Scott Sonenshein is the Jones School Distinguished Associate Professor of Management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, where he teaches courses in organizational behavior, change and leadership. Dr. Sonenshein’s research employs field methodologies
(primarily involving qualitative data) to explain the resourceful actions of
employees in the context of organizational and social/ethical change. Dr. Sonenshein’s work usually follows an inductive
approach, posing broad research questions grounded in the literature that
enable the development and elaboration of theory—often in unexpected directions.
This has led to contributions to a variety of theoretical perspectives
including sensemaking, narratives, social influence, creativity and decision
making. He has made these contributions by locating generative field settings ranging
from fashion to food trucks, banks to booksellers, and entrepreneurs to
environmentalists. While his studies
often contain an “inductive surprise,” his work coalesces around illuminating
the skill, agency, and motivation of individuals to contribute to change (in the workplace or for the social good) as well as the corresponding organizational
practices that foster these outcomes. He currently serves as an Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Journal and serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Review and Organization Science.