Article on Opaque Transparency Available Online

Last week my latest article — Opaque Transparency: How Material Affordances Shape Intermediary Work — was published online. Co-authored with Miron Avidan and Dror Eztion, both at McGill University, the paper asks: How do the material aspects of intermediary work affect regulators, targets, and beneciaries? Continue reading

AMR Article on Going Public Now In Press

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.

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EPCOR eMetering Case Study Published

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.

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2018 Google Scholar Metrics Released

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.

Values Work (2013) – 190 citations
#16 most cited article in Academy of Management Journal during the reporting period

Contextualizing Entrepreneurial Innovation (2014) – 130 citations
#39 most cited article in Research Policy during the reporting period

Robust Action Strategies (2015) – 114 citations
#11 most cited article in Organization Studies during the reporting period

Poppy Barley Case Study Published

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.

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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, and 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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