April 22, 2015
Assistant Professor Gwyneth Edwards (International Business) has received the 2014 honourable mention from the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences for her paper “MNE practice transfer as a process of institutional change,” co-written with Rick Molz (Concordia University).
The study cited in the paper builds upon current theory on strategic organizational practice transfer in multinational firms. The theoretical analysis suggests that practice transfer is a process of institutional change that leads not only to practice adoption, adaptation or nonadoption, but also to reconstruction. When contradictions exist within and across institutional environments, misaligned interests motivate actors to engage in praxis. The process theory provides insight into how less-powerful subsidiary actors engage in praxis to extend knowledge and build new capabilities within the firm.
Professor Edwards holds a PhD and an MBA from Concordia University, and has been an HEC Montréal faculty member since June 2013. She is a member of the Research Ethics Committee and specializes in management strategies in an international context, strategic practices, the strategy process and firm trajectory, as well as knowledge transfer in multinational firms. Note that she was also chosen in July 2014 as a finalist for the Grigor McClelland Dissertation Award, a competition organized by the Journal of Management Studies and the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies, and that she received the Governor General’s Gold Academic Medal in June 2014.