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PhD & Research-based Masters Programs Bulletin ISSUE 7.2 | JUNE 2013

Program Updates 2013/2014 Celebrating our students’ Research & Teaching Excellence This past admissions cycle was an extremely busy one for our office due to the numerous applications that we received for our PhD & Research-based Masters Programs. We would like to thank all of you for your support and understanding during this busy time-period for our office. We are very excited to announce that applications to our programs have risen 39% from this same time last year, an overwhelming number of whom were international applicants. We are delighted that many highly qualified applicants have already chosen to join us this coming September, including one of this year’s Ontario Trillium Scholarship winners who will be joining our PhD in Management: OB/HRM program. This month’s bulletin shines a spot-light on the many accomplishments of our students and faculty. We hope that you will join us in celebrating their well-deserved success.

Wishing you a safe and happy summer, - PhD & Research-based Masters Programs Office

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Tenure Track..................................................2 PhD Papers & Conference Presentations... 3 SOBDR...........................................................4 Visiting Scholars & Post Doctoral Fellows.... 5 MABE Corner ...............................................6


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Congratulations graduates! Congratulations to all of our students who graduated at the Spring 2013 convocation!

TRAVEL & RESEARCH AWARD WINNERS The following PhD students have received a Travel & Research Award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies:

Nicholas Broz (MFin Co-op)

Liyuan Liu (MFin Co-op)

Yi Hao (MFin Co-op)

Siqi Luo (MFin Co-op)

Sean Keaney (MFin Co-op)

Tianshu Xu (MFin Co-op)

Tannaz Mahootchi (OSCM)

Lun Li (MFin Co-op)

Ping Zhang (MFin Co-op)

Maryam Hafezi (OSCM)

Siwei Li (MFin Co-op)

Tim Silcox (MSc in Management: OB/HRM)

Lisa Kuron (OB/HRM) Hossein Zolfagharinia (OSCM)


OGS 2013/2014

Joel Marcus

Congratulations to Hossein Zolfagharinia who has received one of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship slots available to international students for the 2013/2014 year.

Joel will be commencing a tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the School of Administrative Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University beginning July 2013.


Our most heartfelt congratulations go out to the following PhD students who have been successful in procuring tenure track positions beginning this summer.

Laleh Samarbakhsh Laleh will be commencing a tenure track position at the Ted Rogers School of Business Management in the Department of Finance at Ryerson University in Toronto beginning August 2013.

Congratulations to Alireza Azimian who was awarded the Ontario Institute of PMAC Achievement of Excellence Scholarship in Supply Chain Management. The Scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis to a PhD in Supply Chain Management student based on their research.

3 MINUTE THESIS As a result of winning a Travel & Research grant from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Lisa Kuron participated in the 3-minute thesis competition. Lisa was featured in an article regarding the competition in The Record this past January. You can check out the article here:



PhD PAPERS and CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS DAVID WHITESIDE Barclay, L. J., Whiteside, D. B., & Aquino, K. (in press). To revenge or not to revenge? Exploring the interactive effects of moral identity and the negative reciprocity norm. Journal of Business Ethics. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-013-1674-6.

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MSc in Management

Whiteside, D. B., & Barclay, L. J. (in press). Echoes of silence: Employee silence as a mediator between overall fairness and employee outcomes. Journal of Business Ethics. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-012-1467-3.

LISA KURON Kuron, L.K.J., Schweitzer, L., Lyons, S., & Ng, E.S.W. (2013). Writing their own stories? A qualitative investigation of Millennials’ careers. Paper Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, June 8-11, Calgary, AB, Canada. The following paper was a Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013: Lyons, S., Schweitzer, L., Ng., E.S.W., & Kuron, L.K.J. (2012a). Comparing apples to apples: A qualitative investigation of career mobility patterns across four generations. Career Development International, 17(4), 333 – 357.

HAMED MEHRABI Mehrabi, H., and Gill, T. (2013). “The Effect of Background Color on Online Purchase Intentions: The Moderating Role of Product Context.” 9th Annual Southern Ontario Behavioral Decision Research (SOBDR), Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, May 10th.

JUSTIN MINDZAK Mindzak, J. (2013). “Interlocked Boards of Directors, Voluntary Disclosures and Earnings Quality.” The 2013 Canadian Academic Accounting Association Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec, April 30 - June 2. Justin’s paper will be presented during the concurrent sessions, as well as during the professional development day. He will also be acting as a moderator for a concurrent session during the conference.

Helping you plan for tomorrow Sarah Vermunt, PhD & Research-based Masters Programs


Have you seen our new banners? The new PhD in Management, MSc in Management, and Master of Finance banners are now available for you to borrow for your events. Please contact the PhD & Research-based Masters Program office for details.



The 9th Annual Southern Ontario Behavioral Decision Research (SOBDR) Conference SOBDR is organized in conjunction with the UW Centre for Behavioral Decision Research group, an interdisciplinary group of UWaterloo researchers interested in the study of decision making, broadly defined. Since our past issue, a number of high caliber visiting scholars from all over North America have visited our school. Our PhD students have had the opportunity to meet with them to discuss their on-going research. Most recently, SBE Marketing Professors Dr. Tripat Gill, Dr. Hae Joo Kim and Dr. Chatura Ranaweera chaired The 9th Annual Southern Ontario Behavioral Decision Research (SOBDR) Conference on Friday May 10th, 2013. The conference was a great success with a record breaking number of registered scholars. The keynote speaker was Dr. Gad Saad, Professor of Marketing and Research Chair in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences and Darwinian Consumption at Concordia University. Other presenters included scholars from premier business schools including Cornell, Harvard, NUS (National University Singapore) and Western (Ivey). The welcome address was given by the Dean of SBE, Dr. Micheal Kelly. The one day conference concluded with a poster presentation and reception at the Schlegel Building at the School of Business & Economics. Please visit SBE’s Marketing Area website for more details about the conference: id=1822&p=23042




Dr. Yao Tang

Dr. Tina Cao was a Ministry of Research and Innovation postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Xuan Zhao in the School of Business & Economics during August 2012 to February 2013. The research project they worked on “Green Application of Loyalty Reward Programs-Modeling and Analysis.” She received her PhD in Management Science in Carlton University. She is now a Lecturer at University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.

Dr. Yao Tang is a visiting scholar with the Department of Economics who has been working with Dr. Ke Pang. He is here from July 1, 2012-June 20, 2013 on sabbatical from Bowdoin College.

Dr. Ying Liu Dr. Ying Liu is a visiting scholar with the Finance Area who has been working with Dr. Ning (Tony) Tang. Dr. Liu is an Associate Professor from Shanghai Finance University, Shanghai, China.  She arrived at WLU in October 2012 and will be here until September 2013.


Dr. Yum K. (Fred) Kwan Dr. Yum K. (Fred) Kwan is a visiting scholar with the Department of Economics who has been working with Dr. Steffen Ziss. He is here from August 1, 2012-July 31, 2013 on sabbatical from the City University of Hong Kong.

Mr. Ming Zhang Mr. Ming Zhang is an ABD student with the Finance Area from Southwest University, Chongqing, China. He has been working with Dr. Ning (Tony) Tang since October 2012 and will be here until September 2013.


As the Laurier EMTM program embarks on its mission to enrich innovation and competitiveness of Canadian industry, the idea for an executive breakfast series was conceived in early 2013. The topics of discussion are to be exclusively on innovation as a powerful means of competitive differentiation, and each session is to be directed by an expert in the field. In an effort to bring the most current innovation research into practice, a renowned, active researcher was invited to launch the series in March. Dr. Joseph Paradiso of MIT Media Laboratory spoke to a group of innovative leaders about the embedded sensors and the ubiquitous electronic nervous system in the inaugural session. The next session is planned to be led by Patia McGrath of Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, whose topic will focus on the innovation insights from both academia and industry.



Master of Arts in Business Economics Program Congratulations Graduates! The following students graduated in the Spring 2013 convocation. Congratulations to all of them on this major accomplishment. Ariic Aguto Reng Yiming Chen Yang Gao Zainab Khan Andriy Kourinnyi

James Pyett Vinoth Vykunthanathan Zi Wang Lilian Zheng

A list of all MABE students’ Major Research Papers can be found on the program website at

GOLD MEDAL FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE This medal is awarded in each convocation to a Masters and Doctoral student that has achieved the highest academic excellence in the School of Business & Economics. This year, the Gold Medal has been awarded to Ms. Zainab Khan (MABE 2013). We extend our sincere congratulations to Zainab on her achievements. She received the award at the June 2013 convocation. She was also awarded the John Finlay Memorial Scholarship Award for 2012, an award granted to a student who achieves the highest overall GPA at the end of the second semester.

THE JOHN R. FINLAY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD The Finlay Award is an endowed scholarship established in memory of Professor John Finlay, a member of the Department of Economics from 1969-1992. This award is granted to the MABE student with the highest overall GPA exceeding 10.0 (A-) at the end of the second semester. Mr. Srisharavanan Thanabalasingam (pictured left), a current MABE Candidate, has been granted the 2013 Finlay award. He is currently doing his MRP research on Income Inequality, Political Instability and Growth Revisited under the supervision of Maria Gallego. Congratulations to Sri for his achievements!

MABE CO-OP PLACEMENTS The following MABE students are currently in their coop term: John Alexander Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, Guelph Sundip Dhanjal Ministry of Economic Development, Trade & Employment, Toronto Andrew Doudnikov Ministry of Infrastructure, Toronto Cameron Fortier General Mills, Mississauga Sivakanthan Karunakanthan Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, North York Kirsten Saguil KPMG, Toronto

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