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Bissett Awarded Project by Key UK Small Business Think Tank

Professor Simon Raby, along with colleagues Chad Saunders (Haskayne School of Business) and Geoff Gregson (JR Shaw School of Business) have been awarded funding and access to the U.K.’s Longitudinal Small Business Survey by the U.K.’s Enterprise Research Centre. The project will analyze longitudinal data on impact of small business support on firm performance. Please contact Professor Simon Raby for more information (

Bissett Associate Professor, Jim Fischer has paper accepted at the 33rd International Academic Conference in Vienna, Austria

Bissett would like to congratulate Jim Fischer for having his  paper accepted at the 33rd International Academic Conference in Vienna, Austria,  sponsored by the International Institute for Social and Economic Sciences. Jim presented his paper “Is Consumption Tax Regressive? A Libertarian Perspective”, the third in a series of papers examining consumption tax as an alternative to income tax. His paper was published in conference proceedings.

Congratulations Jim!

Bissett Assistant Professor Abdulrahman Chikhouni to present paper at Academy of International Business Conference in Dubai

Bissett would like to congratulate Assistant Professor, Abdulrahman Chikhouni on being selected to present his paper in Dubai, this coming July. The paper titled, Teach a Man to Fish and You Feed Him for a Lifetime” The Influence of FDIs on Entrepreneurship in Developing Nations; Academy of International Business (AIB), Dubai, UAE, July 2-5 2017. (Co-author Raghyd Al hajj, Concordia University)

Assistant Professor, Leah Hamilton, has paper published in Social Issues and Policy Review

Congratulations to Leah Hamilton for her most recent publication. A paper Leah co-authored centres on improving public attitudes toward refugees and  has been published in Social Issues and Policy Review.

Esses, V. M., Hamilton, L. K., & Gaucher, D. (2017). The Global Refugee Crisis: Empirical Evidence and Policy Implications for Improving Public Attitudes and Facilitating Refugee Resettlement. Social Issues and Policy Review, 11(1), 78-123.

Social Issues and Policy Review is an annual peer-reviewed academic journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues along with Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy and the Journal of Social Issues. The journal was established in 2007.


Bissett instructor, Collette Lemieux has papers published.

Bissett School of Business would like to congratulate Instructor, Collette Lemieux on her recent publications and achievements:
Collette recently co-published a paper based  on the results of a study looking at how digital game design can help high school students learn mathematics. It was published in the International Journal for Technology in Mathematics Education (Vol. 23, Issue 1) (Co-authors are Qing Li, Elise Vandermeiden and Shai Nathoo). 
The second publication was a reflection on a mathematics and social justice workshop Collette attended at the Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group Conference in Kingston. This article was published in the journal:  For the Learning of Mathematics (Vol. 36, Issue 3). 
Also congratulations to Collette for passing her candidacy exam for her PhD. The title of Collette’s research project is “The use of story-based tasks in post-secondary students’ learning of statistics”. 

Mount Royal University Assistant Professors, Leah Hamilton and Mohammed El Hazzouri, receive Research Grant

Bissett School of Business congratulates Leah and Mohammed on receiving a research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Leah and Mohammed will be the lead investigators for  the Calgary portion of the study.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada –Targeted Rapid Response Research on Syrian Refugees

“Optimizing the Provision of Information to Facilitate the Settlement and Integration of Refugees in Canada: Case Studies of Syrian Refugees in London, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta”

Investigators: Esses, Hamilton, Pyati, & El Hazzouri

 Amount: $23,560 over one year

Assistant Professor, Rajbir Bhatti, pursuing research opportunities.

Dr. Bhatti’s current endeavors include  supervising a Doctoral student at the Atahbasca University in the use of Data Envelopment Analysis for performance measurement of
manufacturers in Canada.  The topic of the research work is
“Performance Measurement of Heavy Equipment Dealerships Using Data
Envelopment Analysis (DEA)” .

Further to that, one of Dr. Bhatti’s research works has been accepted for presentation at the “IVth International Conference on Production & Industrial Engineering
(CPIE-2016)” to held from December 19-21, 2016 in India. The title of
our research paper is ” Identification of Human Related Success
Factors for TPM Implementation in Indian SMEs – Graph Theoretic
Approach (GTA)”

Leah Hamilton, Assistant Professor at Bissett, receives national attention for Mentorship Research

In an April 12th article by the Globe and Mail, the mentorship between university student Scott Henry, participant in the CEO x 1 Day and his mentor CEO, David Labistour from Mountain Equipment Co-op, was profiled and used as an example of the beneficial mentorship relationship.

Leah Hamilton, provided comment about Mount Royal’s Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program and the findings regarding  her research on mentorship:

“….the mentees had more confidence to seek out jobs, build relationships and felt more supported, compared to those who weren’t in mentorship programs.

The mentors also benefited from “intergenerational learning,” and a better understanding of the millennial generation, Ms. Hamilton says.

“The mentors said ‘wow, this really gave me an opportunity to learn from this younger generation. Now I get them more and understand what they’re looking for in the work force and the challenges they face.’”

She says some of the companies involved in the school’s Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program, which funded the research, are now rethinking their recruitment strategies and ways to increase employee retention.”

To read the Globe and Mail article in its entirety, please follow the link:

Bissett School of Business Associate Professor, David Finch and undergraduate student, Mackenzie Strong, published in AMLE

The Bissett School of Business would like to congratulate, Associate Professor, David Finch and student, Mackenzie Strong on being published in the Academy of Management Learning + Education Journal:

Institutional Biography and Knowledge Dissemination: An Analysis of Canadian Business School Faculty (February 12, 2016 David Finch, Norm O’Reilly, David Deephouse, William Fister, Loren Falkenberg, Mackenzie Strong)


 “A biographical analysis of 740 faculty members from 13 elite and non-elite Canadian business schools suggests that different knowledge dissemination activities are anchored in a faculty member’s scholar’s socialization and are influenced by both individual and contextual factors. Results suggest that the divide between academics and practitioners in business schools can be bridged with individual faculty members who possess both academic and professional qualifications.”

This project is an outocme of the Business School Research Network (BRSN) initiative. The BSRN was established in 2014 through start-up funding from MRU’s Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship with the goal of conducting research to enhance business school performance through evidence-based management. The BSRN now has ten active projects underway including over 20 researchers from 15 different business schools.
David notes: “Though this is the fifth publication of the BSRN, what Ray and I are most proud of is that one of our own MRU students, Mackenzie Strong, is a co-author. This project emerged from Mackenzie’s directed reading project two years ago. Mackenzie did ALL the heavy lifting on the data collection during her project and had the patience to work through the process. It was a joy to have her on our team and for to publish in an Academy journal as an undergraduate student (I suspect this may be the first time an undergraduate student has ever published in AMLE). I hope this level of achievement inspires all of our students to engage in collaborative research with our faculty”.