Ann Langley is Emerita Professor of management at HEC Montréal. Until August 2020, she held the Chair in Strategic Management in Pluralistic Settings and was codirector of the Strategy as Practice Study Group at HEC Montréal. She completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees in the United Kingdom and obtained her Ph.D. in management at HEC Montreal in 1987 after several years working in both private and public sectors as an analyst and consultant. Read more.
My research deals with strategic management processes and practices appropriate to “pluralistic” settings, i.e., organizational contexts where objectives and values are multiple and ambiguous, where power and influence are shared among a variety of stakeholders, and where the knowledge required to make decisions is distributed among people at many levels and in different positions. Most traditional models and techniques of strategic management were developed for organizations with hierarchical structures, clear economic purposes and a concentration of power and expertise at the top. So what are the appropriate methods in organizations where these assumptions are questionable? What types of tools are likely to be useful in such settings? These are some of the questions that interest me.