Dror Etzion

Associate Professor, Strategy & Organization
Contact Information
Email address: 
dror.etzion [at] mcgill.ca
Alternate email address: 
marina.nikoghossian [at] mcgill.ca

Bronfman Building [Map]
1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1G5


PhD, IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Spain
MSc, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
BSc, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Strategy & Organization

Dror Etzion is an associate professor of strategy and organizations at the Desautels Faculty of Management, and an associate member of the McGill School of the Environment.  He is currently the Director of the Centre for Strategy Studies in Organizations.

Dror joined McGill in 2008, after completing his Ph.D. studies at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Previously, Dror worked for 5 years in the Israeli software industry, and also spent a year at The Natural Step, an international non-profit research and consultancy organization focused on sustainable development.

His current research program focuses on “grand challenges”: the unyielding, intractable problems that characterize the Anthropocene.  His work emphasizes the importance of local initiatives to promote sustainability, as opposed to an over-reliance on hierarchical approaches such as international agreements and other top-down approaches.  This stream of work argues that local, open, emergent initiatives to promote sustainability increase the recruitment of diverse stakeholders, foster creativity, and yield impactful outcomes.

In 2013 Dror received the Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) Division Emerging Scholar Award, presented at the Academy of Management (AoM) Business Meeting. The ONE Emerging Scholar Award recognizes early career academics who have already made outstanding research contributions in the area of organizations and the natural  environment, and who appear to have a strong potential to continue making such contributions in the near future.  Earlier in his career, his work was awarded the Booz Allen Hamilton/Strategic Management Society Fellowship and the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program Dissertation Proposal Award. His research has been published in Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Studies, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Management and other outlets. These articles are available on the McGill eScholarship portal and on Google Scholar.



MGPO 440 Strategies for Sustainability 3 Credits
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  • Winter
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MGPO 640 Strategies for Sustainable Dev 3 Credits
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ACCT 401 Sustainability & Environ Acct 3 Credits
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  • Winter
  • Summer

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MGPO 702 New Paradigms: Strategic Mgmt 3 Credits
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Curriculum vitae: 
Tenured & Tenure Track
Research areas: 
Sustainable Development
Graduate supervision: 
Selected publications: 

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Schuler, D., Rasche, A., Etzion, D. & Newton, L. 2017. Corporate sustainability management and environmental ethics. Business Ethics Quarterly, 27(2): 213-237.

Etzion, D., Gehman, J., Ferraro, F. & Avidan, M. 2017. Unleashing sustainability transformations through robust action.  Journal of Cleaner Production, 170: 167-178.

Etzion, D. & Aragon-Correa, J. 2016. Big data, management, and sustainability: Strategic opportunities ahead. Organization & Environment, 29(2): 147-155.

Ferraro, F., Etzion, D. & Gehman, J. 2015. Tackling grand challenges pragmatically: Robust action revisited.  Organization Studies 36(3), 363-390.

Etzion, D., & Pe’er, A. 2014. Mixed signals: A dynamic analysis of warranty provision in the automotive industry, 1960- 2008.  Strategic Management Journal, 35: 1605-1625.

Etzion D. Diffusion as classification. 2014. Organization Science, 25(2): 420-437.

Delmas, M., Etzion, D., & Nairn-Birch, N. 2013. Triangulating environmental performance: What do corporate social responsibility ratings really capture? Academy of Management Perspectives, 27(3): 255-267.

Gehman, J., Mastroianni, D., Grant, A., & Etzion, D. 2012. An analysis of unconventional gas well reporting under Pennsylvania's Act 13 of 2012. Environmental Practice, 14(4): 262-277.

Etzion, D. & Ferraro, F. 2010. The role of analogy in the institutionalization of sustainability reporting. Organization Science, 21(5): 1092–1107.

Etzion, D. & Davis, GF. 2008. Revolving doors? A network analysis of corporate officers and U.S. government officials. Journal of Management Inquiry, 17(3): 157-161.

Martí, I., Etzion, D. & Leca, B. 2008. Theoretical approaches for studying corporations, democracy and the public good. Journal of Management Inquiry, 17(3): 148-151.

Etzion, D. 2007. Research on organizations and the natural environment, 1992-Present: a Review. Journal of Management, 33(4): 637-664.

Books and Edited Volumes


Chapters in Books

Etzion, D. & Struben, J. (2011). Better Place: Shifting paradigms in the automotive industry. Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship – The oikos Collection volume 4. 2014. Greenleaf Publishing.
Awards, honours, and fellowships: 


2017: Winner, bi-annual Roland Calori Prize for best article published in Organization Studies ("Tackling grand challenges pragmatically: Robust action revisited").

2014: 1st Prize, oikos Case Writing Competition (Social Entrepreneurship Track) “Communauto: A big idea for a big market” (w. Raymond Paquin, James Povitz and Ben Gruber).

2014: Finalist, Giarratani Rising Star Award, Industry Studies Association.

2013: Academy of Management’s Organization and Natural Environment (ONE) Emerging Scholar Award.

2011: 1st Prize, oikos Case Writing Competition (Social Entrepreneurship Track) “Better Place: Shifting Paradigms in the Automotive Industry” (w. Jeroen Struben).

2009: Academy of Management’s “Organization and Natural Environment (ONE)” Best Doctoral Dissertation Award.

2009: Finalist, EDAMBA (European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration) Doctoral Thesis Competition.

2007: Aspen Institute, Business and Society Program, US Dissertation Proposal Award.

1993-4: Ben Gurion University, Rector’s list


2013 - 2015: Faculty Fellow, Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management, Mcgill University.

2007: Booz Allen Hamilton/Strategic Management Society Fellowship.

2004-8: IESE Business School, University of Navarra Ph.D. Fellowship.


2015: "From Availability to Accessibility: Effectively Using Information Disclosure to Govern Energy Production" (w. Joel Gehman and Duncan Kenyon). Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

2015 - 18: "An Impactful Multidimensional Partnership for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Social Innovators' Integration Lab" (w. PI Emma Vaast, et. al.).  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

2015 - 19: "An Exploration Of Organizational Response Variation To Institutional Complexity In Fracking" Social Sciences and Humanities Research Counci Insight Grant (w. Joel Gehman and Michael Lounsbury).

2013- 15: "Predatory Selection: An Analysis of Cultural Vulnerability and Opportunity Exploration in Unconventional Gas Well Drilling" Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant (w. Joel Gehman)

2009- 13: “An Industry Level View of Environmental Performance.” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Standard Research Grant

2009: McGill School of Environment Seed Grant for New Research Initiatives, Corporations, Ecosystems and Democracy (with Gregory Mikkelson)




Case Studies:
Paquin, R., Etzion, D., Povitz, J. & Gruber B. (2014).  Communauto: A big idea for a big market. Case Research Journal 34(3), special issue on Business and Sustainability (Summer).
Etzion, D. & Struben, J. (2011). Better Place: Shifting paradigms in the automotive industry (downloadable at: http://backup.oikos-international.org/academic/case-collection/inspectio...