Professor Jaco Lok

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Professor Jaco Lok

Professor in Management (Strategy)


Contact Details

Tel: +61 2 9850 9035





About Professor Jaco Lok

Professor in Management (Strategy)

MSc (Erasmus), PhD (Cambridge)

Teaching Areas

  • Marketing & Strategic Management
  • Strategic Management

Research Area Affiliations

  • Strategy

Research statement

Dr Lok obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2008.  His research focuses on the impact of different governing logics on people’s lived experience in organizations, and their related capacity for agency.  Jaco combines this theoretical interest with an empirical focus on addressing grand societal challenges such as poverty alleviation and PTSD in war veterans.  His work has been published in a number of top-tier journals, with a particular focus on the Academy of Management Journal.  Together with his co-author Mark de Rond, Jaco recently won the Academy of Management Journal’s Best Paper Award 2017 for his work on psychological distress in war surgeons serving in Afghanistan.  He has served on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Review and Organization Studies, and has established a fast-growing new international research field on emotions and institutions.


Journal articles

  • Lok, J. (In press 2017). Why (and how) institutional theory can be critical: addressing the challenge to institutional theory's critical turn. Journal of Management Inquiry. DOI: 10.1177/1056492617732832
  • De Rond, M., & Lok, J. (2016). Some things can never be unseen: The role of context in psychological injury at war. Academy of Management Journal, 59(6), 1965-1993. DOI: 10.5465/amj.2015.0681
  • Lok, J., & Willmott, H. (2014). Identities and identifications in organizations: dynamics of antipathy, deadlock, and alliance. Journal of Management Inquiry, 23(3), 215-230. DOI: 10.1177/1056492613504461
  • Lok, J., & De Rond, M. (2013). On the plasticity of institutions: Containing and restoring practice breakdowns at the Cambridge University Boat Club. Academy of Management Journal, 56(1), 185-207. DOI: 10.5465/amj.2010.0688
  • Bartlett, J., Tywoniak, S., Cebon, P., Lok, J., Prichard, C., & Wilcox, T. (2011). Prologue: Stability and change. Journal of Management and Organization, 17(4), 522-533. DOI: 10.1017/S1833367200001425
  • Creed, W. E. D., DeJordy, R., & Lok, J. (2010). Being the change: Resolving institutional contradiction through identity work. Academy of Management Journal, 53(6), 1336-1364. DOI: 10.5465/amj.2010.57318357
  • Lok, J. (2010). Institutional logics as identity projects. Academy of Management Journal, 53(6), 1305-1335. DOI: 10.5465/amj.2010.57317866

Book chapters

  • Lok, J., Creed, W. E. D., DeJordy, R., & Voronov, M. (2017). Living institutions: bringing emotions into organizational institutionalism. In R. Greenwood, C. Oliver, T. B. Lawrence, & R. E. Meyer (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of organizational institutionalism (2nd ed., pp. 591-620). Los Angeles ; London: SAGE Publications.
  • Lok, J., Hwang, H., & Höllerer, M. (2017). "Managers to the rescue!" Evaluating the legacy of stewardship theory from an institutional perspective. In J. X. J. Qiu, B. L. Luo, C. Jackson, & K. Sanders (Eds.), Advancing organizational theory in a complex world (pp. 116-131). (Routledge Studies in Management, Organization and Society). New York, NY: Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781315677293
  • Creed, W. E. D., Dejordy, R., & Lok, J. (2014). Myths to work by: redemptive self-narratives and generative agency for organizational change. In P. Tracey, N. Phillips, & M. Lounsbury (Eds.), Religion and organization theory (pp. 111-156). (Research in the sociology of organizations; Vol. 41). UK: Emerald Group Publishing. DOI: 10.1108/S0733-558X20140000041012

Conference papers

  • de Rond, M., & Lok, J. (2016). Don't Ask Me If It's A Just War, It's Just War: A Contextual Perspective on Psychological Injury. Academy of Management Annual Meeting proceedings, 2016(1), 1. DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2016.13605abstract
  • Lok, J., & Gupta, A. (2015). The nature and limits of collective identity as an editing lens for institutional complexity. In AOM 2015: 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (Proceedings - Academy of Management; Vol. 2015). St. Louis: Academy of Management (AoM).  Academy of Management Annual Meeting proceedings, DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2015.305
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