Program and Speakers 2023

“Stigma, Disability and Marginalisation”

We have an amazing program set up for you! Below you can find out what we have planned for each of the five days. This year’s Spring Institute will focus on Stigma and marginalisation. This Spring Institute employs an allyship model of research in which disabled and non-disabled researchers work together. Many of our faculty members are disabled themselves or are carers of disabled family members.

Every day, sessions will run from 1-5pm UK time. The entire event is free of charge and virtual and will be hosted via Zoom. .


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Anica Zeyen

Vice Dean Equality, Diversity and Inclusion & Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, School of Business and Management, Royal Holloway University of London (UK)

Dr. Anica Zeyen is a registered blind academic who specialises on the intersection between entrepreneurship, organizing and disability research. She leads multiple research projects in the Global South and North on disability, She employs inclusive and qualitative reserach methods. Anica is also a disability activist. K. More on her work on her blog and web page.

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Oana Branzei

Professor of Strategy, Ivey Business School, Western Univesrity (Canada

Dr. Oana Branzei is a Professor of Strategy and Sustainability at the Ivey Business School, Western University. Her areas of expertise include social innovation, social enterprise, and organizing for self-, society-, and system-transformation in response to grand challenges. She has held editorial positions on the boards of the ‘Academy of Management Review’, ‘Journal of Management’, ‘Journal of International Business Studies’. She is completing her second full term as field editor of the Journal of Business Venturing and co-edited several recent special issues on prosocial, regenerative, place-based and inclusive organizing.


This session takes place before the Spring Institute and will help you prepare.

Tuesday, 21 February 2023

During this two-hour session (3-5pm UK time), we will introduce you to the Spring Institute Format, provide you with all the necessary information to get the most out of the Spring Institute.

Spring Institute 2023

Wednesday, 1 March 2023

Disability and Activism

We are going to start this year’s Spring Institute with a screening of a short documentary on disabled women activists. We will use “Invisible” as a starting point to discuss scripts and stereotypes within and beyond disability.

Masterclass on Rescripting

This Masterclass will be facilitated by Dr. Oana Branzei (Ivey Business School, Canada)

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Anica Zeyen

Vice Dean Equality, Diversity and Inclusion & Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, School of Business and Management, Royal Holloway University of London (UK)

Dr. Anica Zeyen is a registered blind academic who specialises on the intersection between entrepreneurship, organizing and disability research. She leads multiple research projects in the Global South and North on disability, She employs inclusive and qualitative reserach methods. Anica is also a disability activist. K. More on her work on her blog and web page.

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Dusya Vera

Professor, General Management & Strategy, Ivey Business School (Canada)

Dr. Dusya Vera is a Professor of Strategy and the Executive Director of the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership.  Prior to joining the Ivey Business School in 2022, she was on the faculty of the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston in the Department of Management & Leadership for 20 years. Dusya’s research is in the areas of strategic leadership, leader character, improvisation, and organizational learning. She has published in top academic and practitioner publications such as the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Annals, Organization Science, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, The Leadership Quarterly, Organization Studies, Journal of Organizational Behavior, andManagement Learning, among others. She also enjoys writing practitioner-oriented articles, which have been published in journals such as Organizational Dynamicsand Business Horizons.

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Erin Huner

Director, Culture and Inclusion, Ivey Business School  (Canada)

As a settler to Canada, Dr. Erin approaches the work of building equitable and inclusive culture as a listener. She practices listening, as a way to better understand her own privilege and how she might use her privilege to open spaces for equity deserving individuals to speak into, and rebuild, those spaces, systems and policies where they have been historically marginalized. She also approaches the work of building equitable and inclusive culture through her lived experience of being the mother of a child who is neurodiverse. This lived experience has vividly taught her that the intersections that build who we are, and our lived experiences, require that we work together to build systems, institutions and policies that actively seek, and make space for, the full and inclusive participation of diverse community members.

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Paula Ungureanu

Associate Professor, Department of Sciences and Methods for Engineering (DISMI),  University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)

Thursday, 2 March 2023

Webinar on Inclusion

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Rene Baker

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Netherland)

Dr. Rene Bakker is Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University and Associate Editor at the Journal of Business Venturing. Rene is also a member of the Young Erasmus Academy and a recent laureate of an NWO VIDI grant, which supports his research on how to boost the inclusion of the differently-abled. His research has been published in the leading management journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy of Management Annals, and Journal of Business Venturing.

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Hari Bapuji

Professor of Management, University of Melbourne (Australia)

Hari Bapuji is a professor of management at The University of Melbourne, Australia. His research examines how economic inequality affects businesses and vice versa. He serves as a co-editor of Business & Society and is a co-founder of Action to Improve Representation

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Pascal Day

Professor of value-based management, Bern University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland)

Dr. Pascal Dey is a professor of value-based management at the Bern University of Applied Sciences and a senior research associate at the University of St. Gallen. Pascal’s current research interests are in (social) entrepreneurship, social innovation and corporate responsibility. As part of his varied research interests, Pascal is currently working on issues related to the dark side of entrepreneurship, space and place, extreme contexts, communication (rhetoric, framing, narratology), and ecosystems. 

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Caroline Esser

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands)

Dr. Caroline Essers is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership at the department of Business Administration, Institute of Management Research, Radboud University Nijmegen. Dr. Essers’ research particularly centers on the identity constructions and issues of inclusion of diverse minority entrepreneurs, in which she focuses on the intersections of gender, ethnicity, religion, generation, as well as class. She uses diverse theoretical perspectives in her research, such as intersectionality, and postcolonial feminist theory. She is specialised in the narrative and life-story approach. Her work has been widely published in journals such as Organization Studies, Journal of Management, Organization, Human Relations, Gender, Work and Organization, British Journal of Management, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, and International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research. 

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Pradeep Hota

Associate Professor in Strategy, LM Thapar School of Management (India)

Dr. Pradeep Hota is an associate professor in Strategy at LM Thapar School of Management, India. His research interests are in social entrepreneurship, social innovation, sustainability, and hybrid organizations. He particularly engages in research that investigates social entrepreneurial initiatives in rural areas aimed at improving the livelihood of the village poor. He has published in the Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Business Ethics, Information and Organization, and others. 

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Jan Keim

Research Associate, Bern University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland)

Jan Keim is a research associate at the Bern University of Applied Sciences and a PhD candidate at RWTH Aachen University. He researches the “dark sides” of entrepreneurship, in particular entrepreneurial ill-being and associated coping and mitigation strategies, as well as negative impacts of entrepreneurship on members of society.

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Stefanie Mauksch

Senior Lecturer / Research Associate in Anthropology, Leipzig University (Germany)

Dr. Stefanie Mauksch is senior lecturer and research associate in anthropology at Leipzig University (Germany) who has specialized in economic anthropology, organizational ethnography and critical entrepreneurship studies. She has conducted research on startup communities and the effects of entrepreneurial initiatives in the Global South, in particular Nepal and Sudan, and in specific social fields, such as meanings and experiences of disability.

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Susan Müller

Research Professor, Bern University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland)

Dr. Susan Müller is a research professor of entrepreneurship at the Bern University of Applied Sciences. Her research focuses on entrepreneurs’ actions, entrepreneurship education as well as social entrepreneurship and social innovation.

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Israr Qureshi

Professor, Social Entrepreneurship, The Australian National University (Australia)

Dr. Israr Qureshi is Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Digital Development. He is the Director of ANU Grand Challenges in Social Cohesion (Australian Social Cohesion: Exploring New Directions) at the Australian National University. He is involved in multiple research projects that investigate various aspects of social value creation through social entrepreneurship and digital social innovation. More here

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Paul Tracey

Professor of Innovation and Organization, Cambridge Judge Business School (UK)

Dr. Paul Tracey is Professor of Innovation and Organization and Codirector of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation at the Cambridge Judge Business School. He is also Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Department of Management and Marketing, University of Melbourne. He studies innovation of different kinds, with a particular focus on social innovation.

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Lee Wainwright

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship Studies, Leeds University (UK)

Dr. Lee Wainwright is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship Studies at Leeds University Business School and is part of the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies group, specialising in entrepreneurship in challenging contexts, before then he was an entrepreneur creating a series of coffee shops in Liverpool. His research focuses on how entrepreneurship can act as a process to take people out of restrictive or oppressive contexts. As such his research tends to take a highly qulaitative process view, investigating the events which take place within an individual or social group’s lived experience for causal mechanisms.  He is currently exploring how emancipatory entrepreneurship provides a transitory route for ex-offenders to improve their life circumstances and regain a sense of autonomy and agency.

Methodology Masterclass 

Insights on Multi-Modality

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Sneha Chrispal

Assistant Professor in Management, Deakin University, (Australia)

Dr. Sneha Chrispal is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Management at Deakin University, Australia. She pursued her PhD in Management from the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. Sneha’s research interests lie in inequality & organizations, particularly human rights issues like gender and caste, using institutional and critical theory. Key to her research has been the qualitative methods e.g., decolonizing critical ethnography and netnography, she has adopted to access and represent the voices of marginalized, and often forgotten, groups. Sneha has published in journals like Organization Studies and the Journal of Business Ethics.  Her research on caste has also been recognized by the Financial Times Responsible Business Education Awards 2022.

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Sarah Glozer

Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Business and Society, University of Bath (UK)

Dr. Sarah Glozer is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Business and Society in the School of Management at the University of Bath, UK and Head of the Marketing, Business and Society Division. Her research examines corporate social responsibility (CSR) communication and the social and ethical implications of business and marketing practice, predominantly in a digital context. She has published work in Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Organization and Journal of Business Ethics, among others. She is co-author of the fifth edition of Business Ethics: Managing Corporate Citizenship in the Age of Globalization (Oxford University Press). Sarah is active on Twitter via @Sarah_CSR. 

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Leighanne Higgins

Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Lancaster University (UK)

Dr. Leighanne Higgins is a Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University. She began studying marketplace accessibility for consumers with disabilities in 2016.  Leighanne has a strong publication record within leading marketing and business journals such as The Journal of Consumer Research, Annals of Tourism Research, Marketing Theory, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Business Research and Journal of Marketing Management. She is Chair of the Academy of Marketing’s Special Interest Group on Marketplace Access. 

Friday, 3 March 2023

Keynotes on Stigma

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Wesley Helms

Associate Professor of Strategic Management, Brok University (Canada)

Dr. Wesley Helms is as an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Brock University’s Goodman School of Business. He received his PhD from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

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Jennifer E. Jennings

Professor , University of Alberta (Canada)

Dr. Jennifer E. Jennings, PhD holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Entrepreneurship, Gender and Family Business. Her work on these topics has received several recognitions, including an AOM-ENT Foundational Paper Award and inclusion in the Responsible Research in Business & Management (RRBM) Honor Roll. Jennifer self-identifies as a scholar with a visual impairment. 

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Madeline Toubiana

Associate Professor and Desmarais Chair in Entrepreneurship, University of Ottawa (Canada)

Dr. Madeline Toubiana is Associate Professor and the Desmarais Chair in Entrepreneurship. Her research program has been focused broadly on what stalls and supports social change and innovation. More specifically, she examines the role of emotions, entrepreneurship, institutional processes, and stigmatization in influencing the dynamics of social change. While she explores change processes in large organizations and institutions, like in academia, most of her research examines how marginalized and/or stigmatized actors can be better included in change processes, and what might support them in doing so. As such, some of her previous and current work has studied social enterprises, the prison system, the sex trade, unemployment, non-profit organizations, and taxi-driving. Her most recent work has begun to explore the role of entrepreneurship in supporting destigmatization and social change for individuals facing extreme stigma and discrimination. 

Turnarounds, Transitions and Transformations Masterclass

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Stella Seyb

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Price College of Business, The University of Oklahoma (USA)

Dr. Stella Seyb’s primary research interests concern entrepreneurial opportunities, communities of inquiry, cognition, and technological development in healthcare settings. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, she seeks to address gaps in our understanding of how potential opportunities are co-constructed over time, the dimensions on which they change, and how communities of inquiry emerge and contribute to this process. Her research has been published in the Journal of Business Venturing and Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research. Prior to joining OU, Stella completed her doctoral degree at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in 2019. She teaches social entrepreneurship as part of the New Venture Development sequence.

Saturday, 4 March 2023

Diversity Masterclass 

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Diana Bilimori

KeyBank ProfessorChair of the Department of Organizational BehaviorProfessor of Organizational Behavior

Diana Bilimoria, Ph.D. is KeyBank Professor and Chair and Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She has authored several books, including Women in STEM Careers: International Perspectives on Increasing Workforce Participation, Advancement and Leadership, and Gender Equity in Science and Engineering: Advancing Change in Higher Education. She is an elected member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management, and has served as the Chair of its Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division. She has published extensively in leading journals and edited volumes, and has received multiple national research grants. She has served as the editor of the  Journal of Management Education. She sits on the editorial boards of several journals in the business and management field, and she serves on the advisory boards of several institutional transformation projects at leading institutions of higher education. 

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Jamie J. Ladge

Associate Professor and Group Chair, Management and Organizational Development, Northeastern University (USA)

Dr. Jamie Ladge has been a Professor in the Management and Organizational Development Group of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business for the past twelve years. She is primarily known for her research exploring the intersection of work and family, stigmatized social identities, and career equality, gender and diversity issues in organizations. Ladge’s core area of research focuses on the psychological and career implications of professionally-employed mothers and fathers. She also researches the diversity challenges and work and family boundaries of those holding stigmatized social identities including pregnant workers and same-sex couples. Her work has been published in several top management and human resources journals including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Perspectives, Human Resource Management, and Harvard Business Review. She also recently co-authored the book, “Maternal Optimism: Forging Positive Paths through Work and Motherhood” which was published by Oxford University Press.

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Keimei Sugiyama

Assistant Professor, Organizations & Strategic Management, University of Milwaukee (USA)

Dr. Sugiyama’s research focuses on diversity, identity, and careers. Her current research examines issues of identity for diversity trainers, as well as how people manage tensions in their careers. She has also researched work-life supports and women in entrepreneurship.

Community Masterclass 

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Hooria Jazaieri

Assistant Professor of Management, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University (USA)

Hooria Jazaieri, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. She completed her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley and her postdoctoral fellowship at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on emotions at work (e.g., gratitude, hope, and compassion), and individual reputation. She has published in leading academic journals in the fields of management and psychology.

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Reut Livne-Tarandach 

Assistant Professor of Management, O’Malley School of Business, Manhattan College (USA)

Dr. Reut Livne-Tarandach is an Assistant Professor of Management in the O’Malley School of Business at Manhattan College. She is passionate about cultivating engaged scholarships that can create a new vision of organizations as life-giving sites. Her research focuses on humanistic practices in management, exploring antecedents, outcomes and processes underlying compassion, dignity and sense of community at work. Reut is the co-founder and leader of the Community mini-community- an international group of scholars devoted to the study of community experiences in organizations. She serves on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Journal, and is an associate editor of the Business and Society Review Journal. 

Disclosure and Allyship Masterclass 

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Tiffany Johnson

 Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)

Dr. Tiffany D. Johnson (she/her) is Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Georgia Institute of Technology. She studies topics related to equity, stigma, and disclosure. Her work has been published in outlets such as Organization ScienceJournal of Applied Psychologyand Organizational Behavior and Decision- Making Processes, and Organizational Psychology Review. For more info, visit this website.

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Aparna Joshi 

Arnold Family Professor of Management, Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University (USA)

Dr. Aparna Joshi is the Arnold Family Professor of Management at the Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University.Over the past twenty years, Aparna’s research has focused on topics related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion across a range of professional settings such as among scientists, politicians, lawyers, engineers and chief executives. Her research aims at building actionable theoretical models that can inform practices aimed at reducing barriers and enhancing inclusion in these settings.

Aparna’s award-winning research appears in the leading journals in the field of management including and was also awarded a National Science Foundation grant. In 2014 she received the Cummings Award for Early to Mid-Career Scholarly Achievement, one of the highest professional honors in the field, by the Academy of Management and was appointed a Fellow of the Academy of Management in 2019.

Sunday, 5 March 2023

Corporeal Ethics Masterclass 

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Alison Pullen

Professor of Management and Organisation Studies, Macquarie University (Australia)

Dr. Alison Pullen research is concerned with analyzing and intervening in the politics of work as it concerns gender discrimination, identity and embodiment, and organizational injustice. Alison is joint Editor-in-Chief of Gender, Work and Organization. Her last book is Corporeal Ethics (2022, with Carl Rhodes).  

Activitism Webeinar: The Power of Disability

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Kirk Adams

Managing Director, Innovative Impact LLC  (USA)

Dr. Kirk Adams is a longtime champion of people who are blind or visually impaired and is committed to creating a more inclusive, accessible world for the more than 20 million Americans with vision loss. He is the former CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind. He has since started his own consultancy firm on inclusion and work.

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Kanika Gupta

Multidisciplinary Artist and Social Entrepreneur (Canada)

Kanika Gupta has worked in grassroots community building and with nonprofit organizations for over 15 years in Canada and abroad. She is also a multidisciplinary artist who uses visual art and storytelling to create dialogue and human connections to bring us to a more inclusive world. Through multi-modal and sensory based work, Kanika is passionate about engaging public audiences with art in ways that are meaningful to them.

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Christopher T. Sutton

Chief Executive Officer, Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility (Canada)

Christopher T. Sutton, MBA, is the Chief Executive Officer at Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility. Christopher has over 20 years of cross-functional and progressive management and leadership experience, working with some of the largest organizationsserving people with disabilities in the United States and Canada.

Christopher is a sought-after expert in issues related to accessibility, diversity and inclusion, and sits on several committees nationally and provincially. As a member and founder of various consumer/industry working groups, Christopher has lead teams that have been successful in enhancing accessibility and inclusion for a broad range of audiences. 

Christopher was born with a profound hearing loss and grew up using hearing aids; in 2008, to expand his communication options, he underwent surgery to obtain a cochlear implant. 

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