RBC Financial Group Professor of Entrepreneurship, Associate Professor, OBHR Division, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group
UBC’s Special Advisor on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Research
Professor of Applied Physics and Director of the HIBAR Research Alliance, a research alliance enhancing fundamental research excellence in service to society. His research on the interactions of electromagnetic fields with micro-structured surfaces has led to more than 130 US patents, and his technology is used in many computer screens and televisions. He has helped to start six companies based on his research.
Sauder Distinguished Scholar
Associate Professor of Archival Science and lead of Blockchain@UBC, an industry-academia research and education cluster focused on blockchain technology. Her current research is focused on risk to the availability of trustworthy records, in particular in blockchain-based ecosystems, and how these risks impact upon transparency, financial stability, public accountability and human rights.
Chang Lu joined the Centre as a Mitacs Accelerate post-doc in March 2019 after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Alberta. He researches the adoption of distributed trust technologies in the healthcare sector.
Dennis Ma started the Ph.D. program in OBHR in 2015. His research interests include organizational theory, social networks, family business, immigration, and entrepreneurial life course research.
Christopher Rowell joined the Centre as a Mitacs Accelerate post-doc in September 2017 after completing his DSc at Aalto University, and continues to be involved in the centre's activities since departing in 2021. He researches the creation of new markets around electric vehicle technologies and blockchain.
Marjan Houshmand (University of Hawaii, USA) is the Associate Faculty Director of the Family Business Center of Hawaii. Her research aims at understanding how the interplay between entrepreneurship and family affects family members professionally, psychologically, and financially in entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Lisa E. Cohen
September 2017-April 2018
Lisa E. Cohen (McGill University, Canada) researches the hiring process at entrepreneurial firms, and interviewed members of the Vancouver innovation ecosystem around hiring practices.
Vibha Gaba (INSEAD, Singapore) researches corporate entrepreneurship, organisational innovation and learning. She visited the Centre to present her research and to serve as a Mentor for the OMT Writing and Reviewing Workshop.
Bill Foster (University of Alberta Augustana, Canada) researches rhetorical history, social memory studies, business ethics, organizational identity and identification, service learning, education and corporate universities. He visited the Centre to serve as a Mentor for the OMT Writing and Reviewing Workshop.
Davide Ravasi (UCL School of Management, UK) researches interrelations among organizational identity, culture, and strategy in times of change. He has also investigated how designers work and how they contribute to strategic change and innovation in small business and large corporations. He is interested more generally in cultural-cognitive processes influencing how new objects and practices come to be, and whether and how they are valued and adopted by individuals and organizations. He is particularly interested in traditional and new forms of craftsmanship and craft production. He visited the Centre to serve as a Mentor for the OMT Writing and Reviewing Workshop.
Derek Harmon (University of Michigan, USA) researches how meaning structures—collective and taken-for-granted mental models, categories, or institutions—emerge, change, and influence collective and individual action. He tends to use language as a window into studying these processes, and relies on a combination of archival work, content analysis, and lab experiments. Much of his research examines these considerations in a financial market context, with empirical studies involving the Federal Reserve, initial public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. He visited the Centre to serve as a Mentor for the OMT Writing and Reviewing Workshop.
Emily Block (University of Alberta, Canada) researches generation (by organizations) and interpretation (by external constituents) of symbols. Symbols are the formal and informal structures, language, practices and features of organizations that make up a large part of how they communicate to various organizational stakeholders. She visited the Centre to serve as a Mentor for the OMT Writing and Reviewing Workshop.
Hovig Tchalian (Claremont Graduate University, USA) studies the impact of language and communication processes on organizations and markets. His research focuses especially on framing and sense-making processes as well as language devices such as analogies. He researches how the “social conversation” around innovations helps them get accepted by applying a mixed-methods approach using both traditional and newly developed “big data” techniques. He visited the Centre to serve as a Mentor for the OMT Writing and Reviewing Workshop.
Jo-Ellen Pozner (Santa Clara University, USA) researches organizational ethics, corporate governance, social movements, and institutional change. She has researched the social movements that promoted acceptance of organic food, and those that led to the creation of a low-power FM radio service in the United States. She visited the Centre to serve as a Mentor for the OMT Writing and Reviewing Workshop.
Joel Gehman (University of Alberta, Canada) researches sustainability, innovation and strategy. In particular, he investigates how grand challenges related to sustainability and values affect organizational strategies, technology innovation, and institutional arrangements. And reciprocally, how organizations, innovation and institutions affect the emergence and trajectories of grand challenges related to sustainability and values. He visited the Centre to serve as a Mentor for the OMT Writing and Reviewing Workshop.
Lori Qingyuan Yue
Lori Qingyuan Yue (University of Southern California, USA) researches how businesses mobilize collective action and how they strategically interact with social movement challenges in markets. Her recent research investigates the economic and social issues in the digital transformation of the economy and in emerging markets. She visited the Centre to serve as a Mentor for the OMT Writing and Reviewing Workshop.
Nina Granqvist (Aalto University, Finland) researches how new industries and market categories emerge and develop - how new ideas, products and practices move from margins to mainstream. Her studies explore this topic from multiple theoretical perspectives, including institutional theory, symbolic management, market categorization, temporality, narratives, and agency in nascent fields. She visited the Centre to serve as a Mentor for the OMT Writing and Reviewing Workshop.
Sun Hyun Park
Sun Hyun Park (Seoul National University, Korea) researches how corporate managers cope with a firm’s external environment, which includes technological, institutional, and competitive dynamics. He visited the Centre to serve as a Mentor for the OMT Writing and Reviewing Workshop.
Tal Simons (Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Netherlands) researches persistence and change of organizations, organizational forms, populations, and categories. She visited the Centre to serve as a Mentor for the OMT Writing and Reviewing Workshop.
Daniel Han Ming Chng
August 2018-June 2019
Daniel Han Ming Chng (CEIBS, China) researches the challenges founders and their ventures face in a more matured business environment, the roles that innovation plays in this context, and how the institutional context (such as the ecosystem) affects entrepreneurship and innovation.
David Deephouse (University of Alberta, Canada) researches social evaluations of organizations, especially legitimacy and reputation, and the causes and consequences of each. His theoretical interests include agenda-setting, institutional (in both organizational sociology and international business), media effects, stakeholders, strategic balance, and strategic choice theories. He visited the Centre primarily to learn more about the HIBAR Alliance.
October 2019-November 2019
Jason Windawi (Princeton University, USA) studies the relationship between technological and institutional change in the context of blockchain technology.
January 2020-July 2020
Kam Phung (York University, Canada) researches the disruption and perpetuation of grand societal challenges in and around organizational settings, including large corporations, start-ups, and new forms of organizing. He is particularly interested in the social and political dimensions of technology and innovation in the context of social and environmental issues and has studied issues such as climate change, modern slavery, and stigma. He visited the Centre to advance his research on the mobilization of blockchain-based solutions for climate action.
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