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Stephanie G. Berger

Stephanie G. Berger
PhD anticipated 2012
MBA Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University - Marketing & Corporate Social
Responsibility Geography, Honours, Queen’s University

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Stephanie received her BA (Honours) in Geography at Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario) and spent a decade on Wall Street, in London, and in Paris facilitating Initial Public Offerings and compliance filings before returning to do her MBA at McGill. During her MBA, Stephanie specialized in Marketing and CSR, and she led a research team for Christine Arena's 2007 business book on corporate health, The High-Purpose Company. Currently, Stephanie is working toward her PhD in Management at Concordia's John Molson School of Business. Her research areas include corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, middle management leadership, and organizational change. Stephanie is an Advisory Board Member for the David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise and for, and she is a career and business consultant for CSR and Sustainability. Stephanie is based on Montreal, Quebec.

Research Interests

  • Strategy formulation and implementation in multi-divisional and multinational firms
  • The identification and transfer of strategic practices
  • Top management teams and their influence on strategy
  • Strategy as practice


Corporate strategy during turn-around and downfall: CEO sensegiving through electronic mediums and the outside influence of the media.  The thesis is a longitudinal study of a Canadian-based multinational corporation over a three year period – from turn-around to bankruptcy protection.  Under study: the way in which the CEO gives sense to the 30,000 employees on the company’s corporate strategy, through a series of email communications over the period.  The role of the media is also considered, as a moderator of the CEO-employee sensemaking activity.

Selected Research

Conference Proceedings

  • Berger, S. 2011. Role of the Middle Manager in Formulating Strategic Change for Sustainable Development. CSEAR. Montréal, Québec.
  • Berger, S. 2008. Tempered Radicals as agents of organizational change. Decision Sciences. Phoenix, AZ.
  • Berger, S. 2007. Misfit: Creating Change from Within. Academy of Management. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Addas, A. & Berger, S. (2011) ARCS PhD Academy. London, Ontario.


  • Shrivastava, P., Berger, S. 2010. Sustainability principles: a review and directions. Organization Management Journal, 7(4), 246.
  • Berger, S. (in press). Leading for the Future. Chapter in Environmental Leadership Handbook, SAGE.
  • Busch, T., Paquin, R. & Berger, S. (in press). Managing Climate Risk. Chapter in Environmental Leadership Handbook, SAGE.

Working Paper

  • Addas, A., Berger, S. 2011. Actions Speak Louder than Words: Green Investing or Greenwashing?
  • Berger, S., & Addas, A. 2011. Managing Dilemma: Short versus Long Term Strategic Sustainability.

Conference & Seminar Presentations

  • Co-Chair: Montréal: Exploring a City's Passion and Compassion – an embodied learning experience. (2010) All-Academy PDW, Academy of Management. Montréal, Canada. Co-Chaired by S. Berger, R. Paquin, & P. Shrivastava.


John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
  • Lecturer–SOrganizational Change and Development (2008-present)
  • Course Assistant, Global Climate Change: Opportunities and Threats  (2005–2008)
  • Research Associate,
Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montréal, Canada
  • Lecturer, Social Context of Business  (2008-present)
  • Course Assistant, Organizational Behaviour
  • Course Assistant, Globalization
  • Research Associate

Selected Honours & Awards

  • Winner, Virgin/QUEST case competition, Queen’s University, 2006

Scholarships & Funding

  • Business Conference Grant, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University (2011)
  • Concordia University PhD Entrance Bursary (2008-2009)
  • McGill University PhD Entrance Bursary (2006-2008)

Academic Service

  • Local Arrangements Committee, 2010 Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Montreal)
  • Reviewer, Academy of Management (2010)

Career Experience

  • 2008 – PRESENT: Business Consultant – Organizational Change and Sustainable Development.
  • 2004 – 2006: Freelance Research Associate
  • 1996 – 2004: Financial Printing (NY, London, Paris)