Annamma Joy, professor of marketing’s research focuses on various aspects of the consumption and marketing of art, luxury fashion and wine. Her most recent research addresses the inherent dissonance among consumers of “fast fashion” (low-cost clothing that mimics luxury fashion trends), who often share a concern for environmental issues even as they indulge in consumer patterns unethical to ecological best practices. Annamma and her colleagues hypothesize that actual rather than faux luxury brands can, ironically, unite the ideals of fashion with those of environmental sustainability. The article will soon be published in Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture.
Assistant Professor Arjun Bhardwaj’s longitudinal and cross-cultural social network research examines the antecedents and consequences of network centrality. He also studies customer biases in service encounters. In addition, he also seeks to understand the key mechanisms that sustain status hierarchies. His program of research has been supported by grants from UBC, as well as by the standard research grant and the insight development grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada.
Assistant professor of information systems Barbara Marcolin’s research explores the innovative world of entrepreneurial technology, web-interactivity, partnering, outsourcing, open services innovations, user competence, and effective use of technology. Marcolin’s research interests focus on both the individual level use and business level technology value with interests in fast feature definition within participatory use settings. Recent publications include republished IS outsourcing article as North American SAGE publication exemplar, new competence article in A-level journal, and research pilots reports of effective use of technology and evidence-based behavioural outcomes.
Assistant professor of finance David Koslowsky’s main research interests are corporate finance, corporate governance, and asset pricing. A continuing research program has been a series of papers that extend the bridge between the fundamental theories of capital structure and asset pricing. Other current research is a life cycle model of how the membership of a firm’s board of directors changes over time as the firm grows, and another ongoing project is a diffusion model of information flow in financial markets that shows the dynamics of asset pricing and trading volume in relation to information flow among market traders.
Assistant professor of service management David Walker’s research investigates human resource management in service organizations. His current projects examine employee responses to mistreatment by customers and interactions between customers and employees in service exchanges. He studies workplace incivility, low intensity deviant and aggressive behaviors, between customers and employees. Walker also researches human resource and management practices in the call centre industry, and is part of the Canadian research team for the Global Call Center Project. His research has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology and the Journal of Management.
Eric Li’s research is in the area of consumer culture theory, with specific emphasis on ethical consumerism and the construction of fashion and beauty in different societies. His recent works examines how consumers respond to different online marketing and anti-marketing technologies and its implications for marketing, innovation, and public policy. Issues that he examines include the conceptualization of privacy, the limitation of current privacy laws, and the future of (anti-)marketing technologies. Li also focused his attention onto the construction of fashion and beauty discourses in different consumer societies.
Grace Fan, assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship, applies institutional and cultural perspectives to explain entrepreneurial dynamics. Her PhD thesis employs the lens of institutional theory and organizational identity to explore private entrepreneurship in China.
Gurupdesh Pandher’s research is multi-disciplinary in scope and includes a blend of theoretical-modeling and empirical contributions. Research areas include extensions of principal-agent managerial contracting models with both equity and profit-based incentives (e.g. optimal CEO and multidivisional managerial contracts); CEO compensation; organizational economics and behavior; banking risk management; market-timing in mutual funds; and modeling equity and interest rate derivatives. His published research has appeared in journals including Econometric Theory, Journal of Banking & Finance, Journal of Derivatives, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Forecasting, International Statistical Review, Real Estate Economics, and Strategic Management Journal.
Ian Stuart, a well-published and award-winning researcher, focuses on the process of designing services to achieve memorable customer experiences and on the optimal mix of inter-organizational supply relationships that improve supply chain performance and strategic success. His most current research focuses on the strategic transformation of the wine industry in Canada and the United States from being a product based supplier of wine to a provider of superior customer experience through the development of integrated service experiences. This ground breaking, field based research will have significant implications for the future development of the Okanagan/British Columbia wine industry.
Assistant professor of operations management Jacob Cho’s research advances our understanding of an e-service system like Internet retailing. His early study found four general types of e-service interaction, which require different managerial attention. His following research found critical firm resources for Internet retailing that were closely related to performance of the e-service channel. On-going research aims to connect e-service provider’s operational capabilities to online customer perceptions, which has both operations and marketing implications. His research has been published in Journal of Service Research.
Assistant Professor John Burton’s research in business ethics and leadership is built on foundations of law and theology. His work examines the tension between approaches to influencing human behavior based on compliance, codes and correction and approaches that draw people into a sense of abiding in a community of shared moral obligation. Current projects involve looking at the role of metaphor and neuro-cognitive processes, the counter-productivity of ethical and legal codes and an exploration of undergraduate teaching for character formation.
Tanya Tang’s areas of expertise include book-tax difference theory, earnings management, tax avoidance, and capital market research. She is particularly interested in exploring how the setting of accounting standards and tax laws in different countries influences managers’ reporting strategies, how investors/regulators can detect management opportunism, and the role government plays in curbing management misbehavior. Tang’s research has been published at the Journal of American Taxation Association, and the International Journal of Accounting. Her current research projects on the reform of international accounting and tax systems, and economic consequences of tax avoidance have awarded several SSHRC and UBC grants.
Finance professor Yosef Bonaparte will be published in top tier journals such as Journal of Monetary Economics (conditionally accepted) and Journal of Financial Economics (forthcoming). His area of expertise lies in asset pricing and behavioral finance. Specifically, he has explored how key household preferences, such as risk aversion and discount factors, affect asset pricing. In behavioral finance, Bonaparte considers how political affiliation and political activism influences financial decisions for investors. Currently, he is studying how social risk influences portfolio choice of minorities groups, women, and homosexuals.
Roger Sugden was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Management, effective in October 2012. Sugden comes to UBC from service as professor of socio-economic development and founding Head of the Management School at the University of Stirling, U.K. He has led numerous prominent initiatives for the European Commission and British Council. Sugden earned PhD and master’s degrees in economics from Warwick University as well as a law degree from Sheffield University, U.K.
Barbara Marcolin, assistant professor of information systems, PhD, Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University, Ontario, BComm, Haskayne School of Management, University of Calgary, Alberta
Grace Fan, assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship, PhD, Imperial College London, MBA, London Business School, BA Shanghai International Studies University
Yosef Bonaparte, assistant professor of Finance, PhD classes include asset pricing and macroeconomics II; MBA class: behavioral finance
Gathering of Accounting Associates, Professions, and Students (GAAPS)
One of Canada’s largest accounting competitions; students participate in case studies and interactive discussion sessions.
Faculty of Management Placed First in 2012
Manitoba International Marketing Competition (MIMC)
An international marketing competition that attracts top talent from business schools all over the world. It includes cutting-edge simulation and presentation competition.
Faculty of Management placed third in 2012
One of Canada’s largest case competition tournaments and dedicated exclusively to Human Resources, it is a competition that really tests students in their ability to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.
Faculty of Management Placed third in 2011
Western Canada’s largest business competition featuring top business schools and students from across Western Canada. Students compete in Academic Competitions, a Parliamentary Debate, Athletic Competitions and a social competition.
Other student driven events organized through our Management Student Association:
- Leadership Gala
A formal event where community delegates, professors, faculty and students are all invited to come celebrate a variety of awards and achievements such as student of the year. This is our year end event and a professional way to wrap up and conclude the 2012 semesters.
- 1st and 2nd year case competition
UBC’s second annual case competition held at the Okanagan campus. This competition will be exclusive to first and second years as a way of introducing them to the competition world.
- CGA Case Competition (in stages of development)
The MSA will be unveiling a new case competition also focused on 1,2,3rd year students. This will be held on our own campus again and will likely encompass TRU and OC’s top teams as we compete against other Okanagan business programs.
- Become a Board-of-Director (BOD)
New program the MSA and UBC are rolling out which will recruit students to be placed into board of director opportunities across the Kelowna and Okanagan valley. This will provide students with the experience and skill set to sit on a board as a member.
- Calgary Business Trip
A trip to Calgary Alberta in which students will be exposed to a large variety of speakers and recruiters out of Alberta. This trip will bring together the best of workshops, speakers, panels, and evening activities.