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François Bastien

Gustavson researcher Francois Bastien

Assistant Professor; Academic Director, MBA Advancing Reconciliation

Office: BEC 474 250-721-6071
BCom, Concordia University; Masters of Science in Administration, Concordia University; PhD in Management, HEC Montreal
Area of expertise:
Indigenous peoples, Indigenous knowledges, Indigenous organizing, Indigenous management, decolonization, Indigenization, organizational identity, social memory


François Bastien’s story begins in Wendake. As a Huron-Wendat, he has worked in both French and English with various Indigenous organizations such as the First Nations Educational Council (FNEC) in Wendake, Kiuna College in the Abénaki community of Odanak and briefly with Maskwacis Cultural College within the Four Nations of Maskwacis. While working with these communities, he observed various incongruities between Indigenous ways of organizing and contemporary colonial models. Throughout his PhD at HEC Montréal, his limited term appointment (LTA) at the John Molson School of Business, his work as an assistant professor at the University of Alberta (Augustana Campus) and now as an assistant professor at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, he has noticed a shared struggle to decolonize and Indigenize. His research work focuses on Indigenous knowledges, Indigenous management, Indigenous organizing and indigenization. He currently sits on the editorial review board for the Academy of Management Learning & Education.


Courses taught

  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Organizational Theory
  • Decolonization & Reconciliation

Selected publications

Journal publications

Suddaby, R., Israelsen, T., Bastien, F., Saylors, R., & Coraiola, D. (2023). Rhetorical history as institutional work. Journal of Management Studies, 60(1), 242-278. 

Bastien, F., Coraiola, D. M., & Foster, W. M. (2023). Indigenous Peoples and organization studies. Organization Studies44(4), 659-675.

Bastien, F. (2021). Review of the book African American Management History: Insights on Gaining a Cooperative Advantage, by Leon C. Prieto and Simone T.A. Phipps. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 20(3), 488-490. 

Lamertz, K., Carney, M., & Bastien, F. (2008). Image on the Internet: Inter organizational isomorphism in image management by professional soccer clubs. International Journal of Sports Marketing & Management, 3(3), 242–262.


Bastien, F., & Coraiola, D. M. (2023). Researching the living past: discovering past occurrences through conversational inquiry. In Handbook of Historical Methods for Management (pp. 314-327). Edward Elgar Publishing.

Bastien, F., Foster, W. M., Coraiola, D. M. (2020). Don’t talk about history: Indigenous views about the past and their implication for organization studies. In Maclean, M., Clegg, S., Suddaby R., and Harvey, C. (Eds.). Historical Organization Studies: Theory and Applications (pp. 90-103). Routledge. 

Foster, W. M., Wiebe, E., Coraiola, D. M., Bastien, F., & Suddaby, R. (2020). Memory-Work: Corporate archivists and long-term remembering in organizations. In Reinecke, J., Suddaby, R., Langley, A. & Tsoukas, H. (Eds.). Perspectives on Process Organization Studies – Volume 10: About Time: Temporality and History in Organization Studies (pp. 240-258). Oxford University Press. 

Foster, W. M., Coraiola, D. M., Quinn-Trank, C. & Bastien, F. (2020). Unpacking organizational re-membering. In Bruce, K. (Ed.). Elgar Handbook of research on management and organizational history (pp. 256-274) Edward Elgar.


Foster, W. M., Coraiola, D. M., & Bastien, F. (2023, August). Remembering unethical acts from the past: A path toward moral repair. Boston: AoM. 

Cascadden, M., Jennings, D., Block, E., & Bastien, F. (2023). El Dorado’s End: Indigenous Community Cultural Effects on Agreement Adoption. Boston: AoM.

Coraiola, D.M., Bastien, F. & Foster, W.M. (2020). Indigenous Peoples and Organization Studies. Presented at ASAC 2020, Newfoundland, Canada.

Foster, W.M., Bastien, F. & Coraiola, D.M. (2020). Rethinking politics in organizations. Presented at EGOS 2020, Hamburg, Germany.

Bastien, F., & Foster, W. (2019). Being, doing and becoming: Organizational identity work and the process of managing Exogenous Shocks. Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Boston: AoM.

Bastien, F., & Foster, W. (2019). Historizing strategy: Exploring differences in threes  Indigenous communities across Canada. European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS). Edinburgh: EGOS.

Bastien, F., & Foster, W. (2018). The intersection of memory and identity. Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Chicago: AoM.

Bastien, F., & Foster, W. (2018). Informed responses: An identity perspective on organizational coping and exogenous shock. EGOS 2018. Tallin, Estonia: EGOS.

Awards & grants

Recognition & awards

  • 2019 - Best Reviewer Award: Academy of Management Learning & Education
  • 2018 - Outstanding Emerging Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Learning & Education


  • Historical injustices and organizations: How higher education institutions (HEIs) produce, reproduce, and disrupt legacies of oppression and disadvantage, Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Grant, June 2023. ($397,427). Diego Coraiola (PI) with François Bastien, Shelley Price, Bill Foster as co-investigators.

  • Commemoration and Indigenous Organizing, Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Grant, June 2022. ($280,420.00). Bill Foster (PI) with François Bastien and Diego Coraiola as co-investigators.

  • Using the past to attract resources: Exploring strategic differences in Indigenous communities across Canada, Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Development Grant, June 1, 2020. ($45,991.00). François Bastien (PI) with Diego Coraiola and Bill Foster as co-investigators.