Kelly Thomson

School of Administrative Studies

Assistant Professor

Office: Atkinson College, 214
Phone: 416)736-2100 Ext: 20126
Emailthomsonk@yorku.ca

Dr. Kelly Thomson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Administrative Studies, York University. She uses social constructivist frameworks and qualitative methods to analyse organizing processes in a variety of domains. She is engaged in research examining how professionals, patients and their families organize health care and how adverse events are reported.

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Dr. Kelly Thomson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Administrative Studies, York University. She uses social constructivist frameworks and qualitative methods to analyse organizing processes in a variety of domains. She is engaged in research examining how professionals, patients and their families organize health care and how adverse events are reported. She also studies how entrepreneurs engage with other actors (e.g. regulators, financiers, associations) to contest existing structures and constitute new ones as they create new opportunities, fields and industries. Finally, she looks at processes of change in fields.

Area of Specialization

Management

Degrees

PhD, Schulich/York University
MA, University of Manitoba
BA, McGill University


Research Interests

Management , Organizational Theory, Social Movement Theories, Sustainability and Health Care Coordination

Current Research Projects

In Search of Relevance: Facilitating Dialogue between Research and Practice

Collaborator: Martha Rogers and Gervan Fearon
Funders: 
SSHRC Public Outreach Program, Special Call for Management, Business and Finance


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
ATK Fellowship


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
ATK Fellowship

All Publications

Book Chapters

Wheeler, David and Thomson, Kelly (2006). Sustainability, Social Capital and the Canadian ICT Sector. In Toner, Glen (ed.) Sustainable Production: Building Canadian Capacity, Vancouver: UBC Press.

Journal Articles

Coffey, Maitreya; Thomson, Kelly, Tallett, Susan and Matlow, Anne. (2010) . Pediatric Residents’ Decision-making Around Disclosing Adverse Events: The Importance of Social Context. Academic Medicine, 85:10, pp. 1619-1625.

Matlow, A. G., Wright, J.G., Zimmerman, B., Thomson, K., Valente, M. (2006) How Can the Principles of Complexity Science Be Applied to the Coordination of Care for Complex Pediatric Patients? Quality and Safety in Health Care, 15:85-88.

Conference Proceedings

Chuang, Y.T., Hennessy, D., Thomson, K., & Madriz, R., 2000, “The rise and fall of organizational diversity”. Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Organizational Theory Division, Proceedings, 21(6): 40-49.

Conference Papers

Coffey, M., Thomson, K., Tallett, S. and Matlow, A. 2009. Knowledge and Attitudes of Pediatric Residents Towards Disclosure of Adverse Events, Patient Safety Institute, June, 2009. Honourable Mention.

Thomson, Kelly, 2008. “Habitus, Symbolic Violence and Opportunity Constitution in the Canadian Cable Industry.” Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division, Best Paper Proceedings of the 2008 Conference, Anaheim.

Thomson, Kelly, 2007. "What Gives You the Right? Symbolic Violence and the Structuration of Opportunity in the Canadian Cable Industry," presented at Cornell-McGill Conference on Institutions and Entrepreneurship.

Thomson, Kelly, 2007. "Giddens and Structuration Theory: Challenges and Opportunities", Symposium at the Academy of Management Review.

Thomson, Kelly and Valente, Mike. 2006. "Donor, Scapegoat or Change Agent? The structuration of business sustainability and the role of the firm as an agent of social change." Virtual presentation at the UN Global Forum on Business as an Agent of World Benefit: Management Knowledge Leading Positive Change, October 22-25, 2006.

Anne Matlow, James Wright, Brenda Zimmerman, Kelly Thomson, Michael Valente, Kim Streitenberger, Polly Stevens, Ronald Laxer. "Can the principles of complexity science be applied to improve the coordination of care (CoC) for COMPLEX pediatric patients?" A Pilot Study, poster accepted at Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centres conference in October, 2006, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Matlow, A., Wright, J., Zimmerman, B., Thomson, K., Valente, M., Streitenberger, K., Stevens, P. and Laxer, R., 2006. "Can the principles of complexity science be applied to improve the coordination of care for complex pediatric patients?" A Pilot Study. Poster accepted at 8th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress, San Francisco, California.

Thomson, Kelly; Valente, Mike and Zimmerman, Brenda, 2005. "Competing Discourses and Destructuration in Health Care: Implications for Coordination and Quality of Patient Care", Submitted to ASAC, 2005.

Thomson, K. 2003. “The Social Constitution of Social Capital and Network Structure”, presented at ASAC, OMT Division, Halifax.

Thomson, K. 2003. “Capital and Social Capital: an Integrative theoretical framework”, presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, OMT Division, Seattle.

Thomson, K., 2002. “Cognition and Collective Action in Industries”, Paper presented at ASAC Conference, BPS Division, Winnipeg.

Chuang, Y.T., Hennessy, D., Thomson, K., & Madriz, R., 2000. “Diversity and similarity in New York City newspapers, 1801-1988”, Paper presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Toronto.

Thomson, K., 2000. “Social Capital: A facilitator of collective action”, accepted for presentation at ASAC Conference, Montreal.

Approach To Teaching

My teaching encourages students to learn by doing and to expand the range of ways of looking at different phenomena.

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Summer 2017 AP/ADMS4900 3.0  Management Policy Part I LECT  
Summer 2017 AP/ADMS4900 3.0  Management Policy Part I LECT  


Dr. Kelly Thomson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Administrative Studies, York University. She uses social constructivist frameworks and qualitative methods to analyse organizing processes in a variety of domains. She is engaged in research examining how professionals, patients and their families organize health care and how adverse events are reported.


Dr. Kelly Thomson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Administrative Studies, York University. She uses social constructivist frameworks and qualitative methods to analyse organizing processes in a variety of domains. She is engaged in research examining how professionals, patients and their families organize health care and how adverse events are reported. She also studies how entrepreneurs engage with other actors (e.g. regulators, financiers, associations) to contest existing structures and constitute new ones as they create new opportunities, fields and industries. Finally, she looks at processes of change in fields.

Area of Specialization

Management

Degrees

PhD, Schulich/York University
MA, University of Manitoba
BA, McGill University

Research Interests:

Management , Organizational Theory, Social Movement Theories, Sustainability and Health Care Coordination

Current Research Projects

In Search of Relevance: Facilitating Dialogue between Research and Practice

Collaborator: Martha Rogers and Gervan Fearon
Funders: 
SSHRC Public Outreach Program, Special Call for Management, Business and Finance


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
ATK Fellowship


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
ATK Fellowship

All Publications

Book Chapters

Wheeler, David and Thomson, Kelly (2006). Sustainability, Social Capital and the Canadian ICT Sector. In Toner, Glen (ed.) Sustainable Production: Building Canadian Capacity, Vancouver: UBC Press.

Journal Articles

Coffey, Maitreya; Thomson, Kelly, Tallett, Susan and Matlow, Anne. (2010) . Pediatric Residents’ Decision-making Around Disclosing Adverse Events: The Importance of Social Context. Academic Medicine, 85:10, pp. 1619-1625.

Matlow, A. G., Wright, J.G., Zimmerman, B., Thomson, K., Valente, M. (2006) How Can the Principles of Complexity Science Be Applied to the Coordination of Care for Complex Pediatric Patients? Quality and Safety in Health Care, 15:85-88.

Conference Proceedings

Chuang, Y.T., Hennessy, D., Thomson, K., & Madriz, R., 2000, “The rise and fall of organizational diversity”. Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Organizational Theory Division, Proceedings, 21(6): 40-49.

Conference Papers

Coffey, M., Thomson, K., Tallett, S. and Matlow, A. 2009. Knowledge and Attitudes of Pediatric Residents Towards Disclosure of Adverse Events, Patient Safety Institute, June, 2009. Honourable Mention.

Thomson, Kelly, 2008. “Habitus, Symbolic Violence and Opportunity Constitution in the Canadian Cable Industry.” Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division, Best Paper Proceedings of the 2008 Conference, Anaheim.

Thomson, Kelly, 2007. "What Gives You the Right? Symbolic Violence and the Structuration of Opportunity in the Canadian Cable Industry," presented at Cornell-McGill Conference on Institutions and Entrepreneurship.

Thomson, Kelly, 2007. "Giddens and Structuration Theory: Challenges and Opportunities", Symposium at the Academy of Management Review.

Thomson, Kelly and Valente, Mike. 2006. "Donor, Scapegoat or Change Agent? The structuration of business sustainability and the role of the firm as an agent of social change." Virtual presentation at the UN Global Forum on Business as an Agent of World Benefit: Management Knowledge Leading Positive Change, October 22-25, 2006.

Anne Matlow, James Wright, Brenda Zimmerman, Kelly Thomson, Michael Valente, Kim Streitenberger, Polly Stevens, Ronald Laxer. "Can the principles of complexity science be applied to improve the coordination of care (CoC) for COMPLEX pediatric patients?" A Pilot Study, poster accepted at Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centres conference in October, 2006, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Matlow, A., Wright, J., Zimmerman, B., Thomson, K., Valente, M., Streitenberger, K., Stevens, P. and Laxer, R., 2006. "Can the principles of complexity science be applied to improve the coordination of care for complex pediatric patients?" A Pilot Study. Poster accepted at 8th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress, San Francisco, California.

Thomson, Kelly; Valente, Mike and Zimmerman, Brenda, 2005. "Competing Discourses and Destructuration in Health Care: Implications for Coordination and Quality of Patient Care", Submitted to ASAC, 2005.

Thomson, K. 2003. “The Social Constitution of Social Capital and Network Structure”, presented at ASAC, OMT Division, Halifax.

Thomson, K. 2003. “Capital and Social Capital: an Integrative theoretical framework”, presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, OMT Division, Seattle.

Thomson, K., 2002. “Cognition and Collective Action in Industries”, Paper presented at ASAC Conference, BPS Division, Winnipeg.

Chuang, Y.T., Hennessy, D., Thomson, K., & Madriz, R., 2000. “Diversity and similarity in New York City newspapers, 1801-1988”, Paper presented at Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Toronto.

Thomson, K., 2000. “Social Capital: A facilitator of collective action”, accepted for presentation at ASAC Conference, Montreal.


Teaching:

Approach To Teaching
My teaching encourages students to learn by doing and to expand the range of ways of looking at different phenomena.


Current Courses

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TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Summer 2017 AP/ADMS4900 3.0  Management Policy Part I LECT  
Summer 2017 AP/ADMS4900 3.0  Management Policy Part I LECT