Stephanie Bertels

Associate Professor, Technology, Operations Management / Innovation & Entrepreneurship | Director, Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability
Ph.D. (Calgary); M.Sc.1999(Stanford); B.Sc.1997( Queen's)

Segal Room: SGL 2600
Segal Phone: 778.782.5163
Surrey Room: SUR 5011
Surrey Phone: 778.782.5146

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Stephanie is the Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability and an Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business. She studies how organizations make the transition towards sustainability by undertaking practitioner informed research on sustainable operations, embedding sustainability and sustainable innovation.

Stephanie founded and leads the Embedding Project (, a collaborative initiative between researchers and practitioners working to embed sustainability. She brings together companies from across industries and around the world, helping them learn from one another and to understand their own sustainability journeys. To date, Stephanie has worked with over two dozen global firms. She has developed an online knowledge portal featuring a curated selection of the most relevant tools and resources – including practical guides and worksheets developed through her own research – to help practitioners everywhere more effectively embed sustainability into their organizations.

Stephanie teaches courses in managing innovation and change; sustainable operations; and managing for sustainability in both the undergraduate and MBA programs. Stephanie has a BSc in Geological Environmental Engineering, a MSc in Petroleum Engineering and a PhD in Strategy and Global Management and Sustainable Development. She has also 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

Ralph Hamann, & Stephanie Bertels

The institutional work of exploitation: Employers' work to create and perpetuate inequality

2017 | Journal of Management Studies.

Rylan S. Dobson, & Stephanie Bertels

The road to context: Contextualising your strategy and goals: A guide


Rylan S. Dobson, & Stephanie Bertels

The road to context: Contextualising your strategy and goals: A casebook


Stephanie Bertels, Jess Schulschenk, Andrea Ferry, Vanessa Otto-Mentz, & Esther Speck

Supporting your CEO and their decision-making around sustainability


Stephanie Bertels, Jess Schulschenk, Andrea Ferry, Vanessa Otto-Mentz, & Esther Speck

Being an effective change agent


Stephanie Bertels, Jennifer Howard-Grenville, & Simon M. Pek

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

2016 | Organization Science. 27(3): 573-593

Stephanie Bertels, & Thomas B. Lawrence

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

2016 | Strategic Organization. (Special issue): 1-37

Stephanie Bertels, Andrew Hoffman, & Rich DeJordy

The varied work of challenger movements: Identifying challenger roles in the US 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

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

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

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, Connie van der Byl, Jessica Dillabough, & Frances Bowen

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


Karen Miller, Stephanie Bertels, Sara A. Graves, & John Purkis

Embedding sustainability into the culture of municipal government


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

Books, Book Chapters and Monographs

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

Sustainability: How it shapes organizational culture and climate

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

Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Stephanie Bertels, Pratima Bansal, & Andrew Hoffman

Organizational culture and environmental action

2011 | The Oxford Handbook on Business and the Natural Environment. Chapter Chapter 11: 194-210

Stephanie Bertels, Andrew 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

Richmond Graham, Chrs Galea, & Stephanie Bertels

Achieving sustainable value: Sustainability portfolio assessment

2009 | Consulting for Business Sustainability. Chapter 11:

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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