Dr Madeline Toubiana

Associate Professor , 



Research Focus

I am an Associate Professor and the Desmarais Chair in Entrepreneurship at the Telfer School of Management at University of Ottawa. My research program has been focused broadly on what stalls and supports social change and innovation. More specifically, I examine the role of emotions, entrepreneurship, institutional processes, and stigmatization in influencing the dynamics of social change. While I explore change processes in large organizations and institutions, like in academia, most of my research examines how marginalized and/or stigmatized actors can be better included in change processes, and what might support them in doing so. As such, some of my previous and current work has studied social enterprises, the prison system, the sex trade, unemployment, non-profit organizations, and taxi-driving. My most recent work has begun to explore the role of entrepreneurship in supporting destigmatization and social change for individuals facing extreme stigma and discrimination.

My research has been published in the top journals in my field including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Annals, Annual Review of Sociology, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management History, and Journal of Management Learning, among others. She is on the editorial review board for Academy of Management Journal and Organization Studies.


  • (Peri)menopause and womens careers
  • Entrepreneurship and Taboo: Identifying an Alternate Pathway to Social and Cultural Change
  • Entrepreneurship Through Crises: The Case of COVID 19


  • Associate Professor

Global goals

Target 8.2
Target 8.3
Target 8.5
Target 8.8
Target 10.2
Target 16.6
Target 16.7

Professional Organisations

  • Telfer School of Management


  • Canada

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