Dr. Asaf Zohar
Ph.D. (York), M.E.S., B.A.
Associate Professor, School of Business
Chair, Masters in Sustainability Studies Program
Office: GCS/Enwayaang 369
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 7554
Areas of Expertise:
sustainability and strategic management
the management of change
emergent order and organization theory
Director of Marketing and Communications
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 6184
Dr. Zohar’s research examines the processes and enabling conditions that promote the translation of visions and missions of sustainability into successful organizing strategies and actions. His recent work has focused on designing and facilitating strategic decision-making and learning processes for multiple stakeholders that condense lengthy strategic planning processes in shortened time horizons, and build shared commitment to sustainable strategies and actions. He has played a leadership role in introducing sustainability into both undergraduate and graduate programs at Trent. He has developed programs and courses that address such issues as sustainable strategic management, social enterprise, and corporate social responsibility, in which social and environmental issues are taken as the strategic domain for value creation.
He has co-authored a series of international publications on organizational learning and change management that build on the insights of the new science of chaos and complexity. These works outline an innovative approach to realizing large-scale organizational change initiatives through a critical mass of high leverage individual actions. He has developed and facilitated numerous academic and executive development programs in Canada, the Middle East, and the US. on how we can create sustainable organizations that self-organize - continually creating new, emergent learning structures and processes that effectively respond to current needs. He has served as a Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Faculty at The Arava Institute For Environmental Studies. He is the founding National Chair of Canadian Academics for Peace in the Middle East, and organization governed and driven by academics, committed to academic freedom and integrity, and to promoting nuanced and academically rigorous debate on issues related to the Middle East.