Innovating for Sustainability Salon Meeting

The next virtual meeting of the Innovating for Sustainability Salon will be held on October 1, 2019, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Eastern Time. The theme for the session is: From Local to Global: The study of sustainable innovation at various systems levels

The study of sustainable innovation at various systems levels. Solutions to grand challenges are being addressed at different levels in the system. Increasingly, many sustainability approaches advocate the implementation of local solutions to tackle global challenges. This approach presents both advantages and limitations. For instance, district levels are seen as critical to effectively innovate small-scale infrastructures for renewable energy upgrades such as mini-grids and local energy communities, enabling neighbourhood sustainable grid configurations. However, for policies such as those intervening on climate change, this approach might compromise their effectiveness, since they address environmental damages extending beyond local jurisdictions. The systems nature of grand challenges calls for systems solutions. While a local approach to grand challenges comes with limitations, a holistic approach to sustainable innovation presents many challenges. The next salon seeks to explore the study of sustainability innovation at different levels in the system.

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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.

Ranked No. 13 on the Latest #thinklist

I was ranked #13 on a “list of the most influential faculty thinkers on issues of responsible business in social media.” Just ahead of me on the list was one of my heroes in the field of management, Marc Ventresca (University of Oxford). Dubbed the #thinklist, the ranking was compiled by the Centre for Business, Organisations & Society at the University of Bath.

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.

2018 Google Scholar Metrics Released

Last Thursday, Google released its 2018 Scholar Metrics. These ratings cover articles published between 2013-2017 inclusive and their citations indexed as of July 2018. Several of my articles were included. Although this will be the last year my AMJ article is in the 5-year ratings, the other two will be around for another one and two years respectively.

Values Work (2013) – 190 citations
#16 most cited article in Academy of Management Journal during the reporting period

Contextualizing Entrepreneurial Innovation (2014) – 130 citations
#39 most cited article in Research Policy during the reporting period

Robust Action Strategies (2015) – 114 citations
#11 most cited article in Organization Studies during the reporting period

Latest SSHRC Grant

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) recently announced the award recipients for its 2017-2018 Partnership Development Grants. I am pleased to report that my grant with Lianne Lefsrud (University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering) and Heather Eckert (University of Alberta, Faculty of Arts) was approved. Additional partners include the Alberta Energy Regulator, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, Alberta Labor, and Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service. The project is focused on “Enhancing Regulatory Effectiveness and Corporate Performance.”

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2017 EFMD Case Writing Award in the Urban Transition Challenges Category

On Wednesday, we were notified that our case study — “Edmonton City Centre Airport: A Sustainability Challenge for a Growing City” — won the 2017 EFMD Case Writing Award in the Urban Transition Challenges category. The case study and companion teaching note were co-authored by five of my former MBA students: Neetu Sharma, Kristel Owens, Graham Graff, Trent Nabe, and Poonam Randhawa and published by Ivey Publishing in 2017. The case study puts students in the shoes of Mark Hall, the City of Edmonton’s Land Director, who in November 2011, was tasked by city council to explore options for maintaining or redeveloping the City’s downtown airport.

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