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Paul Tracey

Paul Tracey

Professor of Innovation & Organisation
Academic Director, Centre for Social Innovation
Fellow of Hughes Hall

BA, PhD (Stirling University)

Research interests

Entrepreneurship; institutions and institutional change; regional innovation; social innovation.

Subject group: Organisational Theory & Information Systems

Professional experience

Prior to joining Cambridge Judge Business School, Paul was Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Warwick Business School. He has also held posts at the School of Geography at Oxford University and the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Newcastle. Paul serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Strategic Organization. He is a member of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network (CCGN).

Awards & honours

  • ESRC Mid-Career Fellowship, April 2011-March 2013

Selected publications

Here are a selection of Paul Tracey's publications. Please see the "Selected publications" tab above for a more comprehensive list.

Hampel, C. and Tracey, P. (2017) "How organizations move from stigma to legitimacy: the case of Cook's travel agency in Victorian Britain." Academy of Management Journal (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2015.0365) (published online Apr 2016; forthcoming in print Apr 2017)

Tracey, P. and Phillips, N. (2016) "Managing the consequences of organizational stigmatization: identity work in a social enterprise." Academy of Management Journal (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2013.0483) (published online Mar 2015; forthcoming in print)

Tracey, P., Heide, J.B. and Bell, S.J. (2014) "Bringing 'place' back in: regional clusters, project governance, and new product outcomes." Journal of Marketing, 78(6): 1-16

Tracey, P., Phillips, N. and Jarvis, O. (2011) "Bridging institutional entrepreneurship and the creation of new organizational forms: a multilevel model." Organization Science, 22(1): 60-80 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1090.0522)

Dacin, M.T., Dacin, P.A. and Tracey, P. (2011) "Social entrepreneurship: a critique and future directions." Organization Science, 22(5): 1203-1213 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1100.0620)

Bell, S., Tracey, P. and Heide, J.B. (2009) "The organization of regional clusters." Academy of Management Review, 34(4): 623-642

Journal articles

Glover, I. and Tracey, P. (2000) "Learning from America? Review of Locke, R.R. The collapse of the American management mystique; and others." Journal of Management Development, 19(7): 654-664

Tracey, P. and Clark, G.L. (2003) "Alliances, networks and competitive strategy: rethinking clusters of innovation." Growth and Change, 34(1): 1-16

Tracey, P., Clark, G.L. and Lawton Smith, H. (2004) "Cognition, learning and European regional growth: an agent-centred perspective on the 'new' economy." Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 13(1): 1-18

Clark, G.L., Palaska, T., Tracey, P. and Tsampra, M. (2004) "Market revenue and the scope and scale of SME networks in Europe's vulnerable regions." Environment and Planning A, 36(7): 1305-1326

Clark, G.L., Palaskas, T., Tracey, P. and Tsampra, M. (2004) "Globalization and competitive strategy in Europe's vulnerable regions: firm, industry and country effects in labour-intensive industries." Regional Studies, 38(9): 1085-1100 (DOI: 10.1080/0034340042000292656)

Chell, E. and Tracey, P. (2005) "Relationship building in small firms: the development of a model." Human Relations, 58(5): 577-616 (DOI: 10.1177/0018726705055964)

Tracey, P., Phillips, N. and Haugh, H. (2005) "Beyond philanthropy: community enterprise as a basis for corporate citizenship." Journal of Business Ethics 58(4): 327-344

Karra, N., Tracey, P. and Phillips, N. (2006) "Altruism and agency in the family firm: exploring the role of family kinship and ethnicity." Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 30(6): 861-878 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6520.2006.00157.x)

Tracey, P. and Jarvis, O. (2006) "An enterprising failure." Stanford Social Innovation Review, 4(1): 66-70

Tracey, P. and Phillips, N. (2007) "The distinctive challenge of educating social entrepreneurs: a postscript and rejoinder to the special issue on entrepreneurship education." Academy of Management Learning and Education, 6(2): 264-271

Tracey, P. and Jarvis, O. (2007) "Toward a theory of social venture franchising." Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 31(5): 667-685 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6520.2007.00194.x)

Nwankwo, E., Phillips, N. and Tracey, P. (2007) "Social investment through community enterprise: the case of MNC involvement in the development of Nigerian water resources." Journal of Business Ethics, 73(1): 91-101 (DOI: 10.1007/s10551-006-9200-8)

Phillips, N. and Tracey, P. (2007) "Opportunity recognition, entrepreneurial capabilities and bricolage: connecting institutional theory and entrepreneurship in strategic organization." Strategic Organization, 8(5): 313-320

Karra, N., Phillips, N. and Tracey, P. (2008) "Building the born global firm: developing entrepreneurial capabilities for international new venture success." Long Range Planning, 41(4): 440-458

Phillips, N. and Tracey, P. (2009) "Dialogue: institutional theory and the MNC." Academy of Management Review, 34(1): 169-171

Bell, S., Tracey, P. and Heide, J.B. (2009) "The organization of regional clusters." Academy of Management Review, 34(4): 623-642

Kneiding, C. and Tracey, P. (2009) "Towards a performance measurement framework for community development finance institutions in the UK." Journal of Business Ethics, 86(3): 327-345

Di Domenico, M., Tracey, P. and Haugh, H. (2009) "The dialectic of social exchange: theorising corporate-social enterprise collaboration." Organization Studies, 30(8): 887-907 (DOI: 10.1177/0170840609334954)

Di Domenico, M., Tracey, P. and Haugh, H. (2009) "Social economy involvement in public service delivery: community engagement and accountability." Regional Studies, 43(7): 981-992

Phillips, N., Tracey, P. and Karra, N. (2009) "Rethinking institutional distance: strengthening the tie between new institutional theory and international management." Strategic Organization, 7(3): 339-348

Dacin, M.T., Munir, K. and Tracey, P. (2010) "Formal dining at Cambridge colleges: linking ritual performance and institutional maintenance." Academy of Management Journal, 53(6): 1393-1418

Di Domenico, M., Haugh, H. and Tracey, P. (2010) "Social bricolage: theorizing social value creation in social enterprises." Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 34(4): 681-703

Eisingerich, A.B., Bell, S. and Tracey, P. (2010) "How can clusters sustain performance? The role of network strength, network openness, and environmental uncertainty." Research Policy, 39(2): 239-253

Moizer, J. and Tracey, P. (2010) "Strategy making in social enterprise: the role of resource allocation and its effects on organizational sustainability." Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 27(3): 252-266 (DOI: 10.1002/sres.1006)

Tracey, P. and Phillips, N. (2011) "Entrepreneurship in emerging markets: strategies for new venture creation in uncertain institutional contexts." Management International Review, 51(1): 23-39 (DOI: 10.1007/s11575-010-0066-8)

Tracey, P., Phillips, N. and Jarvis, O. (2011) "Bridging institutional entrepreneurship and the creation of new organizational forms: a multilevel model." Organization Science, 22(1): 60-80 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1090.0522)

Dacin, M.T., Dacin, P.A. and Tracey, P. (2011) "Social entrepreneurship: a critique and future directions." Organization Science, 22(5): 1203-1213 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1100.0620)

Tracey, P. (2012) "Religion and organization: a critical review of current trends and future directions." Academy of Management Annals, 6(1): 87-134 (DOI: 10.1080/19416520.2012.660761)

Lawrence, T., Phillips, N. and Tracey, P. (2012) "Educating social entrepreneurs and social innovators." Academy of Management Learning and Education, 11(3): 319-323 (DOI: 10.5465/amle.2012.0224)

Phillips, N., Tracey, P. and Karra, N. (2013) "Building entrepreneurial tie portfolios through strategic homophily: the role of narrative identity work in value creation and early growth." Journal of Business Venturing, 28(1): 134-150 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2011.12.002)

Tracey, P. and Schluppeck, D. (2014) "Neuroentrepreneurship: 'brain pornography' or new frontier in entrepreneurship research?" Journal of Management Inquiry, 23(1): 101-103 (DOI: 10.1177/1056492613485915)

Dalpiaz, E., Tracey, P. and Phillips, N. (2014) "Succession narratives in family business: the case of Alessi." Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 38(6): 1375-1394 (DOI: 10.1111/etap.12129)

Tracey, P., Heide, J.B. and Bell, S.J. (2014) "Bringing 'place' back in: regional clusters, project governance, and new product outcomes." Journal of Marketing, 78(6): 1-16

Tracey, P. and Phillips, N. (2016) "Managing the consequences of organizational stigmatization: identity work in a social enterprise." Academy of Management Journal (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2013.0483) (published online Mar 2015; forthcoming in print)

Tracey, P. (2016) "Spreading the word: the microfoundations of institutional persuasion and conversion." Organization Science (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.2016.1061) (published online Jun 2016; forthcoming in print)

Smith, W. and Tracey, P. (2016) "Institutional complexity and paradox theory: complementarities of competing demands." Strategic Organization (forthcoming)

Kyratsis, Y., Atun, R., Phillips, N., Tracey, P. and George, G. (2016) "Health systems in transition: professional identity work in the context of shifting institutional logics." Academy of Management Journal (forthcoming)

Hampel, C. and Tracey, P. (2017) "How organizations move from stigma to legitimacy: the case of Cook's travel agency in Victorian Britain." Academy of Management Journal (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2015.0365) (published online Apr 2016; forthcoming in print Apr 2017)

Books, monographs, reports & case studies

Clark, G.L. and Tracey, P. (2004) Global competitiveness and innovation: an agent-centred perspective. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Tracey, P., Phillips, N. and Lounsbury, M. (eds.) (2014) Research in the sociology of organizations: vol.41: religion and organization theory. Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing.

Book chapters

Tracey, P. (2012) "Entrepreneurship and neo-institutional theory." In: Mole, K. and Ram, M. (eds.) Perspectives in entrepreneurship: a critical approach. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.93-106

Tracey, P., Phillips, N. and Lounsbury, M. (2014) "Taking religion seriously in the study of organizations." In: Tracey, P., Phillips, N. and Lounsbury, M. (eds.): Research in the sociology of organizations: vol.41: religion and organization theory. Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing, pp.3-21

Working papers

Saridakis, G., Munoz Torres, R. and Tracey, P. (2009) "The endogeneity bias in the relationship between employee commitment and job satisfaction." Judge Business School Working Papers, No.03/2009. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

‘Standing up for organisational principles’ in the face of stigma

‘Stigma’ if handled properly can bring positive outcomes for organisations by reinforcing identity and purpose, finds new academic study co-authored at Cambridge …

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Navigation lessons for Uber? How Victorian upstart Thomas Cook grew mainstream

Turning stigma into acceptance: the Victorian story of the Thomas Cook travel agency holds parallels for modern-day disruptive companies such as Uber, …

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Why social innovation must go beyond the social sector

The world is facing a series of “wicked problems” – climate change, poverty alleviation, income inequality and persistent societal conflicts. And with …

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The real corporate tax scandal

Western governments have finally begun to pay close attention to tax avoidance by multinational corporations in rich countries. But where, Cambridge Judge …

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First fellows named at Centre for Social Innovation

Fellows of Social Innovation are practitioners The new Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School has named its first 10 …

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Turning “mission into reality”: the Centre for Social Innovation website goes live

The skills needed to be a successful social innovator are akin in many ways to those needed by every entrepreneur, but those …

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Time to solve the Scottish problem

A lack of innovation is starting to put Scotland’s economic prosperity – in or out of the union – at risk. Professor …

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Scotland’s war on inequality

Regardless of the referendum outcome, nothing less than fundamental social change can create a more equal society north of the border suggests …

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MBA Gopal Rao wins Twitter competition to meet Foreign Secretary William Hague

Gopal Rao, a current MBA at Cambridge Judge Business School, met William Hague, UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, …

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Neil Stott joins Cambridge Judge Business School to teach social innovation

The Chief Executive of successful charity and social enterprise, Keystone, has been appointed to a post as Senior Teaching Faculty in Social …

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Social innovation tour cultivates ideas for Cambridge MBA students

Trek to a social innovation future In February this year the Cambridge MBA Social Innovation Student Interest Group (SIG) embarked on a …

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Cambridge Judge team wins through to regional finals of fifth Hult Prize

A team of five Cambridge MBA delegates has beaten off competition from hundreds of universities and thousands of students to secure a …

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Social innovation: Cambridge MBAs lead the way

Leadership that has a positive impact on the world is fast becoming a watchword of Cambridge MBA programmes as the School moves …

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Social enterprise in the field

Professor Paul Tracey believes that you can’t shine a spotlight on poverty and inequality from your desk. It’s a huge challenge to …

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Accelerate Cambridge makes first two seed grants

Real-world risk prediction and a dynamic data gathering platform are the first two ventures to receive funding from the new Cambridge Judge …

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Making the good great – entrepreneurs debate how to upscale social ventures

How to take social ventures to the next level was the subject under discussion when entrepreneurs and thinkers from Cambridge and Silicon …

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The Social Innovation Concentration, on the Cambridge MBA

Professor Paul Tracey draws together his wide network of leaders in the sector to deliver the highly personalised Social Innovation Concentration on …

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Cambridge Judge Business School supports regional development trust in inspirational work with students

Cambridge Judge Business School welcomed a class of Year 11 school pupils from Thurston Community College, Suffolk, on 16 May 2013, as …

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Cambridge Judge Business School supports regional development trust in raising young people’s aspirations

Cambridge Judge Business School has welcomed ten Year 11 school pupils from Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill as part of an outreach …

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Defining the ‘Big Society’

Fundamentally, says Dr Paul Tracey, the ‘Big Society’ is an organisational concept, but to date employers have been excluded from the narrative …

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Contact details

Paul Tracey
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

Tel: +44 (0)1223 760471
Fax: +44 (0)1223 339701

p.tracey@jbs.cam.ac.uk 

Research impact

Social enterprise in the field

Professor Paul Tracey believes that you can't shine a spotlight on poverty and inequality from your desk.

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