Joseph Lampel

Professor of Strategy and Innovation
BSc (McGill University); MSc (Université de Montréal); Ph.D (McGill University)
Faculty of Management
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Joseph Lampel has been with Cass since 2002. He is the author with Henry Mintzberg and Bruce Ahlstrand of the "Strategy Safari", Free Press/Prentice-Hall (Second Edition, 2009). He is also the editor with Henry Mintzberg and Bruce Ahlstrand of "Strategy Bites Back', Pearson Education (2005), and 'Management? It's Not What You Think!' FT Prentice Hall (2010). He is also editor with Henry Mintzberg of the fifth edition of 'The Strategy Process' , Prentice-Hall (2013), and the editor with Theresa Lant and Jamal Shamsie of the The Business of Culture: Emerging Perspectives on Cultural Industries, Lawrence-Erlbaum (2005). Joseph Lampel has published in Strategic Management Journal, Sloan Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Management, Strategic Organization, Journal of Management Studies, Academy of Management Perspectives, Research Policy, Business Horizons, R&D Management, Small Business Economics, Management Decision, International Organization, International Journal of Technology Management, and Fortune Magazine.


Joseph Lampel regularly works with top management teams in the area of strategy, creativity, and and business innovation. Among the organizations that he has worked with are Lovells, Pratt and Whitney Canada, EMI Music Group, Rexam, Woolworth, GlaxoSmithKline, Hagemeyer, Halcrow, John Lewis, UK Department for Business Innovation and skills, and the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.

He is a regular invited guest on the BBC TV, BBC World, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News, and CNBC.


Joseph Lampel has also edited the following Special Issues:

- Organization Studies Special Issue on Discovering Creativity in Necessity: Organizational Ingenuity under Constraints", with Benson Honig, and Israel Drori, forthcoming.

- Advances in Strategic Organization Special Issue on "The Globalization of Strategy Research", with Joel Baum, 2010.

- Organization Science Special Issues on “Learning from Rare Events: How Organisations Learn (or Fail to Learn) from Unusual Experiences”. (Co-editors Jamal Shamsie and Zur Shapira.) September-October 2009.

- Journal of Management Studies Special Issue on “Field-Configuring Events as Structuring Mechanisms: How Conferences, Ceremonies, and Trade Shows Constitute New Technologies, Industries, and Markets.” (Co-editor: Alan Meyer) September 2008.

- Long Range Planning Special Issue “Managing through projects in knowledge-based environments.” (Co-editors with Harry Scarbrough and Sebastian Macmillan) February 2008.

- Journal of Project Management Special Issue on “Strategic Project Management.” 2001, volume 19, No. 8

- Organization Science Special Issue on Cultural Industries: A Laboratory of Ideas for New Organizational Forms. (Co-editors: Theresa Lant and Jamal Shamsie). Volume 11, Number 3, May-June 2000.


Joseph Lampel obtained his undergraduate degree in Physics from McGill University, Canada, and later pursued his MSc in Technology Policy at the Institut d'Histoire et Sociopolitique des Sciences at Université de Montréal, Canada. After working for the Science Council of Canada and the Ontario government he returned to McGill University to pursue doctoral studies in Strategic Management. His dissertation "Strategy in Thin Industries" won the Best Dissertation Award from the Administrative Science Association of Canada 1992.


Prior to arriving at Cass, Joseph Lampel was Assistant Professor at the Stern School of Business, New York University from 1989-1996. Subsequently he was Reader at the University of St. Andrews from 1996 to 1999, and Professor of Strategic Management at University of Nottingham Business School from 1999 to 2001. He has also taught at McGill University, Concordia University, Montreal, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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