Patricia (Trish) Genoe McLaren is Associate Vice President: Academic and an Associate Professor of Business Technology Management in the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is the Past-President of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada and the Chair of the Management History Divison of the Academy of Management.
Trish's research is in the areas of management and organizational history and critical management studies, with a focus on the history of management education and business schools and the development of management thought. She conducts archival research and works mainly with critical hermeneutic analysis and critical discourse analysis. She is particularly interested in context, language, and power. She has published in Academy of Management Learning & Education, Management Learning, Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of Management History, Management and Organizational History, and the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences. She co-edited The Routledge Companion to Management and Organizational History.
Trish has been a driving force behind the development and administration of the BTM program at Laurier's Brantford campus, which received formal accreditation in 2017 from the BTM Accreditation Council. She is a founding member of the BTM Governing Council, which accredits BTM programs and certifies BTM graduates and professionals. Trish teaches technology management courses in the program, including systems analysis and design, enterprise architecture, project management, and technology and innovation management.
Trish is currently involved in a number of ongoing research projects:
She recently guest edited a special issue of Academy of Management Learning & Education on New histories of business schools and how they may inspire new futures.
McLaren, P.G., Mills, A.J., & Weatherbee, T. (Eds.) (2015). Routledge Companion to Management and Organizational History. Routledge: Abingdon, UK.
McLaren, P.G. & Durepos, G. (2021) A call to practice context in management and organization studies. Journal of Management Inquiry, 30(1): 74-84.
McLaren, P.G. (2020) Strengthening capitalism through philanthropy: The Ford Foundation, managerialism and American business schools. Management Learning, 51(2): 187-206.
McLaren, P.G. (2019) Stop blaming Gordon and Howell: Unpacking the complex history behind the research-based model of education. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 18(1): 43-58, 2019.
Finch, D., Falkenberg, L., McLaren, P.G., Rondeau, K., & O’Reilly, N. (2018) The rigour-relevance gap in professional programmes: Bridging the ‘unbridgeable’ between higher education and practice. Industry and Higher Education. 32(3).
McLaren, P.G., Campbell, S. Rostis, A. & Murray, W. (2014) Analyzing terse stories: Socialization into the academy. Global Review, 1(2): 1-32.
McLaren, P.G. (2013) I don’t need leadership: An exploration of the societal discourse of leadership. Journal of Leadership Studies, 7(2), 35-41.
McLaren, P.G., McGowan, R., Gerhardt, K., Diallo, L., & Saeed, A. (2013) Business without the math: Competing discourses and the struggle to develop an undergraduate leadership program. Journal of Leadership Education, 12(2), 16pp.
McLaren, P.G., & Mills, A.J. (2013) Internal cohesion in response to institutional plurality: The Administrative Sciences Association of Canada. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 3(1), 40-55.
McLaren, P.G. (2011) James Burnham, The Managerial Revolution, and the development of management theory in post-war America. Management & Organizational History, 6, 411-424.
McLaren, P.G., & Helms Mills, J. (2010) Appropriation, manipulation, and silence: A critical hermeneutic analysis of the management textbook as a tool of the corporate discourse. Management & Organizational History, 5, 408-427.
McLaren, P.G., Mills, A.J. & Durepos, G. (2009) Disseminating Drucker: Knowledge, tropes and the North American management textbook. Journal of Management History, 15, 388-403.
McLaren, P.G., & Mills, A. J. (2008) ‘I’d like to thank the academy’: An analysis of the awards discourse at the Atlantic Schools of Business Conference. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 25, 307-316.
McLaren, P.G. & Mills, A. J. (2008) A product of “his” time? Exploring the construct of the ideal manager in the Cold War era. Journal of Management History, 14, 386-403.
McLaren, P.G. & Mills, A.J. (2015) History and the absence of Canadian management theory. In McLaren, P.G., Mills, A.J., & Weatherbee, T. (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Management and Organizational History. Routledge: Abingdon, UK, 319-331.
MB381 Project Management
MB375 Technology and Innovation Management
MB385 Systems Analysis and Design
MB487 Enterprise Architecture
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