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Rotman faculty and Ph.D.s receive honors from academic associations

University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management


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Toronto - Two faculty members along with two graduates of the PhD program at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management received honours at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM) held earlier this month in Vancouver. A third graduate of the Rotman PhD program received an award at the annual conference of the American Accounting Association.

At the AOM meeting, which is the preeminent professional association for management and organization scholars, Anita McGahan, a professor of strategic management and the Rotman Chair in Management, was named an Academy of Management Fellow. She joins three other faculty members, Profs. Joel Baum, Gary Latham and Will Mitchell as AOM Fellows which recognizes and honours members of the AOM who have made significant contributions to the science and practice of management.

Prof. McGahan is cross appointed to the University's Munk School of Global Affairs; is a Senior Associate at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard University; and is Chief Economist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division for Global Health and Human Rights. Her credits include two books and over 100 articles, case studies, notes and other published material on competitive advantage, industry evolution, and financial performance. Her current research emphasizes entrepreneurship in the public interest and innovative collaboration between public and private organizations. She is also pursuing a long-standing interest in the inception of new industries, particularly in global health. Previously, in 2010, she was awarded at the AOM's Business Strategy and Policy division's "Irwin Distinguished Educator Award" and, in 2012, she received from the Academy its Career Distinguished Educator Award for her championship of reform in the core curriculum of business schools.

Prof. McGahan also become President-Elect of the AOM and was the program chair of the entire annual meeting while Prof. Brian Silverman served as program chair for the Business Strategy and Policy division.

Elsewhere at the AOM meeting, a paper co-authored by Tiziana Casciaro, an associate professor of organizational behaviour and human resource management, who holds the Professorship in Leadership Development, received the Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior (OB) award.

The annual award from the OB division is given to the paper, published in the preceding calendar year, that makes the most significant contribution to the advancement of the field of OB. Prof. Casciaro and her co-authors Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School and Maryam Kouchaki of Northwestern University received the award for "The Contaminating Effects of Building Instrumental Ties: How Networking Can Make Us Feel Dirty", which was published in Administrative Science Quarterly.

Two graduates of the Rotman PhD program also received honours for their research.

Octavio Martinez, who is an assistant professor at INCAE Business School won the Distinguished Student Paper Award from the Business Policy and Strategy Division for his paper, "Marketing Competition and Vertical Contracting: Evidence from the Trade of Coffee Beans." The paper was also a finalist for the AOM's 2015 William H. Newman Award, which is presented to single-authored papers based on a doctoral dissertation completed within the past three years.

Laurina Zhang, who is an assistant professor at the Ivey Business School, received the Technology and Innovation Management division's Best Dissertation Award for her paper entitled, "Essays on Digitization and the Market for Intangibles: Evidence from Creative and Technology Settings."

At the American Accounting Association conference, held in Chicago earlier this month, Youli Zou, a graduate of the Rotman PhD program who is an assistant professor at George Washington University, won the Competitive Manuscript Award. The Award was created to encourage research among AAA members who have earned their Ph.D. within the past five years. Her manuscript was entitled, "Strategic Entry Decisions, Accounting Signals, and Risk Management Disclosure."


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