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A. Wren Montgomery

Ivey Business School, Western University

Based in

North America

Dr. Wren Montgomery’s research, teaching, and impact work focuses on environmental and social organizing, how it changes norms and institutions, and how it interacts with corporations. She is primarily interested in unique forms of collaboration and unconventional coalitions with the potential to overcome obstacles to solving many of the world’s most pressing challenges, with a focus on the intersections of climate change, water crises, soil degradation, and social justice. Her research integrates and contributes to theories of change across institutional theory, social movements, economics, and entrepreneurship. Wren’s multi-year research project on water access and affordability – with a focus on Detroit, Michigan – has received several prestigious honours including a best dissertation (ONE, 2016) and best paper award (OMT, 2016) at the Academy of Management. The first publication from this project, Water Wars in Detroit: Custodianship and the Work of Institutional Renewal (AMJ, 2020) also won both the IACMR-RRBM Award for Responsible Research in Management and the NBS-ONE Research Impact on Practice Award in 2020. Other research interests include corporate greenwashing and environmental and social entrepreneurship.

Dr. Montgomery is also deeply committed to doing research that has both academic significance and a more immediate impact on the world around us. She does this by helping students to understand the roots of problems and identify leverage points for change, by working with organizations to raise awareness of these challenges, by highlighting successful approaches and tools, by engaging and working collaboratively with impacted communities, and by serving on government and corporate boards. Wren is also an experienced management consultant and senior government policy analyst and is always happy to collaborate with organizations, entrepreneurs, and students doing the vital work of making change.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States Canada

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Montgomery, A.W., Lyon, T.P. and Barg, J. (Forthcoming) “No End in Sight? A Greenwash Review and Research Agenda” at Organization & Environment. (ABS 3)

Robertson, J., Montgomery, A.W. and Ozbilir, T. (2023) “Employees’ Responses to Corporate Greenwashing.” Business Strategy and the Environment. (ABS 3)

Montgomery, A.W. and Dacin, M.T. (2021). “Burning Down the House: COVID-19 and Institutions.” Journal of Management Studies, 58(5), 1426-1430. (FT, ABS 4)

Montgomery, A.W. and Dacin, M.T. (2020). “Water Wars in Detroit: Custodianship and the Work of Institutional Renewal.” Academy of Management Journal, 63(5), 1455–1484. (FT, ABS 4*)

  • Winner, RRBM Award for Responsible Research in Management, 2020
  • Winner, NBS-ONE Research Impact on Practice Award, AOM 2020

Montgomery, A.W., Wolske, K., and Lyon, T.P. (2020). “The Millennial ‘Meh’: Correlated Groups as Collective Agents in the Automobile Field.” Journal of Management Studies, 58(3), 649-926. (FT, ABS 4).

  • Altmetric Attention Score of 282 (98th percentile, ranked 3 of 917 for JMS)

Montgomery, A.W., Lyon, T.P., and Zhao, D. (2018). “Not a Drop to Drink? Drinking Water Quality, System Ownership, and Stakeholder Attention.” Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 56, 207–245. (ABS 3)

Corbett, J. and Montgomery, A.W.* (2017). “Environmental Entrepreneurship and Interorganizational Arrangements: A Model of Social-benefit Market Creation.” Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 11, 422–440. (FT, ABS 4)

  • Included in Annual Review of Social Partnerships (2017), Issue 12.

Lyon, T.P. and Montgomery, A.W.* (2015). “The Means and End of Greenwash.” Organization & Environment, 28(2), 223–249. (ABS 3)

  • Altmetric Attention Score of 158 (99th percentile, ranked 3 of 260 for O&E)

Lyon, T.P. and Montgomery, A.W.* (2013). “Tweetjacked: The Impact of Social Media on Corporate Greenwash.” Journal of Business Ethics, 118(4), 747–757. (FT, ABS 3)

Montgomery, A.W., Dacin, P.A. and Dacin, M.T. (2012). “Collective Social Entrepreneurship: Collaboratively Shaping Social Good.” Journal of Business Ethics, 111(3), 375–388. (FT, ABS 3)


Interdisciplinary Journals and External Disciplines

Barling, J., Weatherhead, J., Pupco, S., Turner, N. & Montgomery, A.W. (2022). “Contextual, Interpersonal, and Personal Predictors of Young Adults’ Affective-Identity Motivation to Lead.” Leadership & Organizational Development Journal, 43(7), 1118-1139.

Nemes, N., Scanlan, S.J., Smith, P., Smith, T., Aronczyk, M., Hill, S., Lewis, S.L., Montgomery, A.W., Tubiello, F.N., and Stabinsky, D. (2022). “An Integrated Framework to Assess Greenwashing.” Sustainability, 14, 4431-4444.