Lindsay Holmgren

Associate Professor (Teaching), Strategy & Organization
Lindsay Holmgren
Contact Information
Email address: 
lindsay.holmgren [at]
Alternate email address: 
rola.zoayter [at]

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Montreal, Quebec
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Strategy & Organization

With an MA and a PhD in English Literature from McGill, Dr. Holmgren focuses her research on how language (verbal and non-verbal) influences audiences and the responsibility that influence entails. Thus, her graduate work, which took philosophical and narratological approaches to literature, informs her teaching in the Faculty of Management and in the Faculty of Medicine in Postgraduate Medical Education. Her publications, which generally focus on narrative, include articles on literary criticism, medical pedagogy and practice, narrative theory, and economics. Especially important for Dr. Holmgren's current research is the application of postclassical and rhetorical narrative theories to the analysis of economic drivers, normative regional and national ideologies, and International Organizations.

Her theoretical background underlies Dr. Holmgren’s study of narratives produced by and about the International Monetary Fund (IMF), for which she currently holds a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Holmgren is honoured to serve as President of the International Society for the Study of Narrative.



Rhetoric and Ethics, Narrative Theory,  Economics, The International Monetary Fund, Narrative and Medicine




MGCR 629 Global Leadership 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MGCR 360 Social Context of Business 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BUSA 250 Expressive Analysis for Mgmt 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer



Areas of expertise: 

Narrative Theory, Rhetoric, Ethics, English Literature 


CAS Professoriate
Selected publications: 

Holmgren, Lindsay. "Narrative and Economic Modelling." Routledge Companion to Narrative Theory. Forthcoming.

Holmgren, Lindsay. "Narrative in the Economic Sphere: The International Monetary Fund and the Scripting of a Global Economy." Narrative. Forthcoming. 

Holmgren, Lindsay. "Metafictional Amendments: Telepathic Metalepses in Stranger than Fiction." Narrative. 26.1 (January 2018): 104-124.

Holmgren, Lindsay. "Empathic Communications and Narrative Competence in Contemporary Medical Education." Enthymema. Special Issue on Narrative and Medicine. Winter 2016.

Holmgren, Lindsay. "Knowing Maisie." The Henry James Review. 36.1 (Winter 2015): 64-80.

Holmgren, Lindsay, A. Fuks, D. Boudreau, T. Sparks, and M. Kreiswirth. "Terminology and Praxis: Clarifying the Scope of ‘Narrative’ in Medicine." Literature and Medicine. Special Issue on Narrative Medicine. 29.2 (Fall 2011): 246–273.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

Centre for Strategy Studies in Organizations Research Grant, 2020-2021. 

McGill University SSHRC General Research Fund (GRF), 2019 - 2021. Principle Investigator.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Development Grant, 2016 - 2019. Principal Investigator.

Presidential tenure of the International Society for the Study of Narrative (nominated and elected), 2019 - 2022.

Fonds de recherche du Québec sur la société et culture, Fellowship, 2005 - 2009.

Gloriana Martineau Fellowship 

McGill University Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies Fellowship

McGill University Department of English Fellowships


Xavier Dolan: A Conversation about Narrative & Film. April 2018



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