Nada Basir

Nada Basir
Assistant Professor
Phone: 519-888-4567 x49199


Nada Basir, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at the Conrad School of Business and Entrepreneurship, University of Waterloo. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biotechnology from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Science from McGill University and a PhD from the Schulich School of Business, York University.

Professor Basir's research aims to understand how identities are constructed and shaped by the structures and relationships in which individuals are embedded in. The common thread running through her projects is an interest in identity formation and a broader quest to challenge inequalities by understanding how organizations and institutions enable and/or inhibit identity dynamics. More specifically, she explores how identities emerge and evolve and the cross-domain effects of identity transitions. Her work explores how collective identity evolves within social movements, impact one's work and how entrepreneurial ecosystems affect the many identities immigrant women entrepreneurs hold.

Her research has been published by the Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies, and Harvard Business Review. She is invited to speak on topics related to social change, entrepreneurship, inequality and diversity and inclusion in organizations. She teaches courses on entrepreneurial strategy and organizational design.

Research Interests

  • Social innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Identity
  • Equity and inclusions
  • Social change


  • 2015, Doctorate Business Administration (Strategic Management & Policy), Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
  • 2007, Master of Science Applied Biotechnology - Business Specialization, McGill University, Canada
  • 2005, Bachelor of Science (BSc) Molecular Biotechnology, University of Waterloo, Canada


  • BET 320 - Entrepreneurial Strategy
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • BET 612 - Entrepreneurial Organizations
    • Taught in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • BET 620 - Social Entrepreneurship
    • Taught in 2019, 2020

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Selected/Recent Publications

  • Dalziel, M. & Basir, N. (2024). The technological imprinting of educational experiences on student startups. Research Policy, 53(2), (In Press).
  • Boekhorst, J. A., Basir, N., & Malhotra, S. (2022). Star light, but why not so bright? A process model of how incumbents influence star newcomer performance. Academy of Management Review, 49 (1), 56-70.
  • Basir, N., Ruebottom, T., & Auster, E. (2021). Collective identity development amidst institutional chaos: Boundary evolution in a women’s rights movement in post-Gaddafi Libya. Organization Studies, 43(10), 1607-1628.
  • Sohrab, S., & Basir, N. (2021).Navigating work while undergoing fertility treatments.Harvard Business Review Digital Articles.
  • Boekhorst, J., Basir, N., & Malholtra, S. (2021). Star light, but why not so bright? Investigating nonstars’ attributions on star performance. Academy of ManagementProceedings.
  • Sohrab, S., & Basir, N. (2020).Employers, it’s time to talk about infertility. Harvard Business Review Digital Articles.
  • Basir, N. (2019). Reputation enhancing through patent portfolios: An exploration of lapsed patents and IPOs. Corporate Reputation Review, 23(1), 42-56.
  • Basir, N. & Dalziel, M. (2019). Creating high potential entrepreneurs: The Waterloostory. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Boston, United States.
  • Basir, N, & Auster, E. (2016). Structure from chaos: Institutional resources and recombination in the creation of Libyan civil society. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Anaheim, United States.
  • Auster, E., Basir, N., Cruikshank, R., & Ruebottom, T. (2015). Middle managers and the strategy gap: Strategy knowledge, predictors and the perceived knowledge gap. International Journal of Strategic Change Management, 6 (1); 73-99.

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