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Circular economy can help mitigate environmental impact of frenzied Black Friday shopping

Black Friday offers cut-rate deals, but low prices can come with a high environmental cost. If shoppers don’t make choices wisely, their purchases could end up in the landfill.

The clothing industry accounts for about 10% of global carbon dioxide emissions, but some retailers are taking more responsibility for their environmental impact, said Desautels Prof. Javad Nasiry in an interview with Global News.

Published: 2 Dec 2022

Constrained optimization of objective functions determined from random forests

Authors: Max Biggs, Rim Hariss and Georgia Perakis

Publication: Production and Operations Management, Forthcoming First published online: September 2022


Published: 14 Nov 2022

Professors Cohen, Khern-am-nuai awarded SSHRC Insight Grant

Congratulations to Maxime Cohen, Professor in Retail and Operations Management and Warut Khern-am-nuai, Associate Professor in Information Systems who were awarded a 2022 SSHRC Insight Grant.

“Understanding Fairness in Fair Machine Learning”

Published: 13 Oct 2022

Retail power in distribution channels: A double-edged sword for upstream suppliers

Authors: Yuhong He, Saibal Ray and Shuya Yin

Publication: Production and Operations Management Volume 31, Issue 6, June 2022, Pages 2681 – 2694


Published: 26 Sep 2022

Offering a signing bonus can help companies recruit new worker’s, but industry-wide worker shortages remain

Canada’s trucking industry has a worker shortage, and competition for qualified drivers is high. The last-mile delivery company Sysco is offering truck drivers up to $30 an hour – with a $10,000 bonus once they meet all of the company’s service standards. This type of incentive can help address a company’s need for employees in the short-term, but it doesn’t address the larger problem, said Prof.

Published: 25 Aug 2022

Health data analytics can help improve access to health care

Health questionnaires are time-consuming – for doctors and patients alike. “The digitalization of all of those questions would allow patients to do lot of work before visiting a physician,” says Maxime Cohen, a Professor of Retail and Operations Management at Desautels and the Chief AI officer for ELNA Medical, Canada’s largest network of clinics.

Published: 24 Aug 2022

Clothing recycling programs do little to address fast fashion’s environmental impact

Speed and variety. These are the pillars of the fast fashion model. Retailers like H&M and Zara seek to bring style to the masses by emulating the trends of Paris and Milan, but their model of disposable clothing comes with a high environmental cost. With this business model in place, it simply is not possible for these businesses to be sustainable, said Prof.

Published: 2 Aug 2022

Prof Maxime Cohen wins 2022 MSOM Young Scholar Prize

Congratulations to Maxime Cohen, Professor of Retail and Operations Management, winner of the 2022 MSOM Young Scholar Prize, awarded by Manufacturing and Service Operations Management - MSOM Society of INFORMS.

Published: 12 Jul 2022

Taxing waste could help make fashion more sustainable

Reducing waste can help lower the environmental impact of any business, and Javad Nasiry believes that policy can help achieve this. The fashion industry is a major source of carbon emissions, and fast fashion retailers have made it worse with low-quality apparel designed to be worn only a few times.

Published: 16 Jun 2022

Celebrating excellence in teaching at Desautels

Across programs and subject areas, the Desautels Faculty of Management recognizes the vital role that teaching plays in enriching the student experience and in inspiring the next generation of leaders.

Published: 10 Jun 2022

Desautels’ event highlights innovative research and recognizes scholars

On Friday, May 13, members of the Desautels Faculty of Management gathered to celebrate the innovative and impactful research conducted by its scholars. 

Fifteen professors were on hand to deliver two-minute presentations of their most interesting and research.

Published: 20 May 2022

Professor Maxime Cohen makes Poets&Quants 2022 Best 40-Under-40 MBA Professors list

Poets&Quants has named Professor Maxime Cohen to its annual Best 40-Under-40 MBA Professors of 2022 list. The influential business school news site annually recognizes professors under the age of 40 who are masters in the classroom, influence business and policy, are prolific researchers and have demonstrated meaningful impact on their fields.

Published: 16 May 2022

Delve podcast: New Normal: How Fast Fashion Can Slow Down and Go Green, with Javad Nasiry

Fast fashion is a rapidly expanding subsection of an already environmentally problematic industry. What does a truly sustainable fashion industry model look like—and will customers buy it?

Published: 5 May 2022

Executives should understand what data tells them about the present – and the future

Data can tell you a lot about the current state of business, and what the future holds. That’s information that companies can use to make strategic decisions, and it is multiplying quickly. Up to 90 per cent of all data was created in the past two years alone. To leverage, Prof.

Published: 2 May 2022


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