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Why efforts against obesity aren’t working

Wed, 2014-06-04 16:08

Obesity rates continue to skyrocket around the world. The Lancet medical journal recently reported that the number of overweight and obese people doubled over the past 30 years, reaching 2.1 billion worldwide in 2013, despite public health campaigns and other measures that promote healthy eating and exercise.

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Seminar: William Barnett, Stanford University

Fri, 2014-04-11 10:30 - 12:00
Bronfman Building : Room 410, 1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 1G5

When to be a Nonconformist Entrepreneur? Organizational Responses to Vital Events*

William Barnett
Stanford University

Date: April 11, 2014
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Room 410


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Elena Obukhova

Elena Obukhova
Assistant Professor, Strategy and Organization

PhD, Sociology, University of Chicago, USA
MSc, Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, Northwestern University, USA
BA, Anthropology, University of Florida, USA

Strategy and Organization
Email Address: 
elena [dot] obukhova [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Bronfman Building, [Map]
1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1G5


Elena Obukhova is an Assistant Professor in Strategy and Organization at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University. She teaches the core International Business course in the BCom program. Professor Obukhova’ research investigates when and how social networks benefit individuals and organizations, with a particular focus on China. A native of Russia, Professor Obukhova is professionally fluent in Mandarin and has been intensively conducting research in China since 1995. Prior to joining Desautels, Professor Obukhova has been a faculty member at the MIT Sloan School of Management.


MGCR 382 International Business 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


Curriculum Vitae: 
Research Areas: 
Labour Market
Organizational Theory
Social Networks
Selected Publications : 

2014   Obukhova, E., E. Zuckerman and J. Zhang*. When Politics Froze Fashion: The Effect of the Cultural Revolution on Naming in Beijing.  American Journal of Sociology 120(2): 555-583.

2013   Obukhova, E. and G. Lan*.  Do Job-Seekers Benefit from Contacts? A Direct Test with Contemporaneous Searches.  Management Science 59(10): 2204-2216.

2012   Obukhova, E. Motivation vs. Relevance: Using Strong Ties to Find a Job in China. Social Science Research 41(3): 470-480.

* student co-authors 

Obukhova, E. and L. Zhang*.  Do Chinese Job-Seekers Benefit from Strong Ties? Revisiting the Strength-of-Weak-Ties Hypothesis in China.  Under review.

Obukhova, E.  Building Connections to Find A Job: The Value Of Networking Ties In Job Search.  Under review.

Zhang, J., E. Zuckerman and E. Obukhova.  A Lack of Security or of Cultural Capital? Acculturative Conservatism in the Naming Choices of Early 20th-Century U.S. Jews.  Under review.

Obukhova E., Y. Wang and J. Li.  The Value of the Alma Mater’s Location: Returnee Entrepreneurs, Local Embeddedness, and Firm Performance.  

* student co-authors

Awards, Honours, and Fellowships: 

2015: Social Sciences and Humanities Development Grant, McGill University

2015: Honorable mention for Clifford Geertz Prize for Best Article, Culture Section, American Sociological Association

2015: Finalist for Best Overall Paper Award of the Careers Division, Academy of Management  

Current Research: 

Obukhova, E. and B. Rubineau.  Democratizing Referrals: Marketization and Social Networks in Chinese Labor Markets

Obukhova, E. and O. Sharone, O.  What Makes Networking Successful? The Case of Alumni Networks in MBA Job Search. 

Yang, X., E. Obukhova, and Li, J.  The Effect of Entrepreneur’s Experiences Abroad on Firm’s Innovative Behavior.  

Bachelor of Commerce Concentration in Strategic Management - Global Strategy

Mentors: Professors Dror Etzion and Robert David

There are two options offered in the Strategic Management Concentration: Global Strategy and Social Business and Enterprise.


Faculty in the Strategy and Organization discipline teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. For a listing of courses, please see the following:

PhD Specialization in Strategy and Organization

The McGill PhD Program in Management provides students with a unique post-graduate educational experience that facilitates exposure to a variety of research approaches and interests, and to the combined resources of four top Montreal universities.

This collaborative program, offered in conjunction with Concordia University, École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) of the Université de Montréal, and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), provides McGill students with access to over 250 professors and to a full array of courses taught in both English and French.

Master of Business Administration Concentration in Global Strategy and Leadership

Drawing on a variety of cross-disciplinary courses, including strategy, organizational behaviour, entrepreneurship and international business, this concentration provides students with an integrated perspective on leading business issues. Students are prepared for the challenges posed by a globalizing marketplace and develop the skills valued by employers in the consulting, business development, project management, and related fields.

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