The Centre supports early stage research projects, led by researchers in the Strategy & Organization area.

Current projects

What makes M&A conference calls informative? The information content of M&A conference call transcripts and market reactions

Kwangjun An

Extensive finance and management research has sought to explain how markets react to corporate development activities. In this line of thought, prior studies on mergers and acquisitions (M&As) have focused on deal-specific and firm-specific factors that affect stock market returns to M&A announcements. However, investors are likely to utilize and integrate available information to evaluate M&As rather than relying solely on these observable factors. This project addresses this issue by examining how, and the extent to which, information regarding M&As relates to investor behavior. It uses M&A conference call transcripts to characterize the information content associated with M&A issues (e.g., strategic fit, cultural fit and difficulties in integration) and analyze the relationship between the information content and investor reactions.

Impact of analytics on work and occupational jurisdictions

Arvind Karunakaran

This research is aimed at exploring the following questions: (1) How does analytics shape knowledge production in organizations? (2) How does analytics reconfigure jurisdictions and power relations among different occupational groups within organizations, and with what implications for the well-being of front-line workers? Examining these research questions will help us better understand analytics and its occupational- and societal- consequences, and help us distinguish the rhetoric about big data analytics from the reality of their actual benefits and limitations in practice.

Organizing for Impact Investing

Paola Perez-Aleman

This exploratory research project examines how the demand side of the impact investment market is organizing in the Latin American and African contexts. There is a growing supply of impact investors channeling financing for innovation in developing countries to create social, environmental and economic value. A large gap in understanding the organizational dynamics of this market limits management studies and practice.

2018 projects

Changing routines in global value chains to improve sustainability

Paola Perez-Aleman

Global value chains integrate hundreds of millions of rural producers as suppliers in diverse industries connected to global commodities such as coffee, cocoa, tea, and palm oil. This project advances research on the shifts to sustainable production in low-income contexts. It explores the conditions enabling smallholders and small enterprises to change their existing production and processing routines to improve social and environmental sustainability in agricultural value chains.

Exploring changes in perspectives on sustainability and mentorship networks during entrepreneurship training

Nii Addy

Participants in entrepreneurship training undergo changes that are often not accounted for, when highlighting the impacts of such training. In examining the learning that occurs over the period of training, this project documents changes in entrepreneurs’ perspectives about the value propositions they are offering and the sustainability of their ventures. Sampling from McGill and partners institutions, we explore how entrepreneurs’ focus on economic, social, or environmental aspects of sustainability change as they participate in startup competitions and accelerators. We also study the evolution of entrepreneurs’ mentorship networks, and associations with their perspectives on sustainability. Findings will inform a more extensive research project on entrepreneurship training for socio-economic development.

From coordinators to matchmakers

Kwangjun An

Firms seek to conform to consumer expectations because otherwise they may face penalties. When consumers expect firms to adopt new practices or modify current practices, firms tend to do so, thus avoiding the risk being devalued in the market. This project aims to better understand the relationship between consumer expectations and firm behaviors, with a particular focus on the role of a market’s network structure that shapes the dissemination of consumer expectations.

Entrepreneurship in the culinary industry

Daphne Demetry

Using interviews with chefs, this project examines the role of mentorship in the entrepreneurial experience of opening a culinary business (e.g., restaurant) and how this differs by gender. 

Introvert and extrovert leaders in the C-Suite

Karl Moore

This project looks at how introvert and extrovert leaders develop and adopt their leadership approaches as they achieve more senior and strategic positions in an organization.  In addition to standard transcription and analysis of interviews, we will also be using recently developed AI software.

Scandal, stigma and the diffusion of Confucius institutes in North America

Elena Obukhova

What happens once it becomes common knowledge that high status organizations consider a particular organizational practice illegitimate?  In this project, I explore this question by examining diffusion in North America of Confucius institutes, educational organizations funded by Chinese government to promote Chinese language and culture globally.  

2017 projects

From movement to market: The development of the "local food" market category

Robert David
The central objective of this project is to better understand the relationship between social movements and markets, particularly how social movements give rise to opportunities for new market categories to emerge and expand, and how entrepreneurs leverage these opportunities. It seeks to build on the small number of recent studies in organization theory that have examined how social movements give rise to new market categories and entrepreneurial opportunity. In this way, it intends to contribute to the organizational theory literature on new market categories as well as the nascent fertilization of the social-movement and organization-theory literatures.

Innovation in the bio-economy

Paola Perez-Aleman
This project examines how Brazilian and Canadian firms create new bio-based technologies.

Corporate approaches to water management

Dror Etzion
For many corporations, water management is an even more acute concern than climate change.  Whereas greenhouse gases are essentially pollutants or wastes, water is an important raw material that companies use both directly and in their supply chain.  This project examines how corporations address issues such as water scarcity and water quality throughout the world.


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