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Research | Sustainable Business Initiative

The Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise in areas such as corporate social responsibility, food security and waste, economic development, governance, consumer safety and consumerism, ecotourism, social inequality and sustainable development.


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Improving the gender wage gap

More women are earning their way onto Ontario’s Sunshine List, which records all public-sector employees who earn $100,000 or more, but men still outnumber women on the list, according to a study of gender-based wage differences by Prof. Miana Plesca, Department of Economics and Finance. As a labour economist, she studies how wages are determined and what factors influence wage differences.

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The importance of actually unplugging on National Day of Unplugging

Organizational behaviour researcher Jamie Gruman explores the importance of unplugging your electronic devices during the National Day of Unplugging.

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How does the minimum wage increase affect employers and employees?

Nita Chhinzer, a professor of leadership and organizational management, studies how downsizing is implemented in different industries. She says the minimum wage increase may result in more layoffs, and those who manage to keep their jobs may be faced with bigger workloads. One of her research projects looks at the effects of the minimum wage increase on the accommodation industry, which typically employs a large number of minimum wage workers.

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How does fast-food advertising influence children?

Any parent knows the power of fast-food advertising on children. From the kid-sized meals that come in cartoon-adorned cartons to the free toys, it’s hard for children (and parents) to resist these marketing ploys. But for Quebec children who aren’t exposed to fast-food commercials (the province banned fast-food marketing aimed at children in 1980), out of sight is out of mind. Prof Tirtha Dhar's research explores the impact of fast-food marketing on children. Dhar’s study compared fast-food consumption behaviour in Quebec to the rest of the provinces, focusing on Ontario because it shares a border with Quebec, as well as Francophone and Anglophone populations.

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How does the agriculture sector manage HR?

Human resources play an important role in any business, from attracting and hiring new employees to paying and retaining them. But some sectors, such as agriculture, may not see the value in investing in HR. Sara Mann, a professor of leadership and strategic human resource management in the Department of Management, is trying to change that. Her research on HR practices in the agriculture sector is looking at how HR can be improved in this field.

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