Brett Crawford is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University. He earned his Ph.D in Management and Organizations from the Department of Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School and his MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Brett’s research explores how organizations shape and reshape social and institutional meaning over time. He is particularly interested in questions relating to the natural environment and taboo issues.
Prior to coming to Purdue, Brett was on the faculty at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt, he was also the Graduate Programs Coordinator at the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Sociology. Brett has also worked as a Lecturer of Public Policy and Administration at Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies.
Brett’s research has appeared in Social Science & Medicine, Management & Organizational History, and the Journal of Organizational Ethnography. His work has also been featured in a number of media outlets including NPR. Brett is a member of the Academy of Management, American Sociological Association, Trout Unlimited and Anglers of the Au Sable. He is a conservationist at heart and when not playing zone defense over his three kids with his wife, finds exploring remote rivers with a fly rod to be therapeutic. His dream is to run the Grand Canyon in a dory.
Copenhagen Business School, Department of Business and Politics
Ph.D. in Management and Organization Studies
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Isenberg School of Management
MBA in Business Administration
BBA in Business Administration
Crawford, B. (2016-2017). Junior Fellow. Purdue University Service Learning Faculty Grant Program, $2,000.
Crawford, B. (2016-2017). TLI112: A Legitimate Transformation Idea. Purdue Polytechnic and the Eli Lilly Foundation, $30,000.
- Crawford, B. (2016). Course Development for TLI112. Purdue Polytechnic Transformation Funds, $5,000.
- Crawford, B. (2016). Issue Work and Modern Actorhood in River Conservation. Purdue University Library Scholars Grant Program, $4,000.
- Crawford, B. (2014). From No Limit to Zero Limit: The Institutional Emergence of Environmental Stewardship. BNY Mellon Faculty Research Fellowship, $10,000.
- Crawford, B. (2014) Conflict Waters to Conservation Panel. David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, University of Pittsburgh, $10,000.
- Crawford, B. (2014). Provost’s matching funds for Conflict Waters to Conservation Panel, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, $9,000.
- Crawford, B. (2013). Race With the (Historical) Devil: From Taboo to Legitimate and Back Again. David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, University of Pittsburgh, $10,000.
- Anspach, R., Crawford, B. & De Vries, R. (2009). The Hidden Curriculum of Premedical Education. Center for Ethics in Public Life, University of Michigan, $11,705.
USCAA Academic All-American (Baseball, 2005)
USCAA Academic All-American (Baseball, 2004)
USCAA All-American (Baseball, 2004)
- Crawford, B. (2015). The Historical and Cultural Construction of Legitimated Interests: The Rise of American Chambers of Commerce, Management and Organizational History, 10(3-4), 230-250.
- Crawford, B. & Branch, J. (2015). Interest Plurality and Institutional Work: An Ethnography of Rural Community Organizing, Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 4(1), 98-116.
- Lin, K.; Anspach, R.; Crawford, B.; Parnami, S.; Fuhrel-Forbis, A. & De Vries, R. (2014). What must I do to succeed?: Narratives from the US Premedical Experience, Social Science and Medicine, 119: 98-105.
- Lin, K.; Parmami, S.; Fuhrel-Forbis, A.; Anspach, R.; Crawford, B. & De Vries, R. (2013). The Undergraduate Premedical Experience in the United States: A Critical Review, International Journal of Medical Education, 4: 26-37.
- “The Eight-Hour Interview,” B. Crawford, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada, 2015.
- “Legitimizing the Taboo: Official student sexuality organizations as spaces for harm reduction, recognition, and community,” E. Coslor, B. Crawford & B. Brents, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2015.
- “The Cultural Construction of Legitimated Interests: The Rise of American Chambers of Commerce,” B. Crawford, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Lake Buena Vista, 2013.
- “Interests as Institutional Fiber: Figurations, Institutions, and Localized Contexts,” B. Crawford, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, 2012.
- “The Phenomenon of Interests in Organizational Institutionalism: A Critical Review,” B. Crawford, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, 2012.
- “Learning the “Rules of the Game”: The Moral Education of Premedical Students,” K. Lin, R. Anspach, B. Crawford, S. Parnami, A. Fuhrel-Forbis & R. DeVries, Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, New York, 2012.
- “Interests as Institutional Fiber: Creating Chamber Affiliate Organizations as Necessity,” B. Crawford, The Ingenuity Conference: Organizational Ingenuity Under Institutional Constraints, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, 2011.
- “Towards a Process Theory of Propagating Interests and Institutional Entrepreneurship: Change in a Chamber of Commerce”. B. Crawford & J. Branch, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio, 2011.
- “The Normative Pillar of the Professions,” B. Crawford & J. Branch. (Discussant: R. Greenwood; Presenters: W.R. Scott, M. Kraatz, D. Muzio, and B. Rubineau) Spotlight Symposium, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio, 2011.
- “Decoupling Interests While Co-Aligning: A Historiography of U.S. Chambers of Commerce,” B. Crawford, 6th Organization Studies Workshop: “Bringing Public Organizations and Organizing Back In,” Paris, France, 2011.
- “Interests, Social Worlds, and Capital: Structure in a Chamber of Commerce,” B. Crawford & J. Branch, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Montréal, Quebec, Canada, 2010.
- “Institutional Entrepreneurship: Re-Shaping Interests and Change in a Chamber of Commerce,” B. Crawford & J. Branch, ABC Workshop: Organizing Institutions: Agency and Interpretive Approaches, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2010.
Academy of Management (AOM)
American Sociological Association (ASA)
Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)