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  • Press release: Social media & the changing landscape of communication
    need to align their strategic objectives with their social media needs Social media strategy needs to be about understanding where your consumers are and what they want because at the end of the day it s about building relationships with people said Harfoush She will also be discussing her upcoming book Misfits How We ve Outgrown the Way We Live and What to Do About It This book will explore how people s relationship with information is evolving and creating gaps within various sectors of society including education government and business and what those gaps mean for the future Nicole Haggerty Associate Professor Information Systems Richard Ivey School of Business will introduce Harfoush Haggerty has extensive expertise in the field of social media and the concept of virtual competence and its role in workplace performance Businesses need to pay attention to the skills that people develop using daily life technologies including social networking said Haggerty The interesting collaborative socially oriented things that people do in their personal lives can create a foundational skill set that s valuable at work What Harnessing the Power of Social Media The Changing Landscape of Communication Location Toronto Board of Trade East Ballroom 1 First Canadian Place Toronto Ontario Date Friday September 17 2010 Time 7 30 a m registration and breakfast 8 9 30 a m presentation and discussion The event is part of the Ivey Idea Forum Leading Insights for Business Innovation series an interactive platform to explore new ideas perspectives and solutions for evolving business issues with thought provoking leaders writers and academics To purchase tickets please contact Dawn Milne at 519 850 2999 dmilne ivey ca or click here Purchase tickets For more information please visit the Ivey Idea Forum website Media interested in attending please contact Mary Weil at 416

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  • Press release: Glass ceilings, sticky floors, and mid-level bottlenecks
    organization women had an equal shot at moving up but they have more difficulty getting promotions at lower and middle levels of the organization The glass ceiling at the top level still exists but acts as a barrier to the promotion of visible minority men The study of a large Canadian information and communications technology company examined the promotions of 22 338 non unionized employees over five years Looking at employees in four categories white men white women visible minority men and visible minority women the study controlled for other factors that might have affected the promotion decisions In mid and lower level jobs the study showed a clear trend in favour of white men over their female counterparts The study was unique in identifying what the researchers termed the mid level bottleneck Here half the employees hold a university degree and strive for upper management At this level the study indicated white men have a clear promotional advantage over women visible minority women and visible minority men We re never going to change what happens at all levels until we create reward allocation and promotion systems that value the different contributions and viewpoints of everyone said Konrad who also holds the Corus Entertainment Chair in Women in Management We have to look at those system structures and change them if we re going to finish the job Details of the research were released today in the September edition of impact an online monthly publication featuring research from faculty at the Richard Ivey School of Business To read the full article click here http www ivey uwo ca publications impact vol16no9 konrad htm 30 About the Richard Ivey School of Business The Richard Ivey School of Business www ivey ca at The University of Western Ontario is Canada s leading

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  • Press release: Ivey Purchasing Managers Index: July 2010
    end of July 2010 stood at 54 The corresponding figure for July 2009 was 51 8 and for July 2008 was 65 5 The Employment index for July stood at 52 Inventories 53 2 Supplier Deliveries were 39 and Prices were 56 The Ivey PMI is not adjusted for seasonality or inflation and shows responses to one question Were your purchases last month in dollars higher the same or lower than the previous month A figure above 50 shows an increase while below 50 shows a decrease Please check the website http iveypmi uwo ca for more information 30 About the Richard Ivey School of Business The Richard Ivey School of Business www ivey ca at The University of Western Ontario is Canada s leading provider of relevant innovative and comprehensive business education Drawing on extensive research and business experience Ivey faculty provide the best classroom experience equipping graduates with the skills and capabilities they need to tackle the leadership challenges in today s complex business world Ivey offers world renowned undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as Executive Development at campuses in London Ontario Toronto and Hong Kong For more information please contact Mary Weil Richard Ivey School

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  • Press release: Food as a tool for disease prevention, economic prosperity
    a change will require a mixture of government industry and social strategies Although real solutions require long term planning there are immediate opportunities for coordinated and directed steps forward To help address the issue Ivey hosted a policy workshop on the opportunity to develop an integrated health and food policy framework earlier this year The workshop focused on how Canadians health can be improved through new products research and communications and on the policies and strategies through which government and industry can support this process The workshop brought together 80 policy makers from health and agriculture researchers industry leaders and students to discuss and advise on strategies for developing and implementing effective policies to improve the health of Canadians through better food and food choices The workshop was a joint effort by the Chair of Agri Food Innovation and Regulation and the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management at the Richard Ivey School of Business The report Food and Health 2010 Advancing the Policy Agenda released this week calls for the creation of a Canadian Food Strategy to address the physical and economic health of Canada The report identifies six priorities necessary to make this strategy a reality Recommendations include Canadians need to shift their thinking beyond single nutrients to overall diets and how they relate to lifestyles Involving all stakeholders from industry to government to NGOs in developing national food strategies and policies Supporting additional food and health research Make healthy food decisions the easy food decisions for consumers through information Make healthy food accessible Link health strategy and business strategy The workshop and report prove that we can get health and food industry professionals to identify solutions to this critical issue Now we need to turn these ideas into policies and industry action said Sparling The full

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  • Press release: Lessons on leadership from the financial crisis
    Canada the U S the U K Europe and Asia to try to determine how leadership failed during the crisis and what we can learn Their findings will be released on September 21 at a launch for their book Leadership on Trial The research will also help to shape leadership teaching at Ivey and leadership development in organizations The words character and ethics kept coming up said Crossan who is former Director of the Leading Cross Enterprise Research Center at Ivey But there was a lot of confusion about what character really meant and whether it was something that could be learned Crossan and her colleagues have been doing subsequent research to examine character and its fundamental role in decision making They propose that a stronger values based orientation anchored in character development is necessary to offset the extraordinary and often complex and ambiguous set of pressures leaders face When considering what led to the financial crisis the Ivey team said many leaders lacked moral awareness Even in hindsight some leaders refuse to accept responsibility instead blaming the crisis on the system or complexity said Crossan We re hoping the leadership teaching we give our students and managers can help them learn about the importance of character and how to deepen it said Crossan Details of the research were released today in the August edition of impact an online monthly publication featuring research from faculty at the Richard Ivey School of Business To read the full article click here Joe Compeau an Information Systems Lecturer and Academic Director of the Ivey Consulting Project also discusses the benefits of the Ivey Consulting Project and how it has evolved To listen to the interview or read a transcript click here 30 About the Richard Ivey School of Business The Richard Ivey School

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  • Press release: Learning to perform
    to new organizational realities and hence must master news tasks or responsibilities said Gerard Seijts Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour Richard Ivey School of Business and the study s co author Seijts equates the learning vs performance goals question to golf where an individual must learn the basics of a swing and the subtleties of the game before starting to keep score As it relates to specific employees the study finds a singular focus on performance goals disproportionately hurt an organization s most conscientious employees These individuals oftentimes among the most valued employees showed the highest stress and delivered the poorest outcomes on performance goals following negative feedback None of us really appreciate negative feedback But when the most conscientious employees receive negative feedback they start to work harder but what needs to be done is to work smarter Rather than looking to impress they should be focusing on learning said Seijts who also serves as Director of Ivey s Leading Cross Enterprise Research Centre While the study does not suggest abandoning performance goals it encourages managers to allow their employees to spend some time in learning mode before introducing performance goals Learning goals help overcome obstacles and significant set backs that are a natural part of the learning process The study pushes managers toward a greater understanding of how to maximize employee performance through setting goals with the correct content for tasks and employees Too often we see a focus on performance performance performance But we need to think about the traits that employees possess Seijts said We really need to read the individual Don t just assume the same goals are effective for everyone The Effect of Negative Feedback on Tension and Subsequent Performance was co authored by Seijts Anna M Cianci from the LeBow College of Business

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  • Press release: Ivey Business Journal tackles leadership
    firm Ray Berndtson discusses the process to find the right people to lead in organizations There s no doubt that leadership is the most pressing issue for organizations today For the first time in the 80 year history of the Ivey Business Journal the magazine is dedicating two consecutive issues to one theme said Stephen Bernhut Editor of Ivey Business Journal Strong leadership is necessary to survive and as these articles describe that means capitalizing on opportunities when the economy looks bleakest and learning to ask the right questions and to foster a sense of engagement Additional articles on Leadership describe how a leader can build an organization with meaning and purpose and how asking the right questions can help a leader better engage employees Other articles in the July August issue Simon Parker and Matthias Tietz at the Richard Ivey School of Business describe the steps that organizations need to take to capture maximum value from their products a necessity in the process of innovation Venture capital firms in America Their caste system and other secrets by Vijay Sathe at the Peter F Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management Claremont Graduate University and Hatim Tyabji formerly Chair CEO of VeriFone tackles the mystery and glamour surrounding the VC industry Arguing that tough economic times are when companies should be looking for new opportunities David Rhodes and Daniel Stelter of The Boston Consulting Group outline seven strategies that have been successful in past times of turmoil An interview with Tom Peters the author of In Search of Excellence Peter discusses his new book The Little Big Things 163 Ways to Pursue EXCELLENCE and offers his thoughts on the emergence of China and India as economic powers the rise of women to top positions in business and the decline

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  • Press release: ReConnectTM helps women re-enter the workforce and support Canada's long-term economic growth
    After taking the ReConnect program she now is Legal Counsel at Echo Energy Canada Inc Through ReConnect I was able to bring myself up to date on key global issues discover how new trends are changing business strategies and refresh my financial management leadership communication and marketing skills said Virc The program will guide you and help you approach your job search in a strategic and practical way It s also a great opportunity to network Canadian business benefits from having a strong complement of talented women in its ranks said Jacqueline Moss CIBC s Executive Vice President of Human Resources ReConnect provides a source of professional women for employers looking to reinforce their management teams with highly skilled leaders We are pleased to be the founding sponsor of ReConnect and to have business leaders from CIBC play an active role in sharing knowledge business experience and views on leadership Now in its third year ReConnect takes place over seven intense days For 2010 the first five days take place from October 4 to 8 at the Richard Ivey School of Business in London Ontario followed by the second module on November 1 and 2 in Toronto We ve been very pleased with the success of the graduates said Mary Heisz Faculty Director ReConnect It s a privilege to work with and help fulfill the ambitions of women of this calibre Candidates come from a range of fields such as business law finance accounting or not for profit and are motivated to reconnect with their careers after having taken a leave of absence to focus on other activities like raising their family taking care of aging parents or pursuing their own business aspirations For more information and to apply online visit www reconnectyourcareer com or call 1 800 948 8548

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