Faculty: Dr. Marlene Janzen Le Ber

Chair, School of Leadership and Social ChangeMarlene LeBer
Associate Professor, Dimensions of Leadership
Office: BUC P1
Email: mleber@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext 28224

Adjunct Research Professor, Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership, Ivey School of Business at Western University

Core Membership – Master’s (Health Information Science, Health & Rehab Sciences) School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Western University

Academic Background

  • B.Sc.N., Faculty of Nursing, Western University
  • M.Sc.N. (Administration), Faculty of Nursing, Western University
  • Ph.D. (Business Administration – Strategy), Ivey School of Business, Western University
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan

Research and Scholarly Interests

  • Women and Leadership
    • Leader Identity Development
    • Leader Character Development
    • Second Generation Gender Bias
    • Power Practices of Women Leaders
    • Intersectionalities particularly as it relates to division of health professions along gender lines
  • Processes of Social Innovation that address issues of social justice and health equity for vulnerable, disenfranchised and marginalized populations
    • cross-sector partnering across non-profit organizations, business and government
    • transdisciplinary working (intractable global health issues)
    • hybrid organizing (organizations, such as social enterprises, using the market to fulfill their social mission)

Teaching

  • Dimensions of Leadership 2233 – Women and Leadership
  • Dimensions of Leadership 3331 – Advanced Leadership
  • Dimensions of Leadership 4331 – Leadership in the 21st Century (capstone)
  • Dimensions of Leadership 4338 – Leadership Practicum
  • Management and Organizations 1025 – Nonprofit Organizations & their Environments

Awards

  • Honourable Mention Award, Case Track Division at ASAC annual conference: “Workplace wellness and smoking cessation at Steelway Building Systems” 2015 with Stephanie Aldom
  • Best Paper Award, Social Responsibility Division at ASAC annual conference: “Beyond value creation: Transdisciplinarity in cross-sector partnerships” 2014 with Oana Branzei
  • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship: Research “Hybrid Organizational Models for Social Innovation: Value Conversion Mechanisms and Scaling” (#756-2011-0326) awarded $81,000 over two year; 2011
  • OGS Plan of Study: “Cross-Sector Models of Collaboration for Social Innovation” (#000133443) awarded $15,000 in 2010; (#000123553) awarded $15,000 in 2009
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier/SSHRC Doctoral Award: Research “Social Innovation through Cross-Sector Models of Collaboration” (#752-2009-1437) awarded $20,000 per annum for up to four years; 2009
  • CB (Bud) Johnston Graduate Scholarship, Ivey School of Business: $5000 in 2009
  • Plan for Excellence Doctoral Fellowship, Ivey School of Business: $22,500 in 2006

Grants

  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant: “From Intractable to Tractable: Transdisciplinary Processes of Innovation” (#430-2012-0916) $74,091; 2012-2015; PI with O. Branzei as co-applicant
  • Locally Driven Collaborative Projects, Public Health Ontario: “Develop and Test Indicators of Ontario Local Public Health Agency Work to Address the Social Determinants of Health to Reduce Health Inequities” $97,777; 2012-2016; Co-applicant with R. Pellizzari, Peterborough County-City Health Unit as PI
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation: “Social Enterprise for Sustainable Communities” $454,000; 2010-2013; Collaborator (Ivey) with M. Baldwin, Pillar Nonprofit Network as Project Lead
  • SSHRC, Social Economy Grant: “A Community-University Alliance for Southern Ontario’s Social Economy” Project 9, Social Innovation through Cross-Sectoral Models of Collaboration. $30,000 of $1.75M; 2007-2010; Doctoral Student 
  • Great West Life Assurance Co: “Investing in Tomorrow’s Educators” $75,000; 2008-2011

Representative Publications:

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • Le Ber, M. J., LaValley, J. B., Austin, A. B., Devnew, L. Elbert, C., Sulpizio, L., & Tremaine, M. (submitted). Women’s leader identity development: Voice as identity work in childhood and adolescence. The Leadership Quarterly, SI Gender and Leadership.
  • Le Ber, M. J., & Branzei, O. (2011). Value frame fusion in cross sector interactions. Journal of Business Ethics, 94(Supplement 1), 163-195.
  • Le Ber, M. J., & Branzei, O. (2010). Towards a critical theory of social value creation in cross-sector partnerships. Organization, 17(5), 599-629.
  • Le Ber, M. J., & Branzei, O. (2010). (Re)forming strategic cross-sector partnerships: Relational processes of social innovation. Business & Society, 49(1), 140-172.

Book Chapters

  • LaValley, J. B., Le Ber, M. J., Devnew, L., Austin, A. B., Sulpizio, L., & Tremaine, M. (2016 accepted). A grounded theory of women’s leader identity development. In J. Storberg-Walker (Ed.), Advancing Women and Leadership: Moving the Needle through Applied Theory Building. NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Branzei, O., & Le Ber, M. J. (2014). Theory-method interfaces in cross-sector partnership research. In M. M. Seitanidi & A. Crane (Eds.), Social Partnerships and Responsible Business: A Research Handbook (pp. 229-266). Oxford, UK: Routledge (Taylor & Francis).
  • Le Ber, M. J., & Branzei, O. (2011). The dark triangle: Hybridization in the third sector. In R. Hull, J. Gibbon, O. Branzei & H. Haugh (Eds.), The Third Sector (Dialogues in Critical Management Studies: Volume 1) (pp. 263-293). Bingley, UK: Emerald.
  • Branzei, O., & Le Ber, M. J. (2011). Commentary on Ethical climate in nonprofit and government sectors: The case of Japan. In R. Hull, J. Gibbon, O. Branzei & H. Haugh (Eds.), The Third Sector (Dialogues in Critical Management Studies: Volume 1) (pp. 165-169). Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

  • Le Ber, M. J., & Branzei, O. (2014). Beyond value creation: Transdisciplinarity in cross-sector partnerships. Best Paper Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Conference, 35(31): 6-11.
  • Le Ber, M. J., & Branzei, O. (2010). Towards a critical theory of social value creation in cross-sector partnerships. In Leslie A. Toombs (Ed.), Best Paper Proceedings of the 70th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), ISSN 1543-8643.
  • Le Ber, M. J., Bansal, P., & Branzei, O. (2010). Managing the tensions between social and economic value in hybrid organizations. Best Paper Proceedings of the 38th Annual Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Conference, 31(29): 2509-2528.

Articles in Non-Refereed Journals and Conference Proceedings

  • Le Ber, M. J. (2013). Keeping research relevant. Annual Review of Social Partnerships, 8: 48.
  • Le Ber, M. J. (2013). Hot off the press: Partnership research themes. Annual Review of Social Partnerships, 8: 49.
  • Le Ber, M. J. (2013). Attracting the attention of research funders: An interview with Jacqueline Aldridge. Annual Review of Social Partnerships, 8: 50-53.
  • Branzei, O., Le Ber, M. J., & Hyatt, D. G. (2011). Cross-Sector Partnerships for Social Innovation: Processes, Perspectives and Positioning. A Concept Note, prepared for the Professional Development Workshop, 71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. 

Invited Keynote Speaker

  • Le Ber, M. J. (2015, April). How to Be a Positive Leader, in workshop series “Leadership Beyond the Box” hosted by Pillar Nonprofit Network, London, ON.
  • Le Ber, M. J. (2013, November). Co-innovation in South Africa and Beyond. The Business of Social and Environmental Innovation 2013: Co-innovation to Address Wicked Problems. UCT Graduate School of Business, Cape Town, South Africa.

Referred Conference Presentations

  • Devnew, L., Austin, A., Le Ber, M. J., & Elbert, C., (2015, October submitted). Developing a leader identity: Girl’s experiential learning from work and play. 17th Annual International Leadership Association Conference. Barcelona, Spain.
  • Aldom, S., & Le Ber, M. J. (2015, June accepted). Workplace wellness and smoking cessation at Steelway Building Systems. Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Conference, Case Track. Halifax, NS.
  • Higgin, G., & Le Ber, M. J. (2015, June accepted). Distracted driving: Are we spinning our wheels? Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Conference, Case Track. Halifax, NS.
  • Hines, D., Perera, Y., & Le Ber, M. J. (2015, June accepted). Harm reduction & policy making: The dilemma of e-cigarettes. Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Conference, Case Track. Halifax, NS.
  • Le Ber, M. J., Austin, A. B., Devnew, L., Elbert, C., LaValley, J. B. (2015, June accepted). Chutes and ladders: Traveling the twisting trail of women’s leader identity development. 2nd ILA Women & Leadership Affinity Group Conference. Pacific Grove, CA.
  • Austin, A. M. B., Devnew, L. E., Elbert, C. D., LaValley, J. B., & Le Ber, M. J. (2014, October). Chutes and ladders: Traveling the twisting trail of women’s leader identity development. ILA Women & Leadership Affinity Group preconference workshop. San Diego, CA.
  • Le Ber, M. J., & Branzei, O. (2014, July). Trajectory and transdisciplinarity in cross-sector partnerships. 30th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium. Sub-theme: Unsettling Boundaries: Practices of Inter-organizational Collaboration. Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Le Ber, M. J., & Branzei, O. (2014, May). Beyond value creation: Transdisciplinarity in cross-sector partnerships. 4th International Symposium on Cross Sector Social Interactions. Boston, MA.
  • Le Ber, M. J., & Branzei, O. (2014, May). Beyond value creation: Transdisciplinarity in cross-sector partnerships. Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Conference. Muskoka, ON.
  • Le Ber, M. J., Garcia, J., Bewick, D., & La Prairie, A. (2014, May). Public Health Education Unbound. Canadian Public Health Association. Toronto, ON.
  • Le Ber, M. J., Garcia, J., Bewick, D., & La Prairie, A. (2014, April). Public Health Education Unbound. The Ontario Public Health Convention. Toronto, ON.
  • Le Ber, M. J., & Branzei, O. (2012, May). In the making: Impact evaluation in cross-sector partnerships. 3rd International Symposium on Cross Sector Social Interactions. Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Le Ber, M. J. (2010, August). Towards a critical theory of value creation in cross-sector partnerships. Academy of Management Annual Conference (AOM). Montreal, QC.
  • Le Ber, M. J., & Branzei, O. (2010, August). Managing the tensions between social and economic value in hybrid organizations. Critical Management Studies Research Workshop. Montreal, QC.
  • Le Ber, M. J., & Branzei, O. (2010, June). Value frame fusion in cross sector partnerships. Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER). Montreal, QC.
  • Le Ber, M. J., Bansal, P., & Branzei, O. (2010, May). Managing the tensions between social and economic value in hybrid organizations. 38th Annual Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Conference. Regina, SK.

Course/ Educational Materials

Cases

  • Aldom, S. & Le Ber, M. J. (2015). Workplace Wellness and Smoking Cessation at Steelway Building Systems. Cases (A) & (B), Teaching Note and Concept Note.
  • Higgins, G., & Le Ber, M. J. (2015). Distracted Driving: Are We Spinning our Wheels? Case, Teaching Note and Concept Note.
  • Hines, D., Perera, Y., & Le Ber, M. J. (2015). Harm reduction & policy making: The dilemma of e-cigarettes. Case, and Teaching Note.
  • Lippmann, J., & Le Ber, M. J. (2015 accepted). Hospitals Don’t Burn: Nickerie General Hospital. Case and Teaching Note, in Speechley, M., & Terry, A. (Eds.), Western Public Health Case Book, Western University.
  • Ogunjimi, B., & Le Ber, M. J. (2015 accepted). Combating Food Borne Illnesses Through Safe Food Handling Practices In The United Nations/African Union Mission In Darfur (UNAMID), Sudan. Cases (A) & (B) and Teaching Note. In Speechley, M., & Terry, A. (Eds.), Western Pubic Health Case Book, Western University.
  • Branzei, O., Le Ber, M. J., & Schulist, P. (2014). Social Enterprise for Sustainable Communities: Ontario, Canada. Ivey Publishing. Case 9B14M046, 9 pages.
    • Branzei, O., Le Ber, M. J., & Schulist, P. (2014). Social Enterprise for Sustainable Communities: The Proposal, Ivey Publishing. Case 9B14M046B, 17 pages.
    • Branzei, O., Le Ber, M. J., & Schulist, P. (2014). Social Enterprise for Sustainable Communities: London, Ivey Publishing. Case 9B14M046B, 16 pages.
    • Branzei, O., Le Ber, M. J., & Schulist, P. (2014). Social Enterprise for Sustainable Communities: Sarnia, Ivey Publishing. Case 9B14M046B, 12 pages.
    • Branzei, O., Le Ber, M. J., & Schulist, P. (2014). Social Enterprise for Sustainable Communities: Ottawa. 
  • Mui, K., Heller, M., Branzei, O., & Le Ber, M. J. (2010). Social Innovation versus Social Incubation: London Farmer’s Market @ Western Fair Association.
  • Bansal, P., & Le Ber, M. J. (2008). Google’s Way: Don’t be Evil, Ivey Publishing. Case 9B07M067, 14 pages. & Teaching note 8B07M67W, 11 pages.

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Previous Academic Appointment

The University of Western Ontario, 2012-2015

  • Associate Director, Program Development, Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Cross Appointed to Faculty of Health Sciences & Interfaculty Program in Public Health

Professional Management Experience

Lawson Health Research Institute, 2000-2006

  • Director & Senior Leadership Team Member
  • Founding Director, CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics)

London Health Sciences Centre, 1996-2000

  • Director, Perioperative Care
  • Director, Surgical Care

Victoria Hospital, 1985-1996

  • Director of Nursing (various divisions) 1990-1996
  • Manager, Nursing (various units) 1985-1990