This event included three research-based presentations. Travor Brown (Professor, Faculty of Business Administration) and Heather Peters (Senior Consultant, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette) discussed their research on mental health issues in the workplace. Dianne Ford (Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Administration) presented a case study of knowledge sharing in a multi-cultural setting. Finally, Heather Clarke (PhD Candidate and Lecturer, Faculty of Business Administration) shared her and Kara Arnold's (Associate Dean, Research and Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Administration) study of sexual orientation in the workplace. External professionals and members of the university community were invited to engage in discussion about these research presentations. The presentations were short (ten minutes) with time for networking (45 minutes) and a question-and-answer period (25 minutes). This set up allowed researchers to share their expertise and to provide ideas for the practical application of research, while also offering time for community-university interaction. External attendees had the opportunity to discuss diversity issues impacting their organizations and ask question relevant to their specific contexts.
This is one event in the "Engaging Ideas" series which as a whole aims to enable discussion and research collaboration between faculty and the community around a broad range of interdisciplinary issues. Throughout the series, we will encourage industry and community groups to contact the Faculty of Business Administration in order to develop potential collaborations that will help tackle problems or issues encountered in today's workplaces. Such partnerships will support industry and will also allow faculty to participate in public engagement activities and increase academic output. We envision that this series will cultivate the conditions for faculty members to apply their research in ways that make a positive difference in Newfoundland and Labrador.