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Dara Kelly

Assistant Professor, Business and Society


Room: SGL 4925



Doctorate of Philosophy in Management, The University of Auckland Business School; Master of Commerce, The University of Auckland Business School; Bachelor of Arts, The University of British Columbia.


Dr Dara Kelly is from the Leq’á:mel First Nation, part of the Stó:lō Coast Salish. She is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Business at the Beedie School of Business, SFU. She teaches in the Executive MBA in Indigenous Business and Leadership program, and on Indigenous business environments within full-time and part-time MBA programs.

Dr Kelly is a recipient of the 2020 Early in Career Award for CUFA BC Distinguished Academic Awards. Her research helps fill in gaps in the literature on the economic concepts and practices of the Coast Salish and other Indigenous nations. She has presented in numerous conferences and public spaces in an effort to challenge conventional economical practices and inform positive change by drawing on knowledge of Indigenous economics. She is Co-Chair of the Indigenous Caucus at the Academy of Management and serves on the board of the Association for Economic Research of Indigenous Peoples. 

She conducts research using research methodology emerging from Coast Salish philosophy, protocols and worldview. A paper stemming from her thesis won the Best Paper in Sustainability Award at the Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship (SEE) Conference in Puerto Rico in February 2017.

Research Interests

Indigenous economic philosophy, Indigenous economic development, Indigenous wealth, Indigenous freedom, Indigenous capabilities, Indigenous leadership, Indigenous business research methodology. 

Selected Publications

articles and reports

Easter, S., Ceulemans, K., & Kelly, D. (2021). Bridging Research-Practice Tensions: Exploring Day-to-Day Engaged Scholarship Investigating Sustainable Development Challenges. European Management Review, 18(2), 9-23.

Kelly, D. I., & Nicholson, A. (2021). Ancestral leadership: Place-based intergenerational leadership. Leadership.

Kelly, D. I., & Woods, C. (2021). Ethical Indigenous Economies. Engaged Scholar Journal, 7(1), 140-158.

Podlasly, M., von der Porten, S., Kelly, D. I., & Lindley-Peart, M. (2020). Centering First Nations Concepts of Wellbeing: Toward a GDP-Alternative Index in British Columbia. British Columbia Assembly of First Nations.

Kelly, D. I., & Hrenyk, J. (2020, October). A call to decolonize business schools, including our own. Conversation.

Nicholson, A., Staniland, N., Kelly, D. I., Dell, K., & McClutchie, A. (2020). Manaakitanga and the Academy. Hospitality & Society, 11(1), 9-26.

Smith, S., Poyntz, S., Johal, A., Kelly, D. I., & Dooley, S. (2020). Whose knowledge is it? Community-centered approaches to research in practice at Simon Fraser University. Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Kelly, D. I. (2017). Sq'ewlets: A Sto:lo-Coast Salish community in the Fraser Valley virtual museum. BC Studies, 194(Summer), 195-197.

books chapters and monographs

Kelly, D. I. (2021). Indigenous Oral History Methods in Leadership Research. In Tolstikov-Mast, Y., Bieri, F., & Walker, J. L. (Eds.), Handbook of International and Cross-Cultural Leadership Research Processes: Perspectives, Practice, Instruction (pp. 232-245). Routledge (US).

Kelly, D. I., & Kelly, P. (2015). An Ethic of Reciprocity: Illuminating the Sto:lo Gift Economy. Indigenous Spiritualities at Work: Transforming the Spirit of Enterprise (pp. 191-208). Information Age Publishing Inc..

Kelly, D., Jackson, B., & Henare, M. (2014). 'He apiti hono, he tatai hono': Ancestral leadership, cyclical learning and the eternal continuity of leadership. Core-Periphery Relations and Organization Studies (pp. 164-184). Palgrave Macmillan Ltd (UK).