New faculty members receive internal grants for research projects

Feb. 24, 2014

Three new faculty members at the Faculty of Business Administration have received internal grants to kick-start new research projects.

Drs. Ashrafee Hossain, Chansoo Park and Nader Wans have each been successful in the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Vice-president’s Internal Research Grant competition.

These funds provide researcher support for smaller pilot projects and seed funding to develop larger grant applications for national competitions.

Dr. Kara Arnold, associate dean of research, says the three researchers were the only ones from the business faculty to apply for this funding and it is very encouraging that all three were successful.

“Securing research support such as this early in your career can be very important to future success,” she says. “Our researchers are regularly successful in receiving these types of grants and I am very pleased to see some of our new faculty members continue in that tradition. These grants tell us and others that the research being conducted here is important and of high quality.”

The grants are for up to two years and will allow the recipients to carry out research on a variety of topics.

Grant Recipients

Dr. Hossain joined the Faculty of Business Administration in 2013 as an assistant professor of finance. He received $7,000 for his project, “The impact of geographic location on the executive compensation structure in small and medium Canadian enterprises.”

He says the funding will help him design a subsequent project with the aim of applying for a larger SSHRC grant in the future.

“The overall research goal of Memorial’s business faculty is to reach excellence,” says Dr. Hossain. “This grant will help me to start working on this quality project, which will help me to publish in top tier journals.”


Dr. Ashrafee Hossain


Dr. Park, assistant professor of international business, received $6,945 for a project called “Conflict, learning and performance in international strategic alliances (ISAs): enhancing the partnership.”

“This grant will be used to collect data from ISAs operating in the manufacturing industry. In year two, I will complete the data collection and develop non-technical articles describing the results and implications of this project,” he says, adding, “This project will be used for the preliminary study phase of a larger project about key determinants of knowledge flow in international market.”

Dr. Park also joined the business faculty in 2013.


Dr. Chansoo Park


Dr. Wans joined the faculty as an assistant professor of accounting in 2012. He received $6,596 for “Auditor attributes and timely reporting of material control weaknesses.”

“This award provides an invaluable support in my academic career as I continue to investigate accounting and auditing issues that are of paramount importance to the investing community as well as to policy makers,” says Dr. Wans. “Without adequate financing, it’s almost impossible to conduct any research. I truly feel honoured to be a recipient of such an award.”


Dr. Nader Wans

Project Summaries

Dr. Ashrafee Hossain: The impact of geographic location on the executive compensation structure in small and medium Canadian enterprises

With few large urban economic hubs in Canada and given the geographic size of the country, firms located in rural areas or away from major urban economic hubs are likely to face enormous challenges in attracting management talent. In addition, small firms generally face greater information asymmetry and agency costs. This study will examine whether there are significant differences between compensation levels, adjusted for firm size, and compensation designs between urban and rural firms, as well as differences in pay performance sensitivity between rural and urban firms.

Dr. Chansoo Park: Conflict, learning and performance in international strategic alliances (ISAs): enhancing the partnership

This project examines post-formation issues of international strategic alliances. Inter-firm learning is an area of instability because conflicts and disagreements can arise in co-operative inter-firm relationships. The project will look at the factors that determine conflict between partners, and the relationship between conflict and knowledge transfer in ISAs.

Dr. Nader Wans: Auditor attributes and timely reporting of material control weaknesses

The aim of this study is to examine the association between audit firm attributes that are believed to indicate higher overall audit quality and the timely reporting of SOX 404 material control weaknesses for firms that eventually restate their financials. Using a sample of restating firms that have had (but not necessarily reported) material weakness in their internal controls during misstatement periods, the study will examine whether auditors from larger audit practice-offices within the audit firm, auditors with expertise in the client’s industry at the audit-firm and audit-office levels, auditors with short/long tenure are more likely to report material weaknesses in a timely fashion. Finally, the project will investigate whether auditors provide timely reporting of a material weakness for relatively important firms that account for a greater proportion of the audit-office fee revenues.

Susan White-MacPherson