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Marguerite Mendell, PhD

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, School of Community and Public Affairs

Marguerite Mendell, PhD

Marguerite (Margie) Mendell, who earned her PhD in Economics from McGill University (1983),  has been teaching at the SCPA since 1986. Her current research and teaching are on the social economy in Quebec and internationally, social finance and impact investing, social innovation, the commons, economic democracy, and the work of Karl Polanyi whose influence continues to grow today. Margie Mendell is participating in a growing international dialogue on innovative economic initiatives to reduce inequality and develop new collective forms of wealth creation through her participation at scholarly conferences and international meetings of the OECD, the European Commission, the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF) and civil society gatherings. She also participates in consultations in Canada (federal, provincial, municipal) and abroad on issues related to social finance and impact investing and the social and solidarity economy. Her work, published in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and most recently in Korean, has generated international interest. Dr. Mendell is also the co-founder of the Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy established at Concordia University in 1988, the repository of the entire Karl Polanyi Archive.

Margie Mendell is a member of the Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales (CRISES - UQAM); honorary member of the Global Social Economy Forum. She is member of the Board of Directors of the Chantier de l'économie sociale and la Tohu.  As well, Margie Mendell is a member of the editorial board of The Annals of the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Economics, History and Political Science and is on the Advisory Board of Studies in Political Economy, among others. She is a frequent contributor to television, radio and written media on public policy issues in Canada, Québec, and internationally.

Areas of research and teaching

Community Economic Development (comparative perspectives)
Social finance and impact investing in Quebec and internationally
The social and solidarity economy including social enterprise (comparative perspectives)
Innovation in public policy formation
Social innovation
The commons
Economic democracy
Governance from theoretical and comparative perspectives
Social indicators
The life and work of Karl Polanyi


Selected publications

Refereed journal articles

Dolbec, Pierre-Yann, Zeynep Arsel, and Aya Aboelenien (2022), "A Practice Perspective on Market Evolution: How Craft and Commercial Coffee Firms Expand Practices and Develop Markets," Journal of Marketing,

Dolbec, Pierre-Yann, Rodrigo Castilhos, Marcelo J. Fonseca, Guilherme Trez (2022), ".
How Established Organizations Combine Logics to Reconfigure Resources and Adapt to Marketization: A Case Study on Brazilian Religious Schools," Journal of Marketing Research, 59 (1), 118-135.

Pierre-Yann Dolbec, Eileen Fischer, and Robin Canniford (2021). "Something Old, Something New: Enabled Theory Building in Qualitative Marketing Research," Marketing Theory, 21 (4), 443-461

Castilhos, Rodrigo and Pierre-Yann Dolbec (2018). "
Conceptualizing Spatial Types: Characteristics, Transitions, and Research Avenues," Marketing Theory, 18 (2), 154-168.

Castilhos, Rodrigo, Pierre-Yann Dolbec, and Ela Veresiu (2017). "Introducing a Spatial Perspective to Analyze Market Dynamics," Marketing Theory, 17 (1), 9-29.

Dolbec, Pierre-Yann and Eileen Fischer ( 2015), "Refashioning a Field? Connected Consumers and Institutional Dynamics in Markets," Journal of Consumer Research, 42 (April).
- One of six "Highly cited" articles at the Journal of Consumer Research for 2016
- As of 2020, second most cited paper at the Journal of Consumer Research for research published in 2015
- Featured in JCR Research Curation "The Psychology of Innovation", July 2016

Dolbec,Pierre-Yann, and Jean-Charles Chebat (2013). "The Impact of a Flagship vs. a Brand Store on Brand Attitude, Brand Attachment and Brand Equity," Journal of Retailing, 89 (4), 460-466.
–One of the 25 most downloaded papers in 2014-2015 at the Journal of Retailing.
- As of 2020, third most cited paper at the Journal of Retailing for research published in 2013

Book chapters

Dolbec, Pierre-Yann and Andre F. Maciel (2018), “The Micro-Dynamics of Taste,” Taste, Consumption, and Markets, edited by Zeynep Arsel and Jonathan Bean, Routledge, 95-112.

Kozinets, Robert V., Pierre-Yann Dolbec and Amanda Earley (2014), “Netnographic Analysis: Capturing and Interpreting Culture through Websites, Blogs, Tweets, Facebook Posts, Virtual Worlds and Other Social Media Data,” in Uwe Fleck, Ed., The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis. Sage: London.

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