I joined the faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University in July 2020. I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Alberta in Strategic Management & Organization and a Master of Environmental Management degree at Yale University. Prior to becoming an academic, I worked with The Forest Trust (now Earthworm), American Friends Service Committee, Heinrich Böll Foundation, and Global Environmental Institute in managerial and consultancy roles. I have lived and worked in Cambodia, Canada, China, Laos, and the United States.
Formal brief biography:
Ke Cao, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lazaridis School of Business & Economics. He studies and teaches contemporary administrative sciences and has received awards and honours from the University of Alberta, Yale University, Lazaridis Institute, China Scholarship Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada, Responsible Research in Business & Management (RRBM) network, and Academy of International Business (AIB).
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.
In other words, sitting on the well-decorated business school floor of the academic ivory tower, I work to alleviate and prevent human suffering through my scholarship, as a champagne socialist (referencing Canadian rock band Arkells).
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 public-facing scholarly work 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
1. Academic Review & Editing
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 (2), Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management (2), European Journal of Management Studies (2), European Journal of Women's Studies (1), Journal of Business Ethics (5), Journal of Business Venturing (5), Journal of Management (1), Journal of Management Studies (2), Management and Organization Review (2), Organization Studies (1), Organization & Environment (4), Review of Managerial Science (1), and Strategic Organization (5).
I also have reviewed 1 research grant application for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada and book projects for Springer Nature (1; in Law) and the University of Toronto Press (2; in Business). Additionally, I have been reviewing for the Academy of Management Annual Meetings every year since 2016.
2. Public Engagement
3. Faculty Roles
4. Work and Membership in Academia
I have been a member of the following academic communities:
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