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Bissett professor, Uthpala Tennakoon has chapter published and receives research grant

Congratulations to Bissett HR professor, Uthpala Tennakoon, PhD, on the recent publication of a chapter titled, Ideal Organizations for the New Ideal Workers: Exploring the Role of Life-friendly work practices in the book, The New Ideal Worker. Contributions to Management Science. (Edited by las Heras Maestro M., Chinchilla Albiol N., Grau Grau M.)

Abstract:The increased interest of modern employees to balance competing demands between work and life has driven organizations to rethink the profile of the ideal worker. Life-friendly work practices (LFWP), which commonly include flexible work arrangements, compressed work weeks, teleworking, job sharing, family leave programs, organizational support for dependent care, and other life-related benefits, have evolved as a means to create workplaces which appeals to this new breed of workers. With limited resources at their disposal, it is important for organizations to be intentional about the selection and offering of LFWP. This interview study with 16 HR executives and 16 post-secondary university students as future employees, explores the organizational reasoning behind LFWP and future employee attraction criteria in relation to LFWP. The findings reveal that most organizations are genuinely interested in creating an ideal organization for their ideal employees. It may be beneficial for organizations to be more expressive of the organizational LFWP initiatives in their employer branding message to create awareness and attract the future ideal workers. The multi-perspective examination of LFWP provided useful insights for practical applications, and directions for further research.

Also, the faculty extends their congratulations to Uthpala for receiving a research grant from the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the in the 2020 Essential Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants competition for the project titled, “Pop Quiz with a twist: Assessing the Benefits of two-stage in-class quizzes in business courses”.


Assistant Professor Rajbir Bhatti commits to board positions and has research published

The Bissett faculty congratulates Assistant Professor Rajbir Bhatti on his new  assignment as Program Coordinator (2018-2019)  of the Management Science Division – Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC).

The ASAC “is a professional society of those interested in the scholarship, teaching and practice of management. Their members are based in business and related faculties at Canadian and international post-secondary institutions as well as private and public sector organizations. ASAC provides a stimulating and collegial community for sharing perspectives and building relationships across disciplines and industries”

In addition to the aforementioned role, Rajbir has been serving as  Academic Liaison Director with the Calgary Logistics Council (CLC). 
Rajbir and his co-researchers also had a paper accepted into the Business Process Management Journal titled, Continuous process improvement implementation framework using multi-objective genetic algorithms and discrete event simulation ”

Abstract: Continuous process improvement is a hard problem, especially in high variety/low volume environments due to the complex interrelationships between processes. The purpose of this paper is to address the process improvement issues by simultaneously investigating the job sequencing and buffer size optimization problems.

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 Stock Market Challenge: the 13th Annual ATB Investment Challenge is up and running!

The 13th Annual ATB Investor Services Investment Challenge, otherwise known as the Bissett Stock Market Competition, is up and running. This year has seen a record number of participants, with 96 students involved. Students in teams of three, have until March 30, 2018 to maximize their returns in a real-time simulation. The members of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams win cash prizes and a luncheon with members of ATB Investor Services. The 1st place team is also immortalized on the Stock Market Competition trophy. The competition is grateful to ATB for their support of this competition. For more details, contact Jim Fischer.

Bissett student Ryan Wenger finding his niche

To the average observer the skills of a barista and that of a heavy duty mechanic may seem mutually exclusive skill-sets,  but for Bissett student Ryan Wenger the combination of the two has led to a successful business venture. When the Bissett building was looking for a coffee kiosk, Ryan quickly jumped in and married his hobby of refurbishing coffee equipment with his love of coffee and desire to have his own coffee shop;  the Barrow and Espresso venture was born.

Finding an unused small space under the stairs in the Bissett building, Ryan carved out a niche…physically and business-wise with the first location of The Barrow and Espresso. The under-used space has been transformed into a vibrant area, where students and faculty meet while enjoying Ryan’s specialty coffees and upscale pastries.  Ryan has been able to apply his learned business acumen to the running of his business including employee management, inventory purchasing and marketing.

Recognizing a winning formula of turning small under-used space and creating a welcoming and vibrant coffee shop, Ryan is expanding his business.  He was selected to open up a second location in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre. A third location in the Marda Loop area is also in the works.

The aromatic scent of coffee as you enter the Bissett building, the artfully displayed pastries, the chattering of the customers gathered under the stairwell,  and student employees warmly serving the Barrow customers have brought a new energy to the Bissett building that goes far beyond a good cup of coffee. It has been trans-formative for not only Ryan but for all of those who work and attend classes in the Bisset building. As  a faculty we are not only proud of Ryan and his accomplishments… but grateful! We wish him continued success.

Ryan and his business venture have been recognized by the LaunchPad program here at MRU, winning a $5000.00 bursary in 2017 and most recently he was named regional EO Entrepreneur of the year at the  Global Student Entrepreneurship  Awards. Winning another $5000.00. Ryan will be attending the Fair Trade Field School in Guatamela next semester to learn about the coffee bean business from local farmers.


Bissett School of Business General Management students compete in Canada’s Business Model Competition

Zachary Hartley

A team of 4th. year,  General Management, BBA students were a “BBQ Rib” away from entering the Finals of Canada’s Business Model Canvas Competition (CBMC), held March 4-5th. at Dalhousie University.

Founder Zachary Hartley of  “Smoke Barrel” and his teammate, Andrew Conway, were Semi-Finalists in this annual, national student competition. Over 45 student teams, ranging in backgrounds from Bachelor programs to PhD programs,  competed for $50,000 in cash and prizes. Zac’s “Smoke Barrel”, a premium BBQ smoker, made from old wine and whisky barrels, has been launched and is already garnering consumer sales.
In the CBMC, Zac and Andrew earned a tie in their flight with a team of Master of Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation from SMU of Halifax. However, the judges awarded the seat in the Finals to SMU on the “tie-breaking” social impact criteria.
This year’s winning business concept, an innovative allergy-testing product, was founded by PhD students from the University of Waterloo.
Douglas MacDonald, team coach, can attest that Zac and Andrew were noble ambassadors of the Bissett School of Business and garnered respect for their presentation, competitive and supportive spirit in addition to their business concept.
Canada’s Business Model Competition ® (CBMC) represents an innovative and alternative paradigm for post-secondary students to demonstrate their innovativeness and entrepreneurship. The CBMC uses the philosophy and approach of Alex Osterwalder’s ‘Business Model Canvas’ plus integrating Steve Blanks’ ‘The Lean Start-up Movement’. These tools use an approach driven by a question, hypothesis, and validation process to create innovative business models that solve real problems. Leading-edge universities such as Stanford, Harvard, BYU, Waterloo, UBC and Dalhousie in addition to innovative global companies have used these models. Over the past five years, our Entrepreneurship Program has also integrated these models into our curriculum. — Douglas MacDonald
Dalhousie’s 4th. Annual Competition is the Canadian qualifier for the International BMC, which will be held this April at Microsoft Campus, Redmond, Washington.
Team Coach, Douglas MacDonald,  would like to acknowledge Ray DePaul for his mentorship of Zac and Andrew as well as the entire entrepreneurship team for fostering this type of entrepreneurial attitude and behavior
The Bissett School of Business would like to congratulate Zak and Andrew on their efforts as well as acknowledge the dedication of their coach, Douglas MacDonald and the Department of Entrepreneurship for continuing to mentor and inspire the entrepreneurial spirit of our students.

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