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Can renewables become the dominant source of electricity in Canada and the USA?

Thu, 2014-09-25 17:30 - 20:00
Amphithéâtre Bell (Room: C-631) at Polytechnique Montreal
Price: Free

"Rapid innovation and growth in renewable energy", a talk by MIT's Jessica Trancik

Renewable energy technologies have sustained high growth rates over the past 30 years [1], with solar and wind energy production growing at roughly 30% per year, due to a combination of technology cost improvement and public policy incentives.

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Can renewables become the dominant source of electricity in Canada and the USA?

Wed, 2014-09-24 17:30 - 20:00
Arts Building : Moyse Hall, 853 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 0G5, 853 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 0G5
Price: Free

Talks by MIT speaker John Reilly and CEA speaker Jim Burpee

"Prospects and Challenges for High Penetration of Renewable Energy", John Reilly, MIT

Renewables electricity sources are a seemingly attractive low-carbon option to substitute for coal or gas generation.  Regional availability of high quality wind and solar resources varies, but at least in the United States, most regions have significant resources. Expanding the options to biomass, hydroelectricity, and geothermal creates greater opportunities.

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Dror Etzion

Dror Etzion
Associate Professor, Strategy and Organization ----- on sabbatical at EM Lyon, 2014-2015
Degree(s): 

PhD, IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Spain
MSc, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
BSc, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Area(s): 
Strategy and Organization
Phone: 
+1 514 398 4071
Email Address: 
dror [dot] etzion [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Address: 

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

Office: 
486
Biography: 

Dror Etzion is an associate professor of strategy and organizations at the Desautels Faculty of Management, and an associate member of the McGill School of the Environment.  He joined McGill in 2008, after completing his Ph.D. studies at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Previously, Dror worked for 5 years in the Israeli software industry, and also spent a year at The Natural Step, an international non-profit research and consultancy organization focused on sustainable development.

Dror’s research program focuses on environmental metrics: how we decide what we measure, how new metrics diffuse in the organizational landscape, and how accurately the measures used actually capture the reality of business impacts on the environment.  This research integrates areas of scholarship as diverse as economic sociology, signaling theory, behavioral economics and social psychology.  In other research, he examines the effects of industry affiliation and geographic location on firm environmental performance. A third stream examines the social context of business and critically investigates the intersection of corporations, democracry and the public good.

In 2013 Dror received the Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) Division Emerging Scholar Award, presented at the Academy of Management (AoM) Business Meeting. The ONE Emerging Scholar Award recognizes early career academics who have already made outstanding research contributions in the area of organizations and the natural  environment, and who appear to have a strong potential to continue making such contributions in the near future.  Earlier in his career, his work was awarded the Booz Allen Hamilton/Strategic Management Society Fellowship and the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program Dissertation Proposal Award. His research has been published in Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Sloan Management Review, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Management and other outlets. He serves as an associate editor of Organization & Environment (http://www.sagepub.com/journals/Journal200856).

Dror is on sabbatcial leave at EM Lyon for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Courses: 

MGCR 360 Social Context of Business 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MGPO 640 Strategies for Sustainable Dev 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MGCR 653 Markets and Globalization 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MGPO 434 Topics in Policy 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MGPO 690 Adv. Topics Strategic Mgmt 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Curriculum Vitae: 
Research Areas: 
Corporate Social Responsibility
Sustainable Development
Selected Publications : 

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Ferraro, F., Etzion, D. & Gehman, J. Tackling Grand Challenges Pragmatically: Robust Action Revisited.  Organization Studies (forthcoming).

Etzion, D., & Pe’er, A. Mixed signals: A dynamic analysis of warranty provision in the automotive industry, 1960- 2008.  Strategic Management Journal, 35: 1605-1625.

Etzion D. Diffusion as classification. 2014. Organization Science, 25(2): 420-437.

Delmas, M., Etzion, D., & Nairn-Birch, N. 2013. Triangulating environmental performance: What do corporate social responsibility ratings really capture? Academy of Management Perspectives, 27(3): 255-267.

Gehman, J., Mastroianni, D., Grant, A., & Etzion, D. 2012. An analysis of unconventional gas well reporting under Pennsylvania's Act 13 of 2012. Environmental Practice, 14(4): 262-277.

Etzion, D. & Ferraro, F. 2010. The role of analogy in the institutionalization of sustainability reporting. Organization Science, 21(5): 1092–1107.

Etzion, D. & Davis, GF. 2008. Revolving doors? A network analysis of corporate officers and U.S. government officials. Journal of Management Inquiry, 17(3): 157-161.

Martí, I., Etzion, D. & Leca, B. 2008. Theoretical approaches for studying corporations, democracy and the public good. Journal of Management Inquiry, 17(3): 148-151.

Etzion, D. 2007. Research on organizations and the natural environment, 1992-Present: a Review. Journal of Management, 33(4): 637-664.

Books and Edited Volumes

Chapters in Books

Etzion, D. & Struben, J. (2011). Better Place: Shifting paradigms in the automotive industry. Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship – The oikos Collection volume 4. 2014. Greenleaf Publishing.
Awards, Honours, and Fellowships: 

Awards

2014: 1st Prize, oikos Case Writing Competition (Social Entrepreneurship Track) “Communauto: A big idea for a big market” (w. Raymond Paquin, James Povitz and Ben Gruber).

2014: Finalist, Giarratani Rising Star Award, Industry Studies Association.

2013: Academy of Management’s Organization and Natural Environment (ONE) Emerging Scholar Award.

2011: 1st Prize, oikos Case Writing Competition (Social Entrepreneurship Track) “Better Place: Shifting Paradigms in the Automotive Industry” (w. Jeroen Struben).

2009: Academy of Management’s “Organization and Natural Environment (ONE)” Best Doctoral Dissertation Award.

2009: Finalist, EDAMBA (European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration) Doctoral Thesis Competition.

2007: Aspen Institute, Business and Society Program, US Dissertation Proposal Award.

1993-4: Ben Gurion University, Rector’s list

Fellowships


2013 - 2015: Faculty Fellow, Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management, Mcgill University.

2007: Booz Allen Hamilton/Strategic Management Society Fellowship.

2004-8: IESE Business School, University of Navarra Ph.D. Fellowship.

Grants

2013- 15: "Predatory Selection: An Analysis of Cultural Vulnerability and Opportunity Exploration in Unconventional Gas Well Drilling" Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant (w. Joel Gehman)

2009- 13: “An Industry Level View of Environmental Performance.” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Standard Research Grant

2009: McGill School of Environment Seed Grant for New Research Initiatives, Corporations, Ecosystems and Democracy (with Gregory Mikkelson)

Projects: 

Case Studies:
Paquin, R., Etzion, D., Povitz, J. & Gruber B. (2014).  Communauto: A big idea for a big market. Forthcoming in Case Research Journal 34(3), special issue on Business and Sustainability (Summer).
Etzion, D. & Struben, J. (2011). Better Place: Shifting paradigms in the automotive industry (downloadable at: http://backup.oikos-international.org/academic/case-collection/inspectio...

Silent Spring: The Birth of the Environmental Movement

Tue, 2012-10-02 10:01

On September 19th, the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM), in collaboration with The Bull & Bear and the Management Sustainability Network, held a panel reflecting on the relevance of Silent Spring, Rachel Carson’s 1962 bestseller that exposed the public to the hazards of synthetic materials in the environment.

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