Integrated Management Student Fellowship

Integrated Management Student Fellowship (IMSF)

The Integrated Management Student Fellowship (IMSF) is an experiential leadership development program designed to help BCom students prepare for impactful and fulfilling careers.

Applications for the Fall 2021-Winter 2022 Integrated Management Student Fellowship (IMSF) will open in February-March 2021.

This two-semester, six-credit Fellowship has three synergistic components:

  • A faculty project, whereby Fellows will apprentice with one or more Desautels professors to conduct research and/or build new partnerships.
  • An impact initiative, whereby Fellows will work together in small groups to design and implement a sustainability project with stakeholders.
  • A course that integrates and supports the previous two components by providing structure, tools, and resources to help guide Fellows' development.

About the Faculty Project:

  • The first step toward solving problems is to understand the universe in which they operate. Faculty projects are an opportunity for you to experience academic research and partnership development in a participatory manner under the guidance of an accomplished academic, thereby improving your ability to think critically and make evidence-based decisions.
  • During your faculty project, you will collaborate with one or more world-class researchers to understand why they are asking a question, why they are using their selected research methods, and how they are interpreting results.
  • The domain-specific skills and knowledge you develop in your faculty projects will be used to help form complementary teams for your impact initiatives.

About the Impact Initiative:

  • Guided by The UN Sustainable Development Goals (for more info see here), your impact initiative will entail working in small groups to a) understand and apprentice with a challenge faced by an identified community, b) ideate with your group to design a solution to this challenge, c) attempt to implement your solution within the boundaries of the program's assigned hours and d) present the final culmination of your solution and process (including challenges, pivots, success, breakthroughs, learnings, etc.) at the end of the year.
  • Throughout your impact initiative, you will identify, prioritize, reflect on and improve specific managerial competencies to support your future aspirations.

About the IMSF Course:

  • The IMSF course provides a bridging link between the work you do on your faculty projects and the work you do on your impact initiatives. It will challenge you to reflect on your professional identity, personal goals and managerial capacities while providing a foundational toolkit for creating impact, regardless of your career aspirations. This includes understanding the link between research and knowledge mobilization vs. other forms of actionable intervention.
  • The course is a guided competency-based experience - every assignment will be linked in some way to domain-specific and general managerial competencies that will benefit your career. It will provide contemporary frameworks from various industries and sectors to support your understanding of how the impact is created, how to evaluate it, and how to iterate through the process of solving challenges.




Layial El-Hadi

Layial El-Hadi
Course Instructor

In 2020-2021, the IMSF course is taught by Layial El-Hadi. Layial is the Executive Director of Fintech Cadence (an organization that aims to create start-ups that will help solve the financial industry’s problems through the integration of technology) and a professor at Concordia University (Innovation, Critical Thinking and Creativity). In the past, Layial was the Chief Financial Officer at Apisen; a small business based in Montréal that built security and safety products for law enforcement and emergency responders. She moved to Montréal to pursue her MBA from HEC Montréal 7 years ago. Her past experiences have included work in sustainability consulting, impact investment and non-profit management. She is an avid traveller and has had the opportunity to work in various emerging and developed markets including Qatar, Jordan, India, Hong Kong and Canada.


What is the time commitment for this Fellowship?

The workload of the Fellowship each semester is designed to be equivalent to a typical 3-credit BCom course.
Each semester, you will be expected to devote approx. 80 hours to your faculty project and approx. 80 hours to the impact initiative and course combined (which will include class time, readings, course assignments and your group’s impact initiative). In total, you will spend approx. 160 hours in the fall semester and approx. 160 hours in the winter semester, which is the expected workload of a typical 6-credit course.
Note: There are no midterms or finals.
This course is not pass/fail. You will receive separate grades each semester that reflect the quality of work, reflection, and competency development in faculty project & impact initiative within the Fellowship.

What are the faculty projects and what kind of work can I expect to do?

Faculty projects are of two types – academic research and partnership development.

- Academic research usually entails literature review, data collection, conducting interviews, analysis, interpretation, and contributing to an academic research paper or advancing management research.
- Partnership development can include mapping and outreach to stakeholders, designing and conducting interviews, creating strategies, designing prototypes, and supporting faculty in advisory activities and advancing Desautels community engagement efforts. The goals and tasks of each faculty project are different.
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Current Fellows are working on the following projects. Learn more about the projects here.

Gender Patterns in Innovation & Patent Examination
Chief Sustainability Officers in Organizations
Climate Action Documentaries Strategy for SMEs
Customer Churn Model in Deep Learning
ESG Analysts in Corporate Sustainability Report
Ethical Management in the Digital Age
Introverts/Ambiverts/Extroverts in the C-Suite
Machine Learning and Food Security in Montreal
Political Economy of Drug Development
AI & Analytics Impact on Front-line Workers & Managers
Digital Mktg Strategy of Retail Management Masters
Machine Learning for Efficient Air Freight Shipments
Merger/Acquisition Discussions and Market Reactions
Planning & Operating an Electric Vehicle Sharing System
Survival & Death of Social Enterprises in Marketplace
Sustainable Consumption from the Consumer Perspective

What are some examples of impact initiatives?

The impact initiatives you and your group work on can vary considerably. Here are some examples of the shape they could take.
IMSF examples of impact initiatives

Why are the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the overarching framework for this Fellowship?

The impact initiatives you and your group work on can vary considerably. Here are some examples of the shape they could take.
The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.” The SDGs, set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and intended to be achieved by the year 2030, is part of UN Resolution 70/1, the 2030 Agenda.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
The 17 goals extend across national boundaries and have applications across sectors, industries, and disciplines. Whether your desired impact as a manager relates to economic development, innovation, social progress, governance or sustainable development, the SDG framework is relevant.

Sustainable Development Goals - economic, social, ecological visual
Learn more about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) here.

IMSF Calendar 2020-2021



Information Session (Fall) November 27, 2020

Information Session

February (dates TBA)

Applications open for
Fall 2021 - Winter 2022 cohort

February - March 2021

Invitation to interview

March - April 2021

Offers extended and Fellowships confirmed

Early May 2021
MDIIM coordinates course registration and credit allocation May - June 2021
Summer break May - August 2021

Fellowship commences

September 2021

Fellowship concludes April 2022

How to apply:

Who is eligible?

All Desautels BCom majors and concentrations are eligible to participate – providing you have 6 credits available.
If Fall 2021 is your final semester, you are NOT eligible to participate in this Fellowship unless you extend your degree by one semester. Note: Such a decision must be confirmed by April 2021.

How do I apply?

Application details will be released in February 2021.

Can I still apply if I'm currently abroad (on exchange or doing an internship or living elsewhere due to COVID)?

Yes. Faculty supervisors will conduct online interviews for students currently on an exchange or living abroad due to COVID.

How will the credits be allocated to my degree?

Fellows will be registered for 3 credits in the fall semester and 3 credits in the winter semester under the course codes BUSA 434 and MSUS 434. This means the Fellowship will appear on your transcript as two 3-credit courses.

If you usually register for 5 courses (15 credits) each semester, upon acceptance into this Fellowship, you will only need to register for 4 courses (12 credits). Here is a visual example of how your academic year might look with and/or without this Fellowship. 
IMSF semester visual
Similar to other courses, you must pay tuition for these credits depending on your student status. Tuition will be charged to your student account as 3 credits in Fall and 3 credits in Winter.

Fellows will be registered for BUSA 434 (three credits) - which can replace one of the complementary courses in a major/concentration related to your faculty project or can count as an elective.
Fellows will be registered for MSUS 434 (three credits) - which can replace one of your experiential learning courses in your Managing for Sustainability (MSUS) major/concentration OR can count as an elective.


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