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)

2015 Western Academy of Management Best Paper Nominees

Today, the 56th Western Academy of Management Annual Meeting released a draft of its conference program, including the Past Presidents Best Paper Nominees. My paper co-authored with Matthew Grimes — Category Promotion: How B Corporations Respond to the Competing Demands of Standing Out and Fitting In — is one of three nominees for the award. The winner will be announced Friday, March 13, 2015, at the Presidential Luncheon.