Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Scott Rankin

Name: Dr. Scott Rankin
Position: Assistant Professor
Phone: 778.471.8466

Research Interests

Scott's research focuses on managerial views of the practice and profession of Human Resources. In particular, his research investigates the common gap between what organizations say about investing in people and what they actually do.


PhD in Management (Human Resources), University of Calgary
MCS (Organisational Communication), University of Calgary
BA, Economics, University of Calgary



Rankin, S. and Sherer, P. The Evolution and Co-evolution of Strategic HRM and the Resource-Based View: A Co-citation Analysis. Working Paper.

Rankin, S., Liu, X. and Falkenberg, L. Institutional Legitimacy to Internal Adaptation. The Evolution of CSR Reporting. Working Paper

Liu, X., Rankin, S and Falkenberg, L.(2017) Internal Adaptation or Institutional Legitimacy? The Evolution of CSR Reporting. Proceedings of the 2017 Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

Rankin, S. (2016). Exploring Consensus: Front-Line Leaders in HRM Implementation. Proceedings of the British Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Newcastle, UK.

Rankin, S. (August, 2013). A Lack of Commitment: An Event History Analysis of Strategic Human Resource Practices. Proceedings of the 2013 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Human Resources Division. Orlando, Fl.

Rankin, S (2016). The Illusion of Alignment ??? Investigating the Ends and Means of HR Strategies. Haskayne Executive Education Newsletter, November, 2016.

Nguyen, B., and Rankin, S. (2013). Supply Bottlenecks & Barriers: Trades/Apprentices: Report for the Oil Sands Multi-Stakeholder Working Forum.

Nguyen, B., and Rankin, S. (2016). Individual and Workplace Factors in Apprentice Completion: Report for the COAA Apprentice Retention Committee

Employment History

Prior to completing his PhD, Scott enjoyed a career as an HR advisor and leader in Canada's Energy Industry. In his most recent role, he led HR and Communications professionals at one of Canada's largest integrated oil and gas companies.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Human Resource Management (HRMN 2820)
Total Rewards (HRMN 4830)

Professional Affiliations

Member, Academy of Management
Canadian Human Resource Professional (CHRP): 1998-2008
Board Member, Westmount Charter School for Gifted Education, 2012-2017
Outside Board Member, Volunteer Calgary, 2009-2010