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Ivey’s SSHRC-funded research tackles global challenges

  • Cam Buchan
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  • Sep 4, 2020
Ivey’s SSHRC-funded research tackles global challenges

With research that tackles the issues facing Canada and the world, 10 Ivey faculty have collectively received more than $500,000 in grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The projects range from the risk of youth vaping, embedding leader character in organizations, to how we build for a digital world.

The acceptances also highlight Ivey’s success in gaining approval for its research applications.

“Our Research Office is proud of the success of the faculty with this set of grants, and for good reason,” said Mark Zbaracki, Ivey’s Associate Dean of Research. “We continue to trend above the average in the acceptance of our grant applications. This year, our acceptances reached 100 per cent for one set of grants, which is more than double the average.”

Research contributes to a better world

The topics also address critical problems of a world emerging from the pandemic.

“We are also proud of our faculty’s success because the research addresses a wide range of problems, such as youth safety, excellence in organizations, creating a sustainable economy, and how we build for a digital world. These insights will be critical to building a better Canada and a better world,” said Zbaracki.

Overview of SSHRC-funded projects:

Laurel Austin

“Ontario Youth Mental Models of (Risky-for-Minors, but Risk-Reducing-for-Adults) Vaping.”

There is growing desire across Canada to discourage young people from vaping, following several vaping-related deaths in the U.S. last year and 20 cases of vaping associated lung illness in Canada to date. In order to affect people's choices and behaviours, Adjunct Research Professor Laurel Austin will seek to understand those behaviours, and the decisions that lead to them, through interviews with young people age 15-21 in Ontario. The results will inform public health risk communications.

Mary Crossan, Lucas Monzani and Gerard Seijts

“Developing and Embedding Leader Character in Organizations for Sustained Excellence.”

Professor Mary Crossan, Assistant Professor Lucas Monzani, and Professor Gerard Seijts will build on the leader character work – which established the foundation for what leader character is, and why it matters – and address how leaders develop character, how it can be embedded within their organizations, and how leader character impacts individual and organizational outcomes. 

Jury Gualandris and Deishin Lee

“Towards the Circular Economy: How Firms “Connect the Dots” to Source and Use Waste.”

Assistant Professor Jury Gualandris and co-investigator Associate Professor Deishin Lee will focus on how firms can recognize and be agile enough to productively source and use another firm’s waste stream. The research will focus on waste synergies in the emerging circular bio-economy in Quebec. Read more about the benefits of the circular economy.

Nicole Haggerty

“IT-Business Partnering as Sociomaterial Sense-making to Enable Digital Transformation.”

When organizations undertake digital transformation, they are taking part in a program of learning and adaptation that depends upon successfully innovating with new technologies and business models. Business leaders and IT experts must figure out how to partner, learn and transform as they go. Associate Professor Nicole Haggerty will explore how business leaders and IT experts create successful digital transformation and build and test a toolkit of more effective project management practices.

Kun Huo

“The Effect of Pay Transparency on Pay Dispersion and Employee Motivation.”

Social forces and technological advances have contributed to a greater level of pay transparency between and within organizations. Assistant Professor Kun Huo will study the impact of pay transparency as a policy on the degree of pay dispersion within a company, and on employee motivation to work.

Chengguang Li

“The Impact of Cultural Tightness/Looseness on Merger and Acquisition Outcomes.” 

Assistant Professor Chengguang Li will examine the impact of the norms-based cultural tightness/looseness dimension on the outcome of cross-border mergers and acquisitions. The work intends to advance academic research on mergers and acquisitions, and cross-cultural management by contributing to the understanding of culture’s impact on cross border acquisition outcomes.

Nouri Najjar

“Decomposition Methods with Non-Representative Data.”

Assistant Professor Nouri Najjar will develop a new method for performing aggregate decompositions, which are commonly used to understand trends in the macro economy. With this new method, Najjar will use confidential Canadian data to understand how changes at individual firms have altered the Canadian manufacturing industry in recent years.