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Why did so few women in the 1940s get educated and rise through the ranks? Here is an answer, and a book review

I recently read “Creativity – the psychology of discovery and invention”, a fascinating book on creativity written by Professor Csikszentmihaly  at Claremont Graduate University. It is based on interviews conducted between 1990 and 1995 with ninety-one individuals who had made a difference to a major domain of culture, the hallmark of creativity. Many of these …

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The Gazette: How is the gender gap in Canadian corporate leadership affecting our boardrooms?

A few weeks ago, I spoke with Lindsay Burgess, from The Gazette, a newspaper in Montreal, Canada. We discussed my research on the gender gap in corporate leadership in Canada; in a recent position paper, available here, the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations shows that the gender gap in boardrooms across Canada …

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Rethinking Responsibility: What are the Roles of Agents and Structures?

On December 6 and 7 2018, we welcomed researchers to our first conference on responsibility (called “Rethinking Responsibility: Agents and Structures”) at Concordia University. The researcher came from Canada, the US, Europe and Africa; they studied business, ethics, geography, labor, law, sociology and philosophy. Why care about responsibility? Responsibility is important as is speaks to …

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Benefits from Investor Relations are highest in countries without a shareholder tradition

This Friday, the Luc Beauregard Centre of Excellence in Communications Research welcomed Professor François Brochet from Boston University who presented a study on investor relations (IR). IR are important as firms have many different investors (e.g., retail investors, institutional investors including hedge funds, pension funds, ETFs). Firms communicate with these investors by disseminating mandated and …

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Sexual harassment and how we talk about it in organizations

Today, the Luc Beauregard Centre for Excellence in Communications Research at Concordia University welcomed Professor Debbie Dougherty from the University of Missouri, who gave a fascinating talk about sexual harassment in organizations and about the role of communication in sexual harassment. Communication is about the creation of meaning; in other words, when we talk about …

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What do we know about independent corporate directors?

I recently did a review of studies published between 2008 and 2018 that explored independent directors who sit on the boards of for-profit corporations. I am going to discuss what I learned from these studies and highlight three key takeaways on director independence. What is an independent director? An independent director is “free from conflicts …

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What is corporate responsibility?

I am discovering the work of Iris Marion Young, a philosopher and political scientist who wrote much about justice. I find her work relevant to think about corporations and their responsibility, because she discusses the notion of personal responsibility, which refers to what each individual is responsible for, and social structures, which designate the opportunity …

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We should be thinking more about what we are doing here

Marilynne Robinson recently published an article (“What are we doing here?“) on humanities and their role in university education. She argues that humanities help individuals be capable citizens. She speaks about Toqueville and the beauty of knowledge, about a cab driver and the world he learned from reading a book. She cautions against an education …

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Corporate Social Responsibility and markets: The view from economics

Corporate Social Responsibility and markets: The view from economics

CSR, or Corporate Social Responsibility, is often viewed as an obvious, readily understood, homogenous concept. Yet a close look at CSR research challenges this view. Researchers have proposed a plethora of definitions for CSR, with each definition assigning a particular meaning to CSR. Orlitzky et al. (2011) speak of the “inconsistencies and debates regarding the proper …

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