- Business and Sustainability
- Complexity Theory
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Organizational Change
- Organizational Strategy
- Organizational Theory
- Qualitative Methods
- Social Innovation
- Strategic Management
- Strategy Implementation
- Sustainability Management
Mike’s research examines the interaction between business strategy and society. He is interested in the typology of organizational responses to social, ecological, and economic issues and the key drivers that explain variations in responses to sustainability. In light of the increasing complexity of organizational environments, Mike’s more recent stream of work has looked at how organizations respond to complex problems like poverty, obesity and the financial crisis. Mike’s research is propelling him into a more critical perspective where he seeks to examine how companies, in their pursuit of strategic value appropriation, exploit the many irrational decisions of consumers and extract value from society. Mike sits on the editorial board of Organization Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, and Business & Society. Mike also consults for companies in the area of strategy and sustainability and is a board director. More information about Mike can be found at his website – www.organizingforsustainability.com
2016 2nd Place Seymour Schulich Award for Teaching Excellence at the Graduate Level
2012 Research Merit Award, Richard Ivey School of Business
2011 Ivey HBA Teaching Award: Recipient of the David Burgoyne Award for Dedication In and Out of the Classroom
2011 Nominated for Green Award, University of Western Ontario
2011 USC Teaching Honour Roll for Excellence in Teaching Business, University of Western Ontario.
2009 Service Award: Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost Single Year Award for bringing into focus the issue of business and sustainability at the Faculty of Business, University of Victoria.
2009 Best Paper Award. Indigenous Resource and Institutional Capital: Understanding its Role in Private Sector Sustainable Development. International Academy of African Business Development (IAABD), Kampala.
2009 Excellence in Service Award, University of Victoria Business.
2009 Recipient of the University of Victoria Business Award for Teaching Excellence
2009 Faculty of the Year Award: Commerce Students Society, University of Victoria Business
2008 Service Award: Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost Single Year Award for bringing into focus the issue of business and sustainability at the Faculty of Business, University of Victoria.
2007 Finalist for the Social Issues in Management Dissertation Award, Academy of Management, Philadelphia.
2007 Governor Generals Academic Gold Medal Award Recipient, Canada.
2007 Nominated for the William H. Newman Award for an outstanding single- authored paper from a dissertation. Academy of Management, Philadelphia.
2007 Nominated for the 2007 York University Doctoral Dissertation Award.
2007 Best Paper Award International Academy of African Business Development (London, 2007)
2006 First Place Seymour Schulich Award for Teaching Excellence
2006 Chosen as 1 of 9 PhD students to attend the Swiss Master Class in Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland
2004 Best Student Paper Award Strategy Division, ASAC
2002 Robert Breadner Entrepreneurial Fund Scholarship: $2,000
2002 Selected to represent Wilfrid Laurier at the 2002 Concordia M.B.A. Case Competition, Montreal, Quebec
2001 Selected to represent Laurentian University at the 2001 Excalibur Case Competition, University of Montreal. (Placed 2nd)
2000 Senator Rheale Belise Award, Laurentian University: $3,700
Courses TaughtBusiness and Sustainability
Responsible Business Leadership
Project Title Role Award Amount Year Awarded Granting Agency Project TitleBoundary Conditions for the Substitution of CSR for Government: The Moderating Roles of Egalitarian and Deliberative Democracy RolePrinciple Investigator Award Amount$2,500.00 Year Awarded2018 Granting AgencyYork University Internal SSHRC Grant Project TitleProcesses of group negotiation in contexts of logic multiplicity RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$812.08 Year Awarded2013-2014 Granting AgencyYUFA Junior Faculty Research Fund Project TitleIs Strategic Management Sustainable? RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$3,904.00 Year Awarded2010-2011 Granting AgencyIRG & SSHRC General Research/Creative Activity Grants Project Title RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$15,000.00 Year Awarded2006 Granting AgencyOntario Graduate Scholarship Project Title RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$15,000.00 Year Awarded2006 Granting AgencyInternational Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE) - War Memorial Scholarship Project Title RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$20,000.00 Year Awarded2005 Granting AgencyInternational Development Research Centre (IRDC) - Doctoral Research Award Project Title RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$40,000.00 Year Awarded2004 Granting AgencySocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council - Doctoral Fellowship Project Title RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$15,000.00 Year Awarded2004 Granting AgencyOntario Graduate Scholarship Project Title RolePrincipal Investigator Award Amount$22,000.00 Year Awarded2003 Granting AgencySchulich School of Business - Ph.D. 2nd Year Entrance Scholarship