Broken Paths or Path Breaking Failures?

On Thursday, I presented some of my latest research — “Legitimation Spillovers and Piggybacking: How Distributed Successes and Failures Move Market Categories” — at the West Coast Research Symposium on Technology Entrepreneurship. Co-authored with J.-F. Soublière, the paper develops and tests a set of novel theoretical predictions about the role of prior successes and failures on the legitimation of new ideas and products (i.e., the extent to which they garner the attention and support of key audiences).

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2017 Roland Calori Prize

On July 6, 2017, the Roland Calori Prize was awarded for the eighth time at the 33rd EGOS Colloquium in Copenhagen, Denmark. Professors Fabrizio Ferraro (IESE Business School), Dror Etzion (McGill University), and Joel Gehman (Alberta School of Business) won the award for their paper, “Tackling Grand Challenges Pragmatically: Robust Action Revisited.” Read the paper here.

The Roland Calori Prize is awarded bi-annually by the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) for the best article published in the journal Organization Studies over the previous two years. Awarded in tribute to professor Roland Calori for his contributions to EGOS, Organization Studies, and EMLYON Business School, the prize recognizes papers that display methodological quality and theoretical innovation, reflecting the diverse perspectives of social sciences as they relate to organizational studies. In the spirit of Roland Calori’s own work, the prize reflects pluralism in research traditions and diversity of paradigms. The prize of €2,000 is sponsored by EMLyon.

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2017 Nova Faculty Fellowship

Today, the Alberta School of Business announced the winners of its annual research awards. After evaluating 19 applications, the Research Awards Committee — chaired by David Deephouse (Associate Dean of Research) and comprised of Florin Sabac (AOIS); Lukas Roth (FSA); Kyle Murray (MBLE); and Royston Greenwood (SMO) — announced eight fellowship winners. I was selected to receive the 2017 Nova Faculty Fellowship, which included a $15,000 research grant. This is my third faculty fellowship since joining the Alberta School of Business in 2012.

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2015 Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award

I am pleased to announce that I was selected by the University of Alberta as the recipient of the 2015 Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award, which recognizes “outstanding and innovative faculty researchers at the University of Alberta whose academic work benefits the learning environment of their department and whose research has potential to be of significance to society at large.” Faculty members in Business, Engineering, and Science who completed a doctoral degree (or equivalent qualification) no more than eight years ago are eligible for the award. The recipient is selected by a committee chaired by the Vice President of Research (or her/his designate). The 2015 award included a $20,000 research grant.

I am the 28th recipient at the University of Alberta receive the award, the fifth recipient at the Alberta School of Business, and the third recipient from the Department of Strategic Management and Organization. Prior winners from my Department include Michael Lounsbury (2006) and Stan Li (2003). A complete list of past award winners is below.

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When Does “No” Mean “No”?

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Today, our article on big resource projects was published in The Globe and Mail. Founded in 1844, The Globe and Mail is nationally distributed throughout Canada and its most widely read daily newspaper. The article is available below and online: On Big Resource Projects, When Does ‘No’ Mean ‘No’?

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The Fossil Free Divestment Movement

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Today, our article on the fossil fuel divestment movement was published in The Globe and Mail. Founded in 1844, The Globe and Mail is nationally distributed throughout Canada and its most widely read daily newspaper. The article is available below and online: What the Divestment Movement Could Mean for Alberta and Canada. Continue reading