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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 Professor of Business, Economics and Public Policy, and Suncor Chair in Energy Policy at the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario. His areas of expertise are regulation, governance, and business strategy, with a focus on the energy and utilities sectors. He has published widely in top peer-reviewed academic journals, has authored numerous reports on provincial and federal energy policies, and is a regular contributor to local and national media.

Dr. Holburn is the founder and Director of the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre, Canada’s leading university-based centre for applied research on energy sector policy. He is also an advisory board member of the Canadian Network for Energy Policy Research and Analysis, a member of the Council for Clean and Reliable Energy, and an executive committee member of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability.

Dr. Holburn has served as an expert consultant and advisor to corporations and governments in Canada and the U.S. He has provided advice on corporate governance, economic impact assessments, merger/acquisition strategy, electricity regulation, pipeline regulation, and regional economic development strategy. He was the only Canadian academic invited to testify as an expert witness at the Muskrat Falls Inquiry, where he provided opinions on utility regulation and corporate governance issues. He is also a director of London Hydro, a large Ontario utility.

Holburn joined Ivey in 2001 and teaches both degree and executive development programs. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. Hons. (First Class) from Cambridge University. Previously Holburn worked for several years as a management consultant for Bain and Company in England and in South Africa.


  • 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. J.; Holburn, G. L. F.; Beamish, P. W., (Forthcoming), "Repeat Market Entries in the Internationalization Process: The Impact of Investment Motives and Corporate Capabilities", Global Strategy Journal.
  • Jiang, G. F.; Holburn, G. L. F., 2018, "Organizational performance feedback effects and international expansion", Journal of Business Research, September 90: 48 - 58.
  • Holburn, G. L. F.; Raiha, D., 2017, "Startups Are Turning Customers into Lobbyists", Harvard Business Review.
  • Fremeth, A.; Holburn, G. L. F.; Vanden Bergh, R., 2016, "Corporate Political Strategy in Contested Regulatory Environments", Strategy Science, December 1(4): 272 - 284.
  • Jiang, F.; Holburn, G. L. F.; Beamish, P. W., 2016, "The Spatial Structure of Foreign Subsidiaries and MNE Expansion Strategy", Journal of World Business, April 51(3): 438 - 450.
  • Fremeth, A.; Holburn, G. L. F.; Richter, B. K., 2016, "Bridging Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Organizational Research: Applications of Synthetic Control Methodology in the U.S. Automobile Industry", Organization Science, March 27(2): 462 - 482.
  • Fremeth, A.; Holburn, G. L. F.; Spiller, P. T., 2014, "The Impact of Consumer Advocates on Regulatory Policy in the Electric Utility Sector", Public Choice, October 161(1): 157 - 181.
  • Jiang, G. L. F.; Holburn, G. L. F.; Beamish, P. W., 2014, "The Impact of Vicarious Experience on Foreign Location Strategy", Journal of International Management, September 20(3): 345 - 358.
  • Holburn, G. L. F.; Vanden Bergh, R., 2014, "Integrated Market and Nonmarket Strategies: Political Campaign Contributions around Merger and Acquisitions Events in the Energy Sector", Strategic Management Journal, March 35(3): 450 - 460.
  • Holburn, G. L. F., 2012, "Assessing and Managing Regulatory Risk in Renewable Energy: Contrasts between Canada and the United States Energy Policy", Energy Policy, May 45: 654 - 665.
  • Fremeth, A.; Holburn, G. L. F., 2012, "Information Asymmetries and Regulatory Decision Costs: An Analysis of U.S. Electric Utility Rate Changes 1980-2000", Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, February 28(1): 127 - 162.
  • Holburn, G. L. F.; Lui, K.; Morand, C., 2010, "Policy Risk and Private Investment in Ontario’s Wind Power Sector", Canadian Public Policy, December 36(4): 465 - 486.
  • Holburn, G. L. F.; Zelner, B., 2010, "Political capabilities, policy risk, and international investment strategy: evidence from the global electric power generation industry", Strategic Management Journal, November 31(12): 1290 - 1315.
  • Zelner, B.; Henisz, W.; Holburn, G. L. F., 2009, "Contentious Implementation and Retrenchment in Neoliberal Policy Reform: The Global Electric Power Industry, 1989-2001", Administrative Science Quarterly, September 54(3): 379 - 412.
  • Holburn, G. L. F.; Vanden Bergh, R., 2008, "Making Friends in Hostile Environments: Political Strategy in Regulated Industries", Academy of Management Review, April 33(2): 521 - 540.

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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