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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Appointed to the ASET Board of Directors

Effective November 21, I was appointed by the Government of Alberta to a three-year term as a public member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) Council, the organization’s governing body (board of directors). ASET is a not-for-profit, self-governing organization in Alberta, Canada with 18,000 members. ASET confers the following professional designations: T.T. (Technologist in Training); C.Tech. (Certified Technician); C.E.T. (Certified Engineering Technologist); R.E.T. (Registered Engineering Technologist); and P.Tech. (Professional Engineering Technologist).

ASQ Editorial Board

Today, I was invited to join the Administrative Science Quarterly (ASQ) editorial board, an invitation I of course accepted! The current editor is Henrich Greve (INSEAD). I have been an ad hoc reviewer for ASQ since 2014. ASQ is owned and managed by the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. According to Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2017), Administrative Science Quarterly had a 2016 Impact Factor of 4.929, ranking it #12 out of 121 journals in business and #13 out of 194 journals in management. A list of my other editorial positions is available here.

Charting the Emergence of Certified B Corporations

An article I co-authored with Ke Cao (a Ph.D. student at the University of Alberta) and Matthew Grimes (Indiana University), was published as the lead chapter of Volume 19 in the Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth series. Edited by Andrew C. Corbett (Babson University) and Jerome A. Katz (Saint Louis University), the theme of the volume is Hybrid Ventures.

Citation: Cao, K., Gehman, J. & Grimes, M.G. 2017. Standing Out and Fitting In: Charting the Emergence of Certified B Corporations by Industry and Region. In A.C. Corbett & J.A. Katz (Eds.), Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth: Hybrid Ventures. 19: 1-38.

Abstract: To fulfill their economic and social missions, it is imperative yet challenging for hybrid ventures to demonstrate legitimacy (fitting in) while simultaneously projecting distinctiveness (standing out). One important means for doing so is by adopting and promoting the recent B Corporation certification. Drawing on a comprehensive analysis of the emergence of this certification, we argue that when it comes to promoting their businesses, hybrid ventures should not adopt a one size fits all approach. Rather, their promotion strategies need to be adapted to their specific contexts. We theorize and develop a typology of certification promotion strategies for hybrid ventures based on the relative prevalence of other hybrid ventures in the same regions and industries. We conclude by articulating why the B Corporation movement is a rich and underexplored context for scholarship on hybrid ventures, and highlight several promising future research directions.

Peer Reviewed Research on Certified B Corporations and Benefit Corporations

Below is a brief presentation I made today at the 2017 Global B Corp Academic Community Roundtable at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management. The Roundtable was held on October 4-5 in parallel with the 2017 B Corp Champions Retreat.

Positively Deviant Social Entrepreneurs

Today I presented the latest version of our research on woman-owned businesses and sustainability certifications at the 2017 Global B Corp Academic Community Roundtable. The paper is co-authored with Matthew G. Grimes (Indiana University) and Ke Cao (University of Alberta) and has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Venturing as part of a special issue on “Enterprise Before and Beyond Benefit: A Transdisciplinary Research Agenda for Prosocial Organizing.” The special issue is being edited by Oana Branzei (Ivey Business School), Ed Gamble (Montana State University), Peter Moroz (University of Regina), and Simon Parker (Ivey Business School).
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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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