Information Disclosure or Opaque Transparency

My latest paper — Opaque Transparency: How Material Affordances Shape Intermediary Work — is now published. Co-authored with Miron Avidan (McGill University) and Dror Etzion (McGill University), this research examines the emergence of FracFocus, self‐regulatory initiative with strong industry ties, charged with disclosing data pertaining to the chemicals used in oil and gas wells completed using hydraulic fracturing technology (fracking) in the United States and Canada. It is part of a larger program of research that has looked at numerous aspects of unconventional shale development and hydraulic fracturing.

The article was published in Regulation & Governance as part of a special issue “Exploring the Formal and Informal Roles of Regulatory Intermediaries in Transnational Multi-Stakeholder Regulation,” edited by Luc Brès, Sébastien Mena, and Marie‐Laure Salles‐Djelic.

Citation details:

Avidan, M., Etzion, D. & Gehman, J. Opaque Transparency: How Material Affordances Shape Intermediary Work. Regulation and Governance. In press. doi:10.1111/rego.12217.

Grant Awarded from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation

I am pleased to announce that I have been awarded a grant from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation (AREF) in the amount of $30,000. The grant will be used to extend coverage of to include detailed information on ~500,000 oil and gas wells in Alberta. Specifically, the grant will support salary costs for research assistants to analyze and structure the new data, architect and expand the underlying wells database, and format and build the new pages on

Update: On February 14, 2019, the grant was expanded to $35,000.

Finding Theory-Method Fit: A Comparison of Three Qualitative Approaches to Theory Building

Today, our forthcoming Journal of Management Inquiry article — Finding Theory–Method Fit: A Comparison of Three Qualitative Approaches to Theory Building — was published online. Co-authored by Joel Gehman (University of Alberta), Vern L. Glaser (University of Alberta), Kathleen M. Eisenhardt (Stanford University), Denny Gioia (Pennsylvania State University, Ann Langley (HEC Montreal), and Kevin G. Corley (Arizona State University), the article provides a synthesized summary of a Showcase Symposium held at the 2016 Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

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2016 Academy of Management Showcase Symposium

Today, we delivered a standing room only Showcase Symposium on qualitative theory building. Scholars often use qualitative research to develop new theory, but there are different ways of understanding and using qualitative research. In this symposium, we brought together four scholars who have been of particular importance in shaping the ways qualitative research is conducted in our field: Kathleen M. Eisenhardt, Dennis A. Gioia, Ann Langley, and Kevin G. Corley. The goal for this symposium was to facilitate a conversation between these scholars, so as to foreground similarities and differences in their respective approaches.

Panelists discussed themes such as: 1) What is your method / approach? 2) What counts as theory from within your method / approach? 3) How does your method / approach connect with theory building? 4) How does your method / approach compare and contrast with other familiar methods? 5) When and for what kind of theory is your method / approach especially appropriate? We ended the symposium with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions to the panel of distinguished scholars. The event was organized by Joel Gehman and Vern L. Glaser.

Developing a Research Agenda to Advance Perspectives on Performativity

Developing a Research Agenda to Advance Perspectives on Performativity
Friday, August 7, 2015 from 3:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Sponsored by OMT, TIM, SAP, CMS

This PDW offers participants an opportunity to develop in-depth exposure to current research developing theories of performativity that highlight the constitutive effects of theorization. Research on performativity has been conducted from a variety of perspectives, including organization theory, strategy, and technology studies.

Part 1: The first part of this PDW (3:15-4:15) is open to all participants. In the first part of the PDW, three senior scholars will present a perspective on performativity.

  • Raghu Garud (Pennsylvania State U.) will describe how the notion of performativity applies to management thought;
  • Jean-Pascal Gond and Laure Cabantous (both of Cass Business School, City U. London) will discuss the performativity of strategic knowledge; and
  • Wanda Orlikowski (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) will explore the generative possibilities a performativity perspective offers to our understanding of technology in organizations.

Part 2: In the second part of the PDW, we offer participants the opportunity to submit research proposals and receive feedback in a roundtable format. In addition to the presenters named above, Susan Scott and Daniel Beunza (both of the London School of Economics) will participate as roundtable discussion leaders.

To participate in the second part of the PDW, send a 1500 word research proposal or extended abstract to the PDW organizers: Joel Gehman ( and Vern Glaser ( The submission deadline is July 15, 2015.

Once you submit your proposal we will provide you with a code to register for Part 2 of the PDW at

Best, Joel and Vern