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Julian Barg




  • Mark Zbaracki

Julian Barg studies the use of natural resources, in particular the environmental emissions or pollution by corporations through the lens of organizational theory and social-ecological systems. He also has a burning interest for interdisciplinary work and an affinity for data science! Julian’s dissertation concerns the construction and deconstruction of an environmental threat. It gives insight into the efforts of the pipeline industry to represent their assets as safe, the efforts of activists to unveil the inherent threat, and the actual trajectory of pipeline spills in the United States. The dissertation uses the lenses of greenwashing and organizational learning.

Past Education

  • PhD Business Administration--Sustainability, Ivey Business School, expected 2021
    • Dissertation Title: Constructing and Deconstructing an Environmental Threat (tentative)
  • Master of Management Science, Peking University HSBC Business School, 2017
  • Bachelor of Arts, Free University of Berlin, 2014


    • Zbaracki, M. J., Watkiss, L., McAlpine, C., & Barg, J. (2021). Truth, Beauty, and Justice in Models of Social Action. In C. M. Beckman (Ed.), Research in the Sociology of Organizations (pp. 159{177). Emerald Publishing Limited.
    • Huang, H., Barg, J., & Sheng, C. (2019). The Trends of CSR in China: An Actor-Focused Analysis Including the Cases of Huawei and the Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology (SEE). In R. Schmidpeter, N. Capaldi, S. O. Idowu, & A. Sturenberg Herrera (Eds.), International Dimensions of Sustainable Management: Latest Perspectives from Corporate Governance, Responsible Finance and CSR (pp. 263{275). Cham, Springer International Publishing. 16
    • Huang, H., Sheng, C., & Barg, J. (2017, April 27). Advocacy Coalitions of Green Economy and their Influence on Government Policy in China. In E. Sternfeld (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Environmental Policy in China. Routledge Handbooks Online.

Awards and Honours

  • Chisholm Graduate Scholarship in Sustainability, 2020
    • $15,000 annually for three years, awarded once every three years
  • 2018 AoM Annual Meeting–Organizations and the Natural Environment Division Best Reviewer Award

Presentations and Other Conference Participation

  • OMT Doctoral Student Consortium (2021-08-04)
    • 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2021-08-04 Virtual 
  • Learning to be sustainable (?) (2021-03-02)
    • Ivey PhD Research Series 2021-03-02, Ivey Business School Canada
  • A Few Spills a Year, That's Normal? Learning in the Pipeline Industry (2020-08-07)
    • AOM ONE Doctoral Consortium 2020-08-07, 80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management Virtual
  • Oil Spills and Organizational Learning (2020-02-14)
    • Ivey PhD Research Series 2020-02-14, Ivey Business School Canada
  • The Trends of Corporate Social Responsibility in China (2016-08-02)
    • 3rd International Conference on CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance 2016-08-02, Cologne Business School Germany


(anticipated completion 2023)

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Julian Barg

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Personal Interests

  • Environmental discourse
  • Environmental pollution
  • Pipeline Industry
  • Greenwashing
  • Organizational learning

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