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Ann Armstrong

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Ann Armstrong

Lecturer and Director, Social Enterprise Initiative


PhD, University of Toronto


Ann Armstrong serves as the Social Enterprise Initiative Director; she is responsible for engaging students in the social economy, developing curriculum, and doing research. Ann teaches in the MBA, B.Comm and EDP programs. In 2009, she co-authored a text on Canada's social economy with Jack Quarter and Laurie Mook. She has also co-authored texts in the fields of organizational behaviour and organization theory.  Her research focuses on the social economy, with an emphasis on social and green businesses.

Academic Positions

  • Director, Social Enterprise Initiative, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

  • Assistant Professor, University of Guelph

  • Independent Consultant/Researcher,

Selected Publications - Papers

  • Meaning Difficulties in Mapping Social Enterprises

    R. Dart, E. Clow, A. Armstrong

    Social Enterprise Journal

    Issue:6, 3


    Pages: 186-193

  • Pot of Gold or Pandora's Box? Early Stages of a Social Enterprise within a Non-profit Organization – A Canadian Perspective

    Rimac, T. & A. Armstrong

    IESE Social Enterprise Conference, Barcelona


  • The Magellan Corporation

    with J. D'Cruz and M. Taylor

    Prepared for the Rotman School of Management Aerospace EMBA


  • Chemainus Sawmill Division of MacMillan Bloedel: Its Pay for Knowledge and Skill System

    ASTD Casebook Volume II


  • Teaching Creativity: An 'EEE' Experiential Exercise

    Journal of Management Education



Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

  • Organization Theory and Design, Second Canadian Edition

    R. Daft and A. Armstrong

    Nelson Education


  • ORGB - First Canadian Edition

    D. Nelson, J. Quick, A. Armstrong and J. Condie

    Nelson Education


  • The Social Economy: A Canadian Perspective

    J. Quarter, L. Mook, A. Armstrong



  • Organization Theory and Design, First Canadian Edition

    R. Daft, A. Armstrong



Research and Teaching Interests

Non-Profit Management, and Social Enterprise, Change Management, Team Dynamics

Honors and Awards

  • Teaching Awards, Rotman School of Management

  • Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, University of Guelph

  • R.P. Gilmor Award for Student Service, University of Guelph

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