Company chairs and thematic research chairs bring new paths and perspectives, while imagining the practices of tomorrow.
They enable us to work with teachers, researchers and companies to solve emerging problems, thanks to the studies and research carried out by our professors.
Led by Professor Paul SHRIVASTAVA, Director of the David O’Brien Center for Sustainable Enterprise, at the Concordia University, Montreal, this research initiative explores the use of the arts and art-based methods for understanding enterprise sustainability. It examines the dynamic relations between art, aesthetics and sustainable development of organizations.
Art influences the sustainability of companies through architecture, aesthetics of work-spaces, design of products and services, design of work and organisational systems, graphic art in advertising, and arts-based training methods. Self-expressiveness and authenticity that are hallmarks of art can also enhance organisational productivity and employee motivation. Sustainable organisations need arts to enhance employee creativity, innovation, attract creative workers, improve worker satisfaction, design eco-friendly and innovative products and services. Arts also allow us to study those aspects of organisational sustainability which are a strength of aesthetics inquiry, such as sensory and emotional experiences often ignored in traditional management studies.
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Led by Professor David WASIELESKI, the International Research Chair in “Ethics and Innovative Management” is a trans-disciplinary collaborative project involving the promotion of long-term ethical behavior in organizations through creative managerial strategies.
Building off an ongoing research agenda through the ICN Business School, the chair is designed to help businesses achieve a duality of innovation and ethics.
Current Western management paradigms typically treat ethics as incompatible with creativity and change. One of the purposes of the chair is to reject this ‘separation thesis’ and provide alternative approaches to nurturing ethical innovation. Utilising insights from fields as diverse as the arts, cognitive neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and classic Eastern philosophies, new ways of thinking are developed to advance management theory. In the spirit of the Artem Alliance, the intention of the Research Chair is to integrate cross-functional research that creates a unifying concept of ethics and innovation and generates opportunities for practitioners to more effectively adapt to change over time.