Campus Directory: Pam Loewen

University of Lethbridge

Pam Loewen


B.A. (Anthropology); B.Mgt. (General); MBA (Management of Organizations and Human Resources); Ph.D. (Organizational Analysis)


Interorganizational relations and organizational identity, Narrative and other qualitative methods

Research Areas

Interorganizational relations & identity construction, Symbolic interactionism and organizational analysis, Exploring qualitative data with multiple analytic methods, Trust, Impression management, Student evaluation of teaching

Previous Research Areas

Organizational and interpersonal trust, Impression management, Team climate, Social desirability in self-report measures

About Me

Pam Loewen is an assistant professor of strategic management. She joined the University of Lethbridge in 1985, and the Faculty of Management four years later. Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, she co-ordinated various administrative activities (undergraduate student programs, special programs) in the Faculty of Management.

She completed a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology), followed by a Bachelor of Management (General) at the University of Lethbridge, for which she received the Faculty of Management's Gold Medal of Distinction. She holds an MBA from the University of Calgary, specializing in the management of organizations and human resources. She completed her PhD in organizational analysis at the University of Alberta.

Selected Publications

Journal articles
Loo, R. & Loewen, P. (2004). Confirmatory factor-analyses of scores from full and short versions of the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34, 2343-2352.

Loewen, P. & Loo, R. (2004). Assessing team climate by qualitative and quantitative approaches: Building the learning organization. The Learning Organization: An International Journal, 11, 260-273.

Loo, R., & Loewen, P. (2003). The typology of self-managed teams based upon team climate: Examining stability and change in typologies. Team Performance Management, 9, 59-68.

Loo, R., and Loewen, P. (2002). A confirmatory factor-analytic and psychometric examination of the Team Climate Inventory. Full and short versions. Small Group Research, 33, 209-220.

Conference proceedings
Loewen, P. (2001). Learning, empowerment and gender: The impression management connection. In Proceedings of 2nd International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, pp. 155-163.

Loewen, P. (1999). Learning and empowerment in a quality-focused Canadian organization. In T. Pyrch (Ed.), Proceedings of Researching Workplace Learning: An International Conference, pp. 53-56.

Loewen, P. (1998). Symbolic interactionism in organizational analysis. In T. Cottrell (Ed.), Proceedings of The Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Organization Theory, 19 (2), 22-32.

Loewen, P. (1997). The effectiveness of management skills workshops. In M. Skipton (Ed.), Proceedings of The Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Management Education, 18 (10), 42-51.

Published teaching cases:
•Canadian Airlines - 1997 (1998)
•Tainted Blood: The Canadian Red Cross Society (1998)
•Cott Corp. (1997)
•PWA and Canadian Airlines International (1996)
All published in: Schroeder, H. (Ed.) Cases and readings in strategic management. Toronto, ON: Thomson Nelson.

Choi, S., Croft, E., Ellis, R., & Loewen, P. (Forthcoming). Barkerville: After the Gold Rush. Case Research Journal.

Research Interests

I have several areas of research interest, including topics within strategic management, organizational behaviour and organization theory:

•interorganizational relationships
•organizational identity
•interpersonal and organizational trust
•team climate
•impression management
While I am the sole researcher in most of my research projects, I have been involved in several research teams. In my doctoral dissertation, I used narrative analysis of stories found in the interviews at my three research sites. I also conducted field research at each of those sites. My research toolkit also includes several other qualitative methods, including content analysis and deconstruction. I also use quantitative methods including exploratory factor analyses, regression analyses, and psychometric item and scale analysis. When appropriate, I triangulate my data with a mixed methods approach, using both qualitative and quantitative data.

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Exploring qualitative data with multiple analytic methods: Attitudes toward people with disabilities in work and life P. Loewen, University of Lethbridge
Identity construction through interorganizational relations P. Loewen, University of Lethbridge
Impression management and sex differences P. Loewen, University of Lethbridge
Interpersonal and organizational trust P. Loewen, University of Lethbridge
Symbolic interactionism in organizational analysis P. Loewen, University of Lethbridge
The enigma of student evaluation of teaching Lethbridge, AB University Teaching Development Fund, $1,750; in process of writing report.

Various present and past members of Teaching Effectiveness Committee in Faculty of Management

Previous Research

TitleGrant AgencyCompletion Date
Understanding, diagnosing and improving team climate University of Lethbridge Teaching Development Fund 2004
Confirmatory factor analyses of the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale NA 2004

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