Yesterday, my article — “Going Public: Debating Matters of Concern as an Imperative for Management Scholars” — was published on the Academy of Management Review website. Co-authored with Dror Etzion (McGill University), in this review essay we assess the shale revolution through the lens of management theory and practice.
On August 13, Ivey Publishing released our latest case study — EPCOR Utilities Inc: Modernizing Alberta’s Electricity System. The case was co-authored by Jennifer Keith, Chelsey McLeod, Jolene Proulx, and Leanne Hedberg, all former students. The case centers on EPCOR, an Edmonton-based utility company and its 2014 decision making related to the implementation of eMetering. This is the tenth business school case study I’ve published.
Last Thursday, Google released its 2018 Scholar Metrics. These ratings cover articles published between 2013-2017 inclusive and their citations indexed as of July 2018. Several of my articles were included. Although this will be the last year my AMJ article is in the 5-year ratings, the other two will be around for another one and two years respectively.
Today Ivey Publishing released our latest case study — Poppy Barley: Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Sustainability Certification. The case was co-authored by Greg Dobbelsteyn, Leanne Hedberg, Peter Loginov, Aimee Van Dam, and Brittnay Verstraete, all former students. The case centers on Poppy Barley, an Edmonton-based made-to-measure footwear retailer. This is the ninth business school case study I’ve published.
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, and Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service. The project is focused on “Enhancing Regulatory Effectiveness and Corporate Performance.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).