process model

Singh, Amis and Gondo. (2012).
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Beyond communication: The role of standardized protocols in a changing health care environment

Vardaman, Cornell, Gondo, Amis, Townsend-Gervis and Thetford. (2012) Health Care Management Review 37 (1). 88-97.
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Quantum and radical change

Aissaoui and Amis. (2012). 650-653.
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Cognitive appraisal as a mechanism linking negative organizational shocks and desire to leave

Biggane, Allen, Amis and Fugate. (2012).
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Institutional power

Amis and Aissaoui. (2012).
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Prior change and subsequent change: The role of institutional control

Vardaman, Amis, Wright and Dyson. (2012).
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The Production, Communication, and Contestation of Physical Education Policy: The cases of Mississippi and Tennessee

DYSON, BEN., WRIGHT, PAUL .M., AMIS, JOHN., FERRY, HUGH. and VARDAMAN, JAMES .M. (2011) Policy Futures in Education 9 (3). 367-380.
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Pluralist logics and organizational responses: Status and power in processes of institutionalization

Amis and Steen-Johnsen. (2011).
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The landscape of qualitative research

Amis. (2011) Organizational Research Methods 14 (1). 239-242.
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Re-structuring the institutional architecture: Institutional control and the change process

Vardaman, Amis, Wright, Dyson and Gondo. (2011).
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The role of centrality and self-efficacy in interpreting change as controllable: A study of teachers and No Child Left Behind

Amis, Vardaman and Van de Graaff Randolph, R. (2011).
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The meta-structuration of corporate governance: The role of information technology in moderating the agency problem in financial services firms

Nelson, Stafford, Wright and Amis. (2011).
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Japanese post-industrial management: The cases of asics and mizuno

Kobayashi, Amis, Irwin and Southall. (2010) Sport in Society 13 (9). 1334-1355.
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Transnational organization and symbolic production: Creating and managing a global brand

Amis and Silk. (2010) Consumption Markets & Culture 13 (2). 159-179.
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Real Time Cases

Vardaman, JM., Amis and Gondo, MB. (2010). 783-785.
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An integrated approach to organizational change, power, and sensemaking

Aissaoui and Amis. (2010).
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Overcoming Routine Threats: Towards a Revised Understanding of the Barriers to Legitimate Practice Enactment

Gondo and Amis. (2010).
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Understanding the discontinuity between field-level diffusion and local implementation: Workers, work, and sensemaking

Vardaman and Amis. (2010).
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Case Within a Case

Gondo, MB., Vardaman, JM. and Amis. (2010). 134-136.
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Institutional Change without Theorization: The Microfoundations of Transformation

Vardaman, Amis and Gondo. (2010).
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Institutional work as elaboration: The adoption of a legitimate practice

Gondo and Amis. (2010).
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Pluralist logics and organizational dynamics in CSOs: challenges for governance

Steen-Johnsen and Amis. (2010).
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Social interaction and issue interpretation during change: An empirical test of sensemaking theory

Vardaman and Amis. (2010).
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(Michael) Power, gendered subjectivities, and filmic representation: Brand strategy and Guinness’ Critical Assignment in Africa

Amis, Mower and Silk. (2009). 97-117.
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Understanding the multidimensionality of information systems use: A study of nurses' use of a mandated electronic medical record system

Hennington, A., Janz, B., Amis, J. and Nichols, E. (2009) Commnications of the Association for Information Systems 25 (1). 243-262.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Rupture: Promoting Critical and Innovative Approaches to the Study of Sport Management

Amis and Silk. (2009). 3-14.
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A method to march madness?: institutional logics and the 2006 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I men's basketball tournament

Southall, RM., Nagel, MS., Amis, JM. and Southall, C. (2008) Journal of Sport Management 22 (6). 677-700.
Contribution to journal: Article
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The philosophy and politics of quality in qualitative organizational research

Amis and Silk. (2008) Organizational Research Methods 11 (3). 456-480.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Studies designed to inform policy: Examples from active living research

Sallis, Amis, Steiner, Joassart-Marcelli and Handy. (2008) Annals of Behavioral Medicine 35.
Contribution to journal: Meeting abstract

Guinness, sport, and the positioning of a global brand

Amis. (2008).
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Organisation theory and the management of sport organisations

Amis and Slack. (2008). 348-374.
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Rupture: Promoting critical and innovative approaches to the study of sport management

Amis, J. and Silk, M. (2005) Journal of Sport Management 19 (4). 355-366.
Contribution to journal: Article

Sport tourism, cityscapes and cultural politics

Silk and Amis. (2005) Sport in Society 8 (2). 280-301.
Contribution to journal: Article

Strategic change and the role of interests, power, and organizational capacity

Amis, J., Slack, T. and Hinings, CR. (2004) Journal of Sport Management 18 (2). 158-198.
Contribution to journal: Article

The pace, sequence, and linearity of radical change

Amis, J., Slack, T. and Hinings, CR. (2004) Academy of Management Journal 47 (1). 15-39.
Contribution to journal: Article

“Good things come to those who wait”: The strategic management of image and reputation at Guinness

Amis. (2003) European Sport Management Quarterly 3. 189-214.
Contribution to journal: Article

Values and organizational change

Amis, Slack and CR. (2002) Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. 436-465.
Contribution to journal: Article

Image and investment: Sponsorship and women's sport

Shaw, S. and Amis, J. (2001) Journal of Sport Management 15 (3). 219-246.
Contribution to journal: Article

Institutional pressures and the production of televised sport

Silk, ML. and Amis, J. (2000) Journal of Sport Management 14 (4). 267-292.
Contribution to journal: Article

Bread, butter, and gravy: An institutional approach to televised sport production

Silk, Slack and Amis. (2000) Culture, Sport, Society 3. 1-21.
Contribution to journal: Article

Sport sponsorship as distinctive competence

Amis, Slack and Berrett. (1999) European Journal of Marketing 33.
Contribution to journal: Article

Achieving a sustainable competitive advantage: A resource-based view of sport sponsorship

Amis, J., Pant, N. and Slack, T. (1997) Journal of Sport Management 11 (1). 80-96.
Contribution to journal: Article

The spread of soccer to North America: A case study of Nova Scotia, Canada

Amis. (1996) European Physical Education Review 2 (2). 143-157.
Contribution to journal: Article

Beyond reason: National sport policy in Canada

Amis and Burton. (1996) Avante 2 (2). 17-36.
Contribution to journal: Article

The size-structure relationship in voluntary sport organizations

Amis, J. and Slack. (1996) Journal of Sport Management 10 (1). 76-86.
Contribution to journal: Article

The structural antecedents of conflict in voluntary sport organizations

Amis, Slack and Berrett. (1995) Leisure Studies 14. 1-16.
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