Lindsay Holmgren

Associate Professor (Teaching), Strategy & Organization; Director, Laidley Centre for Business Ethics; Chair, Academic Integrity Council; Executive Council, International Society for the Study of Narrative
Lindsay Holmgren
Contact Information
Email address: 
lindsay.holmgren [at]
Alternate email address: 
lijuan.xue2 [at]

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


BA, MA, PhD, English Literature

Strategy & Organization

With an MA and a PhD in English Literature from McGill, Dr. Holmgren focuses her research on how language influences audiences and the responsibility that influence entails. Thus, her graduate work, which took philosophical and narratological approaches to literature, informs her teaching and research. Her publications include articles on literary criticism, film, economics, medical pedagogy and practice, and narrative theory. Especially important for Dr. Holmgren's current research is the application of narrative theory to the analysis of literature, economic drivers, normative regional and national ideologies, and International Organizations. Her theoretical background underlies Dr. Holmgren’s study of narrative in the economic arena for which she holds an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Holmgren is honoured to serve as Past President of the International Society for the Study of Narrative.



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




MGPO 434 Topics in Policy 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MGCR 460 Social Context of Business 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

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



Areas of expertise: 

Narrative Theory, Rhetoric, Ethics, Economic Theory, English Literature 


CAS Professoriate
Selected publications: 

Holmgren, Lindsay. "Narrative and Economic Modelling." The Routledge Companion to Narrative Theory. New York: Routledge, 2022. pp. 40-54.

Holmgren, Lindsay. "Narrative in the Economic Sphere: The International Monetary Fund and the Scripting of a Global Economy." Narrative. 29.2 (May 2021): pp. 192-209.

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

Holmgren, Lindsay. "Empathic Communications and Narrative Competence in Contemporary Medical Education." Enthymema. Special Issue on Narrative and Medicine. Winter 2016: pp. 90-104.

Holmgren, Lindsay. "Knowing Maisie." The Henry James Review. 36.1 (Winter 2015): pp. 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): pp. 246–273.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grant. (2021-2026, Principal Investigator): $308,137.00

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

Centre for Strategy Studies in Organizations Research Grant. (2020-2021, Principal Investigator): $5000.00

McGill University SSHRC General Research Fund (GRF). (2019-2021, Principle and Sole Investigator): $27,935.00

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Development Grant (2016-2019, Principal Investigator): $74,130.00

Fonds de recherche du Québec sur la société et culture, Fellowship. (2005-2009, Principal and Sole Investigator): $45,000.00

Gloriana Martineau Fellowship. $5000 

McGill University Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Fellowships

McGill University Department of English Fellowships


The Honorable Mary K. Bush. IMF, Former Alternate U.S. Executive Director. 

John Calvin Williams. IMF, Senior Economist in the Africa Department; Office of US Executive Director 

Anoop Singh. IMF, Former Director of the Asia and Pacific Department; former Director of the Western Hemisphere Department.

Xavier Dolan: A Conversation about Narrative & Film. 



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