University of Calgary

Peter Sherer

  • Director - PhD
  • Professor
  • Faculty - Executive Education
  • Faculty [OBHR]

Currently Teaching

 W2023 - MGST 705 - Introduction to Research


Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources


Peter D. Sherer is an associate professor at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Prior to joining the Haskayne School, he was a faculty member at the University of Illinois, the University of Oregon, and the Wharton School.

He teaches MBA, Ph.D., and executive MBA courses.  His teaching interests include strategic human resource management, organizational theory, business strategy, and research methods.  He has been the recipient of six teaching awards during his years at the Haskayne School of Business, the University of Oregon, and the Wharton School.  He was recognized in 2005 as one of the top MBA professors in Canada by Canadian Business. 

He has published a number of articles in leading journals and his work has appeared in major research volumes.  Professor Sherer (along with K. Lee) was awarded the Best Paper of 2002 in the Academy of Management Journal by the Academy of Management for his paper on institutional change in law firms.  The paper was also recognized by the editorial board of the Academy of Management Journal (February, 2006) as one of the most interesting academic journal articles in management over the last 100 years. 

Professor Sherer is on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Journal.

Research and Publications:
Sherer, P. D. Forthcoming. “Human capital and changing industry structure.”  In A. Burton-Jones and J. C. Spengle (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Human Capital.  Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.

Sherer, P.D. 2008.  “The changed world of large law firms and their lawyers: An opportune context for organizational researchers.”  In P. Cappelli (Ed.), Understanding Employment in the 21st Century, Cambridge, GB. Cambridge University Press, 179-222.

Sherer, P. D. 2008.  The sky’s the limit.  The American Lawyer, May, 155-157.

Sherer, P. D.  2007.  “Mapping the competitive space of large US law firms:  A strategic group perspective.”  In L. Empson (Ed.), Managing Law Firms, Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press, 162-185.

Sherer, P. D. and K. Lee.  2002.  “Institutional change in large law firms: A resource dependency and institutional perspective.”  Academy of Management Journal, 45 (Feb.), 102-119.   Reprinted in A. Tsui (Ed.), Selected Collection of Award Winning Papers in Academy of Management Journal, Peking: Peking University.
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