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Scott Sonenshein


Scott Sonenshein
Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management

Jones Graduate School of Business
Rice University
6100 Main Street MS 531
Houston, TX 77005

Phone: 713-348-3182
Office: 230 McNair Hall
Email: scotts 'at' rice.edu

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Welcome to Scott Sonenshein's research  website. 

For more information about his forthcoming book STRETCH, please visit his author website, www.ScottSonenshein.com.


Home Page PictureScott Sonenshein is the Henry Gardiner Symonds 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 resourceful actions that foster 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 novel ideas. This has led to contributions to a variety of 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. Although 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.  

He is the author of the forthcoming book, STRETCH: Unlock the Power of Less -- and Achieve More than You Ever Imagined to be published by HarperCollins (2/7/2017).