Business research at Gustavson

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Producing outstanding business research

One of the key strengths of the Gustavson School of Business is the research ability of faculty members. This capability demonstrates itself in research that not only informs the practices of business and management, but also creates a better learning environment for our students and stakeholders. 

For a listing of our researchers, visit our faculty directory and PhD student pages. 

Basma Majerbi joins Federal Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Associate Professor of International Finance at Gustavson, Basma Majerbi, has taken the role of co-investigator for the SSHRC’s Connection Grant. This grant will be used to host a multi-disciplinary conference at the University of Victoria in February 2017.

Gustavson Research Report now available

The first edition of Gustavson’s biennial research report, SEEK , has been published. SEEK highlights the last 5 years of research by Gustavson faculty, post-doctoral fellows and PhD students.

Ravee Chittoor takes editor role for Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences

Ravee Chittoor, Canada Research Chair in Global Economy and Professor of Strategy and International Business, has been appointed as Associate Editor for International Business in Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences.

Uzay Damali publishes journal with Clemson collaborators

Uzay Damali, Assistant Professor in Service Management and Operations, recently published “Co-creating Value Using Customer Training and Education in a Healthcare Service Design” in the Journal of Operations Management with collaborators at Clemson University

Roy Suddaby receives visiting professorship

Roy Suddaby, Professor in Organizational Theory and Strategy, has been awarded the Otto Monsted Visiting Professorship at the Copenhagen Business School for 2017. This position is sponsored by the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy.

Stacey Fitzsimmons has paper accepted to Journal of International Business Studies

Professor of Human Resources, Cross-Cultural Management and International Business, Stacey Fitzsimmons, co-authored “From Crossing Cultures to Straddling Them: An empirical examination of outcomes for multicultural employees” with Yuan Liao and David Thomas. The paper has been accepted in the Journal of International Business Studies.

Journal of Business Venturing publishes paper from Brock Smith and Claudia Smith

Brock Smith, Professor in Entrepreneurship and Marketing, along with collaborators Claudia Smith and Eleanor Shaw from the University of Strathclyde, have published a paper in the Journal of Business Venturing on how entrepreneurs accrue social capital in the digital age, entitled, “Embracing digital networks: Entrepreneurs’ social capital online.”

Professor and PhD publish on intersection of psychology and the workplace

“My workspace, not yours: the impact of psychological ownership and territoriality in organizations” has recently been published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. Graham Brown (Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship) and Helena Zhu (PhD Student) are the authors of this paper focussed on territoriality and psychological ownership in the workplace.

Roy Sudday paper wins at prestigious publishing awards

“Professions and institutional change: Towards an institutionalist sociology of the professions” by Roy Suddaby, Professor of Organizational Theory and Strategy, was selected as a winner by the prestigious Emerald Citations of Excellence for 2016. Criteria for this list includes the novelty, inter-disciplinary interest and relevancy in today’s world.

Yan Shen paper reaches finals at 2016 International Human Resource Management Scholarly Research Award

Yan Shen (Assistant professor in International Business and Organizational Behaviour)’s paper “Career success across 11 countries: Implications for international human resource management” published in the International Journal of Human Resource Management was chosen as one of three finalists for the 2016 International Human Resource Management Scholarly Research Award from the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management.

Roy Suddaby elected to Royal Society of Canada

Roy Suddaby, professor with the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, is one of the University of Victoria’s two newest members of the Royal Society of Canada’s prestigious College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Read the full story: Gustavson news | Uvic The Ring

Mary Yoko Brannen inducted to Academy of International Business fellows

Congratulations to Mary Yoko Brannen (Professor in International Business and Cross-Cultural Management) for being inducted as a 2016 Academy of International Business (AIB) Fellow. The AIB Fellows is a distinguished group of AIB members recognized for their contributions to the scholarly development of the field of international business.

Assistant Professors, post-doc fellow recognised at 2016 Academy of Management Meeting

Stacey Fitzsimmons, Sara Elias, Josh Ault and Diego Coraiola were selected as best papers at the 2016 Academy of Management International Meeting. This represents the 10% of all papers submitted to the meeting.

Stacey Fitzsimmons: best paper proceedings: “When knowledge crosses levels: Integrating knowledge and predicting resistance”

Sara Elias: best paper proceedings: “The aesthetics of entrepreneurship: How arts entrepreneurs and their customers co-create aesthetic value”

Josh Ault: best paper proceedings: “Measuring the Political Context of Entrepreneurship: Lessons from the State Fragility Literature”

Diego Coraiola: John Mee Award for best paper in the Management History Division: “Useful Rhetorical History” An Ideographic Analysis of the Online Rhetorical Histories of Fortune 500 Corporations.” Co-authors included Roy Suddaby and William Foster (University of Alberta).

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Roy Suddaby peer-elected to College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, Royal Society of Canada

Roy Suddaby has been nominated by his peers to the 2016 cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.  The 2016 cohort is 80 members strong and is recognised  as the “emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada”.  Eligibility to the college of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists requires that a candidate must have obtained his/her PhD within 15 years. This is the first time a faculty member at the Gustavson School of Business has received this honour in the 26-year history of the school.
Roy is recognized widely for his research contributions. His long list of accomplishments include being listed on the Thomson Reuter’s Most influential Scientific Minds for 2014, -2016, and he received the Emerald Citations of Excellence Award in 2016 for his published work in the Journal of Management Studies, a top management journal. Roy’s current research seeks to understand how corporations are adapting to changing global norms and expectations. His research focuses on organizational change and where it intersects with business and society. His current research examines the changing role of the multi-national corporation. He is interested in understanding the various ways in which corporations mimic the function and role of the nation state – i.e. corporate art collections, corporate history and museums, corporate universities and corporate social responsibility. His goal is to the find the justification for this behaviour, which goes beyond the financial bottom line and into organizational intangibles such as establishing meaning, values and culture.
The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) was established in 1883 and is Canada’s national academy dedicated to promoting learning and research in humanities, social sciences and sciences. Its mission is to recognize scholarly, research and artistic excellence, to advise governments and organizations and to promote a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada with other national academics around the world. Membership in the College is for seven years and up to 80 members in all disciplines may be elected each year.
The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists 2016 Cohort 
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Double Honours for International Management Scholar Mary Yoko Brannen

Award winning and internationally recognized scholar, Dr. Mary Yoko Brannen, has been honoured for her contributions in the field of international business and elected as a Fellow of the Academy of International Business. The Academy of International Business (AIB) is the leading association of scholars and specialists in the field of international business. The objectives of the AIB Fellows are to recognize outstanding contributions to the scholarship and practice of international business, to exercise a leadership role in education and scholarship in the field, and to provide a forum for interaction among the Fellows as well as for the dissemination of knowledge in the field of international business. Mary Yoko’s formal induction for the AIB Fellow takes place in June 2016 at the New Orleans annual AIB conference.

Mary Yoko has also recently received an honorary doctorate from the Copenhagen Business School for her work in the field of cross-cultural management and international business. Mary Yoko was formally awarded the honorary doctorate at the CBS annual graduation and award ceremony on March 18, 2016. This is an exceptional honour as the award is given to only three individuals a year and has rarely gone to a female scholar or one who is not an economist.

Mary Yoko has made significant scholarly contributions to the field of international management in regards to cross-border knowledge sharing, cross-cultural integration and the role of immigrants and their bicultural children in spanning across cultural and organizational boundaries in today’s global context of business. Her work suggests that contemporary organization still have much to learn about the profound impact that cultural changes — brought about by migration, mobility and shifting boundaries — are having on the everyday life of organizations.

Dr. Brannen serves as the Jarislowsky CAPI East Asia (Japan) Chair and Professor of International Business at the UVic Gustavson School of Business.

2014 Reed Centre Best Applied Paper Award

Congratulations to our Gustavson colleagues, Yan Shen and Rick Cotton on receiving the Reed Centre Best Applied Paper Award at the 2014 Academy of Management Careers Division in Philadelphia, PA for their paper titled: Advancing the Study of Developmental Networks to Include Developer Types and Person-Network Fit! Read more 

Dr. Monika Winn, Gustavson Leaders of Excellence (In Research) Award 2014

The Gustavson School of Business recognizes research excellence through its Gustavson Leader of Excellence (In Research) Award. This award is held for a three-year term and is announced annually at the School of Business’ Festival of Distinction Award in May. 

Congratulations to Dr. Monika Winn, who is the 2014 recipient of the award. Following work on stakeholder conflicts, her globally recognized research more recently has focused on how climate change affects businesses and how firms can adapt to it. Her current work builds on that expertise from a slightly different angle.  Her current work builds on that expertise from a slightly different angle.  Dr. Winn has seen, in more than 20 years of scientific research on biodiversity and ecosystems, unequivocal evidence that genetic and functional diversity of life on Earth is critical for ecosystems to function and to continue to provide the resources and services needed for human well-being. In her own research, Dr. Winn examines the risks that businesses face when biodiversity is lost and ecosystems are degraded, leading initiatives and opportunities to transform current business models, and which competences will allow firms to manage biodiversity and support ecosystem resilience. She teaches Business and Sustainability courses in Gustavson’s core curricula to undergraduate, MBA, and PhD students at Gustavson. 

Dr. Graham Brown was last year’s recipient of the Gustavson Scholar for Research Excellence. Dr. Brown’s research focuses on territoriality and psychological ownership. He applies these two threads to a variety of research topics including negotiation, creativity, and workplace conflict. His recent research focuses on the impact that feelings of ownership have on innovation and new venture success with the thesis that feelings of ownership are both positive in that they propel efforts but simultaneously negative in that they create resistance to help and feedback from others. His work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and featured in Harvard Business Review online. His teaching focus is in the areas of human resource management, leadership and negotiation and he applies these concepts to help others discover and use their passion to lead and create.

Dr. Wade Danis received this previously in 2012 (inaugural year) and holds the title for 1 more year.

Dr. Stacey Fitzsimmons received the prestigious 2013 International Human Resources Scholarly Research Award

Dr. Stacey Fitzsimmons has won the International Human Resources Scholarly Research award from the Academy of Management. This award is given to the most significant article in international human resource management published in the past year (2013) in recognized journals and research annuals. She received this award in August 2014 in Philadelphia, at the Academy of Management awards ceremony.

Stacey Fitzsimmons' research objective is to improve the way people work with others across cultures. Her current research examines how bicultural and multicultural employees contribute to global teams and organizations. She is also interested in the multi-level influence of organizational context on outcomes driven by bicultural employees.

Stacey's research has been published in top journals including Academy of Management Review, Human Resource Management Review, Organization Studies, and Organizational Dynamics.

Stacey teaches in the areas of cross-cultural management, organizational behaviour and human resources, at undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to joining the University of Victoria, she was an assistant professor at Western Michigan University.