Finding Sustainability in a Post-2020 World
Tuesday, June 15th, 9:00am – 10:30am
Sustainably comes in many forms and exhibits many facets. Virtually all of them have been challenged in the last year. A global pandemic has massively disrupted the world at large, and with it organizations, economies, communities and nations. The vocal cry of populism—already visible before the pandemic—has not quietened. While there is a natural desire for life in a post-pandemic future to return to normal, that is an outcome that isn’t possible.
We will find a new normal in time. What this normal looks like is an open question. The pandemic has highlighted the need for global solutions. At the same time, it has given rise to and reinforced insularity and national self-interest. Addressing issues of sustainability broadly requires being open to new perspectives, new strategies and new solutions.
This panel discussion explores what a new and different basis for collaboration might look like in addressing the challenges of the today and the future. It asks what will be required of institutions, organizations, researchers and each other as we contemplate forging the future that we want and we need if we are to truly attain sustainability.
Iain Klugman, Strategic Advisor to Health Canada, past President of Communitech
Iain Klugman is currently a Strategic Advisor to Health Canada, and the former president of Communitech. He is a Nortel veteran, and has been the Executive Director of Communications with CBC, CEO of Ontario Tourism, had federal stints with the Privy Council Office and Industry Canada, and has been a Board Member or Chair of over 30 organizations throughout his career.
Ann Langley, Honorary Professor of Management, HEC Montreal
Ann Langley is Honorary Professor at HEC Montréal. Her research focuses on organizational change, leadership, and strategic processes and practices in pluralistic settings, with an emphasis on qualitative research approaches. She has published over 80 articles and 40 book chapters and she has co-edited ten books. She is co-editor of the journal Strategic Organization, and co-edits a book series Perspectives on Process Organization Studies (published by Oxford University Press) with Haridimos Tsoukas, based on an annual international symposium held in Greece since 2009.
Roy Suddaby, Winspear Chair of Management at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
Roy Suddaby is the Winspear Chair of Management at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Canada, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Carson College of Business at Washington State University, USA and Chair in Organization Theory at the University of Liverpool Management School, UK. Roy’s work has contributed to our understanding of the critical role of symbolic resources – legitimacy, authenticity, identity and history – in processes of entrepreneurial change and innovation.
Roy is a past editor of the Academy of Management Review He has won best-paper awards from the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada as well as the Greif Research Impact Award from the Academy of Management.
Roy was recently named a Fellow of the Academy of Management, a JMI Scholar by the Western Academy of Management and a Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. Thompson Reuters identified Roy as one of the world’s most highly cited researchers in business and economics in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Lisa White, Executive Director, Equity Office, Concordia University
Lisa White is the inaugural Executive Director of Equity at Concordia University. Lisa began her advocacy and policy work in academic spaces when she joined the Concordia Student Union Advocacy Centre in 2006. A Concordia alum, she has held key administrative roles such as Director of the Office of Rights and Responsibilities. Leading the newly established Equity Office, Lisa now oversees the strategic implementation of recommendations centered on advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion at Concordia University. Lisa’s work is informed by a decade of experience in addressing issues of discrimination and equity in higher education spaces as well as social justice and community-based approaches.
Indigenizing and Decolonizing Business Schools 2021: Three Stories and Five Sharing Circles
Tuesday, June 15th, 10:30am – 12:00pm
The final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued three calls to action that directly implicate Business Schools to engage in teaching, research, and service to advance reconciliation. Last year’s initial ASAC workshop provided overviews of administrative leadership, curricular reform, and research activity related to indigenizing and decolonizing business schools. The proposed workshop builds from last year’s success.
This workshop consists of two basic components lasting 90 minutes. The first consists of three stories about indigenization at specific business schools: Dalhousie, Manitoba, and Victoria. The second component consists of themed breakout rooms facilitated by five scholars. The sharing circles will contribute to the important work of building relationships within our growing community of scholars. The two components will be preceded by a welcome and land acknowledgement and followed by an appreciative farewell.
Organizer: David L. Deephouse, Foote Professor of International Business/Law, former Associate Dean of Research and PhD Program, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta
Diane-Laure Arjaliès, Western University
Frank Bastien, University of Victoria
Teddy Carter, University of Alberta
Mary Beth Doucette, Cape Breton University
Albert James, Dalhousie University
Raj Manchanda, University of Manitoba
Peter Pomart, University of Manitoba
Exploring the Future of Research and Publishing
Tuesday, June 15th, 1:00 – 2:30pm
In keeping with the 2021 ASAC theme of “Considering Impacts on Business and Society” this 90-minute panel discussion will feature five panelists with a variety of editorial experience discussing their future visions of the changes they see coming to publishing and research more broadly going forward to improve the impact of management research, as well as the role they see for journal editors to play in creating that future.
William Foster (University of Alberta) is the Former Editor of Academy of Management Learning and Education and former ASAC OT Division Chair.
Lillian Eby (University of Georgia) is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Applied Psychology, former Associate Editor of Personnel Psychology and Journal of Applied Psychology, and Director of Owens Behavioral Institute for Research at the University of Georgia.
Jerry Davis (University of Michigan) is Co-Founder of the Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM) Network, Co-Founder of Community of Social Innovation, Academy of Management Fellow, Society for Progress Fellow, HIBAR Research Alliance Member, former Editor in Chief of Administrative Science Quarterly, and former Associate Dean for Business + Impact at Michigan Ross School of Business
Terri Griffith (Simon Fraser University) is Associate Editor of Group Decision and Negotiation, former Senior Editor of Organization Science, and former Associate Editor of MIS Quarterly
Michel Laroche (Concordia) is Editor of Canadian Journal of Administrative Science, former Managing Editor of Journal of Business Research, Royal Society of Canada Fellow, American Psychological Association Fellow, Society for Marketing Advances Fellow, and Academy of Marketing Science Fellow
Marc-David Seidel (University of British Columbia) is Associate Editor of Administrative Science Quarterly, HIBAR Research Alliance Fellow, former ASAC OT Division Chair, and Director of W. Maurice Young Centre for Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Research at the University of British Columbia.
Rethinking How We Teach: The Consequences and Opportunities of a Rapid Transition Online
Tuesday, June 15th, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
At the outset of 2020, many universities were starting to explore alternative teaching technologies and new approaches to delivering learning outcomes. What started as strategic initiatives with timelines measured in years turned into a massive and unprecedented transition that essentially took place over a weekend. It wasn’t always pretty, and it was not without pain, awkwardness and challenge, but in the space of a few days the world of academia made a massive shift from the physical to the virtual realm.
What started as a transition of necessity is now a journey of opportunity as institutions reinvent what is possible in the classroom, and what classrooms can look like. Many have learned the hard way that simply transitioning formal classroom techniques to Zoom doesn’t work. This panel discussion explores what best practices, insights and lessons learned (often the hard way) have emerged from an extraordinary transition online. We will explore what we have learned and what we have struggled with. In particular, we will focus on what is necessary to sustain engagement, help students find meaning and build understanding, and deliver meaningful and successful learning outcomes in very different environments.
Rob Cassidy, Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Concordia University
Rob Cassidy is the Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Education at Concordia University in Montreal. Prior, he was Assistant Dean of Academic Development at Dawson College. Rob and his team at the CTL provided front line support to faculty and students as well as advised university leaders on their policies and decision-making throughout the pandemic.
Diego M. Coraiola, Assistant Professor of Management, University of Alberta
Diego is Assistant Professor of Management at Augustana Campus, University of Alberta. He is interested in the study of temporality, identity, and practices. His research has been published in a variety of journals including Strategic Management Journal, Organization Studies, and Journal of Business Ethics.
Linda M. Dyer, Professor of Management, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University
Linda Dyer studies the establishment of relationships between the owners of small firms and their employees, as well as how owner-managers interact with professional business advisors. A second stream of research is the organizational impact of demographic diversity, specifically in age, ethnicity and gender. Her research draws on diverse fields including individual cognition, learning and cognitive biases, and the interplay between emotions and cognition.
She has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Managerial Psychology, the Journal of Small Business Management, the International Journal of Small Business, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, as well as chapters in various books.
Bill Foster, Professor, Management, University of Alberta
Bill Foster is a Professor of Management at Augustana Campus, University of Alberta. He is the Former Editor of Academy of Management Learning and Education and former ASAC OT Division Chair.
Janice Thomas, Professor and Acting Director, Doctoral Program in Business Administration, Athabasca University
Janice is Professor and acting director of the doctoral program at the Faculty of Business, Athabasca University, Canada’s open and nearly virtual university. She is interested in projects, and, in particular, the organizational structures, practices and education that support effective project management. Janice has been involved in the management, planning, and research of projects in both the public and private sector in practice and academe for 35 years now. She has published 4 research monographs, edited several journal special editions, written over 100 book chapters, journal publications and conference papers and her research has been recognized by professional associations for its contribution to the practice of project management.
Working with Social and Traditional Media
Tuesday, June 15th, 4:00pm – 5:15pm
Interested in learning some of the basics when it comes to working with social and traditional media? Join Rory O’Neill, a ten-year communications professional, who will take you through some of the fundamentals of growing your own presence and profile through social media, as well as a few tips and expectations for working and building relationships with reporters and mainstream media.
Rory O’Neill, Communications Advisor, Government of Alberta (and Conference Manager, ASAC)
Rory has been working in communications for over a decade. Currently, he works as a communications advisor for the Alberta government. Previously, he worked as a communications and events specialist for the School of Business at MacEwan University. In 2016, he completed his Master of Arts in Professional Communications at Royal Roads University. Rory has enjoyed working for ASAC as a conference manager for the past five years – a great way to stay connected to the ASAC community and world of academia. Rory is the proud father of five-year-old twin girls who fill his heart, keep him grounded and teach him more about life than he could ever have known without them.
Montreal Local Global Research Group
Tuesday, June 15th, 4:00pm – 5:15pm
Local-Global Crucial Interplays: Government, Business, and Society in Times of Turmoil
The local-global interplays between governments, businesses, and social actors are hot both in academia and the practical stage. Governments around the world have become more aware of paying attention to businesses and society when making policies. Many businesses have learned to consider government actions and society’s needs when making strategic decisions. Furthermore, social actors are encouraged to leverage their bottom-up power to compensate for government/business initiatives to meet society’s needs. A growing body of literature in various areas such as public policy, corporate social responsibilities (CSR), and nonprofit organizations (NPOs) has dealt with government-business-society interactions.
However, there is a paucity of knowledge about the mentioned interactions in national turmoil situations. More importantly, conditions such as crises, substantial institutional voids, or the emergence of disruptive technologies call for more effective and faster interactions between the three players. During turmoils, different forms of interplays are shaped. For example, formal institutions might fail to adapt thoroughly to the situations due to a lack of resources or ground knowledge about issues and slow bureaucratic processes. These weaknesses would even make the crisis worse. With that being said, we expect that interplays between governments, businesses, and communities become more significant and even shape novel institutional patterns.
In this symposium, with Montreal Local-Global Research Group (MLGRG) members, we intend to explore the interplays between the three actors in turmoil situations. The participants have been studying exciting trends in Canada and throughout the world, which could be the harbingers of things to come. We believe that this theme could add to our understanding of the institutional changes during unusual situations.
Three integrated presentations are scheduled:
- Sadegh Hashemi and Taïeb Hafsi will present the results of a recent Mitacs project about Centraide (United Way) and its related community organizations during the Covid-19 pandemic. They will discuss how bottom-up processes trigger, compensate and even shape governments’ initiatives for meeting society’s needs during turmoil.
Taïeb Hafsi (firstname.lastname@example.org) Full Professor, Chair Holder of Strategy and Society Management, HEC Montréal
Sadegh Hashemi (email@example.com) Postdoctoral fellow and Research Associate, HEC Montréal
- Hamed Motaghi, Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay, and Sadegh Hashemi will present and discuss the results of an SHHRC research about the platform economy, specifically Uber’s operations in Quebec and its impacts on regulations and social politics.
Hamed Motaghi (firstname.lastname@example.org) Associate Professor, Business School, University of Quebec in Outaouais (UQO)
Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay (email@example.com) Full Professor of Business, Université Téluq
- Alireza Kaviani and Mahmoud Moossavi will present and discuss the impacts of Covid-19 on the Iranian ridesharing company (Snapp), and its corporate social responsibilities during this turmoil situation
Alireza Kaviani (firstname.lastname@example.org) Area Manager of Snapp, the largest ride-hailing company in the middle east, MBA from the University of Tehran
Mahmoud Mousavi (email@example.com) Advisor to the board and CEO, Snapp, the largest ride-hailing company in the middle east, Master of Urban Development from the University of Tehran