Dr. Elden Wiebe

Associate Professor, Leder School of Business P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8072 F: 780-465-3534
  • PhD, University of Alberta, 2005
  • MCS, Regent College, 1988
  • BA, Trinity Western University, 1984

Biography/Professional History

Elden has a PhD (Organization Analysis) from the University of Alberta, a Master of Christian Studies (Biblical Theology) from Regent College (Vancouver, BC), and a BA (Christianity and Culture) from Trinity Western University. Most recently Elden taught Strategic Management and Organization Theory at both the MBA and undergraduate level at the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, for 4 years prior to joining King's. Elden also has seven and a half years of experience in church ministry.

Elden's current research involves:

1) studying the role of corporate historians/archivists to better understand how they help an organization to position themselves for competitive advantage

2) examining spirituality in the workplace, particularly to understand why organizations bring spirituality into their workplaces, how they go about doing so, and what impact it has on employees and on the organization 

Research Interests

My major research interests pertain to time in relation to organizations and organizational change. This includes
• The temporal construction of organizational change
• The temporal embeddedness of organizations
• The temporal nature of narratives and its methodological implications

I also have a growing research interest in spirituality in the context of the workplace. This includes
• Critiquing the notion of spirituality in the workplace from the perspective of religious faith and practice
• The impact of an explicit faith practice on an organization’s strategy, design, activities, and identity/reputation

My methodological interests are focused on qualitative methods, and in particular, narrative analysis.


Wiebe, E., Suddaby, R. & Foster, W. M. 2012. The Momentum of Organizational Change. In Steve Maguire and Majken Schultz (Eds.) Constructing Identity In and Around Organizations. Series: Perspectives in Process Organization Studies. Vol. 2. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 235-260.

Dyck, B. and Wiebe, E. 2012. Salvation, Theology, and Organizational Practices across the Centuries. Organization 19 (3): 299-324

Driscoll, C., Wiebe, E. and Dyck, B. 2011. Nature is Prior to Us: Applying Catholic Social Thought and Anabaptist-Mennonite Theology to the Ethics of Stakeholder Prioritization for the Natural Environment. Journal of Religion and Business Ethics, 3(1): Article3.

Foster, W. M., Suddaby, R., Minkus, A., and Wiebe, E. 2011. History as social memory assets: The example of Tim Hortons. Management and Organizational History, 6 (1): 101-120.

Foster, W. M. and Wiebe, E. 2010. Praxis makes perfect: Recovering the ethical promise of critical management studies. Journal of Business Ethics. 94: 271-283.

Wiebe, E. 2010. Temporal sensemaking: Managers’ use of time to frame organizational change. In Tor Hernes and Sally Maitlis (Eds.) Process, Sensemaking, and Organizing. Perspectives in Process Organization Studies, Vol. 1. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press. pp. 213-241.

Mills, A. J., Durepos, G. and Wiebe, E. (Eds.). 2010. Encyclopedia of Case Study Research, 2 Volumes. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publishing.

Wiebe, E. 2010. Analysis of visual data. In Mills, A.J., Durepos, G., and Wiebe, E. (Eds). Encyclopedia of Case Study Research. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publishing.

Driscoll, C. and Wiebe, E. 2007. Technical spirituality at work: Jacques Ellul on workplace spirituality. Journal of Management Inquiry, 16 (4): 333-348.

Casebeer, A., Reay, T., Golden-Biddle, K., Pablo, A., Wiebe, E., and Hinings, C.R. 2006. Experiences of Regionalization: Assessing multiple stakeholder perspectives across time. Healthcare Quarterly, 9 (2): 32-43.

Golden-Biddle, K., Wiebe, E., and Locke, K. 2006. Using qualitative methodology to study the dynamics of organizational change. In R. Lines, I. G. Stensaker, and A. Langley (Eds.), New Perspectives on Organizational Change and Learning: 413-425. Bergen, Norway: Fagbokforlaget Press.


Refereed Conference Proceedings

Driscoll, C. and Wiebe, E. 2007. Technical spirituality at work: Jacques Ellul on workplace spirituality. In G. T. Solomon (Ed.), Best Paper Proceedings of the 67th annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wiebe, E. 2007. Narrative analysis: Seeing time beyond chronology. In Henri Savall, Marc Bonnet, Veronique Zardet, and Michel Peron (Eds.), Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Research Methods (Lyon, France, March 26-28), Vol. 2: 1039-1049.

Wiebe, E. 2001. The Problem of Embeddedness. In Alex Z. Kondra (Ed.), Proceedings of the Organizational Theory Division, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Vol. 22, No. 22): 84-94. (This paper won the Best Student Paper Award in the Organizational Theory Division of ASAC.)

Wiebe, E and Beliveau, M. 2008 Sobeys Inc.: Food First. (Case) Proceedings of the Atlantic Schools of Business, St. John’s, NL, Oct 18, 2008.

Recent Refereed Conference Presentations

Foster, W. M., Suddaby, R., and Wiebe, E. 2012. Activating the Past: Understanding Rhetorical History Work. Presented at European Group for Organization Studies, Helsinki, Finland, July 5-7. 25 pages.

Wiebe, E., Golden-Biddle, K., Reay, T., and Hinings, C. R. 2012. Timescapes and the Conception of Deadlines: A Case of a Government Mandated Deadline for Reorganization. Paper presented at the 4th Process Organization Studies Symposium, Kos, Greece, June 20-23, 2012. 39 pages

Wiebe, E., Suddaby, R., and Foster, W. The temporal-relational nature of objects. Paper presented at the 3rd Process Organization Studies Conference, Corfu, Greece, June 16-18, 2011