Dr. Peggy Coady

Dr-Peggy-CoadyAdvisory Board Research Impact Award

Dr. Peggy Coady has won the first Faculty of Business Administration Advisory Board Research Impact Award for her paper, Positioning of emotional intelligence skills within the overall skillset of practice-based accounts: Employer and graduate requirements.

The winner of this innovative award is chosen by the faculty’s advisory board – primarily leaders in the local business community – who evaluated the research’s impact on teaching, practice or policy, and the extent to which it could impact their own business practice.

Dr. Coady’s research looked at a variety of emotional and non-emotional intelligence skills imparted by business schools, and whether they’re viewed as important and relevant by accounting graduates and employers.

Her research offers a nuanced look at evidence that existing accounting programs in Atlantic Canada are meeting workforce needs in some respects but not in others, says Dr. Coady, which impacts how accounting programs should be designed and delivered.

“It’s clear that serious consideration should be given to the role of social and emotional skills when we are developing business school curricula,” she said.

Originally published in Accounting Education in 2017, Dr. Coady’s research was also included in the Conference Board of Canada’s 2018 report, Are Canadian business schools teaching social and emotional skills?

The report looks at challenges faced by business schools across the country, and was recognized by Academica Group as one of the top 10 most important stories affecting higher education in 2018.

Karl Smith, chair of the faculty’s advisory board, says Dr. Coady’s research was selected for showing the importance of emotional intelligence curricula in post-secondary education.

“Dr. Coady’s research demonstrates that these skills can be taught, and that business schools have a role in this process,” he said. “It’s research that is applicable to all sectors of the business community.”

Dr. Coady’s paper was co-authored by Dr. Sean Byrne and Prof. John Casey of the Waterford Institute of Technology in Waterford, Ireland.

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