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Research Programs

The PhD Research Projects document is a list of faculty-lead research programs at Ted Rogers School of Management. These projects have paid opportunities for PhD Candidates. Review the list and if any projects fit your background and research interests, feel free to reach out to the faculty members as per the application instruction guidelines.

In your communications, please indicate that you are a PhD in Management prospect. If you receive a positive response from the project supervisor, then it should be indicated in your Statement of Intent for the PhD in Management program. In most cases, the faculty may also serve as a potential PhD Supervisor.

Andre Laplume
Dr. Andre Laplume

Startup Teams and Cohort Diversity

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Andre Laplume

Position: PhD Candidate

Duration: 4 Years

Start date: September 1, 2020

Program Description:

This is an exciting project for a selected graduate student who will help build up a dataset of startups and accelerators and conduct interviews with accelerator program directors. This research program has several objectives with varying levels of analysis, focusing on the role of ethnic diversity at the venture team level. Investigative questions include: Do ethnically diverse teams outperform others? As startups interact with investors and accelerators, creating another level of interaction, is ethnic heterogeneity an opportunity when matching founders and investors? Finally, entrepreneurs operate in different contexts and the characteristics of a given context might also matter. Does the value of ethnically diverse startup teams vary based on the diversity present in the environments they operate in?

Application instructions

To learn more, please get in touch with Dr. Andre Laplume at alaplume@ryerson.ca

Anatoliy Gruzd and Jenna Jacobson
Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd and Dr. Jenna Jacobson

Studying Anti-Social Behaviour in Social Media

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd and Dr. Jenna Jacobson

Position: PhD Candidate

Duration: 2 Years - Research Assistantship
    

Start date: September 1, 2020

Program Description:

While often celebrated as the 'new normal' of contemporary life, social media has also given way to worrisome online anti-social behaviours that have very real consequences and demand substantive responses from scholars, industry, and governing bodies. Nearly 60% of Canadians (18 years old and older) have encountered hate speech, racist or sexist content online at least once a month (Ryerson Leadership Lab, 2019), and one in every five young Canadians have experienced cyberbullying or cyberstalking (Statistics Canada, 2016).

In recognizing the exponential rise of online anti-social behaviour (often manifested in online trolling, cyberbullying, and expressions of hate speech), this initiative will provide a comprehensive evidence-based investigation of the types of abusive content individuals and businesses experience online, and the types of social media accounts/users that are engaged in generating and propagating such content. Based on a nationwide survey and empirical investigation across popular social media platforms, the objective of this research is to help explain anti-social acts occurring on social media in the Canadian context, develop and validate a theoretical framework and agent-based simulation models, and propose solutions to mitigate anti-social behaviours in online communities.

Application instructions

Candidates should submit the following materials electronically to work@socialmedialab.ca:  

  1. Cover Letter that describes your relevant background and skills, range of interests and career goals;
  2. Academic CV;
  3. Publication/writing sample (academic).
Andre Laplume
Wendy Cukier

PhD Project in the Field of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Wendy Cukier

Position: PhD Candidate

Duration: 2020-2025

Start date: September 1, 2020

Program Description:

The Diversity Institute conducts and coordinates multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder research to address the needs of diverse Canadians, the changing nature of skills and competencies, and the policies, processes and tools that advance economic inclusion and success. Dr. Cukier is seeking students with a research-based graduate degree. The successful candidate will oversee all research design and methodology, for academic research and customized research on Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and in association with other DI research, writes research reports and papers and disseminates research findings and research results through articles and presentations and in communications with the media. The student will be supervised by Dr. Wendy Cukier, one of Canada's leading experts in disruptive technologies, innovation processes and diversity.

Application instructions

For more information, please contact Dr. Cukier - wcukier@ryerson.ca