While many Canadian scholarly associations have cancelled their summertime meetings due to COVID-19, others have decided to go forward with virtual conferences. From June 12-15, the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) is holding its 2020 virtual conference and Acadia faculty and students are well represented. The ASAC, which was founded in 1957, brings together all those interested in research, teaching and management practices to promote and improve higher education in commerce and business as well as provide a forum for scholarly research. The large four-day conference showcases papers from Canadian academics and their colleagues around the globe, and Acadia is well represented! (Conference Program)
Presentations from research conducted on the Acadia campus can be found throughout the impressive program. In the “Business History division,” Dr. Ryan MacNeil will present a paper coauthored with students Santana Ochoa Briggs (BA Honours in Politics, 2019), Alisha Christie (BCD Honours in ESST, 2020), and Connor Sheehan (BBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, 2019) titled “Entrepreneurship is 'Beyond' History: Sensegiving via poetic antenarratives.”
In the “Case Division,” Dr. Conor Vibert was invited to give a special presentation on “Creating and using business video cases for teaching,” which he has based on a decade of experience creating, using, and disseminating video cases. He will also comment on research conducted with colleagues to understand student experiences with this style of case. Dr. James Grant will present his teaching case on “The Derailment: A Role-Playing Case of On-and Off-Duty Conduct(or).” Later, he will present a case titled “A Convenient Indian: A Postcolonial Examination of the Resignation of Canada’s First Indigenous Dean of a Law School.”
In the “Finance Division,” Dr. Igor Semenenko will explore “Climate Risk Impact on Cross-Border Acquisitions,” and also “Housing Finance: Impact of Heavy Interest Income Tax.” While in the “Gender & Diversity in Organizations Division,” a busy Dr. Grant will present his research paper on “On- and Off-Duty Conduct(or): A Feminist Examination of the Dismissals of a Railway Worker,” and a paper co-authored with Acadia alumnus Leslie Lewis (BBA Honours in Employment Relations, 2009) titled, “Women’s Careers in Academia: The Effect of Discrimination and Gendered Roles.”
In the “Management Education division,” Dr. Ryan MacNeil, Dr. Danielle Mercer-Prowse, and Academic Librarian (Vaughn Library) Britanie Wentzell will present on “Evidence, experience, and (instructional) design science: The case of a small, small business course,” while in the “Production & Operations Management division,” Dr. Hassan Sarhadi and Zhen Liu (BBA Honours, 2019) will give a presentation titled, “Risk-based Oil Spill Response Planning for the South Coast of Newfoundland.”
Dr. MacNeil, who serves on the ASAC Divisional Council, notes that this is a substantive national-level showing of scholarly work by Acadia’s faculty and students. The School of Business is particularly proud that two of the papers were based on Acadia BBA honours theses: Leslie Lewis’ thesis on gender and discrimination in academic careers and Zhen Liu’s thesis on oil spill response planning for Newfoundland. Most of the student papers at the ASAC are normally PhD-level work, MacNeil notes, and so it is remarkable achievement by both Leslie and Zhen.