2018 Ascendant Scholar Award

I am pleased to announce that I was selected as a recipient of the 2018 Ascendant Scholar Award. The award will be presented at the 2018 Western Academy of Management Conference, to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from March 7-10, 2018.

According to the Western Academy of Management, “the Ascendant Scholar award recognizes individuals who are considered ‘ascendant,’ based on their academic record of research, teaching, service, and a professional trajectory or potential that looks very promising for the future. They typically have a maximum of six to seven years of experience, preferably from or with strong connections to business schools in the Western Academy of Management region.”

In conjunction with this award, I have been asked to discuss my research and my personal journey leading to this point in a session scheduled for Friday, March 9.

2018 Western Academy of Management Past President’s Best Paper Award Nominees

Today, the Western Academy of Management published a draft program for its upcoming conference. I was thrilled to learn that my paper was one of three nominees for the Past President’s Best Paper Award. Below are details of the three nominated papers:

  • Patently Secret? Hydraulic Fracturing Patents and the Containment of Public Risk Information
    Joel Gehman (University of Alberta), Zhen Lei (Pennsylvania State University), Daniel R. Cahoy (Pennsylvania State University) & Siavash Varasteh (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Entrepreneurial Ideation Strategies: The Role of Creativity, Personal Style and Market Trends
    Tobias Pret (Pace University) & Aviel Cogan (University of Strathclyde)
  • Does Gender Matter? An Investigation of the Effects of Authentic Leadership on Athletes’ Psychological Capital and Engagement
    Jacqueline McDowell (George Mason University), Yung-Kuei Huang (Tamkang University) & Arran Caza (University of Manitoba)

2017 Responsible Research in Management Award

Today, Matthew Grimes and I received notification that our forthcoming Academy of Management Journal article — Hidden Badge of Honor: How Contextual Distinctiveness Affects Category Promotion Among Certified B Corporations — was selected for the 2017 Responsible Research in Management Presidential Award.The award is co-sponsored by the Community for Responsible Research in Business and Management and the International Association for Chinese Management Research. A committee of three chairs and fifteen reviewers assessed these nominations, based on the seven principles of responsible research. The complete list of award winners is below.

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2018-2021 Francis Winspear Professorship

Today, the Alberta School of Business announced the winners of its annual research awards. After evaluating 18 applications, the Research Awards Committee — chaired by David Deephouse (Associate Dean of Research) and comprised of Armann Ingolfsson (AOIS); Vikas Mehrotra (FSA); Barry Scholnick (MBEL); Royston Greenwood (SMO) — selected eight fellowship winners. I was named the Francis Winspear Professor of Business. This is a three-year award, effective 2018-2021. Overall, this is my fourth faculty fellowship since joining the Alberta School of Business in 2012.

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Appointed to the ASET Board of Directors

Effective November 21, I was appointed by the Government of Alberta to a three-year term as a public member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) Council, the organization’s governing body (board of directors). ASET is a not-for-profit, self-governing organization in Alberta, Canada with 18,000 members. ASET confers the following professional designations: T.T. (Technologist in Training); C.Tech. (Certified Technician); C.E.T. (Certified Engineering Technologist); R.E.T. (Registered Engineering Technologist); and P.Tech. (Professional Engineering Technologist).

ASQ Editorial Board

Today, I was invited to join the Administrative Science Quarterly (ASQ) editorial board, an invitation I of course accepted! The current editor is Henrich Greve (INSEAD). I have been an ad hoc reviewer for ASQ since 2014. ASQ is owned and managed by the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. According to Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2017), Administrative Science Quarterly had a 2016 Impact Factor of 4.929, ranking it #12 out of 121 journals in business and #13 out of 194 journals in management. A list of my other editorial positions is available here.

Charting the Emergence of Certified B Corporations

An article I co-authored with Ke Cao (a Ph.D. student at the University of Alberta) and Matthew Grimes (Indiana University), was published as the lead chapter of Volume 19 in the Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth series. Edited by Andrew C. Corbett (Babson University) and Jerome A. Katz (Saint Louis University), the theme of the volume is Hybrid Ventures.

Citation: Cao, K., Gehman, J. & Grimes, M.G. 2017. Standing Out and Fitting In: Charting the Emergence of Certified B Corporations by Industry and Region. In A.C. Corbett & J.A. Katz (Eds.), Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth: Hybrid Ventures. 19: 1-38.

Abstract: To fulfill their economic and social missions, it is imperative yet challenging for hybrid ventures to demonstrate legitimacy (fitting in) while simultaneously projecting distinctiveness (standing out). One important means for doing so is by adopting and promoting the recent B Corporation certification. Drawing on a comprehensive analysis of the emergence of this certification, we argue that when it comes to promoting their businesses, hybrid ventures should not adopt a one size fits all approach. Rather, their promotion strategies need to be adapted to their specific contexts. We theorize and develop a typology of certification promotion strategies for hybrid ventures based on the relative prevalence of other hybrid ventures in the same regions and industries. We conclude by articulating why the B Corporation movement is a rich and underexplored context for scholarship on hybrid ventures, and highlight several promising future research directions.