Awarded Chair in Free Enterprise

Today, the Alberta School of Business announced the following research chairs have been awarded for a five-year period, beginning July 1, 2019.

  • Telus Chair – Trish Reay
  • Cormie Chair – Emily Block
  • Alberta School of Business Chair in Free Enterprise – Joel Gehman

The selection committee was comprised of Kyle Murray (committee chair), David Deephouse and Jennifer Argo.

New Organization Theory Journal Announced

In January, I was asked to join the editorial team for Organization Theory, a new open access journal being launched by the European Group for Organization Studies and published by Sage.

Organization Theory is a multi-disciplinary journal, rooted in the social sciences, inspired by diversity and paradigmatic plurality, and open to commentary and debate. Given this pluralistic ethos, papers can adopt different theory building styles and can be written up as research articles or perspective-taking essays, in both longer and shorter formats. Besides regular articles, Organization Theory publishes review papers and a series of commissioned essays that speak to the bigger theoretical topics and debates in the field.

Editorial Team:

  • Joep Cornelissen, Editor in Chief, Erasmus University, Netherlands
  • Markus Höllerer, Consulting Editor, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Eva Boxenbaum, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Penny Dick, Sheffield University Management School, UK
  • Joel Gehman, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Juliane Reinecke, King’s College London, UK
  • David Seidl, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Sophia Tzagaraki, Managing Editor, Greece

Today, we officially came out of stealth mode.

New Article on Legitimacy and Crowdfunding Just Accepted

Today, my paper — “The Legitimacy Threshold Revisited: How Prior Successes and Failures Spill Over to Other Endeavors on Kickstarter” — co-authored with Jean-François (JF) Soublière (University of Alberta) was accepted for publication in the Academy of Management Journal.

The paper asks: How does the legitimacy conferred on entrepreneurial endeavors affect the legitimacy of subsequent ones? We extend the notion of a “legitimacy threshold” to develop and test a recursive model of legitimacy. Whereas extant research has focused on whether entrepreneurial endeavors garner sufficient support from key audiences to cross this threshold, we argue that the order of magnitude by which they succeed or fail is consequential for later entrants, too. Distinguishing “blockbuster” from “unsung” successes, and “path breaking” from “broken path” failures, we contend that recent successes and failures affect related subsequent endeavors in predictable, though sometimes counterintuitive ways. We test our hypotheses by examining 182,358 entrepreneurial endeavors pitched within 165 categories over a six-year period on Kickstarter, one of the most important crowdfunding platforms. We show that individual outcomes, taken collectively, generate legitimacy spillovers, either by encouraging audiences to repeatedly support other related endeavors or by discouraging them from doing so. Our research contributes to understanding the recursive nature of legitimacy, the competitive dynamics of entrepreneurial efforts, and crowdfunding platforms.

Awarded EEPRN Grant

Today I learned I was awarded a grant of $9,800 from the Economics and Environmental Policy Research Network (EEPRN), part of the Smart Prosperity Institute at the University of Ottawa. The funding will support development of the Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals Open Data Project as described below

Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals Open Data Project — The widespread adoption of hydraulic fracturing has ushered in a “shale revolution,” but also has raised concerns about its potential environmental, health and safety effects. In light of these developments, the goal of this project is to compile and distribute a comprehensive database of hydraulic fracturing chemicals injected at more than 150,000 wells in Canada and the United States from 2011-2018. All wells will be identified using their well identifiers, allowing this database to be easily linked to numerous other datasets which also reference these same identifiers. Data will be gathered from public sources, such as the website, and government agencies, such as the US Environmental Protection Agency, Alberta Energy Regulator, and the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission.

Article on Opaque Transparency Available Online

Last week my latest article — Opaque Transparency: How Material Affordances Shape Intermediary Work — was published online. Co-authored with Miron Avidan and Dror Eztion, both at McGill University, the paper asks: How do the material aspects of intermediary work affect regulators, targets, and beneciaries? Continue reading

AMR Article on Going Public Now In Press

Yesterday, my article — “Going Public: Debating Matters of Concern as an Imperative for Management Scholars” — was published on the Academy of Management Review website. Co-authored with Dror Etzion (McGill University), in this review essay we assess the shale revolution through the lens of management theory and practice.

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EPCOR eMetering Case Study Published

On August 13, Ivey Publishing released our latest case study — EPCOR Utilities Inc: Modernizing Alberta’s Electricity System. The case was co-authored by Jennifer Keith, Chelsey McLeod, Jolene Proulx, and Leanne Hedberg, all former students. The case centers on EPCOR, an Edmonton-based utility company and its 2014 decision making related to the implementation of eMetering. This is the tenth business school case study I’ve published.

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