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Over one third of the Faculty’s professors teach and conduct research from a social or environmental perspective. The following Desautels centres, programs, and professors undertake research and teaching initiatives which address issues related to corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, sustainability and/or non-profit management:

  • Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies supports the McGill entrepreneurship ecosystem via year-round Dobson Cup entrepreneur competition activities: pitch days, boot camps, speakers, mentorship, accelerator and angel funds and the competition itself. In addition, Dobson lecturers teach 19 entrepreneurship courses to over 1000 students per year and the Dobson Centre offers free advice to over 250 Montreal startups and 310 small businesses annually at no charge.
  • International Families Business Centre offers services (advice, skills development, support network) adapted to the special needs of family enterprises and the various professional advisors who support them.
  • McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics combines the powerful assets of one of the world’s leading research universities with the world’s best minds, and leading organizations in health and economic domains to address the most intractable issues of health and business at their interface.
  • NSERC CREATE Program on Healthcare Operations & Information Management facilitates tangible improvements in the healthcare system across Canada via the contributions of the trainees (PhD Students and Researchers) of this program as future agents of change in academia, health sector and government.
  • Centre for Strategy Studies in Organizations disseminates the best possible research on issues central to organizations, especially the formation of strategic direction, the coordination of organizational activities, and the relationship between organizations and society.
  • Desmarais Global Finance Research Centre promotes research aimed at identifying the factors that constitute an optimal governance system. In particular, research areas include the relation between corporate governance and corporate diversification, the role of capital markets in disciplining managers, and the role of institutional investors in corporate governance.

Research by area of specialty

Our professors also have vested interest in social and environmental issues.

Organizational Behaviour

Prof. Nancy Adler’s research focuses on global leadership, and in particular the strategies that companies and organizations use to do well financially by doing good.

Prof. Mary Dean Lee focuses on the changing nature of work, work and family, flexible work arrangements, labor market and demographic change, women’s careers, and the reinvention of retirement.

Prof. Ruthanne Huising examines how organizations create the knowledge and systems to act in an environmentally responsible manner and achieve compliance with environmental regulations. Significant attention is paid to the public and formal adoption of environmental management systems but we know little about how managers make these systems work.

Operation Management

Prof. Tamer Boyaci researches supply chain management as it relates to sustainable operations, product recovery and reverse logistics, operations/marketing interface and risk management.

Prof. Shanling Li researches risk management in Operations Management and the Impact of food and beverage firm CSR activities on the market and consumer welfare.

Strategy and Organization

Prof. Dror Etzion’s research focuses on environmental and sustainability 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 and public good.

Prof. Margaret Graham's research looks at the social side of innovation, with recent work on the history of Corporate Social Responsibility as it relates to innovation, entrepreneurship, and antitrust. Her teaching aims at integrating sustainability issues and concerns into the mainstream strategy curriculum.

Prof. Steve Maguire is recognized across the globe for his research on technological and institutional change. He has studied controversial products at the intersection of commercial, scientific and political struggles, such as pharmaceutical products for the treatment of HIV/AIDS and chemical substances linked to environmental problems.


Prof. Laurette Dube studies the individual and collective choice impacting health, wellbeing and sustainable prosperity, using experimental and ethnographic approaches combined with sophisticated statistical and computational modeling.

Prof. Samer Faraj (Canada Research Chair in Technology, Management & Healthcare) focuses on the role of technology in complex collaboration with a focus on health care and online communities.

Prof. Liette Lapointe focuses on Information Systems Implementation, Acceptance and Resistance, Health Information Technologies, Health Administration, Health Services Research.

Prof. Henry Mintzberg has devoted much of the last decade toward improving healthcare management education and addressing issues of balance in society and the role of corporate governance as in society.

Prof. Vedat Verter research is focused on the development and implementation of novel analytical approaches for the prevalent strategic decision problems related to Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Reverse Logistics and Product Recovery Programs, Process Improvement in the Delivery of Chronic and Emergency Care.