Stephanie Bertels

Associate Professor, Technology, Operations Management / Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Ph.D. (Calgary); M.Sc.1999(Stanford); B.Sc.1997( Queen's)

Segal Room: SGL 3915
Segal Phone: 778.782.5163

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Stephanie studies how organizations make the transition towards sustainability by undertaking practitioner informed research on sustainable operations, embedding sustainability and sustainable innovation. Stephanie was the lead author of a systematic review for the Network for Business Sustainability on how companies embed sustainability in their organizational culture. She has developed a 'wheel' framework that outlines the practices needed to embed sustainability that has been well received by industry. Stephanie has continued this research in collaboration with some of the world's leading companies and is currently the research lead behind The Embedding Project:

Stephanie teaches courses in managing innovation and change; sustainable operations; and managing for sustainability in both the undergraduate and MBA programs. While actively working with firms in a range of industries, much of her work is focused on innovation for sustainability at the start of the value chain in extractive companies. Stephanie has an undergraduate degree in geological environmental engineering, a master's in petroleum engineering and a doctorate in business strategy and sustainability and has worked in industry as an environmental engineering consultant with Golder Associates.

Specialization and Research Interests

Embedding sustainability into organizational culture, sustainable innovation, strategic change towards sustainability, resilience and reliability

Selected Publications

Articles and Reports

Ahmed Amlani; Stephanie Bertels; Tara Hadler

Storytelling for Sustainability


Stephanie Bertels; Jennifer Howard-Grenville; Simon M. Pek

Cultural molding, shielding and shoring at Oilco: The role of culture in the integration of routines

2015 | Organization Science.

Stephanie Bertels

Organizational responses to institutional complexity stemming from emerging logics: The role of individuals

2015 | Strategic Organization.

Stephanie Bertels; Andrew J. Hoffman; Rich DeJordy

The varied work of challenger movements: Identifying challenger roles in the U.S. environmental movement

2014 | Organization Studies. 35(8): 1171-1210

Stephanie Bertels; Michael Cody; Simon M. Pek

A responsive approach to organizational misconduct: Rehabilitation, reintegration, and the reduction of reoffence

2014 | Business Ethics Quarterly. 24(3): 343-370

Stephanie Bertels; Lindsay McIvor

Start here: Sustainability for exploration, development and small producing mining companies


Jessica Li; Ahmed Amlani; Stephanie Bertels

Community engagement: A getting started toolkit for exploration and development companies


Pratima Bansal; Stephanie Bertels; Tom Ewart; Peter MacConnachie; James O'Brien

Bridging the research practice gap

2012 | Academy of Management Perspectives. 26(1): 73-92

Steve Maguire; Stephanie Bertels

Chemistry and business that are benign by design: Leveraging the Canadian chemistry industry's leadership on sustainability

2012 | Catalyst: The Magazine of Canada's Chemistry Industry. Winter 2012: 19-20

Michael Robinson; Anne Kleffner; Stephanie Bertels

Signaling sustainability leadership: Empirical evidence of the value of DJSI membership

2011 | Journal of Business Ethics. 101(3): 493-505

Stephanie Bertels; Lisa Papania; Daniel Papania

Embedding sustainability in organizational culture: A systematic review of the body of knowledge

2010 | Network for Business Sustainability.

Irene M. Herremans; Sandy Herschovis; Stephanie Bertels

Leaders and laggards: The influence of competing logics on corporate environmental action

2009 | Journal of Business Ethics. 89(3): 449-472

Richmond Graham; Stephanie Bertels

Achieving sustainable value: Sustainability portfolio assessment

2009 | Greener Management International. 54: 57-67

Stephanie Bertels; John Peloza

Running to stand still: Managing CSR reputation in an era of rising expectations

2008 | Corporate Reputation Review. 11(1): 56-72

Stephanie Bertels; Harrie Vredenburg

Broadening the notion of governance from the organization to the domain

2004 | Journal of Corporate Citizenship. 15(Autumn): 33-47

Karen Miller; Stephanie Bertels; Sara Graves; John Purkis

Embedding sustainability into the culture of municipal government


Stephanie Bertels; Connie van der Byl; Jessica Dillabough; Frances Bowen

Lessons for environmental regulatory compliance: Suncor's creative sentence - The Firebag case


Books, Book Chapters and Monographs

Jennifer Howard-Grenville; Stephanie Bertels; Brooke Lahneman; Benjamin Schneider; Karen Barbera

Sustainability: How it shapes and is shaped by organizational culture

2014 | The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Culture and Climate. 257-275

Stephanie Bertels; Andrew J. Hoffman; Thomas P. Lyon

Who is part of the environmental movement? Assessing network linkages between NGOs and corporations

2010 | Good Cop Bad Cop: Environmental NGOs and Their Strategies Toward Business. Chapter 3: 48-69

Chrs Galea; Richmond Graham; Stephanie Bertels

Achieving sustainable value: Sustainability portfolio assessment

2009 | Consulting for Business Sustainability. Chapter 11:

Jennifer Howard-Grenville; Stephanie Bertels; Pratima Bansal; Andrew J. Hoffman

Bringing the environment into organizational culture

2012 | The Oxford Handbook on Business and the Natural Environment. Chapter Chapter 11: 194-210

Teaching Related Material

Stephanie Bertels; Connie van der Byl; Frances Bowen

Environmental compliance at Suncor Energy's Firebag facility

2013 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

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