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MESSAGE FROM THE ASSOCIATE DEAN (Graduate Studies & Research)

Khaled Hassanein


While 2020 has brought forward several unanticipated societal challenges resulting from the pandemic, DeGroote researchers are conducting research that supports community resilience.


The DeGroote School of Business research is leading-edge, interdisciplinary, and complementary to several wide-ranging disciplines both within the Faculty, McMaster, and beyond. While 2020 has brought forward several unanticipated societal challenges resulting from the pandemic, DeGroote researchers are conducting research that supports community resilience. I have been very impressed with how our researchers have responded to the challenges posed by this global pandemic and indeed 2020 has been a monumental year for research engagement and impact at DeGroote.

Across all faculty areas, our researchers are working tirelessly to advance our understanding of the implications of COVID-19 and overcoming the resulting adversities. We are working with entrepreneurs and local stakeholders to assist small business by implementing a virtual incubator. We are supporting the airline sector in understanding the relative risks of incoming flights. Our researchers are engaging with local non-profits to make them more resilient. Faculty are collaborating with energy providers and customers to assess the impact of energy costs in work from home environments. We are building safeguards to address cybercrime targeting seniors. Our research is informing software design to address hospital readmission and resource allocation during this critical time. These are just some examples of how DeGroote researchers are rising to the challenge in today’s critical environment; their research contributes towards resilience today and in the future.

DeGroote’s research contributes to developing business and social knowledge. Our work has been well supported by the Social Science and Humanities and Research Council (SSHRC) and Natural Sciences Engineering and Research Council (NSERC). In 2020 these tri-agency successes have resulted in over $2.6M of support for DeGroote researchers. While adapting both teaching and research to a COVID-19 context, this achievement demonstrates the strong level of commitment, resilience, and calibre of our faculty members.

Additionally, we expanded our collaborations across McMaster to increase our contributions to the institution’s reputation for interdisciplinary research. We enhanced our engagement with key stakeholders to ensure real world impact while providing unique training opportunities for students and emerging scholars. For example, we have collaborated with the Faculty of Health Sciences to utilize causal AI to minimize biases in healthcare and financial B2B contexts. We also partnered with the Faculty of Engineering to apply advanced machine learning approaches to augment operational control in supply chains.

I want to express my gratitude to DeGroote students, faculty, and staff. Together, we’ve built a world-class organization guided by innovation, collaboration, and generosity. As I step into the role of Dean in July 2021, I look forward to working with all members of our remarkable community to advance the School’s mission to transform business and society.

Khaled Hassanein
Associate Dean (Graduate Studies & Research)
Director, McMaster Digital Transformation Research Centre (MDTRC)