Ivey Business Journal Online

Bimonthly journal publishing scholarly articles written by business management professionals.

Articles from January/February

2014 Showed Character Is as Important as Talent
Character has often been described as the difference-maker in sports, business and life. As head of Ivey's Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership, I have probably said that line hundreds of times. But it can't be said enough because the importance...
Cracking the Glass Ceiling
Despite the gains made by women in the job market in recent decades, the access of women to the upper levels of the business hierarchy remains limited. A vast literature seeks to explain the barrier to female advancement widely known as the "glass ceiling,"...
Dealing with the New Cuba
Every December, many faithful Cubans travel from across the country to El Rincón, about 25 kilometres south of Havana, where they visit the Sanctuary of Saint Lazarus, a revered Christian saint reportedly brought back from the dead (as well as the Afro-Cuban...
Don't Confuse Sustainability with CSR
No challenge derails managers from the goal of sustainability more than trying to understand what it means for an organization to really be sustainable. Some people think sustainability is all about environmental issues. Others see it in terms of the...
Engaging the Moment Makes Better Leaders
When looking back for valuable lessons offered by the year 2014, a good place to start is the performance of Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard at Wimbledon. After all, while Bouchard didn't win her final match, she still served up lessons worth noting...
How to Restore Public Trust in Banking
Markets rise and fall. Recessions come and go. But when it comes to the reputational challenge caused by bankers acting badly, not a lot seems to change from one year to the next.Thanks to a huge cache of leaked secret files, the world is just now learning...
Learning from Boardroom Perspectives on Leader Character
In May 2013, Ivey Business Journal published "Leadership Character and Corporate Governance," which proposed that being an effective board member requires competencies, character and commitment. In that paper, which was also published by the Institute...
Making the Big Behaviour Breakthrough
Changing how things get done can be a powerful performance-enhancing tool. But achieving desirable shifts in habits and routines can be extremely tricky, even baffling. Part of the problem involves a lack of understanding of what makes some good ideas...
Nanotech's Big Issue
The US$20-billion-plus nanotechnology sector is clearly a disruptive force, one that is expanding rapidly. In addition to spawning innovation across a broad spectrum of applications and manufacturing processes, deploying materials from the atomic and...
Q&A with Nasir Shansab
Afghanistan is rich in natural resources, which optimists think will help the war-torn nation attract a steady stream of foreign investment that will dramatically improve local living standards and support the democratic reforms made during the recent...
Target's Big Mistake: Mutated DNA
Target obviously doesn't have much to brag about these days. But believe it or not, promotional material on the company's Canadian website was still proudly boasting about the company's history at the end of January 2015. "Browse our interactive timeline...
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