Kylie Heales

Kylie Heales

PhD Candidate
Strategic Management & Organization


Department: Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Management
Office Hours: By appointment

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

Kylie Heales is a fourth-year PhD Candidate in the Alberta School of Business’ Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management Department at the University of Alberta. Her research interests are at the intersection of entrepreneurship and organizational theory where she studies how institutions shape and affect entrepreneurial activities, outcomes, and behaviors. Kylie is currently exploring the role of social norms related to innovation and entrepreneurship in Haiti and Tunisia. Specifically, her vision for contributing to a better global future is to explain why entrepreneurs in contexts of poverty struggle to scale, and how these entrepreneurs can overcome growth challenges to move themselves, and their communities, out of poverty.

Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, Kylie completed her MBA at The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University where she interned at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and co-founded a fintech firm.

In addition to academics, Kylie has seven years of business experience helping non-profits, start-ups and Fortune 500 companies enhance operational performance. She has also worked directly with entrepreneurs in Kenya and Zambia to grow their ventures.

Originally from Australia, Kylie enjoys being outdoors with her dog, and has recently discovered the joy of snowshoeing across the Great Plains and through the Canadian Rockies.