My research is broadly focused on the notion of knowledge in managerial decision making and narrowing the research/practice gap in the field. In particular, I am passionate about evidence-based management and the mechanism of generating rigorous, relevant, and actionable knowledge that can improve decision quality and enhance the professionalism of the field. I have developed and published a theory of evidence and a theory of collaboration in generating actionable evidential knowledge as well as an index for evaluating the actionability of management research.
Currently, the primary empirical setting in which I am expanding my research is health-care. I am focused on attitudes and preferences of health professionals in both acute and primary care settings and how these attitudes and preferences affect their decisions.
My research is aimed at providing evidence to inform relevant policies and decisions. My teaching is also greatly influenced by my research. I incorporate the principles of evidence-based management in teaching Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources Management, and Organizational Theory and Design courses and I am dedicated to integrating systematic reviews into the content that I deliver.
I am currently involved in a number of exciting projects and initiatives.
I am a co-recipient of a CIHR Transitional Operating Grant (2015) titled “A new approach to studying retention: following the professional journey of midwives in Canada.” The objective of this research is to uncover the factors that influence the career commitment for health care professionals and to provide evidence-based recommendations for improving retention rates for student and practicing midwives in Canada. The longitudinal and mixed method design of this study focuses in particular on the effects of internship/clerkship on career commitment and career aspirations for midwives in Canada.
In collaboration with "The global good death index project" at the Institute for Global Health Equity and Innovation at Dalla Lana School of Public Health at University of Toronto, I am looking into the first dataset from across healthcare organizations on the non-negotiable conditions that directors, administrative staff, and health care professionals would like to find during the last three months and the last few hours of their own lives, and the extent to which they are afraid of death. Our objective is to guide decisions based on rigorous evidence on the minimum and ideal conditions in which humans should aspire to die and to understand the attitudes of employees of healthcare organizations towards dying.
CIHR Transitional Operating Grant (2015). “A new approach to studying retention: following the professional journey of midwives in Canada.” Principal Investigators: Derek Keith Lobb and Isik Zeytinoglu, Co-Investigators: Farimah HakemZadeh, Elena Neiterman. Amount: $343,555.00 (5 years).
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