Business research at Gustavson

Dr. Ali Dastmalchian
Dr. Ali Dastmalchian is appointed President of the GLOBE project. Learn more about the GLOBE project below.

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. 

GLOBE: seeing leadership across cultures

In the early 1990s, Professor Robert House conceived the idea of a large-scale international study on cross-cultural leadership, and Gustavson’s Dr. Ali Dastmalchian and his colleague Dr. Mansour Javidan began the data collection in Iran. Since then,  Global Leadership & Organizational Behaviour Effectiveness (GLOBE) has expanded to more than 170 researchers from 62 countries and has become one of the largest, most prestigious and most comprehensive studies of its kind in the social sciences. Read more

Seeing things differently— a new framework for management research

“I believe we need a transformative change in the way management scholars do research,” says Monika Winn, professor of Business Strategy and Sustainability.

Typically, she explains, we leave it up to politicians and practitioners to apply the knowledge that researchers create. But if scholars use a new lens, she says, they can develop more creative, rigorous, and useful research, and the scholars themselves can become a valid part of the action rather than only the ideas. Read more

Seeing the invisible: the secret cultural life of corporations

In January 2015, Dr. Roy Suddaby joined the Gustavson School of Business as the Francis G. Winspear Chair. He brings a wealth of experience and an extensive body of academic work, having published over 40 research papers and book chapters. His list of research and teaching awards is impressive, including the Greif Research Impact Award from the Academy of Management in 2012 and Distinguished Scholar Award from the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada. Read more

Seeing the best of both worlds

Statistics Canada estimates that by 2017, Canada’s largest ethnic group will be people with more than one ethnic identity. This comes as no surprise to Dr. Stacey Fitzsimmons. While studying for her PhD at Simon Fraser University, Dr. Fitzsimmons realized how demographics had changed and how established survey practices for capturing cultures no longer addressed the increase in the hyphenated descriptions submitted. Read more

Seeing stars: factors for extraordinary career success

Dr. Rick Cotton joined the Gustavson School of Business in July 2014 from the University of North Carolina. His primary research focuses on how human capital and social capital intersect to foster career and organizational success. There are three aspects to Dr. Cotton’s research: extraordinary career achievement; mentoring/developmental networks; and how individuals in challenging situations survive and thrive. Read more

An ongoing video series showcasing the passion and commitment of Peter B. Gustavson School of Business researchers.

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.