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Sara Graves

Sessional Instructor, Business and Society



BBA (Simon Fraser University); Cert (University of California-Irvine)


Sara is a PhD Candidate in Business Administration with a research focus in Management and Organizations at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business.

She is interested in identity, meaning-making, frames and framing, corporate sustainability, and meaningful work. As a qualitative researcher, her work is both problem-centered and process-oriented.

Sara's current paper explores how CEOs and corporate executives draw upon on their personal and professional identities to broaden their view of what is considered strategic, and to prioritize societal and ecological issues in their organization’s strategizing activities.

Her dissertation explores the roles of identity, identification, and peer networks in shaping the how corporate change agents – particularly those working in sustainability –  build and maintain resolve as they seek to effect systemic transformation within the dominant structures of their organizations.

Sara holds an MPhil in Organizational Theory from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Organizational Behaviour from Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University.

Prior to beginning her PhD, Sara worked in industry as a management consultant with BC Hydro, where she supported the organization’s sustainability and culture change program. She also advised clients in natural resources, municipal, and retail sectors, including Fortis BC, Whistler Blackcomb, City of Vancouver, and IKEA, that sought to embed sustainability in strategic decision-making processes.

Research Interests

Identity work and emotion-work; Resilience; Meaning-making; Corporate sustainability; Change agents; Organizational change

Selected Publications

articles and reports

Miller, K., Bertels, S., Graves, S. A., & Purkis, J. (2011). Embedding sustainability into the culture of municipal government. London, Ontario, Canada: Network for Business Sustainability.