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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Jeffrey Overall

Associate Professor

Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship

Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Contact information

Business and Information Technology Building - Room 3056
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 2612

Research topics

  • entrepreneurship
  • strategy
  • sustainability

Areas of expertise

  • Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategy


I joined the Faculty of Business and Information Technology at Ontario Tech University in 2018. Prior to my role at this university, I held professorship positions in the Entrepreneurship and Strategy departments at Nipissing University, Ryerson University, and Leibniz Universität Hannover. I have also taught at the St. Petersburg Polytechinical University in Russia and the University of Bradford School of Management in Britain.

Beyond my academic experience, I have over 20 years of experience working directly with entrepreneurs within start-ups, incubators, and SMEs across various sectors and countries. Recently, I co-founded the Global Institute for Conscious Economics – a platform that promotes the connection between consciousness (mindfulness) and economics. Through world class events, the institute promotes thoughtful dialogue to reshape the future of business, education, and politics around the globe. I have 10 years of international social entrepreneurship experience. In this role, I co-founded two non-profit organizations that provide impoverished children in rural Nepal with educational subsidies. I have eight years of management experience within an international B2B context. Specifically, I was the value-chain manager for a start-up within the automotive industry. In this position, I was responsible for the supply-chain that included manufacturing facilities in Far East Asia. I was also responsible for the marketing where I grew this start-up into an SME, by gaining important accounts in Asia, North America, and Europe. I have also participated in various consulting projects with The Economic Club of Canada, University of Bradford, the National Health Service in Britain, and the Boston Consulting Group.



  • PhD Bradford University School of Management, England
  • MBA University of Phoenix
  • BComm (Hons) Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

Research and expertise

I conduct research in three areas of management: (a) conscious business, (b) entrepreneurship, and; (c) philosophy of management. Given the overwhelming issues surrounding mental health in the workplace, in general, and among entrepreneurs, in particular, much of my research is dedicated to demonstrating the link between consciousness and: optimum performance, increased productivity, sustainability, and financial performance. In the field of entrepreneurship, I’m currently involved in various projects ranging from the entrepreneurial decision-making process and entrepreneurial success.


  • Referred publications (peer-reviewed)
    • Carton, G., McMillan, C., Overall, J.S. (forthcoming) Strategic capacities in US universities and the role of business schools as institutional builders. Problems and Perspectives in Management. Accepted for publication and in press.
    • Overall, J.S. Gedeon, S. and Valliere, D. (forthcoming) What can universities do to promote entrepreneurial intent? International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing. Accepted for publication and in press.
    • Overall, J.S. (2018) All around the mulberry bush: A theory of cyclical unethical behaviour. International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 20(2), pp. 251-267.
    • McMillan, C. and Overall, J.S. (2017) Crossing the Chasm and Over the Abyss: Perspectives on Organizational Failure. Academy of Management Perspectives, 31(4), pp. 271-287.
    • Overall, J.S. (2017) CSR and CRM: The impact on consumer purchase intentions. International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising, 11(3), pp. 252-270.
    • Overall, J.S. (2017) Combating rural poverty through altruism: A model for sustainable education. World Review of Entrepreneurship Management and Sustainable Development, 13(1), pp. 69-83.
    • Overall, J.S. (2017) Practice what you preach: The failure of the welfare state and the discovery of total equality through capitalism. International Journal of Public Policy, 13(1/2), pp. 69-85.
    • Overall, J.S. (2016) The dark side of entrepreneurship: A conceptual framework of cognitive biases, neutralization, and risky entrepreneurial behaviour. Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal, 22(2), pp. 1-12.
    • McMillan, C. Overall, J. (2016) Management Relevance in a Business School Setting: A Research Note on an Empirical Investigation. The International Journal of Management Education, 14(2), pp. 187-197.
    • Overall, J.S. Wise, S. (2016) The antecedents of entrepreneurial success: The importance of travel. Journal of Enterprising Culture, 24(3), pp. 1-33.
    • Overall, J.S. (2016) Unethical behavior in organizations: empirical findings that challenge CSR and egoism theory. Business Ethics: A European Review, 25(2), pp. 113-127.
    • Overall, J.S. (2016) Cyclical workplace stress and employee pathology: A conceptual framework. International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, 7(2), pp. 98-103.
    • Overall, J.S. (2015) Stop drinking the Kool-Aid: The academic journal review process is broken, let’s fix it. Journal of Academic Ethics, 13(3), pp. 277-289.
    • Overall, J.S. (2015) A conceptual framework of innovation and performance: The importance of leadership, relationship quality, and knowledge management. Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal, 21(2), pp. 41-54.
    • Overall, J.S. Wise, S. (2015) An S-curve model of the start-up lifecycle through the lens of customer development. The Journal of Private Equity, 18(2), pp. 23-34.
  • Non-peer-reviewed academic journals
    • Overall, J.S. (forthcoming) The ethics of mass surveillance: An anarchist, objectivist, and critical theorist perspective. Journal of Information Ethics. Accepted for publication and in press.
    • McMillan, C. Overall, J. (2016) Wicked Problems and the Misalignment of Strategic Management Design. Journal of Business Strategy, 37(1), pp. 34-43.
  • Book chapters
    • Overall, J.S., Cornelius, N., Wallace, J. (forthcoming) Enhancing corporate accountability and stakeholder engagement through the UN Guiding Principles: A Conceptual Framework. In A Relational Approach to Stakeholder Engagement: A Research Anthology. Edited by A. Lindgreen, F. Maon, J. Vanhamme, B. Palacios Florencio, C. Strong, and C. Vallaster. Ashgate Publishings. London: UK.
  • Newspaper articles
  • Management periodicals