Linda Smircich

Linda Smircich (born 1948) is a Professor of Management in the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst where she teaches Organizational Alternative Paradigms.[1] She is part of the critical management studies approach field and a critical researcher in organizational culture and gender.[2]


Linda Smircich has a B.S. from State University of New York at Oswego, M.B.A. and Ph.D. from Syracuse University.[1] She was previously Chair of the Management Department at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.[3]

Her research interests are in the fields of organizational behavior and theory; qualitative research, alternative paradigms; cultural perspectives on organizations and management; organization change; gender and organization, feminist theory.[1][3] Her earlier scholarly writing were centered on organizational culture, but currently she is pursuing a cultural and critical perspective on organization and management.[3] Linda Smircich various publications are often co-authored with Marta Calàs and apply insights from cultural studies, postmodernism, feminism, and post-colonial theory to analyze organizational topics such as leadership, business ethics, and globalization.[3]

She is co-editor of the international, interdisciplinary journal Organization, together with Gibson Burrell, Marta Calàs, and Mike Reed.[3]


  • Outstanding College Teacher Award, 2009 Isenberg School of Management
  • Distinguished PhD Alumni Award, 2008 Syracuse University Whitman School of Management
  • Sage Award for Scholarly Contribution, 2006 Gender, Diversity & Organizations Division, Academy of Management

On Smircich and Calás

  • Joanna Brewis, “Othering Organization Theory: Marta Calás and Linda Smircich”, The Sociological Review, Special Issue: Sociological Review Monograph Series: Contemporary Organization Theory, edited by Campbell Jones and Rolland Munro, Volume 53, Issue Supplement s1, pp. 80–94, October 2005

Selected publications


  • (1992) Organizations as shared meanings
  • (1992) Authenticity in the superior-subordinate relationship : its measurement and relationship to commitment, involvement, role clarity, influence style, and satisfaction
  • (1993) Rewriting gender into organization theorizing
  • (1995) Critical perspectives on organization and management
  • (1997) Postmodern management theory
  • (1999) From “the woman’s” point of view, feminist approaches to organization studies with Marta B Calás


  • Gareth Morgan and Linda Smircich (1980) The Case for Qualitative Research; The Academy of Management Review Vol. 5, No. 4 (Oct., 1980), pp. 491–500
  • Linda Smircich and Gareth Morgan (1982). Leadership: The Management of Meaning. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 18, 257-273. doi:10.1177/002188638201800303
  • Linda Smircich (1983). Concepts of Culture and Organizational Analysis. Administrative Science Quarterly, 28(3): 339-358.
  • M. B. Calas and Linda Smircich (2014) Engendering the Organizational: Organization Studies and Feminist Theorizing. In P. Adler, P. du Gay, G. Morgan & M. Reed (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents. London: Oxford University Press.
  • M. B. Calas, L. Smircich, and E. Holvino (2014) Theorizing Gender- and Organization: Changing Times. …Changing Theories? In S. Kumra, R. Simpson & R. Burke (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Gender in Organizations. London: Oxford University Press.
  • M. B. Calas, H. Ou, and L. Smircich (2013) ’Woman‘ on the Move: Mobile Subjectivities after Intersectionality, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

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