Dr. Diane Isabelle

Assistant Professor
  • Degrees: Bachelor of Engineering (Université de Montréal, École Polytechnique), MBA (University of Manitoba), Ph.D. (Sprott School of Business, Carleton University)
  • Office: 1708 Dunton Tower
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  • Phone: 613-520-2600 x8581

Diane A. Isabelle is an Assistant Professor of International Business. She has extensive professional experience in the private, government and academic sectors. She also consults with Canadian government departments and private sector organizations on matters related to innovation and policy.

Prior to joining Sprott in 2011, Dr. Isabelle worked in several senior executive roles related to science and technology at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the Government of Canada’s premier research and technology organization. She started her career as a project engineer for several multinational firms, including General Electric, Esso and Boeing Aerospace.

A bilingual interdisciplinary individual, Dr. Isabelle has taught in a broad range of disciplines: marketing, International Business and Entrepreneurship. She has designed and taught Sprott new entrepreneurship curriculum, using innovative technology-integrated pedagogy. She has been active in international education, teaching in Sprott’s MBA programs in China and Colombia.

Professor Isabelle’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and practitioner literatures.  She has also written several edited book chapters, and has presented her research at a number of international scholarly conferences including International Society for Professional Innovation and Management (ISPIM), Administrative Sciences Association Canada (ASAC), International Schumpeter Society, European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) and Association of Management of Technology (IAMOT).  She has won awards for her research. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Technoentrepreneurship and an occasional reviewer for several others.

Research interests

Dr. Isabelle’s research focuses broadly on the areas of science, innovation and techno-entrepreneurship within a global context.  Her current research interests are organized around the following four themes:

  • International entrepreneurship
  • Internationalization (International New Ventures and SMEs)
  • Global collaborative research, and Science, Technology and Innovation policy
  • Technology-integrated higher education pedagogy




Publications and Research Files

Aten K., Nardon L. and Isabelle D.A.  (2016). Making Sense of Foreign Context: Skilled Migrant’s Perceptions of Contextual Barriers and Career Options. International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, 16(2,) 191-214.

Schillo R.S., Isabelle D.A. and Shakiba, A. (Forthcoming) Linking Advanced Biofuels Policies with Stakeholder Interests – A Framework and Methodology Building on Quality Function Deployment. Energy Policy.

Westerlund M., Isabelle, D.A., Rajala, R. and Leminen, S. (Forthcoming) Funders and founders: Partners in good times and in bad? International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business

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