Simon Pek

 Simon Pek
Associate Professor; UVic President's Chair

Office: BEC 476

Simon Pek, Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Organization Theory, joined the Gustavson School of Business in 2017. Simon teaches and researches in the area of sustainability and organization theory. His primary research explores how organizations and the individuals within them embed social and environmental sustainability into their cultures, strategies, and daily operations.

Simon's research has appeared in top-tier outlets including Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Business Ethics Quarterly, and Journal of Business Ethics. He has presented his work at numerous national and international conferences. He has received numerous awards and grants, including a President's Chair from the University of Victoria, the Dean’s Convocation Medal from Simon Fraser University and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. He served on the Editorial Review Board of the Academy of Management Review from 2019-2020 and began serving as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Inquiry in 2021. He is available to supervise graduate students pursuing related research interests.

Simon also co-founded and serves as a member of the board of directors of Democracy In Practice, a non-profit dedicated to democratic experimentation, innovation, and capacity-building. In this capacity, he spoke at the Council of Europe's World Forum for Democracy 2016, where Democracy In Practice was selected as a finalist for the Democracy Innovation Award. He loves to travel, explore the outdoors, and gain exposure to new cultures, languages, and ways of thinking.

Journal Publications


Pek, S. (2021). Drawing out democracy: The role of sortition in preventing and overcoming organizational degeneration in worker-owned firms. Journal of Management Inquiry. 30(2), 193-206.

Howard-Grenville, J., Lahmneman, B., & Pek, S. (2020). Organizational culture as a tool for change. Stanford Social Innovation Review. Summer, 2020.

Pek, S. (2019). Rekindling union democracy through the use of sortition. Journal of Business Ethics, 155(4), 1033–1051.

Pek, S., Kennedy, J., & Cronkright, A. (2018). Democracy transformed: Perceived legitimacy of the institutional shift from election to random selection of representatives. Journal of Public Deliberation, 1(14), Article 3.

Pek, S., Oh, C. H., & Rivera, J. (2018). MNC foreign investment and industrial disasters: The moderating role of technological, safety management, and philanthropic capabilities. Strategic Management Journal, 2(39), 502–526.

Lyons, B. J., Pek, S., & Wessel, J. L. (2017). Toward a "Sunlit Path": Stigma Identity Management as a Source of Localized Social Change Through Interaction. Academy of Management Review, 42(4), 618–636.

Pek, S., Tucker, S., Turner, N., Kelloway, E. K., & Morrish, J. (2017). Injunctive safety norms, young worker risk-taking behaviors, and workplace injuries. Accident Analysis & Prevention, (106), 202–210.

Bertels, S., Howard-Grenville, J., & Pek, S. (2016). Cultural molding, shielding and shoring at Oilco: The role of culture in the integration of routines. Organization Science, 27(3), 573–593.

Bertels, S., Cody, M., & Pek, S. (2014). A responsive approach to organizational misconduct: Rehabilitation, reintegration, and the reduction of re-offense. Business Ethics Quarterly, 24(3), 343–370.

Recognition & Awards

2020 President's Chair 
2020 Rutgers Research Fellow
2018 Dean's Convocation Medal, Simon Fraser University
2017 Honourable Mention, ONE Division Dissertation Award 2017
2015 Best Doctoral Student Paper Award, 56th Annual Meeting of the Western Academy of Management


  • Democracy at work: Democratizing organizations through the use of random selection, Funded by University of Victoria Office of Research Services - IRCPG Grant (April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019) ($6,090.00), Completed, Summer 2019, PI Simon Pek

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Funded by SSHRC (September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2017) ($70,000.00), Completed, Summer 2017, PI Simon Pek

  • A systematic review and analysis of business practices to foster cultural sustainability. , Funded by University of Victoria Office of Research Services - IRCPG Grant (April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020) ($6,428.00), Funded - In Progress, Summer 2019, PI Simon Pek

Courses Taught and in development

  • Research Foundations (PhD)
  • Managing People and Organizations (TELUS MBA)

  • Designing Innovative Organizations (MBA)
  • Business & Sustainability (BCom)