Research Awards

Smith Research Excellence Awards for 2020

New Researcher Achievement Award

The primary goal of the annual New Researcher Achievement Award is the recognition of an individual faculty member whose research during the pre-tenure period is acknowledged as outstanding, and has brought credit to the Smith School of Business. Receipt of this award will encourage ongoing research that will continue to appear in high quality academic publications.

2020 Recipient

Michael Sartor

Michael Sartor, Distinguished Faculty Fellow of International Business, joined Smith in 2015 after having completed both PhD and MBA degrees at the Ivey Business School at Western University, as well as a JD degree at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He has ten years of experience working variously in executive and corporate legal counsel capacities for publicly-traded and privately-held enterprises prior to entering academia. Having been employed in the foreign subsidiary operations of a NASDAQ-listed multinational corporation (MNC), Sartor notes that he is intimately familiar with “the opportunities and challenges facing MNCs in foreign markets.”

His research and teaching are focused on international business and global strategy with an emphasis on the effects of corruption upon the strategies and performance of MNCs. His most recent research publication — Integration-oriented Strategies, Host Market Corruption and the Likelihood of Subsidiary Exit from Emerging Markets — was published in the Journal of International Business Studies. The paper investigates the efficacy of equity ownership and expatriate staffing strategies that are employed by MNCs in their efforts to weaken the negative impact of corruption upon the survival of their foreign subsidiary operations in emerging markets. Sartor is now extending his research program to study “how a MNC’s corporate anti-corruption policies and programs moderate the impact of foreign market corruption upon the strategies and performance of these foreign-investing firms.”

Award for Research Excellence

The primary goal of the annual Award for Research Excellence is the recognition of an individual faculty member whose research is acknowledged as outstanding, and has brought considerable credit to Smith School of Business. Receipt of this award will result in ongoing research that will continue to appear in high quality academic publications.

2020 Recipient

Bertrand Malsch

Bertrand Malsch, recipient of the Award for Research Excellence, is also the PriceWaterhouseCoopers/ Tom O’Neill Fellow of Accounting. His current research interests include the cultural transformation of professional service firms, the search for meaningfulness at work, and the functioning of regulatory institutions.

“Smith offers a unique environment for conducting high quality, high-impact research”, Malsch said, adding that “the school's culture of intellectual diversity and openness is truly one of the main ingredients that support and energize my research activities”. Malsch is very grateful for the continued support received from his colleagues in the accounting area.