Ascendant Scholar Talk

On March 9, 2018, I was honored to receive the 2018 Ascendant Scholar Award from the Western Academy of Management, together with Allison Gabriel from the University of Arizona. First awarded in 1982, the list of past winners is now long and distinguished — and filled with many of my heroes. I am especially proud to join several current Alberta colleagues who have won the award in the past: Dev Jennings (1996), Mike Lounsbury (2006), and Marvin Washington (2006). Other prior winners from Alberta include Kay Devine (1995) and Roy Suddaby (2007).

Pictured left to right: Joel Gehman (2018 Ascendant Scholar Award Winner, University of Alberta), Paul Olk (Past President, Western Academy of Management), Allison Gabriel (2018 Ascendant Scholar Award Winner, University of Arizona)

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2018 EGOS Paper Development Workshop Announced

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EGOS Paper Development Workshop
34th EGOS Colloquium in Tallinn, Estonia
Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 09:00-13:00 


  • Joel Gehman, University of Alberta
  • Nina Granqvist, Aalto University
  • Russ Vince, University of Bath
  • Maxim Voronov, Brock University
  • Charlene Zietsma, Pennsylvania State University


  • John Amis, University of Edinburgh
  • Eva Boxenbaum, Mines ParisTech and Copenhagen Business School
  • Giuseppe Delmestri, WU Vienna
  • Marie-Laure Djelic, Sciences Po
  • Tom Lawrence, University of Oxford
  • Michael Smets, University of Oxford

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Serendipity Arrangements Paper Published

My previously in press paper — “Serendipity Arrangements for Exapting Science-Based Innovations” — co-authored with Raghu Garud (Pennsylvania State University) and Antonio Paco Giuliani (IÉSEG School of Management), was published in the Academy of Management Perspectives. The paper is part of a special symposium on “Rethinking the Commercialization of Public Science: From Entrepreneurial Outcomes to Societal Impacts” edited by Riccardo Fini, Einar Rasmussen, Donald Siegel, and Johan Wiklund.

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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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