Quick Links


How to best manage teams at work to improve efficiency

This is Karl Moore of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University with Talking Management for The Globe and Mail. Today I am delighted to be in Vancouver with a former colleague from McGill who is now at INSEAD, Mark Mortensen.

Read full transcript: The Globe and Mail, July 4, 2016 

Published: 6Jul2016

We never see Trump or Brexit coming because we drown in data and biases

Markets were sent reeling after Britain’s unexpected vote to leave the European Union. Less discussed in the analysis that followed this result was what lessons we can all take from our collective failure to predict it. The Brexit shock is a perfect instance of two crucial decision-making failure modes: overreliance on data and the presence of biases.

...Mike Ross and Davide Pisanu are co-founders and Blanche Ajarrista is an analyst at Montreal-based boutique consulting firm Juniper.

Published: 6Jul2016

EXplorance Announces Three Executive Appointments to Further Growth

eXplorance, the leading provider of Learning Experience Management solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its executive team, cementing its commitment to continuous improvement and growth. Marc Lamy joins eXplorance as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Charles Assaf as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) and Dr. Yeona Jang as Executive VP, Strategic Initiatives Office (SIO).

Published: 6Jul2016

4 Things You Must Do Before Retirement

Rather than slipping quietly into retirement, managers should create new opportunities toward the end of their careers, Professor Mary Dean Lee from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University suggests.

Professor Lee and her research team interviewed 100 executives and managers who had recently retired or were actively considering it and HR professionals from 24 companies to explore the different paths taken to retirement today. 

Read full article: PALife, June 30, 2016 

Published: 6Jul2016

Canada’s great auto slide

Since the recession of 2008 and 2009, increasing concern has been expressed by politicians, union leaders and analysts concerning the decline of manufacturing in Canada. Indeed, during the past half-century, the share of manufacturing as a percentage of Canadian GDP has declined from just under 25 percent to 10 percent. The declines are also recorded when measured by employment levels or the number of new auto assembly plants.

Published: 6Jul2016

Soft skills for competitive leadership

Twenty-first century leadership needs more than just having a qualification, but special skills that one can work on. Leadership is complex to those who lead from a control or autocratic standpoint. It’s rewarding to those who understand people, communication, learning, serving and other soft skills. 

Read full article: Newsday, July 2, 2016 

Published: 6Jul2016

Reverse mentoring: who's the learner?

From boosting retention to bridging the generation gap, reverse mentoring is brimming with potential. 

Published: 6Jul2016

Rising MBA tuition fees fail to damage demand

Six years ago McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management took the unprecedented decision for a Canadian business school to raise its MBA fees to a level that would make the course self-funding.

Published: 6Jul2016

Shots Fired! Switching Between Practices in Police Work

Authors: Schakel, J.K,  Fenema, P.C, Faraj, S. 

Publications: Organization Science


Published: 30Jun2016

Shots fired! Why is switching between organisational practices so difficult?

Imagine you work for the police and are involved in large covert surveillance of a notorious criminal. The team is experienced and includes a helicopter, cars, a high tech listening post, and over a dozen agents observing the site. Just after your team has taken positions, your subject gets shot. You can see the shooter, but are unable to move. Your colleagues cannot see what is happening, but you have difficulty getting into contact with them. The local police do not have a clue of what is going on – it’s a covert operation after all. They can’t start helping you out of the blue.

Published: 30Jun2016