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Academia Meets Corporate Canada & SCNetwork AGM

Event Date: Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015
Event Time: 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Venue(s): The National Club (Live)
Webcast to Your Home/Office

Presenter(s): Dr. Catherine E. Connelly, Canada Research Chair and an associate professor of organizational behavior at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University
Dr. Winny Shen, Assistant Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo
Dr. Elizabeth Kurucz, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Sustainable Commerce in the Department of Management, College of Businesss and Economics at the University of Guelph

Panel of CHROs:
John Silverthorn, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at CIBC
Mark Edgar, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at the Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada (RSA)
Nicole Desloges, Vice President, People & Culture at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)

Agenda: 7:00 AM 7:30 AM: Registration/Networking
7:30 AM 8:00 AM: AGM
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Session
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DESCRIPTION:

Our local universities are always busy conducting research studies on the people side of business. What valuable new insights came out of some of these recent studies? What are the implications for Corporate Canada and its senior leaders? To which extent does the reality in our organizations prevent us from acting on these findings? Is there a way around?

These are the sort of questions SCNetwork has been pondering for a while. So we decided to put together a special event to tackle them!

The session will unfold as follows:

Recent research briefings & point/counterpoint with CHROs:

  • Our three professors will take turns sharing key new insights/findings from their recent research (see Speaker Bios below for more info about their respective topics…).
  • But their presentations won’t be long, dry research briefings; instead, they will be punchy – delivered “Ignite-style”.
  • The professor will highlight the pragmatic take-aways for leaders and organizations.
  • We will pair a CHRO with each professor. The CHRO who will comment on the new insights and recommendations. The idea is to test the research outcomes against the reality in organizations.
  • The exchange will be similar to a point/counterpoint discussion. It will set the stage for the rest of the event.

Audience meaning-making, question-producing and research suggestions:

  • Working in small groups, the live audience will engage in quality discussions about the new insights and their implications. Our three professors will circulate in the room and engage with the groups.
  • The remote audience will reflect on questions provided by the professors.
  • Both the live and remote audiences will have the opportunity to produce questions for the concluding panel; or ideas for future research. 

Concluding panel of professors & CHROs:

  • The panel will address the questions produced during the above step.
  • To close the event, the three professors will give us a “sneak preview” of research studies currently in progress at their respective universities. Something not yet published – for example: what is coming out of the early research data. Just for us!
 

PRESENTER BIO(s):

Dr. Catherine E. Connelly is a Canada Research Chair and an associate professor of organizational behavior at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University. She studies knowledge hiding in organizations and the experiences of workers with disabilities as well as those with non-standard employment contracts (e.g., temporary foreign workers, temporary workers, independent contractors). Her research has been published in such journals as the Journal of Management, the Journal of Applied Psychology, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and has been featured in the Globe and Mail, on CBC radio, and on CTV news. She teaches MBA and PhD classes in organizational behavior and applied multivariate statistics, and is currently an associate editor at Human Relations.

Dr. Connelly will be discussing two separate topics: knowledge hiding in organizations and the net costs of hiring temporary workers. She will discuss the three most common knowledge hiding strategies, explain why employees hide knowledge from their coworkers, and suggest ways that managers can reduce this behavior. Dr. Connelly will also explain how temporary agency workers’ performance can be negatively (or positively) affected by their relationship with their agencies, and she will show how the total net value of hiring temporary workers and independent contractors can be affected by costs associated with their performance, training, turnover, and their effects on the morale of the other workers.

Dr. Winny Shen is an Assistant Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo. The majority of Winny’s research centers on diversity and inclusion in organizational settings, leadership, and the intersection of these domains. She also conducts research on personality measurement and assessment and worker well-being issues. Her research has been published in top psychology and management journals, such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, The Leadership Quarterly, and Psychological Science. She was awarded the HumRRO Meredith P. Crawford dissertation fellowship for 2010-2011 and was named the Florida International University Center for Leadership Research Fellow for 2013-2014.

Dr. Shen will involve attendees in a discussion regarding two topics: 1) gender differences in work-family issues and 2) the importance of mindfulness in the workplace. First, she invites participants to re-examine the common conception held by many that work-family concerns are primarily a women’s issue. Together, we will explore the strategic implications of reframing work-family concerns as relevant to all organizational members. Second, although the cultivation of mindfulness has been much hyped by scholars and practitioners alike, the majority of these benefits are in the well-being domain. Dr. Shen presents work that demonstrates that mindfulness also has benefits for workplace performance, offering participants an opportunity to consider how mindfulness can be cultivated in their workplace to improve organizational functioning. 

Dr. Elizabeth Kurucz is Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Sustainable Commerce in the Department of Management, College of Businesss and Economics at the University of Guelph.  Elizabeth’s research and writing focuses on organizational change toward more sustainable business practices through exploring a complexity perspective of organizations.  Dr. Kurucz has worked and conducted research across private, public and not for profit organizations.  Her work has been published in journals such as Management Learning, Business & Society, Human Resource Planning, and in the Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility and The Sage Handbook of Complexity and Management.  Her recent book, with Barry Colbert and David Wheeler, is Reconstructing Value: Leadership Skills for a Sustainable World (2013) from the University of Toronto Press.

Dr. Kurucz will involve conference participants in a conversation regarding leadership capabilities that are required to navigate complex issues.  By describing a process of reflective practice (rethink, relate, respond and reinvent), Elizabeth will invite participants to consider how they might further develop leadership capacity in their own organizations toward creating more value for stakeholders.  The model of reflective practice that Dr. Kurucz will present is based on a decade of research with practicing managers who have worked in organizations aspiring toward a sustainability vision.  The thinking skills that enable leaders for sustainability to effectively managing complex tensions will be discussed, providing participants with the opportunity to consider how they might more productively engage complexity in their own organizations. 

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