Desautels Faculty of Management

Vitalhub Corp. has announced the appointment of Mohan Plakkot (MBA'09), Partner and Chief Strategist at Valsef Capital, to its Board of Directors.

In this role, Plakkot will use his “extensive experience and analytical skills” to further the strategic plans of the Toronto-based organization.

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Classified as: MBA Alumni, Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 19 Oct 2017

Mary Van Buren (MBA'88) has been appointed president of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), bringing years of experience to the role.

Van Buren has worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and has held executive roles at leading organizations, including the Canadian Medical Association's subsidiary, MD Financial Management, and Export Development Canada.

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Classified as: MBA Alumni, Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 19 Oct 2017

By popular demand, storytelling app Wattpad has introduced an ad-free option, but it comes with a cost of $5.99/month for users.

Desautels professor Jui Ramaprasad shares her expertise on paid premium versions of online platforms and in what contexts they work.

According to Prof. Ramaprasad, many free apps have already converted users into paying subscribers through the introduction of a premium version, citing Spotify as a success story.

Classified as: Jui Ramaprasad, Information Systems
Published on: 19 Oct 2017

Plumpton College in East Sussex, UK has strengthened its wine business and production teaching team with the appointment of Lindsay Holas (BCom'12) as wine business lecturer.

To this new role, Holas will bring extensive international marketing experience from her time working for Jascots Wine Merchant (UK), Domaine Select Wine Estates (USA), and Wine Intelligence (UK). 

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Classified as: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), BCom Alumni
Published on: 19 Oct 2017

Research by Desautels professor Patricia Hewlin finds that employees often feel pressured to conform to company values to succeed at work, which, ultimately, compromises company performance and employee well-being.

This is especially the case when managers act with a strong sense of integrity. Prof. Hewlin’s research suggests that companies must instead encourage employees to voice their opinions without fear of repercussion.

Classified as: Patricia Hewlin, Organizational Behaviour
Published on: 19 Oct 2017

In an article that explores how managers can adapt under circumstances that defy predictability or norms, the author cites Professor Henry Mintzberg’s discussion of Honda’s entrance into the North American market as an example of unpredictability in business.

Indeed, Honda’s success in North America was a phenomenon that resulted from forces that could not be ascertained or mastered a priori.

Classified as: Henry Mintzberg, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 18 Oct 2017

According to a piece co-authored by Anoop Kumar (IMHL’15), the matter that comprises the world around us can be boiled down to our consciousness manifest.

More than an amalgamation of atoms or particles, the authors maintain that our experience of the world is actually an experience of consciousness, and that our education system has the responsibility to address these concepts in the classroom.

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Classified as: International Masters for Health Leadership (IMHL), IMHL Alumni
Published on: 18 Oct 2017

With the recent announcement of Airbus as a major partner behind Bombardier’s CSeries planes, experts, such as Desautels professor Karl Moore, agree unanimously that this is a step in the right direction for Bombardier.

According to Prof. Moore, through the backing of Airbus, the world’s second largest airplane producer, the CSeries project takes on greater viability and holds even more promise for economic success.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 18 Oct 2017

Mohammed Ashour (MBA'14) and the Aspire Group have come a long way since winning the Hult Prize in 2013 for their vision of creating a high-tech cricket farm to produce foods for human consumption.

The Aspire Group has since erected a 25,000-square-foot building in Austin, Texas, which produces roughly 22 million crickets every month.

Despite great headway, Ashour recounts his plans for further expansion, along with the nutritional benefits of crickets.

Classified as: aspire food group, Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 16 Oct 2017

Corporate Knights has released its 2017 Top 40 Better World MBA ranking, and the Desautels Faculty of Management has placed 9th among top business schools who put issues of sustainability at the core of business education.

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Classified as: Corporate Knights, University Rankings, Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 16 Oct 2017

A piece for Financial Times explores the value that EMBA programs bring to seasoned leaders looking to break out of their comfort zone.

One such leader is Isabelle Graveline (IMPM'17), who shares how the International Masters Program for Managers’ partnership with schools across the globe helped broaden her perspective on management.

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Classified as: International Masters Program for Managers (IMPM)
Published on: 16 Oct 2017

Desautels professors are behind some of the most unique research projects in the world

This week, we replaced the exterior billboards along the Bronfman building façade. Our new bilingual campaign showcases a diverse selection of change-making students, professors, alumni and McGill Dobson Cup participants.

Classified as: Patricia Hewlin, Organizational Behaviour
Published on: 13 Oct 2017

EMBA participant Leanne Bayer is the executive director of West Island Community Shares (WICS), a non-profit based in the West Island that fundraises to support smaller non-profits. She recently joined her fellow EMBA classmate, Davender Gupta, on his podcast co-produced with radio station The Beat 92.5 to talk about the lessons she learned over her decades of community work in third world countries, the moving stories she has come across, and our collective responsibility to get involved when people are in need.

Classified as: McGill-HEC Executive MBA (EMBA), McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA)
Published on: 12 Oct 2017

Following the imposition of heavy duties on Bombardier products by the U.S. Government, the Canadian Government has responded with a pledge to cancel an order of fighter jets from Boeing.

In the hopes of mending ruptured ties, Boeing has launched a PR campaign that Desautels professor Karl Moore critiques as a misuse of funds that would have been better allocated toward making superior aircrafts.

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Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 12 Oct 2017

Knight Therapeutics has announced the resignation of its chief financial officer, as the company’s president and Desautels International Faculty Advisory Board member, Samira Sakhia (BCom’90, DPA’94, MBA’01), takes on the additional responsibility of CFO.

In doing so, Sakhia will leverage her 14 years of prior experience as CFO for Paladin Labs Inc.

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Classified as: Samira Sakhia, International advisory board, BCom Alumni, MBA Alumni
Published on: 11 Oct 2017

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