Rodney Lacey

Clinical Associate Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4006
Clinical Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4006

Biography

Rodney Lacey has  broad experience in learning, teaching and research in the field of organization theory, management, and strategy.  His main research areas are in set theoretic methods and qualitative comparate analysis (QCA), and institutional studies of industry-level organization and learning.  

He has a Ph.D. in organizational behavior and sociology from Northwestern University, an MBA from the University of Texas in information systems management, and a BA from the University of Texas in Plan II.  He has taught at a wide range of business schools, including business schools of Emory University, University of California Davis, University of California Irvine, and University of Florida.  He has also has taught for a short while at London Business School and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.  He is a founding board member of the interdisciplinary Center for Organizations Research (COR) at the University of California Irvine, and has been the communications director for the Organization and Management Theory division of the Academy of Management.

Education

Ph.D, Northwestern University in sociology and organizational behavior

MBA, University of Texas at Austin in information systems management

BA, University of Texas at Austin, Plan II

Research Interests

Qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) and set theoretic methodology, institutional theories of industry organization of production, industry-level routines for learning from accidents.

Publications

Greckhamer, Thomas, Misangyi, Vilmos F., Elms, Heather, and Lacey, Rodney. 2008. Using Qualitative Comparative Analysis in Strategic Management Research: An Examination of Combinations of Industry, Corporate, and Business-Unit Effect. Organizational Research Methods, 11:695-726.

Lacey, R. and Cohen, L. 2016. Using qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) as descriptive numerical method in support of narrative methods. K. Elsbach and R. Cramer (Eds.) Handbook of Innovative Qualitative Research Methods: Pathways to Cool Ideas and Interesting Papers. Taylor and Francis.

Lacey, Rodney and Fiss, Peer. 2009. Comparative Organizational Analysis Across Multiple Levels: A Set Theoretic Approach. Research in Sociology of Organizations, 26:119-116.

Lacey, Rodney and Gruenfeld, Deborah. 2000. Unwrapping the Organization: The Importance of the Extra-organizational Environment as a Context for Work Group Behavior. In Margaret Neale and Ruth Wageman (Eds.) Work Groups in Organizations: Context. New York: JAI Press.

Courses

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
WPC 480Capstone Course
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
WPC 480Capstone Course
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
WPC 480Capstone Course
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
WPC 480Capstone Course
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
WPC 480Capstone Course
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
WPC 480Capstone Course

Presentations

Teaching areas in include core strategy and core organizational behavior courses, negotiations, leadership, managing change, corporate strategy, power and politics, groups and teams, leadership, management of technology-intensive firms, management of innovation, international management and strategy, and human resources management.