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Professor Ed Ng Wins 2007 Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence
August 8, 2007

Winning Research Study Finds Opportunities for Advancement Ranked Number One Reason by Business Students When Accepting Their First Job

A research paper written by Assistant Professor Ed Ng of the Trent University Business Administration program (with co-author Professor Ronald Burke at York University) was recently selected as a Highly Commended winner at the 2007 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

His paper, entitled "The next generation at work: Business students views values and job search strategy implications for universities and employers" explores the views, career expectations, and job search behaviours of the next generation of workers (more popularly termed "generation y"). The study was commissioned by a consortium of 30 large Canadian employers (blue chip companies) interested in attracting the next generation of talents. It was based upon a sample of 20,271 university and college students across Canada. This article originally appeared in the Volume 48, No. 7 issue of Education + Training, a highly regarded journal in the field of business management published by Emerald.

"Contrary to popular beliefs, students did not rank compensation as the most important factor when accepting their first jobs. In fact it was ranked in sixth place," explained Prof. Ng. According to his study, the most important thing business students look for from potential employers was having opportunities for advancement. Prof. Ng noted that an employer’s commitment to social responsibility came in second last in the rankings in thirteenth place.

Top Ten Factors

The top ten factors business students consider when determining where they will work are listed below:

  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Good training opportunities, and the chance to develop new skills
  • Good people to work with (coworkers)
  • Good people to report to (supervisors)
  • Challenging work
  • Good initial starting salary
  • Work - life balance
  • Job security
  • Opportunities to make a personal impact
  • Good health and benefits plan

Each year Emerald hosts a special award ceremony that took place this year in Philadelphia, where Professor Kimberly Bates, chair of the business administration program attended on Prof. Ng’s behalf to receive the award. "Professor Ng's research award is evidence that our colleagues in the research community recognize what we have recognized all along -- he is a wonderful asset to our Program," said Prof. Bates. "We are delighted to be able to bring excellent, cutting edge research to our students in the classroom, and we also appreciate his energy and erudition in contributing to the intellectual community within our group."

Prof. Ng was ecstatic when he learned about the award. "I am hoping that it will bring realization that the Business Administration program at Trent is a serious academic department conducting active research. Personally, it is gratifying to have my research activities recognized at an early stage of my career." In July, Trent’s Business Administration program received top honours from Corporate Knights as the best university in Canada for infusing social and environmental impact management into the curriculum.

Through these awards, Emerald commemorates the efforts of authors and editors and celebrates their outstanding scholarly contributions, both to their journals and to the body of knowledge itself. Emerald is the world's leading English language publisher of academic and professional literature, producing over 180 journal titles covering the fields of management, information science and engineering. Education + Training is also published online so it can be viewed by potentially 15 million users worldwide.

In addition to his teaching and research activities at Trent University, Prof. Ng is chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations division of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, an association of management professors in Canada.

To learn more about Prof. Ng and the Business Administration program at Trent University, visit their website.