Professor, Business and Society
W.J. VanDusen Professor
Area Coordinator, Business & Society
Room: SGL 4850
CredentialsPh.D. (Calgary); M.Sc.1999(Stanford); B.Sc.1997( Queen's)
Stephanie is the Director of SFU Beedie's Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability and the founder of the Embedding Project www.embeddingproject.org - a unique public-benefit research project that brings together leading global firms to help them embed sustainability across their operations and decision-making as well as to contribute to positive systems change. She is a regular thought partner for the executive teams and boards of global companies interested in improving their sustainability performance.
Her research examines how companies transition to more sustainable operations, embed sustainability, and generate sustainable innovation. She teaches courses in managing innovation and change; sustainable operations; and managing for sustainability.
Research InterestsEmbedding sustainability into organizational culture, sustainable innovation, strategic change towards sustainability, resilience and reliability
articles and reports
Bertels, S., Watt, J., & Fabbro, A. (2022). Getting Started on Incorporating Sustainability Into Public Procurement: A Guide. Embedding Project. http://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.19424357
Bertels, S., & Dekker, R. (2022). Sustainable Procurement: A Tip Sheet for SMEs. Embedding Project. http://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.19422290
Dekker, R., & Bertels, S. (2022). Respecting Human Rights in Your Supply Chain: A Tip Sheet for SMEs. Embedding Project. http://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.19416491
Feront, C., & Bertels, S. (2021). The Impact of Frame Ambiguity on Field-Level Change. Organization Studies, 42(7), 1135-1165. http://doi.org/10.1177/0170840619878467
Feront, C., Bertels, S., & Hamann, R. (2021). Becoming an Agent of Change: A Guide. Embedding Project. http://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.14378792
Bertels, S., & Dekker, R. (2021). Scan: A Comprehensive List of Sustainability Issues for Companies. Embedding Project. http://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.14983656
Bertels, S., & Strandberg-Salmon, M. (2021). Climate Change and Climate Risk Oversight: A Guide for Corporate Leaders and Directors. Embedding Project. http://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.14428076
Bertels, S., & Dobson, R. (2020). Embedded Strategies for the Sustainability Transition: Setting Priorities and Goals Aligned with Systems Resilience. Embedding Project. http://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.12071769
Schulschenk, J., & Bertels, S. (2019). Shaping Your Organisation's Narrative Infrastructure. Embedding Project. http://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.11362895
Toews, B., & Bertels, S. (2019). Next Generation Governance: Emerging Trends in Climate Position Statements. Embedding Project. http://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.8859527
Bertels, S., & Brandon, T. (2018). Next Generation Governance: Developing Position Statements on Sustainability Issues - A Guidebook for Supporting your Board. Publisher Unknown. http://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7037459
Hamann, R., & Bertels, S. (2018). The Institutional Work of Exploitation: Employers’ Work to Create and Perpetuate Inequality. Journal of Management Studies, 55(3), 394-423. http://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12325
Bertels, S., & Lawrence, T. B. (2016). Organizational responses to institutional complexity stemming from emerging logics: The role of individuals. Strategic Organization, 14(4), 336-372. http://doi.org/10.1177/1476127016641726
Bertels, S., Schulschenk, J., Ferry, A., Otto-Mentz, V., & Speck, E. (2016). Supporting your CEO and their decision-making around sustainability. Embedding Project. https://www.embeddingproject.org/system/attachments/documents/000/000/045/original/EP_Supporting_your_CEO_Guide.pdf?1464205582
Bertels, S., Schulschenk, J., Ferry, A., Otto-Mentz, V., & Speck, E. (2016). Being an effective change agent. Embedding Project. https://www.embeddingproject.org/system/attachments/documents/000/000/047/original/EP_Being_an_Effective_Change_Agent_Guide.pdf?1464205639
Bertels, S., Howard-Grenville, J., & Pek, S. (2016). Cultural molding, shielding, and shoring at Oilco: The role of culture in the integration of routines. Organization Science, 27(3), 573-593. http://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.2016.1052
Bertels, S., Cody, M., & Pek, S. (2014). A responsive approach to organizational misconduct: Rehabilitation, reintegration, and the reduction of reoffense. Business Ethics Quarterly, 24(3), 343-370. http://doi.org/10.5840/beq20147212
Bertels, S., Hoffman, A. J., & DeJordy, R. (2014). The Varied Work of Challenger Movements: Identifying Challenger Roles in the US Environmental Movement. Organization Studies, 35(8), 1171-1210. http://doi.org/10.1177/0170840613517601
Maguire, S., & Bertels, S. (2012, December). Chemistry and business that are benign by design: Leveraging the Canadian chemistry industry's leadership on sustainability. Catalyst: The Magazine of Canada's Chemistry Industry, Winter 2012, 19-20.
Bansal, P., Bertels, S., Ewart, T., MacConnachie, P., & O'Brien, J. (2012). Bridging the research-practice gap. Academy of Management Perspectives, 26(1), 73-92. http://doi.org/10.5465/amp.2011.0140
Robinson, M., Kleffner, A., & Bertels, S. (2011). Signaling Sustainability Leadership: Empirical Evidence of the Value of DJSI Membership. Journal of Business Ethics, 101(3), 493-505. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-011-0735-y
Bertels, S., van der Byl, C., Dillabough, J., & Bowen, F. (2011). Lessons for environmental regulatory compliance: Suncor's creative sentence - The Firebag case. Haskayne School of Business - University of Calgary. http://wcmprod2.ucalgary.ca/haskayne/files/haskayne/Bertels%20Exec_Briefing_Mar%2015%202011.pdf
Miller, K., Bertels, S., Graves, S. A., & Purkis, J. (2011). Embedding sustainability into the culture of municipal government. Network for Business Sustainability. http://www.naturalstep.ca/embedding-sustainability-into-the-culture-of-municipal-government
Bertels, S., Papania, L., & Papania, D. (2010). Embedding sustainability in organizational culture: A systematic review of the body of knowledge. Network for Business Sustainability. http://www.nbs.net/wp-content/uploads/dec6_embedding_sustainability.pdf
Herremans, I. M., Herschovis, M. S., & Bertels, S. (2009). Leaders and laggards: The influence of competing logics on corporate environmental action. Journal of Business Ethics, 89(3), 449-472. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-008-0010-z
Bertels, S., & Peloza, J. (2008). Running to stand still: Managing CSR reputation in an era of rising expectations. Corporate Reputation Review, 11(1), 56-72.
Graham, R., & Bertels, S. (2006). Achieving sustainable value sustainability portfolio assessment. Greener Management International, 57-67. http://doi.org/10.9774/GLEAF.3062.2006.su.00010
Bertels, S., & Vredenburg, H. (2004). Broadening the notion of governance from the organization to the domain. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 15(Autumn), 33-47. http://doi.org/10.9774/GLEAF.4700.2004.au.00006
books chapters and monographs
Bertels, S., & Vredenburg, H. (2018). Broadening the notion of governance from the organisation to the domain: A study of municipal water systems in canada. Corporate Social Responsibility, Accountability and Governance: Global Perspectives (pp. 24-40). Routledge.
Howard-Grenville, J., Bertels, S., & Lahneman, B. (2014). Sustainability: How it shapes organizational culture and climate. In Schneider, B., & Barbera, K. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Culture and Climate (pp. 257-275). Oxford University Press. http://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199860715.013.0014
Howard-Grenville, J., & Bertels, S. (2012). Organizational Culture and Environmental Action. In Bansal, P., Hoffman, A., & Hoffman, A. J. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Business and the Natural Environment. Oxford University Press. http://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199584451.003.0011
Graham, R., & Bertels, S. (2009). Achieving sustainable value: Sustainability portfolio assessment. In Galea, C. (Ed.), Consulting for Business Sustainability (pp. 152-166). Greenleaf Publishing. http://doi.org/10.4324/9781351279482
Related Teaching Material
Bertels, S., van der Byl, C., & Bowen, F. (2013). Environmental compliance at Suncor Energy's Firebag facility. Case ID:Ivey ID: 9B13M032..