Thursday, September 14, 2023

How businesses recognize employee achievement impacts engagement, motivation and performance

Employees shaking hands.

New research shows that team-based recognition can be effective in settings where performance is highly interdependent, and teamwork is essential to the company’s success.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Get ready for fall with the SAF Fall 2023 Bootcamp!

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With the fall term fast approaching, the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) is excited to welcome the incoming Class of 2028. There is a lot of preparation involved as students get ready for their first year of university.

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Is algorithm control a double-edged sword? Uber drivers’ positive and negative techno-stressors

by Jessie Ge, PhD Candidate

Gig economy platforms continue to struggle with high worker attrition. A plausible reason is that workers’ well-being suffers because of an inability to cope with technology demands. Nonetheless, automation is trending, especially for online gig-economy platforms. For example, Uber drive implements algorithm control to screen qualifying drivers (gatekeeping algorithm control) and to monitor and advise on driver behavior (guiding algorithm control). It is important to understand whether and how algorithm control may be a double-edged sword for employees’ well-being in terms of technostress, affecting their intention to continue working on the platform and/or to pursue system workarounds.

Thursday, August 3, 2023

How brands address getting called out on Twitter affects their bottom line, a new study finds

Picture of Seda Oz

In the digital age, a new Twitter strategy can have implications for a healthy bottom line. How companies handle customer complaints on social media plays a critical role in their customer-focused performance management systems. However, there has been a notable lack of descriptive information related to assessing managerial performance based on the handling of online complaints.

Thursday, July 20, 2023

SAF PhD student receives Warren Ober Award for Outstanding Teaching

Jillian Adams

The School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) is pleased to share that Jillian Adams has been awarded the Warren Ober Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student. This award is given to a University of Waterloo graduate student in the Faculty of Arts who has made significant contributions to teaching.

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

New SFM degree woos next generation of green financial experts

Blake Philips

When Blake Phillips began his doctorate in finance in 2009, he was asked to declare a focus. With previous degrees in biology and forestry and an interest in conservation, he zeroed in on sustainable finance.   

His supervisor balked, steering Phillips away from what was then considered a niche segment. Warned that there would be no jobs in that sector, Phillips was advised to commit to one or the other: sustainability or finance. Today, Phillips is the director of a new program at the University of Waterloo that aims to cultivate precisely the kind of finance professional that Phillips always wanted to be: comfortable in the languages of both finance and sustainability.  

Friday, June 23, 2023

Waterloo professor recognized for excellence in service

Ranjini Jha

Congratulations to School of Accounting and Finance professor Ranjini Jha, recipient of the 2023 Arts Award for Excellence in Service!

Established in 2012 by then-dean Doug Peers, the Arts Awards for Excellence in Service, Teaching and Research recognize exceptional contributions made by faculty, staff, and students in the Faculty of Arts. This is the 11th anniversary of the Arts Awards and more than 30 members of the Arts community were nominated by their chairs, supervisors, and colleagues.

Read more about this year's Arts Award recipients.

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Leveraging your passions and your skills to be a well-rounded professional and community member

Picture of Andres Perez-Vilarino

The School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) caught up with Andres Perez-Vilarino (MAcc ’19) to discuss his career post-graduation, and to learn how he has leveraged his education and passions to help inform his role.

Monday, June 12, 2023

Waterloo professor recognized for best paper by the Canadian Academic Accounting Association

Wenqian Hu’s paper Trust Versus Rewards: Revisiting Managerial Discretion in Incomplete Contracts was awarded the Lazaridis Institute Prize for the best paper on accounting issues relevant to technology firms. The paper finds that an algorithm-generated bonus allocation scheme improves employee productivity, compared with human managers’ bonus allocation. It also finds that compared with human managers’ bonus allocation, the algorithm-based one removes managers’ responsibility and improves employees’ trust in the reward system.

Friday, June 9, 2023

2022 Outstanding Performance Award recipients named

Recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Performance Award have been named and include three School of Accounting and Finance faculty members: David Ha, Deborah Kraft and Daniel Rogozynski.

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