Diagnosing and Treating Bribery in Public Organizations

Bribery. Corruption. These terms have strong connotations, inspiring images of high-level conspiracy and backroom deals. But bribery can occur at any level of an organization, from front-line workers to powerful executives. And no matter where it occurs, it can contribute to the erosion of trust in public institutions, which can have negative downstream effects on society. But how do you stop it once it starts? Professor Diana Dakhlallah tested an intervention in a Moroccan maternity ward and gave us her insights.

No Such Thing as a Bad Apple? Understanding Organizational Misconduct

Why do some organizations continue to flourish despite the harm they cause to their workers, consumers, and surrounding communities? Is there a single person or group within an organization who should be blamed for misconduct, or is misconduct a foundational structure within some institutions? On the Delve podcast, Sarah Gordon, Desautels Professor of Organizational Behaviour, and host Saku Mantere discuss why organizational misconduct is so prevalent in society. Through a closer look at the Chicago Police Department, Professor Gordon explores possible ideologies and structures that enable misconduct in trusted institutions.

Managing Bodies in the Workplace

What does a military officer, a performer acting as Santa Claus, and a tech employee in Silicon Valley have in common? They all work in fields where their bodies are intentionally governed by organizational systems intent on shaping them into an idealized image of a worker. Indeed, every single body engaged in work is encouraged to undergo body work in order to be employable in their chosen industries and maintain their roles. However, body work affects different bodies disproportionately. How does organizational body work impact equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace? And how can we improve systems of body work in organizations to create better working conditions?

Will Global Accounting Regulations Lead the Way to Stronger Sustainability Practices?

Could accounting hold the key to successfully implementing climate change initiatives, achieving equality and diversity in the workplace, and contributing towards a more sustainable future? Current research shows that accounting and global regulatory accounting practices are essential for organizations to reach sustainability goals that have a more measurable impact. An accounting perspective can also shift how organizations approach sustainability toward a holistic standpoint instead of piecemeal solutions or departmental silos.

What Can Boomers Learn About Leadership from Millennials and Gen Z? with Karl Moore and Dax Dasilva

What can older generations learn from Millennials and Gen Z about leadership, strategy, and dealing with crisis? And how can these younger generations unlock their professional potential by engaging in meaningful work and taking larger roles in organizational strategy and change? On the Delve podcast, Desautels Professor Karl Moore and Lightspeed and Age of Union Founder Dax Dasilva discuss communication beyond traditional hierarchies, the value of reverse mentorship and receiving feedback, and what real equality, diversity, and inclusion can look like in an organization.

Are Digital Tech Workers Coding Themselves Out of Existence? with Emmanuelle Vaast and Alain Pinsonneault

What if just doing your job causes you to lose your job? New technologies have constantly replaced old technologies for hundreds of years, but new digital technologies, namely artificial intelligence and other data-driven technologies, are doing more than replacing old tech—they’re replacing the people who create those technologies in the first place. On the Delve podcast, Alain Pinsonneault, Desautels Professor of Information Systems and IMASCO Chair in Information Technology, and fellow Desautels Professor of Information Systems Emmanuelle Vaast examine how digital technology enables and threatens occupational identity—and how data scientists and others who work with digital tech cope with the associated tensions.

Why Accounting Holds the Key to Successful Sustainability Initiatives, with Brian Wenzel

What does accounting have to do with sustainability? Essentially, everything. In general, accounting isn't the first thing that comes to mind when most people think about sustainability, whether that means climate targets or diversity on boards. But just as research and regulations around sustainability have expanded in recent years, so has sustainability accounting, focusing on activities of an organization that have a direct impact on its environmental, social, and governance aspects. On the Delve podcast, Desautels accounting professor Brian Wenzel discusses how sustainability approaches and new global standards should be integrated into accounting practices to take into account all aspects of an organization’s performance, from the big picture to the bottom line.

Is Business Truly Compatible with Ethics? with Jo-Ellen Pozner and Saku Mantere

Craft business, such as microbreweries and ethical chocolate companies, has seen a rise in the past several years, with many claiming to put values over excessive profit. Meanwhile, larger, more economically driven businesses have imploded in the wake of questionable decision making. Are craft businesses somehow more ethical or moral than others? Or is business ethics an oxymoron? The answer depends on values. On the Delve podcast, Jo-Ellen Pozner, a professor of management at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, joins Desautels Professor and Delve Editor-in-Chief Saku Mantere in an inspired conversation that asks how ethics affects the ways that businesses fundamentally function, from everyday operations to how leadership and boards make strategic decisions.

Why Employers Think Overqualified Job Applicants Lack Commitment, with Roman Galperin

Why is being overqualified for a sought-after job at a desirable workplace seen as a drawback? Despite having prestigious educations and impressive work credentials, these candidates get turned down by hiring managers, often before they even get an interview. Desautels Professor Roman Galperin ran experimental studies to figure out what hiring managers really thought about these exceptionally qualified job candidates. On the Delve podcast, Galperin discusses why overqualification gets linked to lack of commitment, what people can do about it when navigating the labour market, and why prospective employers should think again about these overqualified, highly knowledgeable job seekers—especially in a time when AI technologies are increasingly applied in the workplace.