Desautels Faculty of Management

Light Reading reports that after leaving her position as Head of Ericsson North America, Rima Qureshi (BCom’87, MBA’96) has been hired as Verizon’s new Chief Strategy Officer. She will be working for CEO Lowell McAdam.

Qureshi has a deep understanding of the issues involved with running a successful tech company in today’s network-heavy reality: she started at Ericsson as a system analyst in 1993, before moving up through the ranks.

Classified as: BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Masters in Business Administration (MBA), MBA Alumni
Published on: 20 Sep 2017

In an interview for Flare Magazine, Toronto-based Shereen Ladha (BCom’10) talks about finding success both as a brand strategist and as a busy Bollywood dancer in movies, Netflix shows, on Canada’s Got Talent and since 2014, on her own YouTube channel.

Ms Ladha says that the moment she realized that she could indeed balance her day job and her side hustle was when she left work late one night to go to a video shoot for which she’d hired dancers. She worked through the stress, and the video ended up going viral.

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

Nour Hadidi (BCom’10) is a comedian and TV writer who grew up in a family of doctors, earned a BCom, and spent a half-decade as a financial analyst before leaving Montreal for the comedy stages of Toronto.

In an interview with Flare Magazine, Ms Hadidi says that she got her big break in the form of an appearance on a CBC Radio special. That event led to other CBC appearances and gigs at comedy clubs.

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

Marie Laure Leclercq (MBA) started her career, and indeed her life, as a male. According to the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) National Magazine, when she began the process of changing her gender in 1995, it was what she calls an act of survival.

For years, the former Mr Leclercq had been hiding growing feelings of unease in his gender and suffering from depression, but at the time, transgender people had to jump through hoops before becoming eligible for gender-reassignment surgery.

Classified as: MBA Alumni, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Published on: 19 Sep 2017

In a piece for the Harvard Business Review, Desautels course lecturer Jay A Hewlin writes that, though negotiation experts the world over consider the “walk away” (technically, “Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement” or BATNA) tactic to be an important tool, it’s not the best approach for every situation.

Classified as: harvard business review
Published on: 19 Sep 2017

In a recent op-ed for Bangladeshi online newspaper bdnews24.com, Desautels Professor Mo Chaudhury explores the unfolding Rohingya humanitarian disaster in Myanmar, then outlines the corruption at the heart of the crisis and the players who stand to benefit from it.

Classified as: mo chaudhury, finance
Published on: 19 Sep 2017

Desautels Professor Patricia Hewlin has been invited to serve as guest editor of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes’ (OBHDP) “Authenticity at Work” issue. Prof. Hewlin was co-author of a study on leader integrity and worker conformity.

OBHDP is one of the Financial Times’ top-50 business journals, and publishes on organizational behaviour and judgement in business.

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

A piece in the Coshocton Tribune delves into the subject of fall-season beef herds and how to decide whether to cull a female. Pregnancy status can be the determining factor, since caring for a cow can cost $1,000 per year. If a cow isn’t a good bet for breeding, it might be better to sell it off or harvest the meat. Since a cow isn’t fully mature until the age of four, good nutrition is crucial for cows that are being aimed at breeding while they are themselves still developing.

Classified as: Henry Mintzberg, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 19 Sep 2017

A recent Huffington Post article talks about how the old credo of “doing well by doing good” is becoming more integral to business, and quotes Desautels Professor Nancy Adler that we can no longer “create financially successful companies and an equitable … sustainable world by simply applying yesterday’s approaches to business.” The piece goes on to describe how the Ashoka U initiative is bringing these next-gen business concepts to colleges and universities to light the social-innovation fire at the campus leve

Classified as: Nancy Adler, Organizational Behaviour
Published on: 19 Sep 2017

Canadian Business’ Profit 500 ranking is out, and two companies led by McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA alumni are on it. Atypic is a Montreal-based professional-services firm that works with organizations in the plural sector, and is headed by President Pascal Lépine (EMBA’12).

Classified as: McGill-HEC Executive MBA (EMBA), McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA), EMBA Alumni
Published on: 15 Sep 2017

At the inaugural session for the Université de Montréal Law faculty’s 2017-18 school year, Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens extended a warm welcome to the new and returning students, then invited Cogeco Connexion’s VP Legal Affairs, Chief Privacy Officer, and Desautels alumna Caroline Dignard (EMBA'10) to the podium to deliver the annual speech.

Classified as: McGill-HEC Executive MBA (EMBA), McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA (EMBA), EMBA Alumni
Published on: 15 Sep 2017

A recent piece in Le monde du droit announces that French business law firm Bersay & Associés has brought Thibault Lasserre (MBA'07) on board as an associate. Mr Lasserre concentrates on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity. Before joining Bersay & Associés, he advised several corporations about international mergers, acquisitions and spinoffs; and worked at Law firms such as Veil Jourde, Coudert Brothers and Jones Day.

Classified as: Masters in Business Administration (MBA), MBA Alumni
Published on: 15 Sep 2017

The McGill Reporter’s summer photos gallery is now live, and features shots from far-off locales as well as spots that are close to home. From McGillians waiting to watch the recent solar eclipse atop the Grand Teton, to a street festival in Grenada, the photos show that the McGill Family really gets around between semesters.

Published on: 15 Sep 2017

It’s a vicious cycle: Companies cut back on promotions to try to minimize big salary loads, but more promotions keep employees around longer. According to a piece at incentiveandmotivation.com, the answer could be more frequent, but smaller, promotions.

Desautels Professor Alain Pinsonneault points to recent research indicating that frequent little promotions help to minimize turnover at IT firms. Also, because the wage increases are minor, the dollar impact of a promotion is not dramatic.

Classified as: Alain Pinsonneault, Information Systems
Published on: 15 Sep 2017

A CTV News piece about the latest developments in Boeing’s complaint against Bombardier states that London is now pressuring the White House because wings for the C Series are made in Northern Ireland, and Ottawa is hinting that its deal to buy $6.3 billion worth of Boeing’s Super Hornet fighters may be up in the air.

Classified as: Karl Moore, Strategy & Organization
Published on: 13 Sep 2017

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