Santander Excellence Chair – Prof. Charlene Zietsma

Santander Excellence Chair – Prof. Charlene Zietsma

Dr. Charlene Zietsma is Associate Professor and Ann Brown Chair of Organization Studies and Director of Entrepreneurship at the Schulich School of Business, York University in Toronto, Canada. She earned her PhD from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and previously taught at Western University and University of Victoria in Canada.

Charlene’s research focuses on the multilevel, multi-actor processes leading to significant, large-scale change. Theoretically, she uses lenses of institutional theory (institutional work, institutional complexity, institutional change and emotions and institutions), social movements and entrepreneurship to examine how actors (individuals, organizations and social movements) become motivated to engage in change activities, what they do to stimulate such change activities, and how social structures and practices change as a result. She generally focuses on empirical contexts associated with moving industries and society to more socially and environmentally sustainable outcomes. She has studied the move to more sustainable practices in such industries as forestry, clean technology, tourism and aquaculture. She also studies the changes associated with rapid growth phases in entrepreneurial firms.

Charlene has published articles in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Business Venturing and others. She is a Senior Editor for Organization Studies, and serves on the editorial board for several other journals. She is currently a co-editor for special issues or themed sections on institutional complexity, emotions and institutions and social innovation, in Strategic Organization, Organization Studies and Business and Society, respectively. While in Madrid, Charlene will be working on several papers related to social movements, and how they influence business and society, as well as theoretical articles on institutional fields and reflexivity. Charlene will be at UC3M until December 15, 2015, and then again from April to June, 2016.

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