by Barbara Black
Two professors from
the John Molson School of Business were honoured at a reception recently,
when A. Bakr Ibrahim was awarded the CIBC Distinguished Professorship
in Family Business, and Michel Laroche was given the Royal Bank Distinguished
Professorship in Marketing.
Bakr Ibrahim is Professor of Management and Associate Dean, Administrative
Affairs and Human Resources, in the Molson School of Business. He was
unanimously selected by a committee of his peers for the research endowment,
which was created last year through a generous $500,000 endowment from
the CIBC. The appointment is for a five-year period.
Under Dr. Ibrahims direction, the endowment will be used to fund
research in the field, and finance an annual Research Forum that will
bring together participants from industry and academia. Dr. Ibrahim also
has research interests in strategic management, small business and entrepreneurship.
He is a Fellow of the Family Enterprise Institute and has authored several
books and articles.
The award won by Professor of Marketing Michel Laroche the latest
of many was established last year by a $550,000 donation from the
Royal Bank. The appointment, for a five-year period, will allow Dr. Laroche
to intensify scholarly activity in his department.
It will finance the Royal Bank Research Seminar, which will be held in
September, and will focus on the influence culture and cultural change
have on consumerism and the marketing of services. The Distinguished Professorship
will also help fund the Royal Bank Distinguished Visiting Speakers series;
the first event will be held in April and will be open to the public.
Dr. Laroches main research interests are in communication, consumer
behaviour modelling, cross-cultural marketing and research methodology.
Earlier this year, he was named a Concordia University Research Fellow
Award for 2000. He received the Jacques-Rousseau Prize in 2000 for being
the best multidisciplinary researcher in Canada, and he is a Fellow of
the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Psychological Association.
Congratulations to them both.