Angelique Slade Shantz
Angelique Slade Shantz is an Associate Professor of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management.
Her research interests broadly focus on the role of business in addressing grand challenges, predominantly occurring at the intersection of entrepreneurship and poverty alleviation. Her current research explores institutional, cultural and cognitive barriers to entrepreneurial activities and workplace motivation in contexts of resource scarcity. A secondary stream studies growth and degrowth in organizations. Her methodological approach relies heavily on experimental design (in both a lab and field setting) complemented by qualitative data, often in partnership with organizations.
Prior to entering academia, Angelique worked in the field of social entrepreneurship and economic development, both internationally and in the context of Canada’s First Nations. She attended Arizona State University (BA), Duke University (MBA), and York University (PhD).
Alberta School of Business Research Focus
Does setting affect what it means to be an entrepreneur?
My findings are:
- In different settings, people think of entrepreneurship in different ways which can shape the opportunities they see and pursue.
- In North America, for example, being an entrepreneur brings to mind personal wealth gain, status and the identification of innovative opportunities.
- In Ghana, being an entrepreneur means being a community safety net and mentor and signs of personal wealth may have negative implications.
- These differences can help to explain whether aid programs aimed at alleviating poverty will be effective.
My article, “The Opportunity Not Taken: The Occupational Identity of Entrepreneurs in Contexts of Poverty” is published in the Journal of Business Venturing.