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 broad research and teaching 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 program on advancing management theory.
Below are some ongoing projects and anticipated journal submission 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 publications (* denotes equal authorship).
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:
I have reviewed manuscripts for the Academy of Management Discoveries (a total of 3), Business Ethics, the Environment & Responsibility (1), Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management (1), European Journal of Women's Studies (1), Journal of Business Venturing (4), Journal of Management (1), Journal of Management Studies (2), Organization Studies (1), Organization & Environment (3), Strategic Organization (1), Review of Managerial Science (1), and University of Toronto Press (1). I expect to complete reviewing another manuscript by May.
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:
Office location: Lazaridis Hall 4029
BU 481 in Fall 2020, via Zoom
All times are local in Waterloo. Zoom links are on MyLearningSpace. Email for appointment at other times.
Languages spoken: English, Mandarin Chinese
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