Brett Crawford

Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Organizations and Entrepreneurship
312 Mervis Hall
Curriculum Vitae: 


  • PhD, Copenhagen Business School
  • MBA, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • BBA, Rochester College


Brett Crawford joined the faculty of the Katz School in 2013 after earning his Ph.D. from the Department of Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School.  Previously he held positions as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and a Visiting Researcher at the University of Michigan and has taught at Northwestern University, Wayne State University, and the ESAN Graduate School of Business.  Dr. Crawford’s current research includes a pair of projects focusing on legitimacy and organizational fields within the context of community development organizations and inter-community strategies.  In his first project, he is exploring the role of legitimated interests in the formation and ongoing construction of organizational fields within the context of American Chambers of Commerce.  In his second project, he is working to better understand the historical emergence of the ideology of environmental stewardship within the inter-organizational relationships of community development organizations, voluntary associations, and various levels of government.  Dr. Crawford’s research has been presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management and workshops sponsored by Organization Studies and the ABC Network.  He is a member of the Academy of Management and the American Sociological Association.

Recent Working Papers

Crawford, B. “The Cultural Construction of Legitimated Interests: The Rise of American Chambers of Commerce.”

Crawford, B. “Caring is Sharing: Legitimizing Plurality in Community Development Organizations.”

Crawford, B. & Branch, J. “Rural Community Development as Institutional Work: An Ethnography.”

Crawford, B. “Towards Construct Clarity of Legitimated Interests.”

Crawford, B.; Anspach, R.; Fuhrel-Forbis, A.; Lin, K.; Parmami, S. & De Vries, R. “Oil and Water: A Disjuncture in the Normative Professionalization of Physicians.”

Awards and Honors

  • Grants: 2009, Center for Ethics in Public Life, University of Michigan. 
  • Travel Grants: 2011, The Ingenuity Conference, Burlington, Ontario, Canada; 2011, 6th Organization Studies Workshop, Paris, France; 2010, ABC Workshop: Organizing Institutions, Copenhagen, Denmark
  •  Session Chair: 2011, Academy of Management Spotlight Symposium, The Normative Pillar of the Professions; 2009, Consumer Culture Theory: Health, Heart and Home
  • Member, Beta Gamma Sigma, National Honor Society 

External Services and Assignments

Ad Hoc Reviewer of Journal of Management Inquiry,  International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets

Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management

Personal Interests

Brett enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.