Research

Research Interests

  • Strategy in multi-divisional and multinational firms (formulation, implementation, process, practice)
  • Strategic organizational practices
  • Top management teams and their influence on strategy
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods

Doctoral Thesis

  • The influence of CEO narratives in organizational path dependence
  • Published online at Concordia University
  • Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal, awarded June 11, 2014, at Concordia University – article
  • Finalist (Honourable Mention), Grigor McClelland Doctoral Dissertation Award (2014) – article

Publications

  • Chikhouni, A., Edwards, G., & Farashahi, M. (2017). Psychic distance and ownership in acquisitions: Direction matters. Journal of International Management 23(1), 32-42. Publication link.
  • Edwards, G. (2017). Strategic organizational practices: A research framework. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences. First view
  • Edwards, G., & Jean-Jumeau, R. (2017). Energizing Haiti’s socio-economic reform. Ivey Case Journal. Publication link.
  • Edwards G., & Molz, R. (2014). MNE practice transfer as a process of institutional change. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 31(2), 116-127. Publication link – 2014 Honourable Mention (2nd Best Paper of the year)
  • Edwards, G. (2011). Bridging the digital divide:  the case of a Bell, Nortel and Chapleau. Case Research Journal, 31:3. Runner up for the Curtis E. Tate Jr. Award, given to the most outstanding case published in the Case Research Journal in the preceding year. For access to case, click here.
  • Edwards, G. (2010). Emergent global institutional logic in the multinational corporation, in R. Molz, C. Ratiu & A. Taleb (Eds.), The Multinational Enterprise in Developing Countries.  Abington, UK: Routledge. Publication link
  • Brown S., Miller, R., Fernandes, S. & Edwards, G. (2004).  VoIP and QoS in a global enterprise.  In S. Dudley, S. Joshi, L. Thorpe & T. Mendonca (Eds.), Essentials of Real-Time Networking:  How Real-Time Disrupts the Best-Effort Paradigm (pp. 435-464).  USA: Nortel Networks.

Under Review

  •  Edwards, G., Molz, R. & Langley, A. Why bad things happen to good companies: Self-reinforcing processes, pivotal decisions and the depletion of resources, Journal of Management Studies, Revise and Resubmit  – 1st round.

Research Manuscripts and Projects in Progress

Manuscripts

  • Edwards, G., Molz., R., & Langley, A. CEO narrative as a self-reinforcing process. Target journal: Administrative Science Quarterly.
  • Edwards, G., & Molz, R. Nortel’s last chance. Case.
  • Edwards, G., Molz, R. The toxicity of embedded strategy processes.
  • Edwards, G., & Molz., R. Understanding organizational path constitution through historical methods.
  • Edwards, G., Chikhouni, A., & Molz, R. Job satisfaction in the multinational enterprise.
  • Edwards, G. Shedding a native skin. Target journal: Journal of Management Inquiry (Reflections on Experience)

Projects

  • Corporate governance: the quandary of for profit control over non-profit organizations.
  • Strategic organizational practices in the MNE: characterization, adoption and persistence. FQRSC research grant ($38,000; three years).
  • With Langley, A., & Balogun, J. Strategizing as organizational identity work. Performing qualitative field research.
  • The strategic role of narrative in organizations (extension of thesis work).
  • Edwards, G. Book project: Nortel’s last decade. Publisher interest.
  • Escaping bankruptcy: A study of Canadian firms in the 21st century. Through HEC Montreal research funds.

Refereed Conference Proceedings and Presentations

  • Edwards, G. (2017). The illusion of nonprofit governance: When for profits control. Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Meeting (Montreal) – Development case.
  • Edwards, G. (2016). Vacation Ownership in the 21st Century: the Case of DRI, Intrawest and 22,000 members. North American Case Research Association, Annual Meeting (Las Vegas)  – Development case.
  • Edwards, G. & Molz, R. (2016). Entrapment: The constraining nature of CEO narratives, Proceedings, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Meeting (Edmonton)Honourable Mention Award.
  • Edwards, G., Chikhouni, A., & Molz, R. (2016). Job satisfaction and institutional distance: Far from eye, far from heart. Academy of International Business Annual Meeting (New Orleans)
  • Edwards, G., & Chikhouni, A. (2016). Multilevel effects of subsidiary integration. Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Meeting (Edmonton).
  • Derayati, E. & Edwards, G. (2016). The influence of relative institutional challenge on ownership structure. Academy of International Business Annual Meeting (New Orleans)
  • Edwards, G., & Molz, R. (2015). Nortel’s last decade: How one darn thing led to another. Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Vancouver).
  • Edwards, G., & Jean-Jumeau, R. (2014). Energizing Haiti’s socio-economic reform. North American Case Research Association, Annual Meeting (Austin).
  • Edwards, G. (2014). CEO narrative as a self-reinforcing process: the case of Nortel. Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Philadelphia)
  • Edwards, G. (2014). CEO discourse and the strategy genre. European Group for Organizational Studies Annual Meeting (Rotterdam).
  • Edwards, G., & Molz, R. (2014). Nortel’s last chance. Proceedings, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Meeting (Muskoka), Case Track, 34, 44-48. (Abridged version).
  • Edwards, G., & Molz, R. (2014). Nortel’s last decade: How one darn thing led to another. Proceedings, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Meeting (Muskoka), Business History, 34, 11-17. (Abridged version). Honourable Mention.
  • Balogun, J., Edwards, G., & Langley, A. (2013). Strategizing as organizational identity work. Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting (Atlanta).
  • Edwards, G. (2013). The influence of CEO narratives in organizational path dependence. European Group for Organizational Studies Annual Meeting (Montreal).
  • Edwards, G. (2013). Testing for organizational path dependence: The case of Nortel. European Group for Organizational Studies Annual Meeting (Montreal) – Professional Development Workshop on Historical Methods
  • Edwards, G. (2013). The CEO Email as a new source of strategy narrative. European Group for Organizational Studies Annual Meeting (Montreal) – Professional Development Workshop for Early Scholars and Post Docs
  • Edwards G., Chikhouni, A., & Molz, R. (2012). Job satisfaction and country institutional profile: A multi-level approach. Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Boston).
  • Edwards, G., & Molz, R. (2012). Outcomes of practice transfer in the Multinational Enterprise. Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Boston). Originally awarded Best Paper and accepted for publication into the proceedings at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Meeting (Montreal), however unable to attend conference (notice of award and acceptance on file).
  • Edwards G. (2011). Job satisfaction in the multinational enterprise. Accepted for presentation at Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Meeting (Montreal). Not presented due to inability to attend conference but retain notice of acceptance.
  • Chikhouni, A., Edwards, G., & Farashahi, M. (2011) Institutional distance and emerging country multinationals. Academy of Management Annual Meeting (San Antonio).
  • Hafsi, T., Edwards, G., Farashahi, M., & Molz, R. (2011). Distance and MNC strategic decisions.  Presentation at Academy of International Business UK Conference (Edinburgh).
  • Edwards, G. (2010) What is a strategic organizational practice in a multinational corporation? Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Montreal).
  • Edwards G. (2010) Country institutional profile and job satisfaction.Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Montreal) – IB paper workshop invitation.
  • Chikhouni, A., Edwards, G., & Farashahi, M. (2010) Institutional duality and emerging country multinationals. Academy of International Business Annual Meeting (Brazil).
  • Edwards, G. (2009). A communitarian theory of management.  Proceedings, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Meeting (Niagara Falls), Business History, 30: 1-14. Best Student Paper.
  • Edwards, G. (2009). Bridging the digital divide:  the case of a Bell, Nortel and Chapleau.  Proceedings, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Meeting, Case Track, (Niagara Falls)Laurier School of Business and Economics Best Case.
  • Edwards, G., Molz, R., & Langley, A. (2009). The reconstruction of strategic organizational practices.  Presentation at European Group for Organizational Studies Annual Meeting (Barcelona).  Nominated for Best Student Paper.
  • Edwards, G. (2009) Understanding strategy through strategic organizational practices.  Presentation at Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Chicago).
  • Hafsi, T., Edwards, G., Farashahi, M., & Molz, R. (2009). MNC strategy and institutional distance.  Presentation at Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Chicago).
  • Edwards, G. (2008) Emergent global institutional logic in the multinational corporation. Proceedings, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Meeting (Halifax), 29, 8: 35-50. Best Paper.

Refereed Symposiums and Workshops

  • Presenter in Academy of Management Symposium (2017), “What’s the Next Chapter for Strategy as Narrative?”Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Atlanta).
  • All Academy Theme What’s the Next Chapter for Strategy as Narrative?
  • Presenter in Balogun, J. & Stensaker, I. (2014). Strategizing, Change and Identity Work. Showcase Symposium (SAP and ODC dvisions), Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Philadelphia).
  • Saka-Helmhout, A. & Edwards, G. (2010) Actors and agency: MNE innovation and change in diverse institutional settings. Symposium at Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Montreal).
  • Brotheridge, C., Murphy, P. & Edwards, G. (2010) Sustaining business: A meeting of management scholars and entrepreneurs. Professional Development Workshop at Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Montreal).

Industry Research (while at Nortel)

  • Edwards, G. (2007). Wireless business models.  Chapleau Research Colloquium, University of Toronto.
  • Edwards, G. & L (2006). Building a technology and communications community. Ontario Rural Development Conference (Collingwood).
  • Merritt, C. & Edwards, G. (2006). Rural broadband: choices and challenges for change (2006). Canadian Institute Rural Broadband & Connectivity Conference (Calgary).
  • Mar, H., Edwards, G., Tanglao, M., & Merritt, C. (2005).  Technology, applications and municipal economic development: a research proposal. Presented to federal and provincial (Ontario) government entities, university research teams, First Nation chiefs, and School Board Directors.
  • Edwards, G. (1996). IT @ Nortel: comparing theory to practice.  Nortel strategy session (Toronto).

Research Awards

  • 2016   Honourable Mention, ASAC Annual Meeting
  • 2015   2nd Best Paper of the Year, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences
  • 2014    Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal, awarded June 11, 2014, at Concordia University – article
  • 2014    Honourable Mention, Grigor McClelland Doctoral Dissertation Award (2014) (One of 4 finalists)
  • 2014    Honourable Mention, ASAC Annual Meeting
  • 2012    Runner up, The Curtis E. Tate Jr. Award (one of 3) for most outstanding cases published in the Case Research Journal
  • 2011    Awarded Best Paper, ASAC Annual Meeting – not accepted, couldn’t attend conference
  • 2009    Laurier Best Case, ASAC Annual Meeting
  • 2009    Best Student Paper, ASAC Annual Meeting
  • 2009    Nomination, Best Student Paper, EGOS Annual Meeting
  • 2009    Outstanding Case Reviewer, ASAC Annual Meeting
  • 2008    Best Paper, ASAC Annual Meeting
  • 2008    Outstanding Reviewer, ASAC Annual Meeting

Research Grants

  • FQRSC Nouveau Chercheur grant ($38,000; 2014-2017)
  • Research grant, HEC Montréal ($20,000; 2013-2015)

Fellowships and Scholarships (as doctoral student)

  • CASA research grant, for thesis (2011-2012)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Fellowship (2009-2011)
  • Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC) Fellowship (2009-2012) – ranked 2nd of 30; held 2011-2012
  • Concordia University Graduate Fellowship (2009-2010)
  • Bourses d’études Hydro Québec de l’Université Concordia (2009-2011)
  • International Business Conference Grant, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University (2009)
  • 1st Runner up – Canadian Federation of University Women Dr. Alice E. Wilson Award (2008)
  • Humberto Santos Fellowship, Concordia University (2008-2009)
  • Hydro Quebec Award, Concordia University (2008-2009)
  • TD-Meloche Scholarship, Engineers Canada (2008-2009) – Top 3 nation wide
  • Concordia University PhD Entrance Bursary (2007-2008)
  • Tuition waiver, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University (2007-2012)
  • D.I. McLeod MBA Scholarship (1993), Queen’s University – Declined (went to JMSB for MBA)

Research & Academic Memberships

Academic Research Associations

  • Academy of International Business
  • Academy of Management
  • European Group for Organizational Studies
  • Strategic Management Society
  • North American Case Research Association
  • Administrative Sciences Association of Canada
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Beta Gamma Sigma International Honour Society

University Research Teams