Research brings its own rewards 

By Barbara Black

The John Molson School of Business ended a year marked by record competitive achievements from its students with a Research Excellence Award from the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada.

The ASAC is a professional society for teachers, researchers and practitioners of management in Canada. It has 700 members based in business schools at Canadian universities.

The overall research award, presented at the ASAC’s annual conference May 24 to 26 at Dalhousie University, is based on the number of papers accepted, the number of papers published in the proceedings, and the number of individual awards won. Faculty and graduate students brought home six awards from the conference.

Michel Magnan and his collaborators won a best paper (strategy) award for a paper called “Why Do Boards Differ? Because Owners Do!” Jisun Yu got an honorable mention in the same category. Five doctoral students, Gwyneth Edwards, Nicole Bérubé, Carol-Ann Tetrault Sirsly, Sujit Sur and Magda Donia, received best paper awards or honorable mentions for their presentations.

PhD candidate Bérubé said afterwards, “I am proud to have received this honourable mention, especially since the contenders included talented faculty members from universities around the globe.”

That’s just the icing on the cake. The JMSB has received more than $2 million in external research grants from national and provincial funding agencies.
Dean Sanjay Sharma said in the recent issue of the JMSB’s research bulletin, “This is a remarkable achievement, albeit partly due to SSHRC’s special envelope for management, business and finance research of $11 million. JMSB’s faculty constitute less than five per cent of business professors nationally, and yet we garnered over 12 per cent of this fund.”

The JMSB will co-host the North American Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) next month, July 7 to 9, the first North American summer school in this field.


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