Who We Are
What We Do
Dr. Marvin Washington is the Academic Director in the Executive Program and the Alberta Health Services Executive Leadership program with the Executive Education Faculty at the Alberta School of Business. Dr. Washington’s research, teaching, and consulting focus is on processes of organizational and institutional change. With regards to his academic research, he is most interested in processes and dynamics labeled institutional work. Institutional work refers to “purposive action of individuals and organizations aimed at creating, maintaining and disrupting institutions “ (Lawrence & Suddaby, 2006: 215, emphasis original ). From this line of inquiry, he has examined a diverse set of institutions such as college sports, Italian lawyers, women’s professional sports, and megachurches. His most recent work was published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice with Evelyn Micelotta. With regards to turning his theory into practice, he has worked with a variety of organizations on strategy, change, and leadership issues. He was part of a large scale change initiative with the United States Postal Service and the Country of Botswana. He is the author of two books on leadership and organizational change: Pack Leadership: Lessons from the Wild Dogs of Africa (with Stephen Hacker), and Successful Organizational Transformation: The Five Critical Elements (with Stephen Hacker and Marla Hacker. Dr. Washington, has won two MBA awards for teaching excellence, and was awarded the 2013 McCalla Professorship for Teaching Effectiveness at the University of Alberta. He was also the 2017 recipient of the University of Alberta’s Last Lecture Series which is given to the professor that University students and alumni think was the most impactful during their time at the University. He currently is the Academic Director in the Executive Program and the Alberta Health Services Executive Leadership program with the Executive Education Faculty at the Alberta School of Business Dr. Washington has worked with government and industry leaders in the Countries of Botswana and Mexico as well as the states of Texas, Illinois, Michigan, and Oregon. Prior to life in Academia, Marvin was a manufacturing manager for Procter and Gamble where he was responsible for Zest Bar Soap.