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Guy L.F. Holburn

Professor, Business, Economics and Public Policy

Director, Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre
Suncor Chair in Energy Policy

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  • Public Policy
  • Globalization
  • Electricity
  • Government Relations
  • Non-Market Strategy
  • Corporate Political Strategy
  • Lobbying Strategy
  • Political Institutions
  • Governance
  • Regulation
  • Deregulation and Privatization
  • Renewable Energy
  • Water
  • Gas
  • Infrastructure
  • Consumer Advocacy
  • Stakeholder Management
  • International Investment Strategy

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Guy Holburn is the Suncor Chair in Energy Policy and a Professor in the Business, Economics and Public Policy group at Ivey. His area of expertise is in the intersection of business strategy and public policy. Much of his research and teaching is applied to strategy and policy issues in the energy and utilities sector in Canada, the United States, and internationally.

Holburn joined Ivey in July 2001 after completing his Ph.D. in Business and Public Policy and M.A. in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the founder and Director of the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre, Canada’s leading university-based centre for research and outreach on national energy issues. Prior to his Ph.D. studies, Holburn worked for several years as a management consultant with Bain and Company in London, England, and was a founding member of the Bain South Africa office. His undergraduate degree (Economics, B.A. Hons. First Class) is from Cambridge University.

Holburn has been awarded a number of research grants, including those from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Hydro One, the Olin Foundation, the University of California Energy Institute, California Public Utilities Commission, Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is currently leading a multi-year research program on energy regulation in Canada.

In addition to academic-based research activities, Holburn has worked as a consultant in the private and public sectors on economic impact assessments, regional economic development policy, corporate performance improvement, and global expansion strategy. He is a board member of the Council for Clean and Reliable Electricity, and a member of the Advisory Roundtable for the Chair of the Ontario Energy Board.


  • Business, Economics and Public Policy

Programs Taught

  • Executive Education


  • BA Hons, First Class - Cambridge University
  • MA, University of California - Berkeley
  • PhD, University of California - Berkeley

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Jiang, F, Holburn, GLF, Beamish, PW, (Forthcoming), "Repeat Market Entries in the Internationalization Process: The Impact of Investment Motives and Corporate Capabilities", Global Strategy Journal.
  • Holburn, GLF, Raiha, D, 2017, "Startups Are Turning Customers into Lobbyists", Harvard Business Review.
  • Fremeth, A, Holburn, GLF, Vanden Bergh, R, 2016, "Corporate Political Strategy in Contested Regulatory Environments", Strategy Science 1(4): 272 - 284.
  • Jiang, F, Holburn, GLF, Beamish, PW, 2016, "The Spatial Structure of Foreign Subsidiaries and MNE Expansion Strategy", Journal of World Business 51(3): 438 - 450.
  • Fremeth, A, Holburn, GLF, Richter, BK, 2016, "Bridging Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Organizational Research: Applications of Synthetic Control Methodology in the U.S. Automobile Industry", Organization Science 27(2): 462 - 482.
  • Fremeth, A, Holburn, GLF, Spiller, PT, 2014, "The Impact of Consumer Advocates on Regulatory Policy in the Electric Utility Sector", Public Choice 161(1): 157 - 181.
  • Jiang, GLF, Holburn, GLF, Beamish, PW, 2014, "The Impact of Vicarious Experience on Foreign Location Strategy", Journal of International Management 20(3): 345 - 358.
  • Holburn, GLF, Vanden Bergh, R, 2014, "Integrated Market and Nonmarket Strategies: Political Campaign Contributions around Merger and Acquisitions Events in the Energy Sector", Strategic Management Journal 35(3): 450 - 460.
  • Holburn, GLF, 2012, "Assessing and Managing Regulatory Risk in Renewable Energy: Contrasts between Canada and the United States Energy Policy", Energy Policy 45: 654 - 665.
  • Fremeth, A, Holburn, GLF, 2012, "Information Asymmetries and Regulatory Decision Costs: An Analysis of U.S. Electric Utility Rate Changes 1980-2000", Journal of Law, Economics & Organization 28(1): 127 - 162.
  • Holburn, GLF, Lui, K, Morand, C, 2010, "Policy Risk and Private Investment in Ontario’s Wind Power Sector", Canadian Public Policy 36(4): 465 - 486.
  • Holburn, GLF, Zelner, B, 2010, "Political capabilities, policy risk, and international investment strategy: evidence from the global electric power generation industry", Strategic Management Journal 31(12): 1290 - 1315.
  • Zelner, B, Henisz, W, Holburn, GLF, 2009, "Contentious Implementation and Retrenchment in Neoliberal Policy Reform: The Global Electric Power Industry, 1989-2001", Administrative Science Quarterly 54(3): 379 - 412.
  • Holburn, GLF, Vanden Bergh, R, 2008, "Making Friends in Hostile Environments: Political Strategy in Regulated Industries", Academy of Management Review 33(2): 521 - 540.
  • Vanden Bergh, R, Holburn, GLF, 2007, "Targeting Corporate Political Strategy: Theory and Evidence from the U.S. Accounting Industry", Business and Politics 9(2): 1 - 33.

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  • Consultant, Bain & Company, London, U.K. and Capetown, South Africa (1993-1995)
  • Research Fellow, California Public Utilities Commission (1999-2000)

Research/Course Development

  • Energy
  • Non-market strategy
  • Stakeholder management
  • International investment strategy