Judith Holton

Associate Professor & Department Head, Commerce

Judith Holton

Contact Information

(506) 364-2666
Avard Dixon 238
Office hours
Winter 2018 Semester: Wednesdays 2:00-4:00 PM
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Dr. Judith Holton joined the Commerce Department in 2007 after a career in post-secondary management and administration. She holds a Masters in Leadership from Royal Roads University, Victoria (Thesis Topic: Building Trust and Collaboration in a Virtual Team) and a PhD in Management Studies from University of Northampton, UK (Thesis Topic: Rehumanising Knowledge Work through Fluctuating Support Networks: A grounded theory). Her research focuses on leadership and organizational learning, managing change in complex systems, and research methodology.


Commerce 3341               Organizational Theory

Commerce 3401               Research Methods in Business

Commerce 4311               Strategic Management                                  

Commerce 4321               Strategic Issues (Winter 2018)

Commerce 4331               Management of Organizational Change

Commerce 4990               Honours Thesis

Commerce 4991               Leadership in Organizations        

Research interests

I am interested in leadership and management of change in complex systems. I have been focusing on leadership development in health services organizations and the impact of persistent and unpredictable change.  I am interested in identifying strategies for enhancing leadership effectiveness in such environments.  My current research focuses on social movements thinking as applied to change management in health and social services. I am also interested in research methodology and am currently at work on a book about classic grounded theory methodology.



PhD        Management Studies, University of Northampton, UK

MA         Leadership, Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC




First/Sole Author Publications  

Holton, J. A. The Discovery Power of Staying Open. The Grounded Theory Review, 16(1). 
  Holton, J.A. & Walsh, I. (2017). Classic Grounded Theory: Applications with qualitative and quantitative data. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

 Holton, J.A. & Grandy, G. (2016). Voiced inner dialogue as relational reflection- on-action: The case of middle managers in healthcare. Management Learning, 47(4), 369-390.
  Holton, J.A. (2015) Exploring social movements thinking for leading large-scale change in health and social services systems. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 2015(58), pp.102-118.  

 Holton, J. A. & Glaser, B.G. Eds. (2012) The Grounded Theory Methodology Reader: Selected papers from the Grounded Theory Review. Mill Valley, CA: Sociology Press.

 Holton, J.A. (2011). The Autonomous Creativity of Barney G. Glaser: Early Influences in the Emergence of Classic Grounded Theory Methodology, in Grounded Theory: The Philosophy, Method and Work of Barney Glaser, Gynnild, A. & Martin, V.B. (eds.). Boca Raton, Florida: Brown Walker Press.

 Holton, J.A. (2009) Qualitative Tussles in Undertaking a Grounded Theory Study, The Grounded Theory Review, vol.8, no.3, pp. 37-49.

 Holton, J.A. (2009) Grounded Theory as a General Research Methodology, Formamente: Rivista Internationale di Ricerca sul Futuro Digitale , vol.4, no.1/2, pp.41-69.

 Holton, J.A. (2008) Grounded Theory as a General Research Methodology, The Grounded Theory Review, vol.7, no.2, pp. 67-93.

 Holton, J.A. (2007). The coding process and its challenges, in The Sage Handbook of Grounded Theory (pp.265-289), Bryant, A. & Charmaz, K. (eds.). London: Sage Publications.


Recent Co-authored Publications  

Jørgensen, L. B., Jepsen, S. L., & Holton, J. A. (2017). Intacting Integrity in Coping with Health Issues. Grounded Theory Review, 16(1).
  Walsh, I., Holton, J.A., Bailyn, L., Fernandez, W., Levina, N. & Glaser, B.G. (2015) Rejoinder:Moving the management field forward. Organizational Research Methods,18(4), 620-628. 

Walsh, I., Holton, J.A., Bailyn, L., Fernandez, W., Levina, N. & Glaser, B.G. (2015) What grounded theory is . . . A critically reflective conversation among scholars. Organizational Research Methods,18(4), 581-599. Best paper award, Academy of Management, Research Methods Division 2015. 

Wasylkiw, L., Holton, J.A., Azar, R. & Cook, B. (2015), The impact of mindfulness on leadership effectiveness in a health care setting: A pilot study. Journal of Health Organization and Management. 29 (7), 893 - 911.   

Farooqi, M.N. & Holton, J.A. (2014). Experiencing the business of science: An emerging case study bringing science and business students together, The International Journal of  Technology, Knowledge and Society, 9(4), 289-300.  

Grandy, G. & Holton, J. (2013). Evaluating Leadership Development Needs in a Healthcare Setting through a Partnership Approach.  Advances in Developing Human Resources, 15( 1 ), 61-82 .

Grandy, G. & Holton, J. (2013). Leadership Development Needs Assessment in Healthcare: A collaborative approach.  Leadership and Organization Development Journal, 34( 5 ), 427-445. 

Grandy, G. & Holton, J. (2010). Mobilizing Change in a Business School Using Appreciative Inquiry.  The Learning Organization, 17 (2), 178-194.

Glaser, Barney G. & Holton, J.A., Eds. (2007) The Grounded Theory Seminar Reader. Mill Valley, CA: Sociology  Press.