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Dr. Joel Bothello

Associate Professor, Management
Concordia University Research Chair in Resilience and Institutions

Dr.  Joel Bothello
David Ward
Office: S-MB 13125 
John Molson Building,
1450 Guy
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2781


Joel Bothello is an Associate Professor in Management at the John Molson School of Business and Concordia University Research Chair in Resilience and Institutions. His research interests revolve around how organizations and individuals respond to institutional and market demands. His main project focuses on the townships of Cape Town, South Africa, where he studies informal economy entrepreneurship.

Joel formerly held a teaching fellowship in International Management at the King's College London School of Management and Business, as well as a research fellowship at the ESSEC Philanthropy Chair in France. His research has been published in Harvard Business Review, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Regulation & Governance and Theory and Society. He has also been the recipient of awards such as the 2018 Dean's Award for Distinguished Scholarship (Emerging Scholar category), the 2014 Halloran Award in Business Ethics and the 2015 Syntec Prize in Management. His dissertation was runner-up for the 2015 EDAMBA Best Dissertation award.

Areas of Interest

Sustainability, Resilience, Urban Governance, Market Development, Institutional Theory


  • Ph.D. in Business Administration - ESSEC
  • Doctorat en sciences de gestion - Université de Cergy Pontoise
  • Mastère spécialisé - ESSEC
  • BAS - York University


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Brutus, S. & Bothello, J. (forthcoming) Pageantry, prizes and pedagogy: A “tournament ritual” view on business school case competitions. Academy of Management Learning & Education.

Bitektine, A., Haack, P., Bothello, J., & Mair, J. (2020) Inhabited actors: Internalizing institutions through communication and actorhood models.
Journal of Management Studies, vol. 57(4): 885-897

Bothello, J., Nason, R.S., & Schnyder, G. (2019) Institutional voids and Organization studies: Towards an Epistemological Rupture. Organization Studies, vol. 40(10): 1499-1512.

Bothello, J. & Mehrpouya, A. (2019) Between regulatory field structuring and organizational roles: Intermediation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development. Regulation & Governance, vol. 13(2): 177-196.

Bothello, J. & Roulet, T.J. (2019)  The Imposter Syndrome, or the Mis‐Representation of Self in Academic Life. Journal of Management Studies, vol. 56(4): 854-861.

Bothello, J. & Salles-Djelic, M.-L. (2018)  Evolving Conceptualizations of Organizational Environmentalism: A Path Generation Account. Organization Studies, vol. 39(1): 83-119.

Linder, S. & Bothello, J. (2015) Antecedents to Autonomous Strategic Action: What about Decline? IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, vol. 62(2): 226-236

Djelic, M.L. & Bothello, J. (2013) Limited Liability and its Moral Hazard Implications – The Systemic Inscription of Instability in Contemporary Capitalism. Theory and Society, vol. 43(6): 589-615.
(2015 Syntec Award Winner and 2013 Halloran Award winner)

Practitioner Publications

Charman, A., Bothello, J. & Nason, R. (2021) “Unveiling the Informal Economy” Stanford Social Innovation Review. Winter.

Roulet, T. & Bothello, J. (2020) Why “De-growth” Shouldn’t Scare Businesses.
Harvard Business Review. February 14th. 

Prophil, Delsol Avocats, ESSEC Philanthropy Chair (2015) Première étude européenne sur les fondations actionnaires. Prophil: Paris, France

Book Chapters

Bothello, J., Gautier, A., & Pache, A.-C. (2019). Families, firms and philanthropy: Shareholder foundation responses to competing goals. In L. Roza, L. Meijs, & von Schnurbein, G. (Eds.), International research handbook on corporate foundations. Berlin: Springer.

Case Studies

Ahmadsimab, A. & Bothello, J. (2020) “Stamina – Triathlete’s Performance Studio” Ref: 820-0008-1, Cranfield, UK: The Case Centre

Participation activities

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