Q&A on the ONE Emerging Scholar Award

In August, at the 2017 annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, I received the ONE Emerging Scholar Award from the Organizations and the Natural Environment Divison of the Academy of Management. Today, in its Fall Newsletter, the ONE Division Published a nice Q&A with me, which I have excerpted below.
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CBC Reports on Hinton’s Geothermal Energy Project

Today, CBC featured a story about the work being done in Hinton related to geothermal energy. The story quotes Jonathan Banks, who leads the University of Alberta’s Future Energy Systems Geothermal Energy research team.  As part of the research, Lianne Lefsrud, John Parkins and I are working on “Socio-­Economic Roadmaps to Commercial Geothermal Energy Production in Western Canada.”

Organization Studies Editorial Board

Today I was invited to join the Organization Studies Editorial Review Board. The current Editors-in-Chief are Trish Reay (University of Alberta) and Daniel Hjorth (Copenhagen Business School). I have been reviewing for the journal since June 2010. Organization Studies is the official journal of the European Group for Organization Studies. According to Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2017) Organization Studies had a 2016 Impact Factor of 3.107, ranking it #39 out of 194 journals in management.

New Public-Private Research Partnership Press Release

This morning, we issued a joint press release related to our 7-year, $2.5 million Innovating for Sustainability research project. The press release describes one phase of our work, a collaborative public-private partnership involving researchers at the Ivey Business School, University of Alberta, and the University of Quebec at Montreal, as well as six industry partners led by Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), three COSIA member companies (Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Suncor, and Cenovus), Alberta Innovates and Natural Resources Canada.

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Thoughts on the City of Edmonton’s Sustainable Procurement

On Wednesday, I received an email from David Staples, a columnist at the Edmonton Journal.

Professor Gehman:

I need your advice on something. I’m looking for an expert in sustainability issues and contracts… The city is buying 250 bike racks, and in the procurement contract it strikes me there is a ton of red tape for such a small purpose. I also wonder if the policy will work to cut down greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainability, or if there might not be better ways of doing it, more elegant ways, as opposed to this way, which strikes me as a make-work project and one that is difficult if not impossible to verify.

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Future Energy Systems Website Launched

Today, the new Future Energy Systems (FES) website was launched. FES was first established on September 7, 2016, when the University of Alberta was awarded $75 million over seven years for energy research through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). FES currently consists of 12 theme areas; each theme is coordinated by a team of three co-champions:

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Grant Approved by the Sustainability Enhancement Fund

Today I received notice that my Sustainability Enhancement Fund (SEF) grant proposal was fully funded by the University of Alberta Office of Sustainability. Dubbed the “Strategies for Sustainable Business Case Writing Project,” this year-long funding will support the publication of case studies that examine challenges of and solutions for addressing sustainability concerns in managerial and organizational contexts. These case studies will be available for use by business school faculty around the world in teaching the next generation of business leaders. This is my first grant from the SEF.

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