Shannon School of Business Professor and Students Win Best Paper Award

Princely Ifinedo, Associate Professor of MIS/Management Sciences in CBU’s Shannon School of Business and two of his research students, Ope Ojo and Justin Cashin, have won Best Paper Award at the 44th Annual Atlantic Schools of Business Conference. The conference was held in Halifax, NS, at Mount Saint Vincent University from September 26-28, 2014. The title of the award –winning paper is Social-Cognitive Mechanisms and Counterproductive Computer Security Behaviors (CCSB): An Analysis of Links.  Over the two day conference, organizers had the opportunity to choose a winner from over 52 paper presentations.

Dr. Ifinedo noted that, "The paper presented at the 2014 ASB conference is a part of an ongoing research project funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities research Council (SSHRC) grant. He added, “I am honored and find it rewarding that our work received the Best Paper award at the conference. We are simply thrilled by this award. I hope the recognition will draw more attention to the area of research and the sorts of work that CBU researchers do. Above all, I’m delighted to be able to mentor students on how to conduct and present academic papers. “

First held in 1971, the Atlantic Schools of Business (ASB) conference is one of the longest-running academic gatherings in Canada.  The conference serves the schools of business from the Atlantic Provinces. The schools of business collaborate on matters of mutual concern each autumn at a regional conference, which is hosted by one of the schools on a rotating basis.

“It felt great to win this award,” says Justin, who was involved in collating data for the research project. In June of this year, another paper in the area by Dr. Ifinedo and Justin received the Best Paper award at the 27th international Business Research Conference, held at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON.  According to Justin, “This shows that CBU has outstanding researchers and dedicated students who conduct quality scholarly work in an intellectually stimulating atmosphere.” Justin graduated from CBU with his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree this spring and is currently studying for the LSAT exam.

“Justin and I were the youngest to present at ASB 2014,” says Ope, who is currently in the BBA program. “To receive positive remarks from the chair of our session was encouraging.  I’m very happy to represent CBU in this small way. No doubt, the experience I’m gaining from this research project will benefit my career in the future.” Ope, who is originally from Nigeria, intends to graduate in the spring of 2016; he wants to stay in Nova Scotia and build a business empire.

“Ope Ojo and Justin Cashin, inspired by their professor, Princely Ifinedo, are emerging research stars of the Shannon School of Business,” says Prof. David Rae, Dean of the Shannon School of Business. “The group’s achievement in winning the Best Paper Award at the 44th Annual Atlantic Schools of Business Conference is tremendous, building on earlier successes, and indicates the ambition and talent of our leading student and research talent.”

“We are proud to have such great students and professors at Cape Breton University,” adds Dr. Dale Keefe, Vice President of Academic & Research. “At CBU students have a unique opportunity to conduct world class research with high caliber professors, even in their undergraduate degree. So it is wonderful to hear that CBU students and faculty are being recognized for their hard work.”