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Bissett INBU Professors, Cotae and Musabende research garners international accolades

Bissett professors, Dr. Jacqueline Musabende and Dr. Frank Cotae have won the Academy of International Business (AIB Annual Meeting 2018) CUIBE Award for Best Paper on International Business Education. The paper title is: “A Student and Instructor Review of Simulations as Experiential Learning Tools for IB Courses.” The award is the highest honour the Academy bestows upon research in undergraduate business education and it is the first time is was granted to researchers from an institution that offers only undergraduate programs.

Dr. Jacqueline Musabende has completed two field policy papers for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Public Financial Management Reforms in Namibia and Botswana.

Dr. Jacqueline Musabende and Dr. Frank F. Cotae have been invited by Columbia University and Government of France’s LABEXRefi to present their paper titled “Payment Systems role in Financial Inclusion, Government Policy and Effect in Developing Nations: Evidence from Kenya and Rwanda.” The conference is an event organized by Columbia Centre Alliance – including Columbia University (USA), École Polytechnique (France), Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University (France), SciencesPo (France), LABEXReFi (France), ESCP Europe, l’ENA (France), Le CNAM (France). It is considered the highest ranked international think tank in international relations and international financial regulation. The article supported the Government Reforms, Gender Equality, Poverty Reduction and Empowering Women through Financial Inclusion, All UN SDG goals. Please follow the link for more information:

Bissett Professor, Connie Vander der Byl to lead a research study on Sustainability best practices and expectations for the energy industry

Connie Van der Byl will be leading a research study on “Sustainability reporting best practices and stakeholder expectations for the oil and gas industry” with funding from Imperial.  Two to three undergraduate student Research Assistants will be hired to conduct a literature review and a comparative analysis of corporate sustainability reports.  Connie will conduct interviews and workshops with stakeholders to assess their expectations of sustainability reports.  A report will be issued in May followed by journal article(s) and conference presentation(s).
Connie is the Academic Director for Mount Royal University’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability. this research project is a continuum of Connie’s research interests focusing on energy organizations and their strategic responses to environmental issues.
This past summer, Connie also presented the paper, “Managing the coopetition paradox in alliance formation”, (co-authored with Dr. Natalie Slawinski),  atMemorial University, at the Academy of Management, Chicago, Illinois on August 14.

Research from Bissett professors Leah Hamilton and Mohammed El Hazzourri featured in national media outlets

Leah Hamilton and Mohammed El Hazzouri presented their research on public health advertising targeting ethnic minorities at the Lightning Talk during MRU research days. They were also interviewed by The Star Calgary (and Toronto Star) to talk about their research findings.

Read The Star Calgary article here.

Mohammed’s paper, titled Ethnic minority consumers reactions to advertisements featuring members of other minority groups, can be read here.


Mohammed El Hazzouri, Associate Professor, has study published in International Journal of Research in Marketing

Bissett School of Business would like to congratulate our own, Mohammed El Hazzourri for his most recent publication in the International Journal of Research in Marketing, entitled Ethnic minority consumers’ reactions to advertisements featuring members of other minority groups.

Identifying a “largely overlooked” area of research , Mohammed and his fellow researchers wanted to study how ethnic minorities respond to advertisements featuring other ethnic minority groups.

Mohammed’s research has recently been featured in media outlets such as The Conversation and the National Post.

Bissett Research on Small Business Growth a Big Hit!

Professor Simon Raby, a new member of faculty in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship, recently launched the findings of an 18-month study on the growth of Alberta’s Small and Medium-Enterprises. In the past four week alone, the report entitled “What Drives SME Growth? Introducing the Leader’s Growth Mindset” has been read online over 1,000 times and has been downloaded 300 times from, ranking Raby in the top 1% of academics for impact on this global platform. A short (6 minute) animated video is now available. You can find this video and report here:

Congratulations Simon, we look forward to future updates.




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”.