I joined the faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University in July 2020. I earned my PhD at the University of Alberta in Strategic Management & Organization and a Master of Environmental Management degree at Yale University.
Prior to my academic career, I worked with The Forest Trust, American Friends Service Committee, Heinrich Böll Foundation, and Global Environmental Institute in a number of managerial and consultancy roles. I have lived and worked in Cambodia, Canada, China, Laos, and the United States.
My research program centers on advancing contemporary administrative sciences. To this end, I pursue scholarship that is more contextual, integrative, robust, and responsive to societal needs. My broad research interests include: How do organizations work? How can businesses contribute to societal welfare? How can management scholarship help build a better society? Empirically, my research engages with various important matters such as forest, gender, and the future of business. In the meantime, I have a versatile research portfolio on modernizing management theory.
Below are some ongoing projects and anticipated full manuscript completion timelines.
I regard research as a privilege as well as a responsibility and endeavor to conduct impactful research that contributes to both theory and practice. I hope to write more business and policy-related content for public media once I wrap up some research projects. So far, on this front, I have published lots of tweets at @kcvgd. The handle is a shorthand for "KC Vagabond." The Twitter banner photo was taken in 2010 at a conservation area in Bolikhamxay province, Laos.
Here are my best-known refereed academic writings (* denotes equal authorship).
Cao, K. & Gehman, J*. 2021. Certified B Corporations and Benefit Corporations. Oxford Bibliographies in Management. Edited by Ricky W. Griffin. Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199846740-0203
Cao, K., Gehman, J., & Grimes, M*. 2018. Standing out and fitting in: Charting the emergence of Certified B Corporations by industry and region. In Andrew C. Corbett & Jerome A. Katz (Eds.), Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth: Vol. 19. Hybrid ventures (1-38)
Lazaridis School of Business and Economics
Alberta School of Business
I have decided to undertake more service duties for my career stage. Here are some responsibilities I have taken on of my own volition:
*The 2021 B Academics Research Roundtable will be held virtually on September 29, from 11 am - 4 pm, Eastern Time. Conference registration closes on September 25. Registration is free for B Academics members. Event-specific registration fees range from $10-40 USD. The conference agenda and registration portal are at https://bacademics.org/events/2021-research-roundtable/
*Research Roundtable participants will be able to hear about the current conversations about B Corps from a fantastic slate of speakers, panellists, and manuscript authors, partake in discussions and debates, and build connections with fellow researchers and practitioners in an amicable and supportive setting.
*The virtual meeting experience on the SCOOCS (www. scoocs.co) platform and Zoom will be similar to that of the 2021 Academy of Management Annual Meeting. SCOOCS has provided service for the 2021 Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) Research Conference and the 2021 Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) Sustainability Centres Community (SCC) Workshop, among many other events.
On a range of theoretical themes, research settings, and methods, I have reviewed manuscripts for the Academy of Management Discoveries (a total of 4), Academy of Management Review (1), Business Ethics, the Environment & Responsibility (1), Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management (2), European Journal of Women's Studies (1), Journal of Business Ethics (2), Journal of Business Venturing (4), Journal of Management (1), Journal of Management Studies (2), Management and Organization Review (1), Organization Studies (1), Organization & Environment (3), Strategic Organization (4), Review of Managerial Science (1), and University of Toronto Press (1).
Additionally, I have been reviewing for Academy of Management Annual Meetings every year since 2016. As an aside, I didn't submit manuscripts to AOM Annual Meetings in recent years. I found that I benefited most from attending AOM sessions as an audience member or consortium participant instead of a paper presenter.
I have been a member of the following academic communities:
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