Bill FosterCD

Assistant Professor, Strategic Management

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Related Information

Phone: 902-494-6279
Fax: 902-494-1107
Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, Room 4120
6100 University Avenue, PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Organization theory (adaptation, change and implementation, identity, search, strategy)
  • Social networks
  • Complexity
  • Simulation


  • BEng (Royal Military College)
  • MBA (Toronto, Rotman)
  • PhD (Toronto, Rotman)

Research Interests

Professor Foster’s research investigates the evolution of organizational social networks through the lens of strategic change and adaptation. In particular, it focuses on the discretionary intraorganizational (or informal) networks, and the way in which individual interactions are shaped by the formal organization (structures, procedures and routines) and individual preferences. This program of research argues that organizations have an unconscious or unintended influence on individual preference for interaction partners.

Selected Publications

  • Networks of complicity: Social networks and sexual harassment. Cunningham, P., Drumwright, M.E., Foster, K.W. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, 40(4) 1-20  (2021)

Selected Awards and Honours

  • 2020  Outstanding Service Award, Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation, Rocky Lake Junior High School
  • 2018, 2019  Faculty of Management Teaching Excellence Award Finalist, Dalhousie University
  • 2018  Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Current Teaching

  • BUSI 6005  Strategy Implementation
  • BUSI 6914  How to Get Ahead: The Value of Social Capital
  • COMM 1010  Business in a Global Context
  • COMM 4352  Strategic Management
  • MGMT 6735  Public Service Leadership