Lex Donaldson

Emeritus Professor

Lex Donaldson is a Professor of Management in Organizational Design in the UNSW Business School. He holds a BSc in Behavioural Science(Sociology Specialism) from the University of Aston and a PhD in Organizational Sociology from the University of London. Formerly he worked for Philips Electrical Industries (U.K.) Ltd. He was a Senior Research Officer in the Organizational Behaviour Research Group of the London Graduate School of Business Studies.

He joined UNSW in 1977 as a member of the Australian Graduate School of Management in its first year of operations. He has won its Award for Excellence in Research and been made a Professorial Research Fellow. He has published eight books and many articles, some in leading journals such as the Academy of Management Review and Organization Science. His latest book The Meta-Analytic Organization: Introducing Statistico-Organizational Theory has been published in 2010 in the US by M.E. Sharpe, Inc (Armonk, New York:). 

Research Interests:

  • Organisational structure
  • Organisational design
  • Organisational theory
  • Corporate governance

 

Book Chapters
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Qiu JX; Donaldson L, 2016, 'The MNC Matrix as Only a Partial Multiple Hierarchy: The Limited Advantage of the Matrix', in Qiu J; Luo B; Jackson C; Sanders K (ed.), Advancing organizational theory in a complex world, Routledge, pp. 74 - 95
2016
Donaldson DA, 2012, '“Statistico-Organizational Theory: A New Theoretical Approach to Organizational Design', in Bollingtoft A; Donaldson L; Huber GP; Hakonsson DD; Snow CC (ed.), Collaborative Communities of Firms: Purpose, Process and Design, edn. 2012, Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 129 - 146, http://www.springer.com/economics/industrial+organization/book/978-1-4614-1283-0
2012
Donaldson DA, 2012, 'Evidence-Based Management (EBMgt) Using Organiszational Facts', in Rousseau DM (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Evidence-Based Management, edn. Original, Oxford Handbooks Online, pp. 249 - 261, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199763986.001.0001
2012
Donaldson L, 2012, 'Evidence-Based Management (EBMgt) Using Organizational Facts', in The Oxford Handbook of Evidence-Based Management, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199763986.013.0014
2012
Donaldson DA; Klaas P, 2009, 'Underfits Versus Overfits in the Contingency Theory of Organizational Design: Asymmetric Effects of Misfits on Performance', in Bøllingtoft A; Håkonsson DD; Nielsen JF; Snow CC; Ulhøi J (ed.), New Approaches to Organization Design, edn. Original, Springer, pp. 147 - 168
2009
Donaldson DA, 2009, 'Design Structure to Fit Strategy', in Design Structure to Fit Strategy, edn. Original, pp. 407 - 424
2009
Donaldson L, 2009, 'Organization Theory as a Positive Science', in The Oxford Handbook of Organization Theory, pp. 1 - 672, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199275250.003.0002
2009
Donaldson DA, 2008, 'The Conflict Between Contingency and Institutional Theories of Organizational Design', in Burton RM; Eriksen BH; Hakonsson DD; Knudsen T; Snow CC (ed.), Designing Organizations: 21st Century Approaches, edn. 1, Springer, NY USA, pp. 4 - 20
2008
Donaldson DA, 2008, 'Statistico-organizational Theory: Creating Organizational Management Theory from Methodological Principles', in Barry D; Hansen H (ed.), The SAGE Handbook of New Approaches in Management and Organization, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA, pp. 135 - 145, http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781849200394.n21
2008
Donaldson DA, 2008, 'Resolving the Conflict Between Contingency and Institutional Theories of Organizational Design', in Burton RM; Eriksen BH; Hakonsson DD; Knudsen T; Snow CC (ed.), Designing Organizations: 21st Century Approaches, edn. 1, Springer, NY USA, pp. 21 - 40
2008
Donaldson DA, 2006, 'The contingency theory of organizational design: Challenges and opportunities', in Organization Design: The Evolving State of the Art, edn. Original, Springer Science, New York, NY, pp. 19 - 40
2006
Donaldson DA, 2003, 'A critique of postmodernism in organizational studies', in Locke EA (ed.), Postmodernism and Management: Pros, Cons and the Alternative, Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK, pp. 169 - 202, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0733-558X(03)21006-5
2003
Donaldson DA, 2003, 'Organization theory as a positive science', in Tsoukas H; Knudsen C (ed.), Organization Theory, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 39 - 62
2003
Donaldson DA, 2003, 'Position statement for positivism', in Westwood R; Clegg S (ed.), Debating Organization: Point-Counterpoint in Organization Studies, edn. Original, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Madden, MA, pp. 116 - 127
2003
Donaldson DA, 2000, 'Design structure to fit strategy', in The Blackwell Handbook of Principles of Organizational Behavior, edn. Original, Blackwell Business, Oxford, U.K., pp. 291 - 303
2000
Donaldson DA, 1997, 'Derek Pugh: Scientific Revolutionary in Organisation Studies', in Advancement in Organisational Behaviour: Essays in Honour of Derek Pugh, edn. Original, Ashgate Publishing Co., Hants, England, pp. 23 - 43
1997
Donaldson DA, 1996, 'The normal science of structural contingency theory', in The handbook of organization studies, edn. Original, Sage Publications, London, pp. 57 - 76
1996
Donaldson DA, 1995, 'Introduction', in Contingency Theory, volume 9, History of Management Thought Series, edn. 2 A, Dartmouth Publishing Company, Aldershot, England
1995
Journal articles
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Donaldson L; Charlier SD; Qiu JXJ, 2014, 'Corrigendum to 'Organizational Portfolio Analysis: Focusing on Risk Inside the Corporation' [LRP, 45, 4, (2012), 235-257], doi: 10.1016/j.lrp.2012.03.001', Long Range Planning, vol. 47, pp. 390, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lrp.2012.07.002
2014
Donaldson L; Luo BN, 2014, 'The Aston Programme Contribution to Organizational Research: A Literature Review', International Journal of Management Reviews, vol. 16, pp. 84 - 104, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijmr.12010
2014
Luo N; Donaldson DA, 2013, 'Misfits in Organization Design: Information Processing as a Compensatory Mechanism', Journal of Organization Design, vol. 2, pp. 2 - 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.7146/jod.7359.6689
2013
Qiu JX; Donaldson DA; Luo N, 2013, 'The Benefits of Persisting with Paradigms in Organizational Research', Academy of Management Perspectives, vol. 26, pp. 93 - 104, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/amp.2011.0125
2013
Donaldson DA; Qiu JX; Luo B, 2012, 'For Rigour in Organizational Management Theory Research', Journal of Management Studies, vol. 50, pp. 153 - 172, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2012.01069.x
2012
Qiu JX; Donaldson DA, 2012, 'Organizational Portfolio Analysis: Focusing on Risk Inside the Corporation', Long Range Planning, vol. 45, pp. 235 - 257, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lrp.2012.03.001
2012
Qiu JX; Donaldson DA, 2012, 'Stopford and Wells were Right! MNC Matrix Structures do fit a "High-High" Strategy', Management International Review, vol. 52, pp. 671 - 689, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11575-011-0122-z
2012
Qiu JX; Donaldson DA, 2010, 'The cubic contingency model: Towards a more comprehensive international strategy-structure model', Journal of General Management, vol. 36, pp. 81 - 100, http://www.braybrooke.co.uk/dynamic/viewarticle.php?articleid=207
2010
Donaldson DA, 2009, '“In Search of the Matrix Advantage: A Re-examination of the Fit of Matrix Structures to Transnational Strategy in MNCs”', Advances in International Management, vol. 22, pp. 3 - 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S1571-5027(2009)0000022005
2009
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2009
Donaldson DA, 2009, 'Where is the jury?: The failures in the scientific evaluation processes in organizational science', Journal of Management Inquiry, vol. 18, pp. 97 - 100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1056492608327748
2009
Donaldson DA, 2008, 'Ethics problems and problems with ethics: Toward a pro-management theory', Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 78, pp. 299 - 311, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-006-9336-6
2008
Schwarz GM; Clegg SR; Cummings TG; Donaldson DA; Miner JB, 2007, 'We see dead people? The State of Organization Science', Journal of Management Inquiry, vol. 16, pp. 300 - 317, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1056492607310927
2007
Donaldson DA, 2006, 'Christopher Grey: A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about studying organizations', Organization Studies, vol. 27, pp. 753 - 756
2006
Donaldson DA, 2005, 'Questioning Mintzberg`s educational philosophy; Critical comments on managers not MBAs', Organization Studies, vol. 26, pp. 1098 - 1104
2005
Donaldson DA, 2005, 'Following the scientific method: How I became a committed functionalist and positivist', Organization Studies, vol. 26, pp. 1071 - 1088
2005
Donaldson DA, 2005, 'Vita contemplativa: Following the scientific method: How I became a committed functionalist and positivist', Organization Studies, vol. 26, pp. 1071 - 1088, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840605053542
2005
Donaldson DA, 2005, 'Reply to Pfeffer', Organization Studies, vol. 26, pp. 1106 - 1109
2005
Donaldson DA, 2005, 'For positive management theories while retaining science: Reply to Ghoshal', Academy of Management Learning and Education, vol. 4, pp. 109 - 113, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMLE.2005.16132594
2005
Donaldson DA; Shughart LA, 2004, 'Redesigning the commercial organization of CSX: An organizational portfolio analysis', Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, vol. 43, pp. 69 - 84
2004
Donaldson DA, 2003, 'Neither limitations nor process theories refute the contradictions between theories and management education: Reply to Watson and Chiles', Academy of Management Learning and Education, vol. 2, pp. 292 - 295
2003
Donaldson DA, 2002, 'Damned by our own theories: Contradictions between theories and management learning and education', Academy of Management Learning and Education, vol. 1, pp. 96 - 106
2002
Donaldson DA, 2001, 'Reflections on knowledge and knowledge-intensive firms', Human Relations, vol. 54, pp. 955 - 963, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018726701547008
2001
Donaldson DA, 2000, 'Organizational portfolio theory: performance-driven organizational change', Contemporary Economic Policy, vol. 18, pp. 386 - 396, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7287.2000.tb00035.x
2000
Donaldson DA, 2000, 'Organizational structures for competence-based management', Advances in Applied Business Strategy, pp. 31 - 56
2000
Heslin P; Donaldson L, 1999, 'An organizational portfolio theory of board composition', Corporate Governance, vol. 7, pp. 81 - 88, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8683.00131
1999
Heslin PA; Donaldson DA, 1999, 'Organizational portfolio theory of board composition', Corporate Governance - An International Review, vol. 7, pp. 81 - 88
1999
Donaldson DA; Hilmer FG, 1998, 'Management redeemed: The case against fads that harm management', Organizational Dynamics, vol. 26, pp. 7 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0090-2616(98)90002-X
1998
Donaldson DA, 1998, 'The myth of oaradigm in commensurability in canagement studies: Comments by an integrationist', Organization, vol. 5, pp. 267 - 272, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/135050849852007
1998
Donaldson DA; Muth MM, 1998, 'Stewardship theory and board structure: A contingency approach', Corporate Governance - An International Review, vol. 6, pp. 5 - 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8683.00076
1998
Donaldson L, 1997, 'Letter to the Editor', Organization Studies, vol. 18, pp. 1040 - 1043, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/017084069701800615
1997
Davis JT; Schoorman DF; Donaldson DA, 1997, 'Toward a Stewardship Theory of Management', Academy of Management Review, vol. 22, pp. 20 - 47, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMR.1997.9707180258
1997
Donaldson DA, 1997, 'A Positivist Alternative to the Structure-Action Approach', Organization Studies, vol. 18, pp. 77 - 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/017084069701800105
1997
Davis JT; Schoorman DF; Donaldson DA, 1997, 'The Distinctiveness of Agency Theory and Stewardship Theory', Academy of Management Review, pp. 611 - 613
1997
Donaldson L; Davis JH, 1994, 'Boards and Company Performance ‐ Research Challenges the Conventional Wisdom', Corporate Governance: An International Review, vol. 2, pp. 151 - 160, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8683.1994.tb00071.x
1994
Donaldson L, 1984, 'Explaining structural change in organisations: Contingency determinism or contingency fit', Australian Journal of Management, vol. 9, pp. 15 - 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/031289628400900202
1984
Donaldson L, 1976, 'The Conflict Resolution Process: The Two-factor Theory and an Industrial Case', Personnel Review, vol. 5, pp. 21 - 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/eb055306
1976
Donaldson L, 1976, 'WOODWARD, TECHNOLOGY, ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE AND PERFORMANCE — A CRITIQUE OF THE UNIVERSAL GENERALIZATION', Journal of Management Studies, vol. 13, pp. 255 - 273, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.1976.tb00902.x
1976
Donaldson L, 1975, 'Job Enlargement: A Multidimensional Process', Human Relations, vol. 28, pp. 593 - 610, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/001872677502800701
1975
Donaldson L; Warner M, 1974, 'Bureaucratic and electoral control in occupational interest associations', Sociology, vol. 8, pp. 47 - 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/003803857400800103
1974
Donaldson L; Warner M, 1974, 'Structure of Organizations in Occupational Interest Associations', Human Relations, vol. 27, pp. 721 - 738, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/001872677402700801
1974
Books
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Donaldson DA, 2010, The Meta-Analytic Organization: Introducing Statistico-organizational Theory, first, M.E. Sharpe, Inc, Armonk, New York
2010
Donaldson DA, 2001, The contingency theory of organizations, Original, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, California
2001
Donaldson DA, 1999, Performance Driven organizational Change, Original, Sage Publications, California
1999
Hilmer FG; Donaldson DA, 1997, Jenseits der Management Mythen: Kontinuitat Statt Trendhopping, Original, Verlag Moderne Industie, Germany
1997
Hilmer FG; Donaldson DA, 1997, Management, een herwaardering: Hoe modefrillen het bedrijfsleven ondermijnen,, Original, Uitgeverij Contact, Amsterdam, Holland
1997
Donaldson DA, 1995, American Anti-Management Theories of Organization: A Critique of Paradigm Proliferation, 4, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:A1996UX09200007&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
1995
Conference Papers
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Donaldson DA, 2006, 'THE CONTINGENCY THEORY OF ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES', in Organization Design: The Evolving State of the Art, Springer Science, New York, NY
2006
Donaldson DA, 1998, 'Resource-based theory of the firm and organizational structure', in Heene A; Sanchez R (ed.), 4th international conference on competence-based management, 4th international conference on competence-based management, Norway, pp. 1, presented at 4th international conference on competence-based management, Norway, 18 June 1998 - 20 June 1998
1998

Organisational structure, Organisational design, Organisational theory, Corporate governance