Simon Berge

Associate Professor; Chair, Department of Leadership & Organizations

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Related Information

Phone: 902-494-3799
Fax: 902-494-1107
Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, Room 4124
6100 University Ave, PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Co-operatives
  • Social enterprises
  • Non-profits
  • Social finance
  • Governance
  • Community development
  • Community leadership


  • BSc (Prince Edward Island)
  • MBA (McMaster)
  • PhD (Guelph)

Research Interests

Dr. Berge’s research focuses on development of local community economies through grassroots movements such as co-operatives and other social enterprises. Studying leadership areas that are interdisciplinary such as the care sector (daycare, eldercare, disability care), food systems and social finance help build an understanding of the relationship between business and society.

Selected Publications

  • Cooperative development: Sustainability agricultural planning viewed through cooperative equilibrium management theory in Togo, Africa. Berge, S., Bokoumbo, K., Johnson, K.A., Yabi, A.J., Yegbemey, R.N. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 458  (2021)
  • Pedagogical pathways for Indigenous business education: Learning from current Indigenous business practices. Berge, S.T. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 11(1)  (2020)
  • Food co-operatives sustainably managing common pool resources as hyper-communities as outlined by consumer culture theory. Berge, S. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 41(5), 509-517  (2017)
  • Governance of nine Ontario food co-operatives. Berge, S., Caldwell, W., Mount, P. Annals of Public and Co-operative Economics, 87(3)  (2016)
  • Co-operatives developing networks: A view of co-operatives through actor network theory. Berge, S. Journal of Co-operative Accounting and Reporting, 4(1)  (2016)

Current Teaching

  • BUSI 6969: Building Business Relationships
  • COMM 3310: Reflections on Leadership