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Honoring a Lifetime of Health Care Management Work

Honoring a Lifetime of Research Focused on the Medical Profession

Professor's research has focused on trust, integrity, and behavioral norms, especially between patients and physicians

(August 18, 2011)

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Kathleen Montgomery

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- A management professor at the University of California, Riverside received an exceptional service award this week from the Academy of Management’s Health Care Management Division for a career’s worth of mentoring, professional leadership and research focused on the medical profession and health care organizations.

Kathleen Montgomery, a professor of the Graduate Division and a professor emerita of organizations and management at the School of Business Administration, was given the Myron D. Fottler Exceptional Service Award on Tuesday at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in San Antonio.

“I’m truly honored to be recognized by my peers with this award, especially because many former recipients have been role models and mentors for me,” Montgomery said.

The award is the most distinguished honor bestowed by the Health Care Management Division. It’s not an annual award; rather it’s given only when a suitable nominee is identified. Montgomery is the 10th recipient of the award, which was first given out in 1999.

Montgomery’s nomination was endorsed by letters from international scholars and leaders in the field. She was praised for her openness, generosity, and guidance to members of the profession, especially to new faculty and graduate students. Her research was recognized as having a major impact on organization theory in general, not just within health care.

Montgomery has been active in the Academy of Management for more than 20 years. She has held several elected positions within the division, including serving as division chair in 2004.

Montgomery arrived at UC Riverside in 1990, after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA and earning her Ph.D. in sociology from New York University. She has also been a visiting scholar at Stanford University.

Until retiring from UC Riverside last year, she taught courses on managing behavior in organizations, work force diversity, human resource management, and health care management. She has also been a frequent participant in the University Honors Program and continues to offer workshops for the chancellor’s campus-wide diversity initiative, Making Excellence Inclusive.

She remains active in UCR’s Academic Senate, the faculty governance body, where she served as vice chair of the senate and chair of the committee on academic personnel. She also has held leadership positions in the UC systemwide Academic Senate.

Montgomery’s career is distinguished by the international scope of her work.
She is active with the UK-based Society for the Study of Health Care Organizations and will deliver the keynote address at the society’s 2012 conference in Dublin.

Also, since 1997, she has been a regular visitor to the University of Sydney’s Centre for Values, Ethics, and the Law in Medicine, where she is a honorary associate. Her research with scholars at the centre examines issues of trust, integrity, and behavioral norms, especially during encounters between patients and physicians. She also mentors Ph.D. students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty there.

The Health Care Management Division is one of 25 in the Academy of Management. Founded in 1936 by two professors, the Academy of Management is the oldest and largest scholarly management association in the world. Today, the Academy is the professional home for nearly 20,000 members from 110 nations.

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