Schulich PhD Candidate Receives Highly Prestigious Awards

Kam Phung PhD ‘20
Kam Phung

Kam Phung (PhD ‘20) and his co-authors received this year’s Social Issues in Management Division’s ‘Best Paper Award’ and ‘Best Business Ethics Paper Award’ at the 78th Academy of Management Annual Meeting for their paper on the “Innovations in the Business Models of Modern Slavery.”

To add to his list of impressive achievements, Phung was awarded the highly prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship last year for his research proposal entitled, “The business of modern slavery: Abolition and institutional resistance.”

His work was ranked #1 out of 180 national applications by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Vanier CGS selection committee in 2017. He now holds the title “Vanier Scholar” until 2020. In addition, he has received two Ontario Graduate Scholarships and the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship during his studies at Schulich. (Note: Phung was awarded but had to decline one Ontario Graduate Scholarship and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS due to Tri-Agency funding terms.)

“I chose to pursue my PhD at Schulich because of its unique focus on social and environmental issues, and its housing of scholars that continue to push the boundaries of what we know about topics such as sustainability, business ethics, and responsible business,” shared Phung.

The award-winning paper, “Innovations in the business models of modern slavery: The dark side of business model innovation,” written by Andrew Crane (University of Bath), Genevieve LeBaron (University of Sheffield), Kam Phung (York University), Laya Behbahani (Simon Fraser University), and Jean Allain (Monash University) can be found in the Academy of Management Proceedings (2018), Volume 1.