Dr. Monika Winn

Dr. Monika Winn
Position
Professor Emerita

Credentials

MA in Psychology, Eberhard-Karls Universitaet Tuebingen, Germany; MBA & PhD in Business Strategy, University of California

Contact

Expertise

  • Business initiatives to strengthen ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Climate change impacts on business
  • Managing stakeholder conflicts and social issues
  • Sustainability strategy and sustainable value creation

Dr. Monika Winn serves as professor of Business Strategy & Sustainability, Francis G. Winspear Scholar and Director of the Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation at the Gustavson School of Business. She is a pioneering scholar in the area of business sustainability and has won many awards for her work. She has taken a leadership role in helping sustainability and social responsibility become an integral part of the Gustavson culture.

Monika teaches business strategy to PhD, graduate and undergraduate students with the goal of helping them to understand both the risks to business when ecosystems are degraded, and the strategic opportunities for proactive businesses, and to learn to incorporate sustainability methodology into organizational strategy and culture. She serves as the director of the Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation (CSSI) -- a research centre within Gustavson-- that acts as a central clearing house of information and support to faculty members on sustainability and social responsibility issues.

Monika’s research focuses on organizational and institutional change related to sustainability. Her recent research streams include:

  • examining institutional logics (the mindsets and worldviews that shape organizational action) that support or hinder sustainability initiatives in business,
  • integrating business strategy with nature’s functioning principles, while enhancing resilience for climate change, and
  • leveraging social and environmental issues for progressive strategic action.

Her research has been published in such journals as the Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies, Business and Society, Journal of Business Venturing, the British Journal of Management and others. Monika actively collaborates with colleagues in several international research networks, spanning Europe, North America and Australia. She has been a contributor to the Greening of Industry Network since its beginnings, and she co-founded and chaired the international Academy of Management’s Organizations and the Natural Environment Division.

Monika has a broad base of teaching experience, including executive education on corporate sustainability in Canada, the United States and Australia (in the Sustainable Enterprise Academy, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, University of Queensland) and at the University of California (Santa Barbara and Irvine).

Prior to attaining her PhD in 1996, she founded and ran a successful business in Southern California.

Journal Publication

Completed/Published

Pogutz, S., & Winn, M. I. (2016). Cultivating Ecological Knowledge for Corporate Sustainability: Barilla’s Innovative Approach to Sustainable Farming. Business Strategy and the Environment, 25(6), 435–448.

Winn, M. I., & Pogutz, S. (2013). Business, Ecosystems, and Biodiversity: New Horizons for Management Research. Organization & Environment, 2(26), 203–229.

Linnenluecke, M., Griffiths, A., & Winn, M. I. (2013). Firm and Industry Adaptation to Climate Change: A Review of Climate Adaptation Studies in the Business and Management Field. WIRE – Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews  (WIREs) Climate Change, 1002(10), 325.

Winn, M. I., Pinkse, J., & Illge, L. (2012). Case Studies on Trade-Offs in Corporate Sustainability. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 19(2), 63–68.

Linnenluecke, M., Griffiths, A., & Winn, M. I. (2012). Extreme Weather Events and the Critical Importance of Anticipatory Adaptation and Organizational Resilience in Responding to Impacts. Business Strategy and the Environment, 21(1), 17–32.

Pogutz, S., Micale, V., & Winn, M. I. (2011). Corporate Environmental Sustainability Beyond Organizational Boundaries: Market Growth, Ecosystems Complexity and Supply Chain Structure as Co-Determinants of Environmental Impact. Journal of Environmental Sustainability, 1(1).

Winn, M. I., Kirchgeorg, M., Linnenluecke, A., & Günther, E. (2011). Impacts from climate change on organizational environments: A conceptual foundation. Business Strategy and the Environment, 20(3), 157–173.

Hahn, T., Kolk, A., & Winn, M. I. (2010). A new future for business? Rethinking management theory and business strategy. Business and Society, 1(11), 35–55.

Chapter

Completed/Published

Ranson, H., Ceulemans, K., & Winn, M. (2017). Embedding Sustainability in the Gustavson School of Business: A Change in Culture. In Management Education for Corporate Social Performance (pp. 149–171). USA: Information Age Publishing.

Tashman, P., Rivera, J., & Winn, M. I. (2015). Corporate climate change adaptation – an emerging field on non-market strategy in an uncertain world. In The Routledge Companion to Nonmarket Strategy. London: Routledge: Oxon.

Winn, M. I., & Zietsma, C. (2014). The War of the Woods: MacMillan Bloedel Seeks Peace. In Organization Theory & Design, Third Canadian Edition (pp. 527–537). Canada: Nelson.

Cohen, B., & Winn, M. I. (2013). Market Imperfections, Opportunity and Sustainable Entrepreneurship. In Social Entrepreneurship (pp. 29–49). Edward Elgar.

Recognition & Awards

2017

Leader for Excellence in Research, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

2016

Leader for Excellence in Research, GSB

UVic President's Distinguished Service Award 2016, "Excellence in Leadership", UVic

2015

Leader for Excellence in Research, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

2014

Leader for Excellence in Research, UVic President's Distinguished Service Award (PDSA)

Gustavson “Francis G. Winspear Scholar”, Gustavson School of Business, UVic

2011

D. Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize 2010 for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula: Winner, 2nd Place

2010

Gustavson “Francis G. Winspear Scholar”, Gustavson School of Business, UVic

2009

Research Excellence Award, UVic Business

2008

Carolyn Dexter Best International Paper Award, Academy of Management

2007

Outstanding Innovation Award, UVic Business

2002

Journal of Management Inquiry: Best Paper Award, JMI

2001

UVIC MBA Best Professor of the Year Award, UVic Business

2000

“Outstanding Service Award” for 4 Years of Service to the AOM Organization and the Natural Environment Interest Group, presented at the ONE Business Meeting, August 7, Toronto, AOM ONE, presented at the ONE Business Meeting, August 7, Toronto

“Outstanding Service Award”, President of the Academy of Management, August 6, Toronto

1999

Invited Participant, Third Regional IHDP/IT workshop

Invited Participant, IHDP/IT Open Science Meeting

1998

“Outstanding Service Award” , AOM

1997

Best Paper Award, Decision Sciences Institute (DSI)

1989

Member Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Business Society

Grants

  • UVic ORS Scholarly Travel Grant, Funded by UVic Office of Research Services (April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017), awarded August 18, 2016 ($1,250.00), Completed, Summer 2016, CoPI M. Rahman with CoPI Stefano Pogutz, CoPI Monika Winn

  • The Business of Biodiversity: Research on nature and management and organization studies, Funded by GEPRG (April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015), awarded April 1, 2014 ($2,500.00), Completed, Spring 2015, PI Monika Winn

  • The Business of Biodiversity: Developing a Typology of Corporate Ecosystem Restoration Projects, Funded by GEPRG (September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2013), awarded September 1, 2012 ($2,500.00), Completed, Fall 2013, PI Monika Winn

  • The research network for business sustainability, Funded by SSHRC (April 1, 2007 - March 31, 2013), awarded April 1, 2007 ($1,950,000.00), Completed, Spring 2013, CoInvestigator Monika Winn with PI Pratima Bansal, CoInvestigator Robert Anderson, CoInvestigator Raymond Cote, CoInvestigator Peggy Cunningham, CoInvestigator Carolyn Egri, CoInvestigator Corinne Gendron, CoInvestigator Steve Maguire, CoInvestigator Martin Martens, CoInvestigator Marie-France Turcotte, CoInvestigator Alain Verbeke

  • International Research Network on Social and Environmental Aspects in Business and Management; (SEABUS), Funded by German Ministry of Education and Research (April 1, 2009 - March 31, 2011), awarded April 1, 2009 ($8,684.00), Completed, Spring 2011, CoInvestigator Monika Winn with PI T Hahn

  • How higher education affects students' identity formation and well being: a closer look at the role of field of study, professors, and curriculum, Funded by SSHRC (April 1, 2008 - March 31, 2011), awarded April 1, 2008 ($110,459.00), Completed, Spring 2011, CoInvestigator Monika Winn with PI F Grouzet

  • International Research Network on Social and Environmental Aspects in Business and Management; (SEABUS), Funded by German Ministry of Education and Research (April 1, 2005 - March 31, 2010), awarded April 1, 2005 ($15,979.00), Completed, Spring 2010, CoInvestigator Monika Winn with PI T Hahn

  • North of Cascadia: Preparing for Surprise, Funded by SSHRC (April 1, 2008 - March 31, 2009), awarded April 1, 2008 ($20,000.00), Completed, Spring 2009, CoInvestigator Monika Winn with PI R Ommer, CoInvestigator C Zietsma

  • Canada's coastal future: preparing for surprise, Funded by SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiatives Program (November 1, 2006 - November 1, 2007), awarded November 1, 2006 ($20,000.00), Completed, Spring 2008, CoInvestigator Monika Winn with PI Rosemary Ommer

Courses Taught 

  • Business & Sustainability (PhD)
  • Global Issues: Business Sustainability (PhD)
  • Business & Sustainability (BCom)