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Meet Past Award Winners

The Best Paper award at Ivey's PhD Sustainability Academy is presented by the Network for Businesss Sustainability. The winning paper is featured each year in the fall edition of the Network's newsletter, which is distributed to more than 1,700 business sustainability researchers and students, and over 2,800 business managers.

2017 -- Grace Augustine

Grace Augustine is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, Management, and Organizations. Her work encompasses social movements, work and occupations, and field-level emergence and change. Grace’s dissertation looks at the emergence of the field of sustainability and the occupation of sustainability management, and she uses qualitative methods alongside quantitative computational text analysis to ask how disparate ideas regarding a nascent field’s principles, practices, and “rules of the game” are contested and potentially cohere over time. In addition to this work, Grace is also currently involved in projects on corporate personhood and examining projects that are proposing technological geo-engineering solutions for a sustainable future.

2016 -- Jimi Kim 

Jimi Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in International Business and Strategic Management at the Fox school of Business, Temple University. Her primary research interests include corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability, global corporate governance, strategic alliance, technology, and innovation. Her dissertation focuses on the role of culture and institutions on CSR globally. In particular, she examines (1) why firms integrate the interests of stakeholders into the strategy formulation, (2) how firm behaviors affected by diverse factors such as corporate governance, cultural, and institutional environments. Jimi earned a bachelor degree from Korea University, and studied at Shanghai Jiaotong University as an exchange student. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she worked as a manager in the telecommunication industry, executing cross-border investments, and mergers and acquisitions from 2007 to 2012. 

2015 -- Juyoung Lee

Juyoung Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Brown University. Her research interests lie in the intersection of urban, political, and organizational sociology. In her dissertation project, she examines how the political economy shapes the distribution of toxic chemicals from industrial facilities across U.S. neighborhoods. In particular, one of her research questions concerns how the hierarchical and geographic restructuring of firm's business activities, in conjunction with neighborhood characteristics and state governments' environmental policies, shapes the environmental performance of polluting plants. Her dissertation research project has been awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant in 2014. Before coming to Brown, she received a BA in 2005 and MA in 2007 from Korea University, where she studied sociology. She also worked as an assistant researcher for the Korean Women's Development Institute from 2007 to 2010.

2014 -- Omar Asensio and Steffen Farny

Omar I. Asensio is a doctoral candidate and National Science Foundation (NSF) IGERT Fellow at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He studies technological and behavioral change in U.S. electricity markets. His research focuses on the design of incentives for energy efficiency and conservation at the individual and organizational level. He is also an affiliated researcher at the UCLA Center for Corporate Environmental Performance (CCEP) and the California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC).

Steffen Farny is a doctoral candidate at the Entrepreneurship Discipline, Department of Management Studies at Aalto University School of Business in Helsinki, Finland. He holds a MSc in Corporate Development from the University of Cologne and a MSc in Entrepreneurship from Aalto University. His research interests include entrepreneurship and sustainable development, institutional work, entrepreneurship education and post-disaster community development. Steffen’s dissertation focus is on institutional work of entrepreneurs pursuing sustainable change.

2013 -- Mark DesJardine, Jose Carlos Marques and Maddy Ong

Mark DesJardine is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in General Management at the Ivey Business School, Western University where his research focuses on redeveloping the ways that society approaches business sustainability. Unsettled with the current state of sustainability research and practice, Mark applies an interdisciplinary approach to integrate influential theory from the study of ecology to help managers better understand complexity in organizations. By doing this he intends to ground sustainability in a systems-based approach.

Jose Carlos Marques is a PhD Candidate in Strategy and Organization at McGill University. His thesis examines the divergent emergence, competition and organizational field dynamics of private regulation in global industries (apparel, electronics and mining). Research interests include: 1) impact of organizational structures/practices upon private governance and standards; 2) the private-public regulation nexus; 3) reciprocal links between business strategy and public policy.

Maddy Ong is a PhD Candidate in Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Her research focuses on business ethics and corporate social responsibility. She uses a combination of laboratory experiments and field survey methods in her research. Her main research program focuses on understanding the relationship between employees’ prosocial behavior and their organizations’ social responsibility. ?Secondary research interests include the moral judgments that individuals make at work.

2012 -- Anna Kim and Ryan Raffety

Anna Kim is a PhD candidate in the Organizational Behaviour Subject Group at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Anna's dissertation consists of essays on the elaboration of institutional logics, temporal sensemaking and corporate-community relations as a negotiated order. She uses qualitative methods to gain an in-depth understanding of organizational life in the rural areas of low-income countries.

Ryan Raffety is a PhD candidate at the Ivey Business School at Western University. His research interest lies in exploring the incentives and motivations behind managers' decisions to pursue or avoid non-essential strategic investments. Ryan's dissertation examines how and why the partitioning of property rights discourages corporate owners from pursuing environmental sustainability.

2011 -- Garima Sharma

Garima's research interests are around Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability, especially how organizations integrate often conflicting profit and social/environmental goals. Specifically, she is interested in topics including hybrid organizing, sensemaking of CSR issues and trajectory of CSR implementation in organizations. Through questions related to these areas, she wants to explore how institutional logics, organizing practices and the organizational context facilitate or inhibit integration of social/environmental and profit goals.

2010 -- Mark Taussig and Lite J. Nartey

Mark Taussig is Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore. His research interests are emerging economies, government institutions and private equity.

Lite Nartey is Assistant Professor at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. Her research interests are broadly to explore the relationships, contingencies, and dynamics among multinational firms, governments and civil society actors and the implications of these dynamics on both firm performance and societal value.

2009 -- Simona Giorgi

Simona Giorgi is Assistant Professor at the Carroll School of Management, Boston College. She examines how organizational actors use culture to affect favorable institutional change. She explores cultural processes of influence in a wide range of settings, from the automobile industry to environmental non-profit organizations, securities analysts, and food movements.

2008 -- Josh Ault

Joshua Ault is Assistant Professor in international business at Gustavson and research chair of the Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation. His research examines the financial and social challenges to conducting business in the world's poorest countries. His current projects examine trends in the global growth of microfinance lending, one of the few business models to successfully penetrate these markets on a large scale.