Gustavson recognizes top researchers


The Gustavson School of Business recognizes research excellence through its Gustavson Leader of Excellence (In Research) Award. The 2015 award is held for a three-year term, includes teaching release and research funds, and is announced annually at the School of Business’ Festival of Distinction Award in May.

The 2015 award recipient is assistant professor of sustainability and strategy, Matt Murphy. Matt’s research explores how communities defend and fulfill rights to self-determination to pursue economic development on their own terms. Through collaborations with Indigenous communities, scholars and leaders, this research examines interactions between formal and informal institutions and rules, and identifies how identity and culture relate to underlying principles of Indigenous economy. Through relations with particular communities, cross-case comparisons, and a data-set of over 700 cases, this research yields insights into the dynamics between Indigenous communities, national governments, multinational corporations, and international financial and human rights institutions. Matt has received $250,000 in grants to support his research. These include a SSHRC Partnership Grant in 2014 for his project “The Search for Sustainable Development in the Toquaht Nation.” and the UVic Co-operative and Community-Based Economy Research fund. Research progress at this stage includes implementing a system for the Toquaht government to use for assessing economic development projects and project wrap up is expected early next year. Matt’s research has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics and Journal of Management Development.

For the 2016 year, there were two recipients of the Gustavson Leader of Excellence (In Research) Award: Drs. Graham Brown and Yan Shen. Each will hold the award for 2 years and includes research funding and teaching release.

Graham Brown received this previously in 2014. Graham’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 most recent publications have been accepted for publication in the Journal of Environmental Psychology and Journal of Applied Psychology, and has previously published in top tied journals including 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.

Yan Shen’s broad research interest centers on individuals across different cultural contexts such as expatriates, hall of famers and millennials. She is especially interested in their mentoring and developmental relationships, their perception of career success, and their ways of handling career transitions. She has a particular interest in China and emerging economies. Dr. Shen’s articles have appeared in leading journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Human Relations, Human Resource Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, MIT Sloan Management Review, Career Development International, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and the Journal of World Trade.