Research Chairs, Centres, and Institutes

The DeGroote School of Business features 3 research centres8 research chairs, and 3 professorships, all world-renowned experts in their fields, and chosen to produce innovative new business knowledge and/or teaching practices.

Research Chairs and Professorships

Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs Program is a prestigious program of government grants awarded to highly-skilled researchers in order build our depth of knowledge in Canada. The DeGroote School of Business has 2 CRC positions:

Rick HackettDr. Rick Hackett holds the Canada Research Chair in Organizational Behaviour and Human Performance. Dr. Hackett is studying the links between leadership, work attitudes and performance within the nursing profession.
connellycDr. Catherine Connelly was recently awarded the Canada Research Chair in Organizational Behaviour. By extending mainstream organizational behaviour and psychological theories, Dr. Connelly will discover the true costs to organizations that hire contingent workers, identify the cues that determine how individuals react to – and interpret – electronic communications, and study the conditions, attributes and processes that result in knowledge hiding behaviours.

Donor-Funded Research Chairs

Mahmut ParlarDr. Mahmut Parlar has been appointed as the inaugural Distinguished Business Research Professor effective December 15, 2014 for the DeGroote School of Business. He specializes in the applications of operations research techniques (i.e., mathematical modelling of decision problems using stochastic processes, optimization theory and game theory) to operations and supply chain management decisions. Professor Parlar’s research work in these areas have been supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada since 1981 and have appeared in the form of more than 110 refereed articles published in journals such as Operations Research, Management Science, Naval Research Logistics, IIE Transactions, Applied Mathematical Finance and others.
honigbTeresa Cascioli Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership
Announced in December 2007, this Chair is the result of a significant donation by McMaster alumna and former Lakeport CEO Teresa Cascioli. Dr. Benson Honig, the chairholder, conducts new research on current issues in entrepreneurship and transfers that knowledge to both students and the community.
Milena HeadWayne C. Fox Chair in Business Innovation
Created by a generous donation by McMaster alumnus Wayne Fox, the Chair is currently held by Dr. Milena Head, who specializes in electronic business (eBusiness) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI).
ron-balversMichael Lee-Chin & Family Chair in Investment and Portfolio Management
This chair was created as part of a $5 million gift from Michael Lee-Chin and family and is held by Dr. Ronald Balvers. Dr. Balvers’ focus is on business valuation, and the resulting impact on investment strategy and portfolio management.
qiujCIBC Chair in Financial Markets
Created as a result of a major donation by CIBC, this Chair is held by Dr. Jiaping Qiu, who studies portfolio analysis, investments, financial theory and financial education, bringing together academic researchers, industry practitioners and business students.
91-594-1-FSPBMO Financial Group Chair in Capital Markets- Financial Literacy and the Individual Investor
As a result of a significant gift by BMO Financial Group in 2009, the Chair, held by Dr. John Maheu, contributes significantly to the body of scholarship on financial literacy and the individual investor. Dr. Maheu specializes in the areas of time-series econometrics and empirical finance.
peter miuMichael Lee-Chin & Family Professor in Strategic Business Studies
Created as part of a $5 million gift to the DeGroote School of Business by Michael Lee-Chin and family, the Chair, held by Dr. Peter Miu, creates synergies between business theory and business practice by bringing real life cases and projects to the classroom. Dr. Miu’s research is primarily in the areas of credit risk modelling, financial institutions, exchange-traded funds, regulatory capital requirement, empirical methods, and investments.
Cooper-MacdonellTMX Industry Professor
Made possible by a generous gift from TMX Group, Dr. Sherry Cooper is DeGroote’s TMX Group Industry Professor. Dr. Cooper is a retired economist with BMO, and will contribute to finance and economics research at the school through articles and papers. She will also spend time directly with students, passing on her experiences and insights from 30 years in business, and will facilitate regular discussions between the school and Bay Street, through chairing the Finance@DeGroote seminar series in downtown Toronto.
Currently VacantMacKenzie Financial Corporation Chair in Evidence-Based Financial Planning
Through a generous gift by MacKenzie Financial Corporation, the Chair, which is currently vacant, contributes significantly to the body of scholarship in evidence-based financial planning and will broaden our understanding of the complexities, challenges and opportunities in the financial planning realm.
[ Currently VacantMichael Lee-Chin & Family Professor in Strategic Business Valuation
Also created from the generous gift from Michael Lee-Chin and family, this Chair also focuses on adding real-life cases and problems to the theory learned in the classroom, specifically focusing on business valuation. The professorship is currently vacant.

Research Centres and Institutes

Michael Lee Chin and Family InstituteThe Michael Lee-Chin & Family Institute for Strategic Business Studies enables creation of new and innovative knowledge about business strategy, and dissemination of that knowledge to students, academics and the business community. Of particular interest is business valuation, growth and excellence, as well as investment and portfolio management.  The institute houses an endowed research chair and two endowed professorships.

The CPA/DeGroote Centre for the Promotion of Accounting Education & Research is a joint venture by CPA Ontario and McMaster University. DeGroote’s Centre is one of only seven in the province to be given the distinction of a CPA Ontario Centre.  The Centre encourages research, scholarly development and professional activities in the field of accounting for both students and faculty. Activities seek to develop students’ critical thinking skills, professional judgment, ethical values, communication skills and research skills.

MDTRC LogoThe McMaster Digital Transformation Research Centre (MDTRC) is a world-class research organization which brings together top researchers from the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, and beyond. It engages in cutting-edge multidisciplinary research aimed at better understanding how the digital revolution is impacting individuals and transforming organizations and society at large.

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