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, post-doctoral fellows and PhD student pages. 

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. View the full report. 

The return of mandatory retirement?

Professor of Law and Employment Relations, Ken Thornicroft's work was featured on February 14, 2017 in the Globe and Mail. The Globe and Mail article, "Might mandatory retirement come back with 70 as the new 65?" is based on research from his newest paper "The Uncertain State of Mandatory Retirement in Canada", published in Labor Law Journal. His findings show that there are still many legal exceptions providing for mandatory retirement across a wide variety of professions, from commercial pilots to police officers and firefighters.

Technical trading rules and effects of profitability in foreign exchange markets

Stuart Snaith, Assistant Professor in International Finance, has had the following article (with co-authors from Essex Business School, UK) accepted for publication in the International Review of Financial Analysis:  “FX technical trading rules can be profitable sometimes!” The paper investigates technical trading rules (TTRs) and effects of profitability in the foreign exchange market. The implications of these findings suggest a portfolio manager should draw from a larger universe of rules frequently updating their selection as the economy changes. A large number of outperforming rules are profitable over short periods, but no rule demonstrates predictability over a prolonged period. 

Long-term relationships through multiple ties essential to succeed in emerging markets

Associate Professor in international marketing, Linda Shi, along with collaborators from Shanghai Jiao Tong, Tianjin University of Technology, and Shanghai University have the following paper accepted, “Knowledge Transfer in Buyer-Supplier Relationships: The Role of Transactional and Relational Governance Mechanisms” in the Journal of Business Research. Main findings include mutual trust between two organizations are more effective than any other methods (i.e., contracts, personal connections between two individual executives, etc.) in ensuring the credibility of information. In order to succeed in the emerging market and receive credible information, firms need to invest in building long-term trustworthy relationship between two firms through multiple ties. Signing a contract and getting to know the key personnel is important, but not sufficient in emerging market environments.  

Successful Leadership and Values Enactment in Corruption Recovery

Rick Cotton, Assistant Professor in Cross-Cultural Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, along with Boston College co-authors, has the following paper "A way forward: Cascading ethical and change leadership, values enactment and group level effects on commitment in corruption recovery" accepted in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. Researchers explored how employee perceptions of leaders' enactment of a core set of values and of CEO and business unit leaders' ethical leadership were associated with organization commitment during organizational change following multiple corruption incidents at a firm that the press predicted would go the way of Enron but was sold at a profit just four years after the corruption incidents.

Human and Social Capital Leading to Team Success

“Beyond Moneyball to social capital inside and out: The value of differentiated network ties to performance” has also recently been accepted in Human Resource Management special issue on Workforce Analytics. This study, co-authored by Gustavson School of Business researcher Rick Cotton, and his Boston University collaborator, highlights the value of internal and external experience ties to team performance and the importance of differentiating talent management practices based on strategic and support roles in different competency areas of pitching, hitting, and fielding. It also showcases how big data (here using 111 years of individual and team performance data and more than 3M experience ties) can be applied to human resource management to have value added impact on strategy execution as human capital and social capital measures predicted more than 40% of the variance in team winning percentage.

Journal of Management Inquiry Outstanding Scholar Award to be awarded to Gustavson researcher

Roy Suddaby, Professor in Organizational Theory and Strategy, has been awarded the JMI Outstanding Scholar Award. This award will be presented in March 2017 at the Western Academy of Management conference in Palm Springs, CA.

Service Management researcher publishes in top operations management journal

Associate Professor Liana Victorino, with her co-authors from Western University and Cornell University, has published “Surprise, Anticipation, and Sequence Effects in the Design of Experiential Services” in Production and Operations Management

Financial System Architecture and Stability conference held at UVic Gustavson School of Business

The 2016 inaugural meeting of the International Workshop on Financial System Architecture & Stability (IWFSAS) was held at the University of Victoria on August 26-27, 2016. This conference was jointly hosted by the Gustavson School of Business and the UVic Department of Economics, in collaboration with the European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) and the International Research Center on Cooperative Finance (IRCCF) at HEC Montreal. Read more. 

Basma Majerbi receives national grant to fund multi-disciplinary conference

Associate Professor in  International Finance, Basma Majerbi, is a co-investigator for a SSHRC’s Connection Grant to fund a multi-disciplinary conference centered around the European area financial crisis. This grant is in collaboration with other UVic professors in Political Science and Economics departments. This conference will be held 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. Read the full report

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, effective January 1, 2017

The effectiveness of utilizing customer training and education to improve customer readiness

Uzay Damali, Assistant Professor in Service Management and Operations, along with an interdisciplinary group of collaborators at Clemson University recently published “Co-creating Value Using Customer Training and Education in a Healthcare Service Design” in Journal of Operations Management, a top management journal.

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

Assistant Professor in 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 collaborators IESE Business School’s Yuan Liao and Simon Fraser University’s David Thomas. The paper has been accepted in the top international management journal, Journal of International Business Studies and looks at relationships between multicultural identity patterns and personal, social and task outcomes.

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 PsychologyGraham 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 Suddaby 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.

Federal grant funds Gustavson bi-cultural research

Together with collaborators Mary Yoko Brannen (Gustavson School of Business) and Jelena Zikic (York University), Stacey Fitzsimmons has received a $52,000 Insight Development grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for their project “Organizing with the New Demographic: The Bidirectional Influence of Immigrant and Bi-cultural employees on their Organizations.” Read more. 

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 FitzsimmonsSara 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. Read more.

Stacey Fitzsimmons receives emerging scholar award

Stacey Fitzsimmons was recognized with the inaugural Emerging Scholar Award from Women in the Academy of International Business at the 2016 AIB annual meeting high calibre work in international business in her early career. Read more. 

PhD student receives PICS Doctoral Fellowship

Saeed Rahman’s project “The Agri-Food Industry of British Columbia: Adaptation to Impacts and risks, and opportunities for climate change” received funding from the Pacific Institute for Climate Studies for the 2016-2017 year. The PICS Doctoral Fellowship are valued at $21,000 per year for PhD studies.

Copenhagen Business School awards honorary doctorate to Gustavson faculty member

Mary Yoko Brannen, Professor in International Business and Cross-Cultural Management, received an honorary doctorate from highly-ranked Copenhagen Business School. The ceremony took place on March 18, 2016 at the Department of International Economics and Management.

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. Read more.

Recent research authored by Dr. Graham Brown and his colleague Dr. Markus Baer (Washington University) indicates that claiming ownership of an idea will smother creativity. Read more.

Dr. Liana Victorino’s research explores scripting and the impact of different levels of scripting on customer perceptions of service quality in hospitality settings. Read more.

Dr. Wade Danis' research is centred on global strategic management, international comparative management, and international entrepreneurship, particularly in the context of emerging economies. Read more.

In 2015, Gustavson welcomed Dr. Ravee Chittoor as Canada Research Chair in global economy and associate professor of strategy and international business. His primary research is focused on the structure and strategy of business groups and the internationalization strategies of emerging economy firms. Read more.