Jean-Francois Soubliere

PhD Candidate
Strategic Management & Organization


Department: Strategic Management & Organization
Office Hours: By appointment

Address: Business Building Room 2-24
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2R6

Research Interests

My research lies at the intersection of organization theory, entrepreneurship and strategy. I am particularly interested in understanding how entrepreneurial actors mobilize culture to help key audiences, e.g., resources providers, ascribe meaning to their innovative endeavors. I conduct my work in rich, diverse settings, ranging from crowdfunding to international development. I adopt a process-oriented approach and use a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods, including interpretivist case studies, virtual ethnographies, topic modeling, and linear regressions.


Gehman, J., & Soublière, J.-F. (2017). Cultural entrepreneurship: from making culture to cultural making. Innovation: Organization and Management, 19(1): 61-73.

Glynn, M.A., Lawrence, T.B., Meyer, R.E, Ocasio, W., Ometto, M.P. & Soublière, J.-F. (2016). How Do Institutionalists Matter? Dialogue and Directions from the Closing Plenary. Book chapter in Gehman, J., Lounsbury, M. & Greenwood, R. (ed.) How Institutions Matter! (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Volume 48A). Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 393-406.

Soublière, J.-F. & Cloutier, C. (2015). Explaining Levels of Local Government Involvement in Service Delivery: The Dynamics of Cross-Sector Partnerships in Malawi. Public Administration and Development, 35(3): 192-205.

Soublière, J.-F. & Cloutier, C. (2015). Coordinating cross-sector partnerships for water provision in Malawi. Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies, 5(1): 1-16.

Cloutier, C. & Soublière, J.-F. (2015). Coordinating cross-sector partnerships for water provision in Malawi: Teaching Notes. Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies, 5(1): 17-24.

Soublière, J-F. (2010). Adopting Community-Led Total Sanitation: is your organisation ready? Participatory Learning and Action, 61: 119-128.