Jane Lê

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BSc Hons Brandon; MSc Nottingham; PhD Aston
Honorary Professor

Rm 4185
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia


Bio

Jane Lê is an Associate Professor working at the boundary of Organization Theory and Strategic Management. Her research focuses on practice-based studies of complex contexts, particularly infrastructure settings like energy, rail, telecoms, rail and water that critically underpin our economy and quality of life. She fosters particular interests in paradox and materiality. She aims to conduct research at the highest level, producing quality research outputs with real world relevance. Her work has appeared in a number of leading journals including Organization Science, Organization Studies, Strategic Organization, British Journal of Management, International Journal of HRM, and Organization. Dr. Lê has a strong profile in her focal field of strategy-as-practice, where she currently leads the Research Community Platform at the European Group for Organizational Studies and is Incoming Chair for the Strategizing Activities and Practice interest group at the Academy of Management. However, her training in psychology and sociology, and breadth of experience working in human resource management, strategy and organizational studies, position her well to understand and appreciate work conducted along a broad spectrum of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Dr. Lê has developed strong expertise in research methods, having used a range of research designs, including cross-sectional and longitudinal case studies, and drawing on multiple qualitative data sources including interviews, observation and archival sources to study private and public sector organizations. She was recently successful in securing a highly competitive ARC Discovery Grant entitled ‘The Human Side of Energy Security’, which will examine how organisational practices and processes shape outcomes for secure, reliable and affordable energy with low environmental impact.

Dr. Lê is also a passionate teacher, who strives to continuously engage with students and develops innovative ways to teach. She uses diverse teaching and assessment tools – including exercises involving LEGO and card games, as well as real-life simulations – to make learning more interesting and effective. Her student feedback is continuously above average. Dr. Lê’s core teaching areas are strategic management and research methods, though her versatile profile also positions her well to teach strategic human resource management, organisational behaviour, organisational change, organization theory, and management. She has taught on programs at all levels, including the MBA, PhD, MPhil, MComm/MSc and the BComm/BSc. These activities are supported by pedagogic training through a Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, as well as continuous professional development activities. For instance, she has built and manages a repository of teaching materials and co-organizes a successful recurring teaching workshop at the Academy of Management. She frequently receives invitations to teach and deliver training workshops at other institutions. Dr. Lê is a fervent advocate of research training. She enjoys mentoring doctoral and early career researchers, and has actively supervised more than 20 research students.

She also contributes to University life through service contributions. Dr. Lê has been part of numerous review boards (for instance, reviewing the Higher Degrees by Research programmes, the undergraduate Management Major, and the marking policy), acted as Faculty Liaison for our student society, and served as disciplinary Research Coordinator (overseeing the research portfolio and doctoral candidates). She also lead the Business School’s bid to become an institutional member of the Strategy-as-Practice International Network; created an informal ECR Network within the business school; organized international visitors and workshops for research groups; and is acting as a Steering Committee member for the Balanced Enterprise Research Network. Further, she frequently reviews journal and conference papers; convenes streams at top international conferences; and exhibits strong leadership in the strategy-as-practice community.

Selected publications

2018

Journal Article

Le (nee Matthiesen) J, and Jarzabkowski P (2018) Conflict as a micro-process shaping the relationship between strategy process and content British Journal of Management, In Press.

Conference Proceeding

Couture F, and Le (nee Matthiesen) J (2018) Negotiating Meta-Problems through Commensuration: The Case of Multi-Sectoral Strategizing 34th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium; European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), Tannin, Estonia.

2017

Journal Article

Jarzabkowski P, and Le (nee Matthiesen) J (2017) We have to do this and that? You must be joking: Constructing and responding to paradox through humor Organization Studies, 38 (3-4), 433-462. [More Information]

Book Chapters

Jarzabkowski P, Le J, and Spee P (2017) Taking a Strong Process Approach to Analyzing Qualitative Process Data The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies; Sage Publications, London, 237-253. [More Information]

Le J, and Bednarek R (2017) Paradox in Everyday Practice: Applying Practice-Theoretical Principles to Paradox The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Paradox; Oxford University Press, Oxford, 490-509. [More Information]

Reference Work

Le (nee Matthiesen) J (2017) Qualitative Analytic Software The SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2nd edition; Sage Publications, Oxford, United Kingdom, 1285-1287.

2015

Journal Articles

Balogun J, Best K, and Le (nee Matthiesen) J (2015) Selling the Object of Strategy: How Frontline Workers Realize Strategy through their Daily Work Organization Studies, 36 (10), 1285-1313. [More Information]

Dameron S, Le (nee Matthiesen) J, and LeBaron C (2015) Materializing Strategy and Strategizing Materials: Why Matter Matters British Journal of Management, 26 (Supplement S1), S1-S12. [More Information]

Le (nee Matthiesen) J, and Jarzabkowski P (2015) The Role of Task and Process Conflict in Strategizing British Journal of Management, 26 (3), 439-462. [More Information]

Book Chapters

Le (nee Matthiesen) J (2015) Qualitative Analytic Software The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Paradox; Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Le (nee Matthiesen) J, and Spee P (2015) The role of materiality in the practiced of strategy Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice; Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 582-597. [More Information]

2014

Journal Articles

Jarzabkowski P, Bednarek R, and Le (nee Matthiesen) J (2014) Producing persuasive findings: Demystifying ethnographic textwork in strategy and organization research Strategic Organization, 12 (4), 274-287. [More Information]

Le J (2014) Book Review - Practicing Strategy: Text and Cases. Sotirios Paroutis, Loizos Heracleous and Duncan Angwin. London: Sage, 2013. ISBN 9781849207508 Organization, 21 (5), 750-754.

2013

Journal Articles

Jarzabkowski P, Le (nee Matthiesen) J, and Van de Ven A (2013) Responding to competing strategic demands: How organizing, belonging, and performing paradoxes coevolve Strategic Organization, 11 (3), 245-280. [More Information]

Le (nee Matthiesen) J (2013) How constructions of the future shape organizational responses: Climate change in the Canadian oil sands Organization, 20 (5), 722-742. [More Information]

Suddaby R, Seidl D, and Le (nee Matthiesen) J (2013) Strategy-as-practice meets neo-institutional theory Strategic Organization, 11 (3), 329-344. [More Information]

2012

Journal Article

Jarzabkowski P, Le (nee Matthiesen) J, and Feldman M (2012) Toward a Theory of Coordinating: Creating Coordinating Mechanisms in Practice Organization Science, 23 (4), 907-927. [More Information]

2011

Book Chapter

Le J, and Jarzabkowski P (2011) Touching Data: Revelation through Energetic Collaboration Research Alive: Exploring Generative Moments in Doing Qualitative Research; Copenhagen Business School Press, Denmark, 130-133.

2010

Journal Articles

Le (nee Matthiesen) J, Tissington P, and Budhwar P (2010) To move or not to move - a question of family? International Journal of Human Resource Management, 21 (1), 17-45. [More Information]

Le J, Tissington P, and Budhwar P (2010) To move or not to move: A question of family? International Journal of Human Resource Management, 21 (1), 17-45. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Jarzabkowski P, Le (nee Matthiesen) J, and Van de Ven A (2010) A Dialectical Process Model for Coping with Oppositional Tensions in Organizations 26th European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium EGOS 2010; European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), Germany.

Le (nee Matthiesen) J, and Jarzabkowski P (2010) The role of conflict in strategy tasks Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2010 - Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research; Academy of Management, United States.

Le (nee Matthiesen) J, and Jarzabkowski P (2010) Humour Practices and Processes During Strategy Implementation 26th European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium EGOS 2010; European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), Germany.

Le (nee Matthiesen) J, and Jarzabkowski P (2010) The Impact of Organisational Conflict on Strategy Implementation Tasks Strategic Management Society Special Conference SMS 2010: Intersection of Strategy Processes and Strategy Practices; Strategic Management Society, United States.

Seminar Paper

Jarzabkowski P, Le (nee Matthiesen) J, and Feldman M (2010) Organizing to reorganize: End-to-end management in practice HEC/GéPS Strategy-as-Practice Workshop 2010, Canada.

2009

Books

Hasel M, Le (nee Matthiesen) J, and Tissington P (2009) How to Write Successful Business and Management Essays; Sage Publications, United Kingdom.

Hasel M, Matthiesen J, and Tissington P (2009) How to Write Successful Business and Management Essays; Sage Publications, United Kingdom.

Le (nee Matthiesen) J, and Binder M (2009) How to Survive your Doctorate; Open University Press, United Kingdom.

Matthiesen J, and Binder M (2009) How to Survive your Doctorate; Open University Press, United Kingdom.

Conference Proceedings

Le (nee Matthiesen) J, and Jarzabkowski P (2009) The Role of Conflict in Strategy Tasks 25th European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium EGOS 2009: Passion for creativity and innovation: energizing the study of organizations and organizing; European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), Germany.

Le (nee Matthiesen) J, Jarzabkowski P, and Feldman M (2009) Organizing to reorganize: Doing end-to-end management in practice 2009 Academy of Management Annual Meeting; Academy of Management, United States.

Book Chapter

Jarzabkowski P, Matthieson J, and Van de Ven A (2009) Doing which work? A practice approach to institutional pluralism Institutional Work: Actors and Agency in Institutional Studies of Organizations; Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 284-316.

2008

Journal Article

Le (nee Matthiesen) J, and Tissington P (2008) The Four-Factor Taxonomy of Relocation Outcomes Human Resource Development Review, 7 (2), 142-164. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

Jarzabkowski P, Le (nee Matthiesen) J, and Van de Ven A (2008) A process model of coping with dialectical tensions in organizations 2008 Academy of Management Annual Meeting; Academy of Management, United States.

Seminar Paper

Jarzabkowski P, Le (nee Matthiesen) J, and Feldman M (2008) Organizing to reorganize: End-to-end management in practice 24th European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium EGOS 2008; European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), The Netherlands.

2007

Journal Articles

Le (nee Matthiesen) J, and Richter A (2007) Negotiating access: Foot in the door… or door in the face The Psychologist, 20 (3), 144-147.

Le J, and Richter A (2007) Negotiating Access: Foot in the door...or door in the face The Psychologist, 20 (3), 144-147.

Seminar Paper

Jarzabkowski P, and Le (nee Matthiesen) J (2007) Strategy as everyday practice: Quantitative methods to analyse practice data 23rd European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium EGOS 2007; European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), Austria.

Selected grants

2016-2018

2016-2017

Recent Units Taught

  • WORK6002 Strategic Management

Newsroom articles

  • What if: Trump’s energy policies in 2019 29 Mar 2017

    Sydney Business Insights

    Professor Christopher Wright and Associate Professor Jane Le were interviewed by Sydney Business Insights, about the potential future of global energy markets as a result of Trump's presidency in the US.

  • The human side of energy security 20 Mar 2017

    Sydney Business Insights

    The energy industry is a critical industry because it underpins Australia's economic success and quality of life. How can we move beyond economic and engineering perspectives we naturally tend to focus on and consider the human side of energy security? We talk to Associate Professor Jane Lê to find out.

  • Still birth mums study lifts silence 10 Feb 2017

    Adelaide Advertiser and SBS Online

    Dr Jane Lê was quoted in the Adelaide Advertiser and SBS Online about her research that will examine the experience of women who return to work after a stillbirth.

  • Associate Professor Jane Lê on ABC Radio Adelaide 09 Feb 2017

    ABC National Radio Adelaide, 2MCE Orange

    Associate Professor Jane Lê from the University of Sydney Business School spoke to ABC Radio Adelaide and 2MCE Orange about stillbirth and how women deal with the stress of returning to work afterwards.

  • Laughing at work can have serious benefits 05 Jan 2016

    The West Australian

    The West Australian published an article co-authored by Jane Lê on the role of humour in the workplace.

  • Joking your way to the top: why laughter is the best medicine for stressed executives 04 Jan 2016

    The Conversation

    Dr Jane Le authored an opinion piece published in the Conversation about research into why humour in the workplace is beneficial.

  • Jane Le on ABC Newcastle 16 Dec 2015

    ABC Newcastle

    Dr Jane Le was interviewed on ABC Newcastle about research which shows humour can be a useful strategy in dealing with organisational change and competing interests in the workplace.