Professors Fischer and Shao Recognized at Research Day 2022
This past week, alumni, students, faculty, and staff at Schulich gathered to commemorate Research Day 2022, a biennial showcase that celebrates the innovative research and creative achievements of researchers at Schulich.
Dirk Matten, Schulich’s Associate Dean of Research, the host of the event, framed the purpose of the day at the outset: “After more than two years of the pandemic, it is time for the Schulich community to come together and think collaboratively about the future delivery of our research, but also about future areas for research in the school.”
The event kicked off with a thought-provoking plenary discussion titled “The Purpose, Scope, and Impact of Research in a Business School,” featuring Impakt CEO Paul Klein, Dean Zwick, and Associate Professors Ela Veresiu and Ruodan Shao.
The plenary panel was followed by three expert conversations. Henry Kim and Perry Sadorsky discussed the latest fintech and cryptocurrency research. Dean Neu and Dirk Matten led a conversation on the extortion economy in the Global South. Finally, Luke Zhu and Ela Veresiu presented on the latest developments in equity, diversity, and inclusion research at Schulich.
Dean Zwick concluded the afternoon with a reflection drawn from his own experience as a researcher.
“Attempting to answer difficult questions means putting your name and reputation as a researcher on the line,” said Dean Zwick. “Everyone pursuing this enterprise deserves our recognition.”
The event culminated with the presentation of the prestigious Dean’s Research Impact awards. Professor Eileen Fischer was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Professor Ruodan Shao received the Emerging Leader Award.
“Professor Fischer has had a stellar career that has brought great distinction to our School,” said Schulich Dean Detlev Zwick. “She has been with Schulich for more than 30 years, and during her time here, has strengthened the global research reputation of our School. No matter which yardstick of achievement you use, Eileen is in an elite class.”
“The quality and impact of Ruodan’s work can be seen through multiple measures, including the publication of 19 articles, eight of which were published in the Financial Times Top 50 Journals,” said Dean Zwick. “Her research has been cited over 3,000 times already.”