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How can a greater emphasis on ‘care’ improve life at work?

Jessica Nicholson wants to improve how we work and how organizations impact society, something she believes can be achieved by a greater emphasis on and understanding of care. Her dissertation contributes to an evolving conversation in management and business ethics literature that takes a more holistic view of how organizations can do good for their employees and community. Jessica hopes to ultimately develop a theory about what the meaning of care is and how it is practiced within an organizational context.

Food research explains how to pick pepper and how pepper is picked

Reaching for the pepper shaker at meal time is almost a reflex for many people. While it is one of the most common and popular seasonings in the world reaching countless palates each day, its path to the grocery shelf is one that is exotic, unexpected and complex.

Turning up the volume on Guelph’s music scene

A vibrant music scene can bring significant economic gain for markets of all sizes. In Guelph, recent research is helping the city develop its image into a music destination of choice.

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Questioning a local solution to a global climate change problem

Since the start of Ontario’s cap and trade program at the beginning of 2017, criticism and concern have been heard loud and clear across the province. While many in the scientific community believe there needs to be greater measures taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, economists, including professor Talat Genc, question the economic viability of the Province’s most recent plan of attack in the battle against climate change.

The barriers of transforming biofuel inventions into business successes

Climate change policy is an increasingly popular and polarizing topic in Canada and around the world, one that has seemingly poised the biofuels industry for rapid development based on the demand for alternative energy sources. While we often hear about new and improving technologies that are intended to help build a more sustainable Canada, translating these scientific successes into business successes is challenging and many fail to make it to market.

The long shadow of forced labour in Russia

It has been more than 60 years since the death of Joseph Stalin, but his rule over the former Soviet Union still casts a social and economic shadow on the lives of many Russians. Much of the geographic area spanned by contemporary Russia was first populated by Gulag prisoners. It was at the cost of many lives that communities, industries and their infrastructure were built in Siberia and the Russian Far East.


Sean Lyons investigates the complexities of the generational identity

Generational identity is not as easily or simply defined as one might think. According to research by professor Sean Lyons, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials often share like values within their respective groups, but it is insufficient to paint so many people with the same brush based solely on their birth year. Lyons’s findings on within-generation variance form an updated and more complex picture of generational identity, information that could help managers gain a stronger understanding of their multi-generational teams.

Rethinking the price tag: Brent McKenzie researches electronic shelf labels

For most people, a trip to the grocery store is part of a weekly routine that has not changed much over time, even with the advent of technology that has effectively altered many other aspects of the shopping experience. That is not to say that technology has no place in the grocery store, though. Research from marketing and consumer studies professor Brent McKenzie is examining future possibilities for one very specific and important part of food retailing – the price tag.

Historical records explain current questions in big data research by Kris Inwood

Economics and history professor Kris Inwood describes himself as someone who likes to figure things out and discover why things happen. He says that “good research is like solving a jigsaw puzzle” and it is through big data research that he and his collaborators are assembling millions of pieces of historical information to help explain some of today’s most pressing questions about who we are and how we live.

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