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, Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service. The project is focused on “Enhancing Regulatory Effectiveness and Corporate Performance.”

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Special Issue on “Organizational Sustainability: Theory, Culture, and Practice”

Together with Lianne M. Lefsrud, I have been invited to edit a special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050), an international, cross-disciplinary, scholarly and open access journal of environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings. The theme of our special issue is: Organizational Sustainability: Theory, Culture, and Practice. We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers that advance our understanding of organizational sustainability. See the call for papers for further details.

I have previously published two articles in the journal (on social license and risk management) and can attest to the speed of its review and publication process. Manuscripts are peer-reviewed and a first decision provided to authors approximately 22 days after submission; acceptance to publication is undertaken in 6 days (median values for papers published in this journal in 2017). Reviewers who provide timely, thorough peer-review reports receive vouchers entitling them to a discount on the article processing charges of their next publication in any MDPI journal. Sustainability is indexed by the Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science), with an impact factor of 1.789.

Why We Care About Certified B Corporations

Yesterday we were notified that our latest article on Certified B Corporations — Why We Care About Certified B Corporations: From Valuing Growth to Certifying Values — was accepted for publication in the Academy of Management Discoveries (AMD). Co-authored with Matthew G. Grimes and Ke Cao, the article is an invited commentary on a forthcoming AMD article — The Impact of B Lab Certification on Firm Growth — co-authored by Simon C. Parker, Edward Gamble, Peter W. Moroz, and Oana Branzei.

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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Named to the Q1 #thinklist

Recently, I was ranked #21 on “a quarterly list of the most influential faculty thinkers on issues of responsible business in social media.” Tied with me in 21st place were Andrew Crane (University of Bath) and Andrew Hoffman (University of Michigan). We were ranked just below Wayne Visser (University of Antwerp) and Rolf Wüstenhagen (University of St. Gallen) who were tied for 19th place and just above Joe Arvai (University of Michigan), Alex Edmans (London Business School), and Brayden King (Northwestern University) who were tied for 24th place. Dubbed the #thinklist, the ranking was compiled by the Centre for Business, Organisations & Society at the University of Bath.

 

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 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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