Tim Hannigan, D.Phil, M.Sc, B.A. (Hons)

Assistant Professor

Alberta School of Business

Strategic Management and Organization

About Me

Timothy R. Hannigan’s research and teaching interests at the Alberta School of Business surround innovation, entrepreneurship and the dynamics of organizational discontinuities. His primary stream focuses on the pragmatic use of provisional knowledge (i.e., rumors and propositions) in sensemaking within contexts characterized by uncertainty such as open innovation, market pre-history, scandal, and early stage entrepreneurial ecosystems. His secondary stream focuses on the interplay between facts and interpretation in determining organizational and reputational outcomes in organizations and social media. Dr. Hannigan employs a combination of big data/ machine learning computational text analysis techniques and qualitative research methods. 

Before joining University of Alberta, Tim attended the Queen’s University (BA Hons), London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc) and University of Oxford (PhD). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Organization Theory and Entrepreneurship at the Alberta School of Business.

Publications authored by Dr. Hannigan can be found in leading journals such as Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Review, Research Policy and Big Data & Society.

Research Interests

Organization Theory, Wrongdoing, Scandal, Corporate Reputation, Open Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Network Analysis, Content Analysis, Natural Language Processing, Topic Modeling 

Recent Publications

Hannigan, T.R., Haans, R.F.J., Vakili, K., Tchalian, H., Glaser, V.G., Wang, M., Kaplan, S., & Jennings, P.D. (2019) Topic Modeling in Management Research: Rendering New Theory from Textual Data. Academy of Management Annals.

Seidel, V. P., Hannigan, T.R, & Phillips, N. (in press). Rumor communities, social media, and forthcoming innovations: The shaping of technological frames in product market evolution. Academy of Management Review

Hannigan, T.R., Seidel, V.P., & Yakis-Douglas, B. (2018). Product Innovation Rumors as Forms of Open Innovation. Research Policy, 47(5), 953-964. 

Hannigan, T.R. (2016). Categories. In C. Carroll (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of corporate reputation (pp. 102-104). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. 

Hannigan, T.R. (2015). Close encounters of the conceptual kind: Disambiguating social structure from text. Big Data & Society, 2(2).


OMT Above and Beyond the Call of Duty reviewing award, Academy of Management Meetings, Boston (2019).

Best Paper Proceedings for the Academy of Management Meetings, Vancouver, BC. "The Social Construction of Scandal: the Role of Media in the British Parliamentary Expense Affair" (2015).

Best Paper Prize, Woxbridge Doctoral Conference, Warwick, UK (2011).

Best MSc. Dissertation, Information Systems, London School of Economics (2007).