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Sep 6, 2018

Millennial Men Taking on Parental Leave, and More – Toronto News

Millennial Men Taking on Parental Leave, and More – Toronto News

Toronto’s finest business schools have been contributing to social, political, and scientific advances this week. We’ve laid out the highlights below.

How Testosterone May Be Influencing Men’s Purchasing DecisionsThe Globe and Mail

Nature Communications recently published research from Western University Canada’s Ivey Business School that explored the relationship between testosterone levels and luxury brand purchases in men. The study finds that levels of the hormone, typically associated with sex drive and masculine features, could play a role in predicting shopping choices.

The study involved 243 men between the ages of 18 and 55, divided into two groups. The men in one group were given doses of testosterone, and those in the other group received a placebo. Those with higher levels of testosterone were more likely to purchase high-end brands than those with lower levels of the hormone. Researchers posited that this is due to an evolutionary drive to demonstrate high social status, and therefore a high mate value.

According to the study, testosterone, “elevates men’s desire to promote their social status through economic consumption.”

You can read more about the study here.

How Millennial Men Can Champion Workplace EqualityForbes

Though, externally, it seems society has made remarkable strides toward gender equality, subconscious bias is more difficult to measure. Harvard’s Project Implicit study, however, attempts to gain data about implicit gender bias. Nearly 80 percent of participants were more comfortable associating men with the work and public spheres and women with the domestic spheres than vice versa.

According to the research, working mothers tend to be faced with skepticism surrounding their commitment and ability to do their jobs when they return from parental leave. However, millennial fathers, may have the chance to help alter this perspective. In her Forbes article, Mary Beth Ferrante sites the work of Erin Reid, Associate Professor at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business. Her work explains the concept of breadsharers, or, “husbands who value enabling each partner to pursue their work and family goals.”

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Erin Reid, Associate Professor at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business, notes that the more millennial men take parental leave, the more normalized the practice becomes / Photo via

Milliennial fathers are more open to breadsharing, and could thus influence the way new mothers are seen in the workplace. Ferrante insists that it is essential for men to take their full parental leave in order to challenge implicit bias surrounding the roles of men and women in the workplace and at home.

You can read Ferrante’s full piece on millennial men influencing parental leave here.

What is the Most Democratic and Effective Way to Govern a City the Size and Economic Import of Toronto?The Globe and Mail

Richard Florida, professor at the University of Toronto’s School of Cities and Rotman School of Management, and Alan Broadbent, Chair of Avana Capital and Maytree, recently co-authored an article for The Globe and Mail that explores Toronto’s future in the wake of Doug Ford’s announcement that he plans to drastically reduce the size of Toronto’s city council.

With different parties vying for a say in how Toronto ought be governed moving forward, the co-authors insisted that, “The province and the country as a whole can’t afford to have an economic entity of this size and economic importance kicked around like a proverbial political football.” Florida and Broadbent advocate for finding a system that would empower the city rather than dividing it.

The two say:

“We need to create a new governance system that enables Toronto to truly govern itself, act on its strengths and address its many problems and challenges. The future prosperity of our city, province and nation depends on it. It’s an issue that must be front and centre in this mayor’s race and beyond.”

You can read more about Toronto’s economic future here.

Aug 30, 2018

Rotman Prof Talks MeToo Movement, and More – Toronto News

Rotman Prof Talks MeToo Movement, and More – Toronto News

Professors and alumni from Toronto’s top business schools have been making headlines this week. See what they’ve been up to below.

The Corporate Climb: Women Locked Out of Old Boys’ Club in Misguided Me Too BacklashCanada’s National Observer

The MeToo movement began as a way to shed light on the pervasiveness of sexual assault and harassment following the allegations against Hollywood power-producer Harvey Weinstein. Ideally, the MeToo movement would lead to more accountability for people in positions of power, and consequently, better boundaries in working and personal relationships. Unfortunately, progress often comes with backlash, which may be the case in Canada’s business world.

Instead of increased education about harassment and consent, many workplaces have taken to diminishing their liability via actions that hinder women. Because of this, some men in upper-level positions shy away from mentoring women or being in more intimate situations with them (e.g. a client dinner, or a business trip). However, Sarah Kaplan, professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, feels strongly that focusing on the backlash of the movement is counterproductive to the cause. In Canada’s National Observer, Kaplan says:

“It is just one more way that even an effort to lead to more liberation and equality has been co-opted. It is as if people don’t understand what they shouldn’t be doing. As long as you don’t grab someone or proposition them, you can take someone to lunch … It is completely obvious how to be professional.”

You can read more about the reaction to the MeToo movement here.

Tattoo Company Fosters a New Kind of ArtRyerson Today

Braden Handley, a Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management Entrepreneurship graduate, co-founded Inkbox with his brother Tyler in 2015. Since then, the business has recently accrued $10 million CAD in funding. Inkbox offers semi-permanent tattoos made with organic materials, that last around two weeks.

Grad Braden Handley (entrepreneurship ’12), right, founded Inkbox with his brother Tyler

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“Ryerson helped me get into work mode immediately,” Handley tells his alma mater in a recent interview. “You were taught how to be an employee … We were given a lot of assignments that were real work assignments.” The company employs 60 people, who contributing to the distribution of 60,000 tattoos per month.

“Chase your dreams, but your dreams have to align with your natural abilities as well. Everyone has predispositions and skills.”

Get more familiar with Handley’s journey here.

Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Influence LeadersAssent Compliance

Assent Compliance’s new list of the “Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Leaders” has arrived. The ranking analyzes those whose “efforts contribute to improvements throughout global supply chains, helping individuals and companies make a positive difference.”

The list includes notable people like Laura Chapman Rubbo, who helped create the human rights policy for Disney.

Dirk Matten, Professor at York University’s Schulich School of Business, lands 44th on the list. Matten, who holds the Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility, serves as Schulich’s Associate Dean of Research.

Discover the full list here.

Jul 30, 2018

The End of Non-Compete Clauses, and More – Toronto News

The End of Non-Compete Clauses, and More – Toronto News

Representatives from some of Toronto’s strongest business schools have made many contributions to help better their communities this week. Check out some best stories from the week.

Restaurant Brands International to Review ‘No-Poach’ Franchise AgreementsVancouver Courier

Restaurant Brands International, one of the largest global quick service restaurant companies, indicated that it may be re-thinking the ‘no-poach’ clause in employee contracts. ‘No-poach’ clauses (also known as non-compete clauses) prevent employees from one franchise location from moving to different competing franchise location within the same chain. Experts, including Maurice Mazerolle, Associate Professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, believe the clause prevents wage growth for people working in this field.

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Restaurant Brands International, which operates Canadian-mega chain Tim Horton’s, may be ditching its “no-poach” clause for its employees.

“In theory, in a tight labour market it basically means you’re not going to be able to bid up wages to compete for those experience workers,” Mazerolle said in an interview with the Vancouver Courier.

Restaurant Brands International owns Canada staple Tim Hortons, as well as Burger King and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, with franchises in the U.S. and Canada. Representatives from the fast-food giant have said that they will be consulting their franchisee advisory boards to discuss changing the ‘no-poach’ clause in employee contracts.

You can read more about ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements here.

Medicine by Design and Creative Destruction Lab Partner to Accelerate the Commercialization of World-Class Research in Regenerative MedicineMedicine by Design

Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), a seed-stage program for science and tech companies that was launched University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management in 2012, has partnered with Medicine by Design to support the monetization of and nationwide access to regenerative medicine. CDL Executive Director Sonia Sennik said:

“The Creative Destruction Lab has a strong history of supporting health-based companies, and we are very excited to deepen this area of focus through our Health Stream. By partnering with Medicine by Design, we can expand a successful model to include companies on the cutting edge of cell therapy and regenerative medicine.”

Medicine by Design’s regenerative medicine initiative perfectly complements the CDL’s commitment to providing resources for health innovators. The CDL has locations in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Halifax, and New York City.

Read more about the partnership here.

Recycling Provides Manufacturers With Economic Advantages, Study SayIndiana University

Gal Raz, associate professor at Western University Canada’s Ivey Business School, and Gilvan C. Souza, professor at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, co-authored a study that appeared in Production and Operations Management. In the study, “Recycling As A Strategic Supply Source,” the researchers investigated how recycling could provide lucrative resources for companies in today’s changing supply market. The researchers found that recycling can prove to be a wise fiscal decision for companies in the metal cutting tool and inserts industry.

“Because you become your own supplier—you sell your products and you collect them and you recycle them—it gives you your own source of raw materials,” Souza said. The professors’ research showed that recycling can protect companies from changes in the market. According to Souza, recycling “insulates you from the volatility of the market, at least partially. You’re still buying some portion of your raw materials from the commodity market, which is volatile, but if that’s a smaller and smaller portion, then that’s a significant benefit.”

Read more about the recycling study here.

Jun 27, 2018

Ivey Promoting Women in Business, and More – Toronto News

Ivey Promoting Women in Business, and More – Toronto News

It has been an exciting week for Toronto’s top business schools. Below, we’ve laid out some of the week’s highlights.

Business-Women: Forging A Path From Campus to CommunityWestern Gazette

Western University student Alina Huang started the business Illuminate, which provides resources for high schoolers aspiring to be entrepreneurs. Illuminate has partnered with Western University’s Ivey Business School, as well as Deloitte and Concentra Bank. Though she uses “white, male aliases” to avoid bias in her online business, she has found Western’s environment nurturing and inclusive.

In fact, Western offers Propel, an “accelerator and co-working space” that “offers entrepreneurs an inclusive space with mentorship, resources and potential for product testing on the student market.”

You can read more about Huang and Western’s approach to inclusivity here.

What Sector Is Brewing the Next Financial Crisis?The Insurance & Investment Journal

The Insurance and Investment Journal recently featured an article which referenced a forum held at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management last March. The forum featured Richard Sylla, Stern School of Business professor, who posited that there will be another financial crisis, as has been the pattern for nearly 300 years.

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“In the build-up to a crisis … the Cassandras of the world – those who warned against it and financial historians like me – were shooed away and told: this time it’s different.”-Richard Sylla

Sylla suggested that financial crises can create their own opportunities, including profit for those who correctly predict the upcoming changes while other investors remain unaware. Crises can also lead to technological advances meant to prevent whatever has caused the crisis from recurring.

Read more about Sylla’s insight at the Rotman forum here.

Honorary Degree Recipient is All About Giving BackSchulich News

This week, Dr. Narendra Singh, who graduated from York University’s Schulich School of Business with an EMBA in 2017, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws. The Schulich grad practiced pediatric and neonatal healthcare around the world. In 2009, he founded Guyana Help The Kids (GHTK), which has markedly increased Guyana’s prenatal care resources.

“I’m receiving this Honorary Doctor of Laws, but I’m somewhat conflicted since my success is the combined effort of many people, some in the audience today, and so I would like to share this degree with them,” Singh says.

You can read more about Singh here.

Jun 15, 2018

Degroote Prof Receives Award, and More – Toronto News

Degroote Prof Receives Award, and More – Toronto News

Though most schools experience a summer lull, professors and alumni from Toronto’s finest business schools are continuing to give back to their communities and lead the way to positive change. Below, we’ve laid out some of the most exciting news stories from Toronto metro business schools this week.

The Difference Maker: Mahmut Parlar Honoured for 30 Years of Exceptional Research, Teaching, and Service – McMaster News

Mahmut Parlar, Business Research professor at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business has been tapped to receive the Canadian Operational Research Society’s Award of Merit. Mahmut is passionate about his job, and goes out of his was to make statistics fun. He even uses a beach ball exercise to start his grad classes. After 30 years of teaching and research, Parlar still feels passionate about his work.

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“They pay me to do what I love; I’m a lucky person,’’ Parlar said in an interview. The professor even commented that he continues to feel grateful and excited each time he sees that someone has cited his work. This is impressive seeing as his work has been cited upwards of 6,000 times.

“You always hear people say stats is boring, it’s dull. People take a stats course because it’s a requirement, not because they find it interesting or valuable … why not make it fun?” -Mahmut Parlar

You can read more about Parlar’s work and award here.

Cryptoeconomics and the Future of the WebNews@Ivey

Ryan Zurrer, who graduated from Western University Canada’s Ivey Business School in 2006, recently gave a talk on cryptoeconomics. The Ivey alum, who is now Principal and Venture Partner at Polychain Capital, talked about the sweeping importance of cryptoeconomics and blockchain 2.0, which started in Toronto. According to Zurrer, cryptoeconomics is “the study of how we use digital incentivization to drive specific resources and behaviours among self-interested agents on decentralized networks, thereby inherently delivering security and accelerating network effects.”

Cryptoeconomics contains elements of group psychology, cryptography, network security, finance, behavioral economics, computer science, law, and game theory.

“All we’re doing here is trying to change the fabric of commerce and law, and the way society functions and politics and the very nature of the organization. We don’t have to take ourselves so seriously about it. Have fun, enjoy this process even if you’re not technical, it doesn’t mean you can’t get involved in cryptoeconomic systems.”-Ryan Zurrer

You can read more about Zurrer’s talk here.

Toronto’s Deadly Car CrisisMedium

Richard Florida, Director of Cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute in the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, recently wrote a Medium article in which he detailed the dire issues with driving in Toronto. Florida pointed out that Toronto’s rate of pedestrian deaths exceeds that of Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, D.C., Seattle, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Portland, and Buffalo.

Though Florida acknowledged that a car-centered economy was reasonable after WWII, he believed the model no longer makes sense. He cited cities like New York and London, which have grown beyond their “geographic threshold,” due to their reliance on alternate modes of transportation.

“Torontonians like to sound off on Americans’ inability to deal with guns and gun deaths. But Toronto’ s inability to deal with the car creates its own killing fields,” Florida writes.

You can read more about Toronto’s car crisis here.

Jun 6, 2018

Toronto News: Schulich Grad Becomes CEO, Ryerson Promotes Women in Business, and more…

Toronto News: Schulich Grad Becomes CEO, Ryerson Promotes Women in Business, and more…

Toronto business schools have seen another exciting week of community contributions from faculty and graduates. We’ve laid out some of the high points.

We Need to Talk About Career GapsLinkedIn
This week, Rod Bolger wrote an article for LinkedIn on the “RBC Opt-In: Women’s Career Continuation Program: at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. The article’s author is also the CFO of RBC, the company that sponsors this program. The Opt-In program allows women who have stepped away from their careers to continue their education and regain their footing in the workforce. The program allows these women to network and further their education on topics like leadership and personal branding.

“At RBC, we believe an inclusive workforce spurs innovation, and that in turn fosters a strong economy and helps our communities prosper. The bottom line: we need women—as half of the world’s talent pool—to be able to fully participate in the workforce. We can each do our part to listen and learn from those who have the diversity of perspective and experience that a career gap brings.” -Rod Bolger

Read more about the RBC Opt-In: Women’s Career Continuation Program here.

Sprout Wellness Appoints New CEOHRT News Desk
Sprout Wellness Solutions, which provides resources for ensuring holistic employee wellness in corporate settings, has announced that Andrew Zimakas will take over as CEO. Zimakas has been serving as interim COO at the company for a number of months. Zimakas earned his MBA at York University’s Schulich School of Business. After earning his MBA, he worked in senior positions at several large companies, including Microsoft and LoyaltyOne.

“I’m incredibly excited to be leading such a talented and committed team at Sprout; It’s a great fit, given that we are a purpose-driven organization with a leading-edge solution that is at the intersection of two of my passion areas: technology and health and wellness.”- Andrew Zimakas

Read more about Sprout Wellness Solutions here.

China Poised to Take Lead in Artificial Intelligence RaceThe Globe and Mail
Avi Goldfarb and Daniel Trefler, economists at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, have written a soon-to-be-published paper tackling questions about AI’s impact on the future of international trade. The researchers note that China is fast becoming an AI giant with Silicon Valley-level tech advances and growth.

Though the researchers believe China’s innovations will be useful to Canada, they also anticipate harmful consequences as a result of China’s rise to AI superpower. For example, there may be no room for AI companies from smaller countries like Canada once China achieves dominance.

Read more about China’s role in AI here.

Jun 4, 2018

Schulich Professor Honored, and More – Toronto News

Schulich Professor Honored, and More – Toronto News

This week has seen strides for Toronto’s business schools, so lets take a look at some of the highlights.

Serving the Public Good – Corporate Knights

Ed Waitzer, professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School and York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto, is the newest recipient if the Corporate Knights Award of Distinction.

In addition to teaching corporate law at York University’s Schulich School of Business, Waitzer is on the advisory board of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile’s corporate governance centre, and frequent lecturer at various universities. At 64, Waitzer remains active and continues to challenge his students and peers to question “compliance mentality,” and decipher what it means to do the right thing in any given situation.

“Ed has spent much of his life advancing the legal foundations for corporations and pension funds to better serve the public good. He’s brought a high level of credibility to interpreting a complex body of law in ways that expand the concept of fiduciary responsibility and allow business leaders to use their power to better serve the interests of a wide range of stakeholders. He makes it less possible for a corporate or pension board to shut down, say, discussions about blackballing child labour or coal because, ‘We have a fiduciary duty to our shareholders.’” -Toby Heaps, Corporate Knights CEO and Publisher.

Learn more about Waitzer’s life and career here.

Ivey MBA Association Welcomes New PresidentNews@Ivey

Western University Canada’s Ivey Business School’s MBA association has elected Marika Marty as its president. Marty was elected by the MBA class of 2019 and will be the first president the association has seen in over 15 years. As president, Marty will represent the student body and facility unity in her class.

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The new MBAA said that initially she put off even applying for her MBA for years, thinking that she would have to choose between a career and a family. However, she soon realized this thinking was flawed and chose to challenge herself. “As women, sometimes we sell ourselves short. Being able to embrace opportunity is the real challenge,” Marty said.

Read more about Ivey MBAA’s new president here.

The Debate In Canada Over Paying Plasma DonorsPolicy Options Politics

In a recent article in Policy Options Politics, the need for plasma and the choices facing policy-makers has come to a face.

The paper—co-written by Nicola Lacetera, associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and Mario Macis, associate professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School—notes that over 80 percent of plasma used to treat patients in Canada is brought in from the U.S. Both the US and Germany can provide a significant amount of plasma, as their laws allow for the creation of private collection establishments as well as compensating donors for the time commitment and discomfort that accompanies donation, but the majority of Canadian provinces prohibit the payment of donors and establishing for-profit collection centers.

In the exploration of the issue, Lacetera and Macis cite the problems with paying plasma donors as well as the benefits (greater incentive to donate, thus less reliance on foreign imports). For example, paying donors could lead to an increase in tainted donations from people who are not healthy, and are just trying to earn money quickly.

Read more about options for increasing domestic plasma donation in Canada here.

May 24, 2018

Ivey Professor Honored, and More – Toronto News

Ivey Professor Honored, and More – Toronto News

Professors from some of the Toronto metro’s finest business schools have littered (definitely not literally, in the case of environmental education pioneer Tima Bansal) news headlines this week. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

Ivey Professor Tima Bansal Honored for Innovative Teaching – News@Ivey

Tima Bansal, professor at Western University Canada’s Ivey Business School, has been tapped to receive an Ideas Worth Teaching award. During her time as Director of both the Network for Business Sustainability and the Centre for Building Sustainable Value, Dr. Bansal has integrated sustainability into every part of Ivey’s MBA experience.

Where many programs have sustainability electives, Dr. Bansal has elected to co-teach the core MBA courses, so that sustainability practices are not seen as separate from the fundamentals of business education. Bansal was one of 20 winners who will be honored at Working Towards Shared Prosperity: An Academic-Executive Dialogue in Ann Arbor, Michigan this October.

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Read more about Dr. Bansal’s teaching methods here.

Behavioral Economics Expert at University of Toronto’s Rotman School Receives A Canada Research ChairEurekAlert!

The Canadian government has announced that Dilip Soman, professor of marketing at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will serve as the Canada Research Chair in Behavioral Science and Economics. Soman is the Director of Behavioral Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR), wherein he supervises the use of research findings to help tackle social problems. A recent press release detailed Soman’s work, saying:

“Prof. Soman is a world leading researcher in the area of behavioural economics and its applications to consumer wellbeing, marketing and policy. His work combines insights from psychology and economics to better understand how individuals make decisions.”

As a Canada Research Chair, Soman will have the opportunity to aid in and supervise important research and help train future leaders who show promise.

You can read more about professor Soman here.

How Our Collective Narcissism Explains Everything from Trump and Brexit to China’s Rising DominanceThe Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail recently released an article that featured research from Russell Belk, a marketing professor at York University’s Schulich School of Business. Belk’s paper, which was published in the Markets, Globalization & Development Review, focused on the theory of “collective narcissism” as it pertains to current world events.

According to Dr. Belk’s work, the nationalistic collective narcissism that led to the Brexit vote in the UK, President Trump’s 2016 election in the United States, and China’s rising global presence is rooted in the belief that others are impeding a nation’s potential for greatness.

“Brexit and the election of Trump both relied on a particular type of nationalistic appeal to collective narcissism—an exaggerated emotional belief that the nation’s greatness is being undermined by other nations and other people. This tendency is catered to by appeals to make the nation great again by shutting borders and embracing isolationism while scapegoating refugees and immigrants. The rise of jingoistic leaders like Trump, Putin, and Erdogan can be explained by such appeals.”

Dr. Belk also explains that China’s move toward globalism is also tied to collective narcissism, as the country is expanding its reach while “rejecting multiculturalism.”

Read more about Dr. Belk’s paper here.

May 18, 2018

What are the Best Healthcare MBA Degrees in Toronto?

What are the Best Healthcare MBA Degrees in Toronto?

The Toronto metro is not only home to a number of the finest business schools in Canada—it is is one of the top cities in North America for healthcare and human health sciences. According to the City of Toronto, the city’s life sciences sector employs nearly 30,000 professional and contributes more than $2 billion to the local economy. In a word, Toronto healthcare is huge.

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May 17, 2018

Seamless Shopping, Work Authenticity, and More – Toronto News

Seamless Shopping, Work Authenticity, and More – Toronto News

Professors at Toronto’s premier business schools have been making headlines this week. Let’s see what they’ve been up to.

Phasing Out the Checkout Line: Retailers Race to Make Shopping More Seamless – CBC News

Walmart’s scan-and-go shopping option, which allowed customers to scan items themselves and pay for them with a phone app, has been removed from U.S. stores. Retail expert and professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management Steve Tissenbaum posited that scan-and-go was not actually more convenient for consumers, but felt it was important for businesses like Walmart to continue to innovate seamless shopping.

“They [customers] want it to be as quick and as seamless as possible when they’re ordering stuff online. Retailers certainly have to move forward. Otherwise they’ll be left behind,” Tissenbaum said in a recent CBC News piece.

The retail giant seems to agree with Tissenbaum’s view, and has launched the “check out with me” project, which will allow employees to use mobile devices to scan and charge customers for their items anywhere in the store.

You can read more about Walmart’s new project here.

How to Keep it Real at WorkForbes

An HBR article from Wilfrid Laurier University social psychologist Vanessa Boute was recently featured in Forbes, highlighting whether employees feel authentic at work, and how this impacts their performance. Boute writes:

“One study found that the greater employees’ feelings of authenticity are, the greater their job satisfaction, engagement, and self-reported performance. We suggest, then, that the crucial point is finding a balance so that we can be true to ourselves while flourishing and finding success within the company.”

The Forbes article utilizes Boute’s findings while examining the balance between being genuine and making calculated, political moves in the workplace, and offers suggestions for leaders in the workplace to increase their authenticity. The advice included increasing transparency, truly listening to employees, being open about one’s own flaws and mistakes, and maintaining professional boundaries.

Read more about being authentic while advancing professionally here.

Choosing a Strategy for Your StartupHarvard Business Review

The Harvard Business Review also recently interviewed Joshua Gans, professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, on its HBR IdeaCast. The Gans interview delved into the philosophy behind the HBR article Gans recently co-authored, “Do Entrepreneurs Need a Strategy?” Gans promoted researching strategic options before launching a startup, and choosing the strategy that best aligns with the company’s long-term goals. For example, entrepreneurs must decide whether their business will be collaborating or competing with existing businesses in the same market. Collaboration may allow a newer company to take advantage of the resources of more established businesses in the same market without being viewed as a threat, but competition leads to more autonomy for the fledgling company. The interview explored the merits and drawbacks of several entrepreneurial strategies. Gans says:

“One of the things we want to emphasize is that choice is choice. So, what we say is basically when you’ve done this process and you’ve got one or two, you know, got two or more options sitting there before you, you then go with your gut essentially, or you come up with a rationale saying why you are the right person; you feel better with one path and another.”

You can listen to the full interview with Gans here.

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