Dr. Joel Bothello

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

Dr.  Joel Bothello
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Office: S-MB 13125 
John Molson Building,
1450 Guy
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2781
Email: joel.bothello@concordia.ca
Website(s): http://www.joelbothello.com/


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, Academy of Management Review, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Critical Perspectives in Accounting, 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, Institutional Theory, Informal Economy, Stakeholder 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

Abid, M., Bothello, J., Ul-Haq, S. & Ahmadsimab, A. (forthcoming) The morality of informality: Exploring binary oppositions in counterfeit markets. Organization Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/01708406221124796

Roulet, T. & Bothello, J. (forthcoming) An Event-System Perspective on Disruption: Theorizing the Pandemic and Other Discontinuities through Historical and Fictional Accounts of the Plague.
Academy of Management Review. https://doi.org/10.5465/amr.2021.0206

Nason, R. & Bothello, J. (forthcoming) Far from Void: How Institutions Shape Growth in the Informal Economy.
Academy of Management Review. https://doi.org/10.5465/amr.2019.0170

Pimentel, E., Cho, C.H. & Bothello, J. (forthcoming) The blind spots of interdisciplinarity in addressing grand challenges. Critical Perspectives on Accounting. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2022.102475

Roulet, T. & Bothello, J. (2022) Tackling grand challenges beyond dyads and networks: Developing a stakeholder systems view using the metaphor of ballet. Business Ethics Quarterly. vol. 20(4): 573-603

Brutus, S. & Bothello, J. (2021) Pageantry, prizes and pedagogy: A “tournament ritual” view on business school case competitions. Academy of Management Learning & Education, vol. 20(4): 596-609

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

Delmestri, G., Etchanchu, H., Bothello, J., Habersang, S., & Schüßler, E. (2021). OS4Future: an academic advocacy movement for our future. In M. Starik & Kanashiro, P. (Eds.), Personal Sustainability Practices (pp. 218-229). Edward Elgar Publishing.

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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