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Three international distinctions for Ann Langley

November 27, 2020

Honorary Professor Ann Langley continues to receive recognition from the academic and scientific communities. In recent months, she has been awarded three distinctions saluting her accomplishments over her entire career as a professor and researcher.

Honorary PhD

The latest of these accolades is an honorary PhD conferred on her by the University of St. Gallen, a Swiss institution specializing in humanities and social sciences. Professor Langley has served as a guest professor there, among several other exchanges.

A ceremony was held in Switzerland in September, but because of the pandemic and the impossibility of being there in person, Professor Langley attended virtually.

This degree is a tribute to the tremendous influence of her research around the world, and particularly in Europe, where there is considerable interest in her approach founded on qualitative and processual analytical methods.

This was the third honorary PhD she has received over the course of her career. She also holds honorary PhDs from the Norwegian School of Economics and the Aalto School of Business in Finland.

ACSS Fellow

Earlier this year, Professor Langley was named a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences (ACSS), a British association of learned societies in the field of social sciences.

The ACSS is a vast community of approximately 90,000 social scientists, with some 1,400 fellows. Professor Langley is one of very few Canadians in this select group.

She was recommended for this distinction by another British organization, the Society for Studies in Organizing Health Care, where she had made a favourable impression as a speaker.

AOM award

This summer she was honoured by the American scientific community, with the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management (AOM).

This award is presented every year to an experienced researcher whose contributions have been central to the development of the field of organization studies.

As is traditional for the award recipient, Professor Langley gave a talk to the plenary session at the AOM Annual Meeting, explaining how organizational theory can be applied to give different meanings to the current crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

About Professor Langley

This summer she was honoured by the American scientific community, with the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management (AOM).

She holds a Master’s in Operational Research from the University of Lancaster and a PhD in Administration from HEC Montréal. Her expertise lies in the field of strategic management processes and practices, in particular concerning change, decision making, leadership and innovation in pluralistic settings. She is on the editorial staff of the Strategic Organization journal.

Her three honorary PhDs from three European universities clearly indicate the interest in her knowledge and approach among international scientific circles. Her influence on the scientific community can also be seen in the great number of citations that her research has received in the scientific literature – over 22,000, according to Google Scholar.

Among the many other distinctions received by Professor Langley over the years, note:

  • Thérèse-Gouin-Décarie award from ACFAS (2018)
  • Fellow of the Academy of Management (2017)
  • Pierre Laurin Award for Research Excellence, from HEC Montréal (2014), and
  • Member of the Royal Society of Canada (2010)

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