For convocation season, Poets & Quants asked several female deans of business schools what the current crop of new female grads should think about as they start out in the high-octane world of business, whether they’re entering the workforce or striking out on their own.
CEOs with a real taste for excitement can be a company’s best bet for upping its innovation cred, according to a paper co-authored by a Desautels professor Jingjing Zhang.
The paper studied 88 CEOs who were pilots, comparing them to 1,123 non-pilot chief executives over ten years. Pilot CEOs helped increase their companies’ patents by almost 67 per cent.
Desautels Professor Zhang said that this comes down to thrill-seeking CEOs tending to love diverse, original projects to a higher degree.
Boeing’s petition against Bombardier for allegedly dumping the C Series jet in the American Market sparked off a possibly long and winding legal process. Boeing claims that government subsidies have allowed Bombardier to undercut Boeing, giving a Delta aircraft order as an example. As for Bombardier, the company states that any material injury related to its practises are speculative at best.
In a recent piece for Retail TouchPoints, WorkJam’s Joshua Ostrega (BCom’98) discusses the difference between millennials and Generation Z, and how employers should be prepared to mould their management style to suit this important and emerging workforce.
Salesfloor CEO and Desautels alumnus Oscar Sachs (BA’96, MBA’99) knows his stuff when it comes to showrooming and the retail overhaul. His company specializes in helping retailers transition into a new paradigm that merges e-commerce with a personalized on-site shopping experience.
Desautels Professor Karl Moore writes for Thinkers50 that LinkedIn is the perfect networking tool for introverts, because it lets them communicate with others from the comfort of their own homes or offices, without the “working the room” aspect that extroverts thrive on.
In his new book, Managing the Myths of Healthcare, Desautels professor Henry Mintzberg decries the current management culture being foisted on society by leadership programs, describing it as “detached, generic, technocratic,” before going on to claim that it can too easily lead to bullying and divisiveness.
He then goes on to describe how this plays into the slow-burn that is damaging our healthcare establishment, laying out the major myths and bringing alternative solutions to the table.
In a recent piece for The Daily Star, Desautels professor Mo Chaudhury calls the tax on bank deposits in the Government of Bangladesh’s 2017-18 budget a bad call, and gives six examples that outline exactly why. He acknowledges the ongoing budgetary challenges faced by the country, but counters that taxing bank deposits may send savers towards stocks, real-estate or even the black market, which will just compound the problem.
In a recent op-ed for the Montreal Gazette, Desautels Dean Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou discussed the seismic changes that have affected the retail sector over the past thirty years.
Lately, Montreal’s local landscape has seen the closure of big-name brick-and-mortar stores, while next-generation concepts like Frank + Oak have shaken the whole paradigm. Online shopping isn’t exactly going away, either.
Karl Moore can talk to anyone, writes prolifically, and lends his expertise on a wide range of subjects. But in a recent piece for Forbes, the Desautels Professor admits that one thing he can’t do is work from home.
He blames it on the fact that he is an extrovert: after a few hours spent banging out a book, Prof. Moore needs human contact in order to recharge his batteries.
According to a CBC piece, the mothers of two graduating McGill students received last-minute visa approvals at the Canadian Embassy in Abu Dhabi so that they could attend their children’s convocation ceremonies.
Graduating Desautels student Ach Gaddes (BCom’17) walked across the stage in front of his mother, Amelle Liazoghli, even though visa issues had been keeping her away. Calling it the happiest day of his life, Gaddes said that “It’s incredible to share this moment with her.”
Jamie Robinson (BCom'03) is in as the new CFO of Liberty Leaf Holdings, and is replacing outgoing CFO and Director P. Joseph Meagher.
Mr. Robinson is a chartered accountant with experience in auditing and financial analysis at Deloitte, Whistler Blackcomb, and Corinex Communications. He is joining a company that supports the cannabis sector on several fronts, including growing, research and supply-chain solutions.
Cannabis company INDIVA Corporation is actively navigating the process of becoming licensed to cultivate medical marijuana. As part of its business activities, the company has entered into a reverse-takeover deal with Rainmaker Resources Ltd., which includes equity funding of $15 million that is partly earmarked for helping INDIVA expand its production facilities.
INDIVA was founded by President and CEO Niel Marotta (BCom'96) who previously served as a resource-company executive and an investment banker. The new company aims to be listed on the TSX.
After of a sell-off of shares in two Canadian companies was apparently triggered by a short seller’s morning tweet, Desautels professor Ken Lester derided the tweet, saying that “There’s no recourse. People can just put out whatever they want on the Internet.”
He goes on to say that there is a general uncertainty about Canadian financial firms, thanks in large part to the legal problems faced by Home Capital Group.