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Dr Amit Nigam

Reader in Management

Cass Business School, Faculty of Management

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Cass Business School
106 Bunhill Row
London
EC1Y 8TZ
United Kingdom

About

Background

Amit is a Senior Lecturer in Management at the Cass Business School. Prior to Cass, he was an Assistant Professor of Management at the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. He received his PhD in a joint program in management and sociology at Northwestern University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. His primary research interests include organizational change, institutional change, and the role of professions and occupations in change processes. His research has been published a mix of management, medical sociology, and health services journals including Organization Science, Organization Studies, Academy of Management, Social Science & Medicine, and Medical Care Research & Review.

Qualifications

PhD, MA and BA.

Membership of Committee

  1. Leadership roles (e.g. chair), Industry Studies Association - Early Career Development Committee

Memberships of Professional Organisations

  1. European Group on Organizational Studies
  2. Industry Studies Association
  3. Academy of Management

Expertise

Primary Topics

  • Management
  • Organization Theory
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Industries/Professions

  • health care

Geographic Areas

  • Americas - North

Research

Research

My research explores two themes: Institutional change and organizational change with particular foci on the role of professions and occupations in change processes and on interpretive or sensemaking processes in change. I've published papers on these topics in various journals, including Academy of Management Review, Medical Care Research & Review & Social Science & Medicine and forthcoming at Administrative Science Quarterly

Research Topics

How do organizations select routines for change?
Drawing on participant observation of a facilitated initiative to increase perioperative efficiency in Ontario hospitals, this work aims to draw on insights from the behavioral theory of the firm to understand how organizations come to select routines for change in organizational search. I am the lead author on this research with Ruthanne Huising (McGill University, Canada) and Brian Golden (University of Toronto, Canada). This manuscript, titled “Explaining the selection of routines for change during organizational search” is currently forthcoming at Administrative Science Quarterly
How can ‘strangers’, through their interactions with organizational insiders, build insiders’ organizational change capacity?
Drawing on the same participant observation study described above, this paper draws on Simmel’s concept of the stranger to develop theory focused on social position and organizational change. It seeks to understand how people who are simultaneously outsiders and insiders can play a recognized role in change processes that leads to enhanced organizational change capacity among insiders. I am the lead author on this research with Esther Sackett (Duke University, USA) and Brian Golden (University of Toronto, Canada). This manuscript, titled “The strengths of strangers: The unrecognized role of outsider-insiders in influencing organizational change processes” is under 3rd review at Academy of Management Journal
How can career scripts enable individuals to change institutions?
This work develops a historical case study of early researchers from diverse academic specialties (e.g. medicine, public health, economics, sociology) who came to create health services research as a distinctive career. Our research examines how career-related actions in having a distinctive career allowed this collection of individuals to ultimately change the larger institutions of the American health care system. I am the lead author on this research with Gina Dokko (University of California, Davis, USA). We are revising this manuscript, titled “Career scripts of institutional entrepreneurs” for resubmission after receiving a Revise and Resubmit at Academy of Management Journal
How do front-line workers achieve change from within in a public agency?
This work develops a historic case study of the transformation of Brazil’s Ministério Publico with the aim of contributing to research on change in the institutions of law and regulation. Complementing research that focuses on top-down and voter-driven change in regulatory institutions, this work aims to develop our knowledge of how front-line regulators can accomplish change from within. I am second author on this research with Salo Coslovsky (New York University, USA). This manuscript, titled “Building state capacity from within: The transformation of the Ministério Publico in Brazil” is under 2nd review at Law & Policy
How does evidence inform decision-making and change in health services?
This is a new collaboration with an emerging group of scholars at City University (School of Health Sciences & Cass) working at the intersection of organizational theory, health services research, and leadership. Together we pulled together a multi-faceted team and developed a research proposal which we intend to submit for funding from the National Institute for Health Research.

Research Students

Name
Minjie GaoMinjie Gao
Attendance
Sep 2015 – present, full-time
Thesis Title
How does big data influence organisations' decision-making?
Role
1st Supervisor
Name
Mustafa Kavas
Attendance
Sep 2014 – present, full-time
Thesis Title
The role of Islam in business in Anatolia
Role
2nd Supervisor

Publications

Chapter

  1. Nigam, A. and Trujillo, D. (2016). Quantification as a philosophical act. In Mir, R., Willmott, H. and Greenwood, M. (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies (pp. 525–532). Routledge. ISBN 978-1-134-46608-5.

Journal Articles (11)

  1. Nigam, A., Huising, R. and Golden, B. (2016). Explaining the Selection of Routines for Change during Organizational Search. Administrative Science Quarterly, 61(4), pp. 551–583. doi:10.1177/0001839216653712.
  2. Rotteau, L., Webster, F., Salkeld, E., Hellings, C., Guttmann, A., Vermeulen, M.J., Bell, R.S., Zwarenstein, M., Rowe, B.H., Nigam, A. and Schull, M.J. (2015). Ontario's emergency department process improvement program: The experience of implementation. Academic Emergency Medicine, 22(6), pp. 720–729. doi:10.1111/acem.12688.
  3. Ocasio, W., Loewenstein, J. and Nigam, A. (2015). How streams of communication reproduce and change institutional logics: The role of categories. Academy of Management Review, 40(1), pp. 28–48. doi:10.5465/amr.2013.0274.
  4. Vermeulen, M.J., Stukel, T.A., Guttmann, A., Rowe, B.H., Zwarenstein, M., Golden, B., Nigam, A., Anderson, G., Bell, R.S., Schull, M.J., Afilalo, M., Anderson, G., Bell, R.S., Carew, D., Carter, M., Cooke, M., Golden, B., Guttmann, A., Nigam, A., Rowe, B., Rutledge, T., Schull, M., Stukel, T., Vermeulen, M. and Zwarenstein, M. (2014). Evaluation of an Emergency Department Lean Process Improvement Program to Reduce Length of Stay. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 64(5), pp. 427–438. doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2014.06.007.
  5. Nigam, A., Huising, R. and Golden, B.R. (2014). Improving hospital efficiency: A process model of organizational change commitments. Medical Care Research and Review, 71(1), pp. 21–42. doi:10.1177/1077558713504464.
  6. Nigam, A. (2013). How institutional change and individual researchers helped advance clinical guidelines in American health care. Social Science and Medicine, 87, pp. 16–22. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.03.006.
  7. Nigam, A. (2012). Changing health care quality paradigms: The rise of clinical guidelines and quality measures in American medicine. Social Science and Medicine, 75(11), pp. 1933–1937. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.07.038.
  8. Dokko, G., Nigam, A. and Rosenkopf, L. (2012). Keeping Steady as She Goes: A Negotiated Order Perspective on Technological Evolution. Organization Studies, 33(5-6), pp. 681–703. doi:10.1177/0170840612443624.
  9. Nigam, A. (2012). The effects of institutional change on geographic variation and health services use in the USA. Social Science and Medicine, 74(3), pp. 323–331. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.07.017.
  10. Nigam, A. and Ocasio, W. (2010). Event attention, environmental sensemaking, and change in institutional logics: An inductive analysis of the effects of public attention to Clinton's health care reform initiative. Organization Science, 21(4), pp. 823–841. doi:10.1287/orsc.1090.0490.
  11. Lau, D.T., Banaszak-Holl, J. and Nigam, A. (2007). Perception and use of guidelines and interprofessional dynamics: Assessing their roles in guideline adherence in delivering medications in nursing homes. Quality Management in Health Care, 16(2), pp. 135–145. doi:10.1097/01.QMH.0000267451.78370.d3.

Report

  1. Schull, M.J., Bell, R., Salkeld, E., Rotteau, L., Webster, F., Hellings, C., Vermeulen, M., Zwarenstein, M., Nigam, A., Sales, A., Guttmann, A., Rowe, B., Stukel, T.A. and ED Investigator Team, (2012). Ontario’s Emergency Department Process Improvement Program: A qualitative evaluation. Ontario: Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences.

Other Activities

Collaboration (Industrial)

  1. Partner of ED Process Improvement Program Investigator TeamED Process Improvement Program Investigator Team project (Sep 2007 – Sep 2015)
    Sponsored by Institute of Clinical and Evaluative Sciences
    Other partners: Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

Editorial Activities (12)

  1. Strategic Management Journal, Referee, 2013 – present.
  2. Journal of Management Inquiry, Referee, 2013 – present.
  3. American Sociological Review, Referee, 2013 – present.
  4. Advances in Strategic Management, Referee, 2013 – present.
  5. Strategic Organization, Referee, 2006 – present.
  6. Social Science & Medicine, Referee, 2006 – present.
  7. Social Forces, Referee, 2006 – present.
  8. Organization Studies, Referee, 2006 – present.
  9. Organization Science, Referee, 2006 – present.
  10. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Referee, 2006 – present.
  11. Administrative Science Quarterly, Referee, 2006 – present.
  12. Academy of Management Journal, Referee, 2006 – present.

Events/Conferences (20)

  1. Department of Management Studies, Aalto University. (Seminar) Helsinki, Finland (2016). Invited speaker.
    Paper: Career scripts of institutional entrepreneurs
    Author: Nigam A
    Co-authors: G Dokko
  2. Academy of Management. (Conference) Vancouver, BC (2015).
    Paper: Career scripts of institutional entrepreneurs
    Author: Nigam A
    Co-authors: G Dokko
  3. European Group on Organizational Studies. (Conference) Athens, Greece (2015).
    Paper: Career scripts of institutional entrepreneurs
    Author: Nigam A
    Co-authors: G Dokko
  4. Western Academy of Management. (Conference) Kauai, HI (2015).
    Paper: Career scripts of institutional entrepreneurs
    Author: Nigam A
    Co-authors: G Dokko
  5. Wharton People and Organizations Conference. (Conference) Philadelphia, USA (2015).
    Paper: The strengths of strangers: External facilitators’ organizational change practices and resources
    Author: Nigam A
    Co-authors: E. Sackett, B. Golden
  6. Judge Business School Seminar Series, Cambridge University. (Seminar) Cambridge, UK (2015). Invited speaker.
    Paper: The strengths of strangers: External facilitators’ organizational change practices and resources
    Author: Nigam A
    Co-authors: E. Sackett, B. Golden
  7. Industry Studies Association, Early Career Scholars Professional Development Workshop. (Conference) Portland, OR (2014). Organising Committee.
  8. Academy of Management. (Conference) Philadelphia, USA (2014).
    Paper: Career scripts of institutional entrepreneurs
    Author: Nigam A
    Co-authors: G Dokko
  9. Davis Qualitative Research Conference. (Conference) Davis, CA (2014). Invited speaker.
    Paper: Career scripts of institutional entrepreneurs
    Author: Nigam A
    Co-authors: G Dokko
  10. Health Organizations Research Association. (Conference) Copenhagen, Denmark (2014).
    Paper: The strengths of strangers: External facilitators’ organizational change practices and resources
    Author: Nigam A
    Co-authors: E. Sackett, B. Golden
  11. Industry Studies Association. (Conference) Kansas City, MO (2014).
    Paper: The strengths of strangers: External facilitators’ organizational change practices and resources
    Author: Nigam A
    Co-authors: E. Sackett, B. Golden
  12. Organization Science Winter Conference. (Conference) Steamboat Springs, CO (2014).
    Paper: Selection of routines in organizational search: Performances and roles in the search process
    Author: Nigam A
    Co-authors: R. Huising, B. Golden
  13. Workshop on Philosophy and Organizational Studies. (Workshop) Philadelphia, USA (2014). Invited speaker.
    Paper: Quantification as a philosophical act
    Author: Nigam A
    Co-authors: D Trujillo
  14. Graduate School of Business Seminar Series, University of California Davis. (Seminar) Davis, CA (2014). Invited speaker.
    Paper: The strengths of strangers: External facilitators’ organizational change practices and resources
    Author: Nigam A
    Co-authors: E. Sackett, B. Golden
  15. Industry Studies Association, Early Career Scholars Professional Development Workshop. (Conference) Kansas City, MO (2013). Organising Committee.
  16. European Group on Organizational Studies. (Conference) Montreal, Canada (2013).
    Paper: How streams of communication reproduce and change institutional logics: The role of categories
    Author: Ocasio W
    Co-authors: J Loewenstein, A Nigam
  17. European Group on Organizational Studies. (Conference) Montreal, Canada (2013).
    Paper: Career scripts of institutional entrepreneurs
    Author: Nigam A
    Co-authors: G Dokko
  18. Wharton People and Organizations Conference. (Conference) Philadelphia, USA (2013).
    Paper: Building state capacity from within: The transformation of the Ministério Publico in Brazil
    Author: Coslovsky S
    Co-authors: A Nigam
  19. Academy of Management -- Organization and Management Theory Division -- Theorizing Process in Organizational Search. Organising Committee.
    Paper: Co-organizer of this research incubator for work on organizational search
  20. Academy of Management -- Organization and Management Theory Division -- Navigating the Qualitative Dissertation: Ask the Experts. (Workshop)
    Paper: Expert facilitator for qualitative dissertation proposals at this annual OMT Professional Development Workshop

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