Leo Dana


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Related Information

Email: lp762359@dal.ca
Research Topics:
  • Canadian sub-Arctic
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Indigenous self-employment
  • Inuit
  • Nunavut
  • Rural communities
  • Small firms
  • Social capital


  • BA (McGill)
  • MBA (McGill)
  • PhD (HEC-Montreal)

Research Interests

Professor Dana has been researching for and with Indigenous peoples – those whose ancestors were living in an area prior to colonisation or within a nation-state prior to the formation of that nation-state. He defined Indigenous entrepreneurship as self-employment based on Indigenous knowledge and with a team developed a relevant model.

Selected Publications

  • Entrepreneurs and Capitalism Since Luther: Rediscovering the Moral Economy. Light, I., Dana, L-P.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books  (2020)
  • Family, community, and ethnic capital as entrepreneurial resources: Toward an integrated model. Dana, L-P., Gurau, C., Light, I., Muhammad, N. Journal of Small Business Management. https://doi.org/10.1111/jsbm.12507  (2020)
  • Boundaries of social capital in entrepreneurship. Light, I., Dana, L-P. Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice 37(3), 603-624  (2013)
  • Indigenous land rights, entrepreneurship and economic development in Canada: ‘Opting-in’ to the global economy. Anderson, R.B., Dana, L-P., Dana, T. Journal of World Business 41(1), 45-55. (2006)
  • Entrepreneurship in a remote sub-Arctic community: Nome, Alaska. Dana, L-P. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 20(1), 55-72  (1995). Reprinted in Krueger, N. (Ed.), Entrepreneurship: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management, Vol. IV. London: Routledge, 255-275  (2002)

Selected Awards

  • 2019  Award for “On the internationalization of hybrid firms,” paper presented at Eastern Academy of Management Conference, Wilmington, DE, May
  • 2018  Award for Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, Journal of Business Research, September
  • 2018  EURAM Award for best 2017 article in the European Management Review. Nikolopoulos, K-P., Dana, L-P. Social capital formation in EU ICT SMEs. The role played by the mobility of knowledge workers, 2017, 14(4), 409-422
  • 2017  G. Dale Meyer Best Paper Award for the Most Relevant Research in Social Entrepreneurship, for “Entrepreneurship as change-creation: Testing the emancipation perspective and its outcomes,” presented at Babson College 2017 conference, Norman, OK
  • 2016  Award for winning paper, Citations of Excellence for 2016, Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA, August. Light, I., Dana, L-P. Boundaries of social capital in entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, 2013, 37(3), 603-624

Current Employment

  • Professor, Montpellier Business School and member of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Chair, at LabEx Entreprendre, Université de Montpellier, France