Trish Reay


Alberta School of Business

Strategic Management and Organization

About Me

Research Affiliations

  • Centre for Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise (CEFE): Founded in 1999 and generously endowed by an anonymous business family, the Centre is able to vigorously pursue its mandate to develop and disseminate knowledge regarding the management of family enterprise through research, teaching, and service. Of special interest to the Centre is the management of family enterprise in the contexts of entrepreneurialism and internationalization.
  • Centre for Effective Business Management of Addictions Treatment (CEBMAT) 

Professional Affiliations

Academy of Management:

  • Health care Management (HCM) Division
  • Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division

Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC)


Research Interests

  • Organizational and Institutional Change
  • Organizational Learning
  • Professions and Professional Work
  • Identity and Role Identity

Current Research Grants

The dynamics of interprofessional collaboration: bridging between macro and micro levels of analysis. (2009 - 2012)

In this study we are investigating how professionals collaborate with members of other disciplines as part of new initiatives requiring interprofessional collaboration (IPC). Although there is proliferation of health care programs involving members of different professions, research and practice show that true collaboration in interprofessional settings is difficult to achieve. We need to understand the obstacles that stand in the way of collaboration and to consider how successful IPC can be realized.

We will be conducting a longitudinal cross-provincial study involving Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. Comparison across 3 different provinces will allow an understanding of how the external arrangements – that vary from one province to another – affect the practice of IPC. Comparison across these settings will allow us to determine how, for example, the professions represented, the organizational context, the objectives of the IPC, and other elements specific to the settings, enable or hinder collaborative practice.

Funded by: SSHRC

Investigative Team: 

  • Samia Chreim (PI), University of Ottawa
  • Trish Reay, University of Alberta 
  • Ann Langley, HEC Montreal

Family as an Organizing Principle: The Canadian Wine Industry.

Funded by the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, University of Alberta School of Business. Research team: C.R. (Bob) Hinings and Trish Reay. Research investigating how the institutional logic of family business (traditional and life-style) impacts on strategic approaches in the Canadian wine industry.

Completed Research Grants

Organizational Learning in Primary Health Care Innovation

Final Report - Organizational Learning in Primary Health Care Innovation 

Organizational Learning in Primary Health Care Innovation (PHCI) was a three-year (2005-2008) research program that investigated how learning processes of PHCI projects, in six Regional Health Authorities (RHAs), occurred over time.

Our objective was to understand how organizations learn to spread and institutionalize good ideas about providing Primary Health Care (PHC). The investigators wanted to understand how Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) and physicians work together to set up innovations, learn from their implementation experiences, use these learnings for future endeavours, and share knowledge within their organizations and with other organizations.

The purpose of this research was to gain insights into processes of organizational learning in innovation by following PHC innovations in the six RHAs. This will assist health care managers to encourage the adoption of successful PHC innovations throughout their organizations.

Decision-Making Partners: Calgary Health Region, Capital Health, David Thompson Health Region, East Central Health, Northern Lights Health Region, Interior Health, British Columbia and Alberta Health and Wellness

Funded by: CIHR and AHFMR

    Investigative Team:

    • Trish Reay (PI), University of Alberta
    • Karen Golden-Biddle, Boston University
    • Bob Hinings, University of Alberta

    • Ann Casebeer, University of Calgary

    Organizational Change in Health Care

    Report - Organizational Change in Healthcare with Special Reference to Alberta

    Funded by CHSRF and AHFMR. Investigative Team: Golden-Biddle, Hinings, Casebeer, Reay, and Pablo, with collaborators at U Lethbridge and U Montreal, regional health authority decision makers, and provincial policy makers. Research on implementing and sustaining change is coupled with researcher-decision maker linkages that facilitate learning for both the theory and practice of change. (2000-2005).

    Developing and Testing of Research Implementation Strategies in Complex Health Care Organizations in Canada and Sweden

    Funded by CIHR. Investigative Team: Estabrooks (PI), Denis, Reay, Tyden, Wallin, and Nilsson Kajermo. (from March 2005 to February 2006)

    Recent Publications


    Reay, T. Family business meta-identity, institutional pressures and ability to respond to entrepreneurial opportunities. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice.

    Goodrick, E. & Reay, T. Florence Nightingale Endures: Legitimizing a New Professional Role Identity. Journal of Management Studies.


    Reay, T. & Hinings, C.R. 2009. Managing the Rivalry of Competing Institutional Logics. Organization Studies, 30(6): 629-652.


    Golden-Biddle, K. & Reay, T. 2008. Gendered Work: Negotiating value and boundaries for a new role. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research.

    Reay, T. & Golden-Biddle, K. 2008. Institutionalising Nurse Practitioners in Alberta. In E. Ferlie, P. Hyde & L. McKee (eds.), Organising and Reorganising -- Power and Change in Health Care Organisations.


    Pablo, A., Reay, T., Dewald, J. & Casebeer, A. 2007. Identifying, enabling and managing dynamic capabilities. Journal of Management Studies, 44(5): 687-708.


    Reay, T, Golden-Biddle, K., & GermAnn, K. 2006. Legitimizing a new role: Small wins and micro-processes of change. Academy of Management Journal, 49(4): 977-998.

    Golden-Biddle, K., Locke, K., & Reay, T. 2006. Using knowledge in organizational studies: An investigation of how we cite prior work. Journal of Management Inquiry, 15(3): 237-254.

    Reay, T., Patterson, E., Halma, L. & Steed, W. 2006. Introducing a nurse practitioner into a rural physician clinic. Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine, 11(2): 101-107.

    Casebeer, A., Reay, T., Golden-Biddle, K., Pablo, A. Wiebe, E. & Hinings, C.R. 2006. Experiences of Regionalization: Assessing multiple stakeholder perspectives across time. Healthcare Quarterly, 9(2): 32-43.


    Reay, T & Hinings, C.R. 2005. The recomposition of an organizational field: Health care in Alberta . Organization Studies, 26(3): 351-384.

    Golden-Biddle, K., GermAnn, K., Reay, T., & Procyshen, G. 2005. Anchoring while moving forward in organizational change. In J.E. Dutton & B.R. Ragins (Eds.), Exploring Positive Relationships at Work: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation . Lawrence Erlbaum Press.


    Casebeer, A. & Reay, T. 2004. Reinventing primary health care: Physicians have a pivotal part to play. Canadian Family Physician, 50: 1345-1347.

    Hinings, C.R., Casebeer, A., Reay, T., Golden-Biddle, K., Pablo, A., & Greenwood, R. 2004. The regionalization of healthcare in Alberta: Legislated change, loose coupling and uncertainty. British Journal of Management , 14: S15-S30.

    Hinings, C.R., Greenwood, R., Reay, T. & Suddaby, R. 2004. Dynamics of change in organizational fields. In M.S. Poole & A.H. Van de Ven (Eds.), Handbook of Organizational Change and Innovation. New York: Oxford University Press.

    Reay, T., & Steier, L. 2004. The case of the prodigal daughter, In J.H. Astrachan, P. Poutziouris, & K. Soufani. (Eds.) Family Business Casebook Annual . Kennsaw , Georgia: Cox Family Enterprise Center.

    Thomson, D., Bzdel, L., Golden-Biddle, K., Reay, T., & Estabrooks, C.A. 2004. Central questions of anonymization: A case study of secondary use of qualitative data. In C. van Dijkim, J. Blasius, H., Kleijer & B. van Hilten (Eds.), Recent Developments and Applications in Social Research Methodology: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Logic and Methodology held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 17-20th, 2004. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Institute for the Social Sciences (SISWO).


    Casebeer, A., Besner, J., Golden-Biddle, K., & Reay, T. 2003. The researcher-decision maker partnership: A collaborative journey. In: Multi-organizational Partnerships and Collaborative Strategies. Calgary: University of Calgary.

    Devine, K., Reay, T., Stainton, L., & Collins-Nakai, R. 2003. The stress of downsizing: Comparing survivors and victims. Human Resource Management, 42: 109-124.

    Golden-Biddle, K., Reay, T., Witt, C, Petz, S., Casebeer, A., Pablo, A., & Hinings, C.R. 2003. Toward a communicative perspective of collaborating in research: The case of the researcher-decision maker partnership. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy. 8(S2): 20-25.

    Reay, T., Golden-Biddle, K., & GermAnn, K. 2003. Challenges and leadership strategies for managers of nurse practitioners. Journal of Nursing Management, 11: 396-403.

    Reay, T., Golden-Biddle, K., & GermAnn, K. 2003. How nurse practitioners and middle managers are acting to create work role changes. In Nagao (Ed.) Best Papers Proceedings of the 63 rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Seattle, Washington.


    Teaching Interests

    • Managing Organizational Change
    • International Family Enterprise
    • Implementing Public Policy