Research seminar series

Bi-monthly, the Business Research Committee within the School of Business hosts seminars for faculty who have conducted research in the areas of business and economics. These seminars are a great platform for both students and faculty to familiarize themselves with research being done within the School of Business. This forum is ideal in creating a dialogue between researchers and attendees who are interested in the ever changing landscape of Business.

The last seminar of the academic year has become the “Business Students Research Day” where candidates for the Student Research Award present their research projects.

Upcoming research seminars

Thursday October 30th, 2014

Dr. Kirsten Robertson, School of Business, University of the Fraser Valley

Finding meaning in social networks: A theory of how both strong and weak ties can lead to meaningful work

Our paper adopts a social networks lens to develop a process model explaining how the strength of intraorganizational network ties may influence meaningfulness.  Ties of different strengths are expected to influence work meaningfulness through the mechanisms of individuation, contribution, and unification.  Rather than one type of tie being superior in terms of its impact on meaningfulness, the theory explains the importance of maintaining a diverse network portfolio that includes both strong and weak ties. Read more...

Friday December 12th, 2014

Dr. Frank Ulbrich, School of Business, University of the Fraser Valley

Seven challenges management must overcome when implementing IT-shared services 

Published in: Strategic Outsourcing: An International Journal, Vol. 7Iss: 2, pp.94-106

Organizations to an increasing extent adopt IT-shared services as a means to providing organization-wide IT services. Our study empirically explores management challenges that management must overcome in the early phase of adopting IT-shared services. Qualitative data from 20 case studies were analysed. The data were originally collected in a variety of predominantly large-size organizations from the public and private sectors in six different countries. The data used were collected between 2002 and 2010. Our research identifies seven reoccurring themes in the collected data, all being common management challenges. These challenges are evident within the whole organization – including their service-consuming business units – as well as their service-providing IT units. The seven challenges are related to the ability to deliver IT services, communication between IT and non-IT staff, IT-service portfolios, nature of IT services, power and control, pricing and service-level agreements.

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