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A. Wren Montgomery

Assistant Professor, Sustainability & General Management

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  • Organization Theory
  • Water Crises & Management
  • Greenwashing
  • Environmental & Social Entrepreneurship

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Research Publications

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Dr. Wren Montgomery joined Ivey in 2018 as a member of the Sustainability and General Management groups. She also holds a Visiting Research Scholar appointment at the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Business Sustainability. Professor Montgomery’s research focuses on emerging pressures on water resources and institutions including tensions over ownership, corporate water management, and access and affordability challenges. She also studies environmental entrepreneurship, cross-sectoral collaboration, and corporate greenwashing. Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Montgomery worked as a government relations and management consultant, as well as a policy analyst and strategist at senior levels of government.


  • HBA2: Corporations & Society – Strategy


  • PhD - Queen’s University, Smith School of Business
  • Visiting PhD Student - University of Michigan, Erb Institute
  • MBA – University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business
  • BA, Hon. – McGill University

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Montgomery, A. W.; Dacin, M. T., (Forthcoming), "Water Wars in Detroit: Custodianship and the Work of Institutional Renewal", Academy of Management Journal.
  • Montgomery, A. W.; Wolske, K.; Lyon, T., (Forthcoming), "The Millennial ‘Meh’: Correlated Groups as Collective Agents in the Automobile Field", Journal of Management Studies.
  • Montgomery, A. W.; Lyon, T. P.; Zhao, D., 2018, "Not a Drop to Drink? Drinking Water Quality, System Ownership, and Stakeholder Attention", Research in the Sociology of Organizations, July 56: 207 - 245.
  • Corbett, J.; Montgomery, A. W., 2017, "Environmental Entrepreneurship and Interorganizational Arrangements: A Model of Social-benefit Market Creation", Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, December 11(4): 422 - 440.
  • Lyon, T. P.; Montgomery, A. W., 2015, "The Means and End of Greenwash", Organization and Environment, June 28(2): 223 - 249.
  • Lyon, T. P.; Montgomery, A. W., 2013, "Tweetjacked: The Impact of Social Media on Corporate Greenwash", Journal of Business Ethics, December 118(4): 747 - 757.
  • Montgomery, A. W.; Dacin, P. A.; Dacin, M. T., 2012, "Collective Social Entrepreneurship: Collaboratively Shaping Social Good", Journal of Business Ethics, December 111(3): 375 - 388.

For more publications please see our Research Database

Honours & Awards

  • Winner 2020 Academy of Management, Network for Business Sustainability-ONE Research Impact on Practice Award, Wren Montgomery and Tina Dacin for their work on water access and affordability and the Detroit water shutoffs
  • Winner 2020 Third Annual IACMR-RRBM Award for Responsible Research in Management, for A.W. Montgomery and Dacin, M.T. “Water Wars in Detroit: Custodianship and the Work of Institutional Renewal
  • Montgomery, A.W. and Robertson, J. “A Dynamic Model of Misleading Corporate Environmental Communications” SSHRC Insight Development Grant, $60,803 awarded June 2018. (Principal Investigator)
  • Winner 2016 Best Paper on Environmental and Social Practices Award, for A. W. Montgomery, “Think Global, Drink Local: Field Configuring Interactions and the Detroit Water Crisis” at Academy of Management Conference, OMT Division.
  • Winner 2016 Best Dissertation Award, “Water Wars and Warriors: Field Actors and the International Water Crisis” at Academy of Management Conference, ONE Division.
  • Visiting Research Scholar appointment, University of Michigan, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources and Environment, 2015-17
  • Montgomery, A.W. “#WaterShaming: Understanding the Impact of Community Attention on Water Use”. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan, US$14,000, awarded October 2016. (Principal Investigator).
  • Robertson, J. and Montgomery, A. W. “The Causes, Methods and Consequences of Brownwashing”. SSHRC Insight Development Grant, $49,305 awarded June 2016. (Co-investigator)
  • Tam E. et al. “From Functional to Sustainable: Achieving Resiliency in Modern Water Infrastructure Systems”. Canadian Water Network, $50,000 grant awarded March 2016 (Co-investigator)
  • Lyon, T.P, Montgomery, A.W., and Wolske, K. “What’s Driving Millennial Travel Behavior? An Exploratory Study”. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, US$75,000 grant awarded November 2015 for January through December 2016 (Co-Investigator)


  • ERA Strategy Consultants (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • British Columbia Progress Board (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Bank of Montreal-Nesbitt Burns, Private Client Group (Toronto, Ont.)