Postdoc researcher (current position)
University of St. Gallen (HSG), Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWÖ), Sustainability Management Team (chaired by Prof. Judith Walls)
Ph.D., Business Administration (2020)
McGill University (Canada), Desautels Faculty of Management, Strategy and Organization Committee Prof. Dror Etzion, Prof. Brian Rubineau, and Prof. Anna Kim (McGill)
Dissertation Acknowledging the Water-Energy Nexus as Paradox: Antecedents and Consequences
Master of Science (M.Sc.), Applied Statistics (2014)
Tel-Aviv University (Israel), School of Mathematical Sciences
Supervisor Prof. Ruth Heller
Dissertation False Discovery Rate (FDR) Methods for Two-Stage Selection Procedures
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A., 2005)
Tel-Aviv University, School of Management
Double major Finance and Operations Research
Bachelor of Arts (B.A., 2000)
Tel-Aviv University, School of Mathematical Sciences
Double major Statistics & Operations Research and Psychology (Cum Laude)
PUBLICATIONS & RESEARCH REPORTS
Avidan, M., Etzion D., and Gehman, J. (2019) Opaque Transparency: How Material Affordances Shape Intermediary Work. Regulation and Governance, 13, 197-219.
Etzion, D., Gehman, J., Ferraro, F., and Avidan, M. (2017) Unleashing Sustainability Transformations Through Robust Action. Journal of Cleaner Production, 140, 167-178.
Etzion, D., Avidan, M., Franks, K., Ruderman, F., and Gehman, J. (2016) The Effectiveness of Fracking Disclosure Regimes in Canada. Prepared for SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative (27 pages).
Corporate Responsibility Professional (Israel, 2006-2013)-
Taught and assisted undergraduate and graduate level classes at Bar-Ilan University, College of Management, IDC Herzliya, and other institutions.
Consultant at the BDO and KPMG consultancy group
Corporate Responsibility Index Manager at MAALA – Business for Social Responsibility.
Israeli Defense Forces (IDF, 1999-2005)
Captain, Center for System Analysis and Operations Research, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Strategic Management (Lecturer), Winter 2019
The Social Context of Business (Lecturer), Winter 2017
Strategies for Sustainability (TA, Prof. Dror Etzion), 2015-2017
Introduction to Probability Theory (TA, Prof. Ron Peled), 2012-2013
Managerial Decision-Making (TA, Prof. Dov Samet), 2002
Bylined articles and Press Releases
Etzion, D., Avidan, M., (2020) Managing the climate-water nexus in organizations. Nature sustainability (contribution for world water day 2020)
Avidan, M., Etzion, D. & Gehman, J. (2016) What Makes Public Disclosure Effective? An Analysis of Fracking Disclosure Regimes in Canada. The Huffington Post.Avidan, M., Etzion, D. & Gehman, J. (2016)
What Makes Public Disclosure Effective? The Case of Fracking Disclosure in Canada. Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS)
· The GFF-Projektförderung des Grundlagenforschungsfonds (GFF) an der Universität St. Gallen (2020-2022). Exploring the Relationship between Water Management and Energy Management in Multi-National Enterprises (MNEs).CHF 71,500 per annum.·
SSRHC Partnership Engagement Grant with Prof. Dror Etzion titled “Evaluating sustainability: Methods for querying and assessing corporate response to sustainability strategy.” CAN$ 24,500 (2018).·
Center for Strategy Studies in Organizations award (CSSO / McGill): CAN$ 4000 (2017).·
Social Innovators’ Integration Lab (SIIL) 3-day Hackathon first prize. Organized by the Marcels Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM), McGill, in collaboration with the community organization Share the Warmth (2017).·
SSHRC Synthesis Grant with Prof. Dror Etzion for Imagining Canada’s Future initiative, award amount: CAN$ 10,000 (2015).·
Rathlyn Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, CAN$ 5,000 per annum (2014-2018).·
McGill University Doctoral Scholarship, CAN$ 20,000 per annum (2013-2016).·
McGill University International Tuition Fee Waiver, CAN$ 11,000 per annum (2013-18).·
McGill University Conference Funding, CAN$ 2000 per annum (2014-2018).·
Israeli Defense Forces post-graduate scholarship, ILS 10,000 per annum (2004-2005).·
Tel-Aviv University, School of Mathematical Sciences Distinction (1998).
Avidan, M. (2020). Do Companies Achieve their Sustainability Targets? Presented to the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative (MSSI).
Avidan, M., Etzion, D., and Montgomery, W. (2018) Testing the Waters: Developing Frameworks for the Organization of Water. Initiated, organized and presented a Professional Development Workshop (PDW) at the Academy of Management meeting. Chicago, IL.
Avidan, M. (2018) Trade-offs and Linkages - Applying a Holistic Perspective to the Management of the Carbon-Water Nexus. Presented a research paper at the ONE consortium of the Academy of Management meeting. Chicago, IL.
Avidan, M. (2018) Trade-offs and Linkages - Applying a Holistic Perspective to the Management of the Carbon-Water Nexus. Presented a research paper at the Venice International University (VIU) Summer School on responsible capitalism. Venice, Italy.
Avidan, M. (2018) Opaque Transparency: How Material Affordances Shape Intermediary Work.Presented a research paper to the McGill Undergraduate Research and Sustainability Network (RSN). Montreal, QC.
Avidan, M. (2016) Sustainability disclosures as calculative devices: How environmental performance is actually performed. Presented a research paper at the Ivey 9th Ph.D. Sustainability Academy. London, ON.
Avidan, M. (2016) Sustainability disclosures as calculative devices. Presented a research paper at the ONE consortium of the Academy of Management meeting. Anaheim, CA.
Etzion, D., Avidan, M., Franks, K., Ruderman, F., and Gehman, J. (2016) The Effectiveness of Fracking Disclosure Regimes in Canada. Presented a research report to the department of strategic management and organization, University of Alberta school of business. Edmonton, AB.
Etzion, D., Avidan, M., Franks, K., Ruderman, F., and Gehman, J. (2016) The Effectiveness of Fracking Disclosure Regimes in Canada. Presented a research report at the SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant Symposium, University of Calgary. Calgary, AB.
Avidan, M. (2014) How Different Evaluation Standards Contribute to Organizational Legitimacy. Presented a research paper at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) annual meeting. Muskoka, ON.
Avidan, M. (2013) The False-Discovery-Rate (DFR) and its use in applied science. Invited talk at the psychology department, Ben-Gurion University. Beer-Sheva, Israel.
Avidan, M. (2010) The Israeli 2010 LGBT Inclusion and Equality Index. Invited talk at the LGBT Student Society, Tel-Aviv University. Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Recent quantitative training ·
Python 3.0 and Google Colab (Introduction to AI:ML, HSG, December 2020)·
R-Studio (McGill Summer camp, 2020)·
Stata 15.0 (HSG Workshop, 2021)·
NVivo 12.0 (HSG Workshop, 2020)·
Bayesian and Multi-level Analysis (CARMA Workshops, June 2020)·
Causal Inference (McGill Semestrial Course, Winter 2020)
Recent extra-curricular training ·
The Heschel Center Environmental Leadership seminar series (2020)
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