Joel Gehman

PhD Pennsylvania State University
University of Alberta
Alberta School of Business - Strategic Management and Organization

Joel Gehman joined the University of Alberta in 2012 as Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Organization, and was named the University of Alberta Petro-Canada Young Innovator for 2015-2016. He studies the organization of concernsHow do concerns related to sustainability and values affect organizational strategies, technology innovation, and institutional arrangements? And reciprocally, how do organizations, innovation and institutions affect the emergence and trajectories of cultural concerns? In approaching these questions, Gehman draws primarily on organization theory, together with insights from strategic management, and science and technology studies. Ongoing research examines these issues in the context of technology entrepreneurship, B Corporations, unconventional shale drilling, hydraulic fracturing patents, shareholder activism, multinational divestitures, social license to operate, cultural understandings of risk, and university technology spinouts, among others. 


To date, Gehman's research projects have been supported by more than $5.1 million in grants and fellowships. Highlights include the #1 ranked SSHRC grant among emerging scholars in business, management and economics, and the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award, the University of Alberta's most prestigious academic prize for early career faculty. In 2014, the Government of Alberta appointed him to serve as a public member on the board of directors for CPA Alberta.Gehman previously spent 13 years in industry as an entrepreneur, manager and executive in the areas of management consulting, business development, technology management, and marketing strategy. He regularly advises and consults with diverse organizations

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