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Laura Doering

Laura Doering

Assistant Professor of Strategic Management


PhD in Sociology and Business Administration, University of Chicago
MA in Sociology, University of Chicago
MA in International Social Development, University of New South Wales
BA in Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College



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Laura Doering is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management. As an economic sociologist, her research examines how micro-level decisions, relationships, and circumstances affect economic outcomes in developing countries.  Substantively, she focuses on entrepreneurship and financial access in low-income areas. Her research has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, and Sociology of Development. A former Fulbright Scholar, Professor Doering’s research has been profiled in The New York Times and The Globe and Mail, and her writing has appeared in BBC News, CBS News, Salon, and other outlets. She teaches Social Entrepreneurship, Strategic Change & Implementation, and Economic Sociology.

Academic Positions

  • 2014-2016; 2017-present

    Assistant Professor of Strategic Management, University of Toronto

  • 2016-2017

    Assistant Professor of Strategy and Organization, McGill University

Selected Publications - Papers

Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

  • Freedom from Work (Book Review)

    Doering, Laura

    American Journal of Sociology



    Pages: 1230-31

  • Sustainable Enterprise in Panama (Book Chapter)

    Doering, Laura and Mauro Small

    The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise


    Pages: 122-28

  • The Outsider Entrepreneurs (Book Review)

    Doering, Laura

    American Journal of Sociology



    Pages: 1245-47

Honors and Awards

  • 2018

    Best International Paper, Runner-Up, OMT Division of the Academy of Management

  • 2018

    Outstanding Article Prize, Honorable Mention, Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Section of the American Sociological Association

  • 2017-2020

    Insight Development Grant, SSHRC

  • 2014

    Burt Student Outstanding Paper Award-Economic Sociology, American Sociological Association

  • 2015-2016

    Faculty Grant, Lee-Chin Institute for Corporate Citizenship

  • 2013-2014

    Dissertation-Year Grant, Mellon Foundation

  • 2012

    Dissertation Grant, Kauffman Foundation

  • 2011

    Fulbright IIE Scholar, Fulbright Foundation

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