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Nine Faculty Members Honoured with Awards for Research and Teaching at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

March 20, 2023

Toronto – Nine faculty members at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management were honoured across five award categories for their research and teaching today.

Profs. Ole-Kristian Hope and Anita McGahan are the joint recipients of the Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentorship Award, which was introduced this year. The award recognizes the support faculty provide to doctoral students with success measured by the placement of students in academic positions, the publication of the students’ thesis research in top journals, and the students’ receipt of best paper prizes and similar awards

Prof. Opher Baron and Brian Silverman are the winners of the Distinguished Scholarly Contribution Award, which recognizes and encourages research and research-related service that contribute to the development of a robust and dynamic research environment within and beyond the Rotman community.

Prof. Alexander Dyck is the recipient of the Outstanding Research Impact Award, which recognizes research and other professional activity that has a significant impact on external non-academic audiences including the business and public policy communities both locally and internationally. 

Four faculty members were awarded with the Roger Martin Awards for Excellence in Research and Teaching. Established by Professor Emeritus Roger Martin, a former Dean of the Rotman School, the awards are presented annually to faculty members who have achieved distinction for their teaching or research activities.

Profs. Sheng Liu and Kate Odziemkowska received the Roger Martin Excellence in Research Award and Profs. Bernardo Blum and Walid Hejazi received the Rotman Martin Excellence in Teaching Award.

Ole-Kristian Hope is a professor in accounting and holds the Deloitte & Touche Professorship in Accounting. He teaches Commerce, MBA, and PhD courses in accounting. He has broad research interests in finance, accounting, corporate governance, and international business issues and regularly published in the leading academic journals. He has supervised numerous PhD students who are now teaching at top business schools globally.

Anita McGahan is University Professor, Professor of Strategic Management and the George E. Connell Chair in Organizations & Society. She is an expert on public entrepreneurship, industry evolution, and the evolution of competitive advantage. She is internationally renowned, both in academia and in practice, for addressing some of the world’s most difficult and important problems, notably around global health. She has worked closely with doctoral students throughout her career.

Opher Baron is a Distinguished Professor of Operations Management and the academic director of the Master of Management Analytics program at the Rotman School. His research interests include queueing, business analytics, service operations (such as healthcare), autonomous vehicles, and revenue management. He regularly publishes in the top academic journals in his field and has received several research and teaching awards and grants,

Brian Silverman is professor of strategic management and holds the J.R.S. Prichard and Ann Wilson Chair in Management. His research focuses on the ways in which a firm’s competitive strategy and organizational structure interact to affect its performance – in particular, its ability to access and exploit technological capabilities. He frequently publishes in the leading journals in strategic management.

Alexander Dyck is a professor of finance and economic analysis and policy at the Rotman School and holds the Manulife Financial Chair in Financial Services and is cross-appointed to the University's Faculty of Law. He also serves as director of the Capital Markets Institute. His research interests include corporate governance, corporate finance, sustainability, pensions, regulation and privatization, the media and financial markets, and taxation. A recent paper on corporate fraud received wide-spread media coverage including from The New York Times and Bloomberg.

Sheng Liu is an assistant Professor of operations management and statistics. His research interests lie in smart city operations, data analytics, and optimization.His recent work explores the effective use of data to prescribe operational decisions for logistics and mobility systems.

Kate Odziemkowska is an assistant professor of strategic management. Her research focuses on cooperative strategy—formal interorganizational relationships such as alliances or collaborations—in nonmarket settings.

Bernardo Blum is director of the Institute for International Business and an associate professor of economic analysis and policy. His research is primarily focused on the determinants of international trade patterns and the economic institutions that facilitate trade.

Walid Hejazi is a professor of economic analysis and policy and the academic director of Executive Programs at the Rotman School. His research focuses on the development of strategies which enhance the ability of companies to compete in domestic and global marketplaces. His first book, Everybody's Business: How to Ensure Canadian Prosperity through the Twenty-First Century, will be published later this month. With Prof. Blum, he teaches an international business course which leads to a unique international study project where Rotman students support and accompany Canadian companies, through the Toronto Board of Trade, on an international trade mission.

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