Annual Report

Table of Contents                                                                              

Executive Summary. 2

Developmental Goals. 3

Acknowledgements. 4

Introduction to the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management. 5

History. 5

Mission Statement. 5

Objectives. 5

What We Do.. 5

Meet the Executive. 6

What DJIM Brings to the Faculty of Management. 7

2015/2016 Accomplishments. 7

DJIM’s Online Presence. 8

Next Steps for DJIM... 9

Awareness. 9

Recruitment. 9

Faculty Relationships. 10

Executive Efficiency. 10

Obtaining Funding. 10

Conclusion.. 11



Executive Summary


The Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management (DJIM) is managed by and for graduate students of the Faculty of Management. This fifth annual report marks DJIM’s twelfth year of publication.

DJIM’s content, reviewers, editors, and Executive Committee are drawn from all schools with the Faculty of Management. Students from the School of Business Administration (SBA), School of Information Management (SIM), School of Public Administration (SPA), and School for Resource and Environmental Studies (SRES) participate in one or more aspects of DJIM. Faculty reviewers are drawn from the SBA, SIM, SPA, and SRES.

DJIM is a goal-oriented organization that embraces challenge, and strives to evolve and better itself. The 2015/2016 year has seen new developments, achievements, and plans set for the future.



Developmental Goals






Develop liaison relationships with faculty members in each school (SBA, SPA, SIM, and SRES)

Spring 2016

On Track

Develop partnerships with student associations

Spring 2016



Maintain consistent social media presence




Design and print a paper copy of DJIM’s Volume 12, that can be used for further years

Spring 2016


Knowledge Management                                                         

Records Management Plan updated and implemented


On Track

Update and disseminate transition documents to all continuing Executive Members

Summer 2016

On Track






Faculty Reviewers

Volunteer Peer Reviewers and


Amy Belanger

Rick Fullerton

Heather Hemming

Janet Music

Jennifer Adams

Jennifer Grek Martin

Keith Lawson

Laura Thorne

Lee Wilson

Lindsay McNiff

Lori McCay-Peet

Melissa Helwig

Mike Smit

Paul McKenna

Peter Glenister

Robin Parker

Sandra Toze

Shelley McKibbon

Teresa Cyrus

Alex Francey

Alison Eagles

Allison Kader

Amy Sutherland

Andrew Moore

Anne Karete Hvidsten

Anne Richard

Benjamin N. Thomas

Brian Lesser

Brianna Graham

Chantel Ridsdale

Colleen Faulkner

Daniel Gouthro

Danielle Léger

Diana Doublet

Emilie Williamson Streich

Hannah Steeves

Jacob Ericson

Jaimie Bartlett

Jen Hill

Kassondra Torraville

Kat Felix

Katie Gallant

Lauren Bull

Lianne Jones

Madeline Lawler

Mariah Blackmore

Meaghan Steeves

Nick Manuel

Nora McGruer

Patrick Brosseau

Robyn Gray

Salman Dostmohammad

Steven Cvitko

Teresa Burkart






Introduction to the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management




The Dalhousie Journal of Management was established in 2005 by a group of Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) students, dedicated to publishing the best graduate student work from Dalhousie’s Faculty of Management. In 2008, it was renamed the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management to reflect the diverse nature of its content, contributors, and its commitment to knowledge sharing in the interdisciplinary fields of management. In the Spring of 2014, the Journal continued to honour this commitment by extending the opportunity to publish to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Management.


Mission Statement


DJIM’s mission is to publish student work of the highest caliber and significance in all areas of management. In doing so, we aim to support interdisciplinary communication and research, give students a voice in the dialogue of the management world, and provide the opportunity to contribute new ideas and perspectives. Furthermore, DJIM provides immediate open access to its content, based on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater exchange of knowledge.



To foster the convergence of ideas within the fields of Public Administration, Information Management, Business Administration, and Resource and Environmental Studies by:

  • promoting collegiality in the Faculty of Management;
  • encouraging interdisciplinary communication, cooperation, and research;
  • advancing and supporting student research;
  • offering practical experience in working in a professional and diverse team atmosphere.


What We Do


DJIM publishes on an annual basis, with one or two issues per volume. Papers submitted to DJIM undergo a blind peer review. Each submission is reviewed by at least one faculty member and two or more graduate students. Accepted and revised papers are copy-edited by two graduate student volunteers. Layout and electronic publication is coordinated by the DJIM Technical Team.


Meet the Executive





Leah Boulos

MLIS Candidate 2016

DJIM Co-Chair

Keri McCaffrey

MLIS Candidate 2017

DJIM Co-Chair

Claire Dionne

MLIS Candidate 2016

Editorial Co-Chair

Zoe Dickinson

MLIS Candidate 2016

Editorial Co-Chair

Deborah Hemming

MLIS Candidate 2017

Editorial Co-Chair

Peter Stephen

MLIS Candidate 2016

Technical Co-Chair

Domenic Rosati

MLIS Candidate 2017

Technical Co-Chair

Sydni Kind

MBA/JD Candidate 2017

Public Relations Co-Chair

Kathryn Capello

MBA Candidate 2017

Public Relations Co-Chair

Nicole Saulnier

MPA Candidate 2017

Communications Co-Chair

Taylor Currie

MPA Candidate 2017

Communications Co-Chair

Dirk Xanthos

MREM Candidate 2016


Scarlett Kelly

MPA/MLIS Candidate 2018

Special Projects Officer


The majority of DJIM’s Executive Committee members serve two-year terms. Chair positions regularly consist of one outgoing student paired with one incoming student.


DJIM prides itself on being as representative as possible of the Faculty of Management, and is hoping to continue their connections with all the Schools involved in order to keep a diverse and interesting Executive committee. One of our goals this coming year will be to strengthen our recruitment in the SBA and SRES programs, and continue our efforts in SPA, and SIM.





What DJIM Brings to the Faculty of Management


DJIM offers students in the Faculty of Management a unique opportunity to learn about the academic publishing process from a variety of perspectives. Student volunteers can gain experience with volunteer management, stakeholder engagement, open access publishing platforms, peer reviewing, copy-editing, editorial processes, and more.


DJIM benefits the Faculty of Management by encouraging collegiality and collaboration among the students of its diverse schools and programs.


The Journal offers students an accessible opportunity to share their research. For most of our authors, DJIM provides their first experience of publishing in an academic journal. The peer review and copy-editing processes help sharpen students’ writing and analytical skills. Students publishing in or volunteering with DJIM gain an impressive addition to their resumeĢ and develop their ability to participate in scholarly communication practices.


DJIM is also a valuable marketing asset to the Faculty of Management. We showcase the interdisciplinary nature of our unique Faculty and the research output of our students, focusing on graduate scholarship and providing the opportunity to showcase one undergraduate piece of the highest quality. In this way, DJIM demonstrates that the Faculty of Management’s research community is vibrant and actively contributes to academic literature in the field of management.


2015/2016 Accomplishments


Volume 12 of the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management (DJIM) was launched in April 2016.


For the first time, thanks to a generous donation from the Faculty of Management Annual Fund, DJIM was able to offer prizes for the top three submissions, as decided by the editorial team. As a result of this opportunity, DJIM received a record number of submissions. The final published edition features 10 articles written by Faculty of Management students.


Another new initiative this year was the production of paper copies of the journal, which has traditionally been released in electronic format only. Paper journals were given to all prize winners, and additional copies remain available for purchase, and has sold 6 copies to date. The April 2016 launch was well-attended and featured talks from the prize winners, Dr. Mike Smit (DJIM’s Faculty Advisor), and Dr. Bertrum MacDonald (Interim Dean, Faculty of Management).


Moving forward, DJIM hopes to increase its visibility throughout the Faculty of Management, and to encourage involvement and submissions from students outside the School of Information Management.


DJIM’s Online Presence

DJIM’s online visibility doubled from the previous year as can be seen below. Although the year began slowly, our Facebook interactions were heavily felt during our peak times such as recruiting paper submission in November/December, and announcing the journal and launch party.


Like, Comments, and Shares

DJIM Facebook page, October 2014-April 2015




















Reactions, Comments, and Shares

DJIM Facebook page, September 2015-April 2016


Next Steps for DJIM




In the coming year, DJIM will work to increase its visibility throughout the Faculty of Management. DJIM plans to post get more promotional materials out to the participatory schools in the FOM in order to increase awareness and obtain more interactions, submissions, and volunteers.


We will continue to use Facebook as a promotional tool, with a goal of posting at least once per week in the coming year, and will be revamping our website in order to have a user-friendly and attractive site. In addition to informing followers about DJIM news, events, and opportunities, our PR executive will continue to publish casual, humorous, and relatable posts that have proven successful over the past year on both Facebook and the DJIM blog/website.



DJIM’s recruitment will begin in early September where we plan to attend orientation events for the incoming students of each school, for example, the Association Display put on by the School of Information Management. We also plan on participating in class visits in order to introduce ourselves to the incoming students, and create awareness on how they can be involved with DJIM. Specifically, we are hoping to recruitment more SRES, and SBA students, as they have been less active in years past in the executive, volunteering, and paper submissions.


Another way we plan to increase interest is opening up submissions to more than just research papers. We hope to attract all the Faculty of Management programs by suggesting alternative academic works that may better match with their assignments, or interests, of the programs. For example: book reviews, case studies, technical reports, interviews etc.


We will also begin recruiting student volunteers in September, with the goal of amassing a larger pool of Peer Reviewers and Copy Editors. This will lighten the individual load of volunteers, and will provide the editorial executive with more support. Additionally, we hope to recruit volunteers for other universities across the country. DJIM is planning on getting in contact with the student associations of similar programs to liaison with their students for offering them the opportunity to gain the experience of peer reviewing or copy editing. Additionally, faculty of other universities whose research aligns with that of the papers submitted will be contacted about being a reviewer. We hope this will strengthen our relationship with similar programs which may lead to valuable partnerships, and, if nothing else, expose the journal to a more genuine experience of recruiting reviewers.


Faculty Relationships


We will continue to foster relationships with Faculty Reviewers from all schools within the Faculty of Management. In doing so we hope to recruit potential faculty reviewers early than normal this year to be able to keep up with demand of faculty reviewers needed. This will in turn help avoid a lack of faculty reviewers, which happened in 2015-2016 from the unprecedented amount of submissions.

Association Partnerships


DJIM hopes to explore the possibility of partnerships with other student run associations or events. In doing this, we hope to increase our awareness, submissions, and recruitment, and believe that building these partnerships will lead to interesting opportunities.

Executive Efficiency                                                


Knowledge transfer has always been a challenge within DJIM, as significant executive turnover occurs every year. In the coming year, returning members will make every effort to ensure a smooth and prompt transition. Positive working relationships between returning and incoming Members will be encouraged and celebrated. As always, in order to perpetuate DJIM’s success, it is the responsibility of the outgoing Members to compile thorough and detailed transition documents. We hope to consolidate all documents in one communal area in order for ease of access (except editorial for authors’ privacy) before the end of September 2016, and implement and maintain a records management plan.


For the starting school year, we plan to create a calendar with all executives’ goals/milestones to reference throughout the year. We believe this will eliminate confusion of duties, and will keep us accountable to each other. This will help to smooth out issues involving absence of meetings too. Meetings will be scheduled in advance as well, and this will help us focus on what is important for the coming year, rather than scheduling issues.


Obtaining Funding


This year DJIM hopes to maintain our relationships with the student associations in all the schools in order to obtain the funding they have historically given us. The generous funding from the Faculty of Management Annual Fund, which led to monetary prizes to some authors, may have influenced our submissions to be the highest ever. We hope to continue this relationship with them, and we will continue to pursue other funding opportunities as well. Unfortunately, DJIM will not be renewing their agreement with the Undergraduate Management Association.



The 2015/2016 DJIM Executive Members have proven their ability to roll with the punches, and this year’s publication is the result of tremendous hard work. Despite losing one member, and being unable to fill that position, this year’s Executive has maintained a constant online presence, improved branding, attracted an unprecedented amount of submissions and volunteers, and produced a successful Volume 12 launch.


In the coming year, the Executive will look inward to help improve its efficiency and unity, and outward to improve visibility throughout the Faculty of Management. DJIM’s central goals in the 2016/2017 year include:


  • consolidating all files and implementing a sustainable records management plan;
  • widening our partnerships to other universities; and
  • working together to improve transparency and communication within the Executive.


We on the Executive look forward to another successful year, and are ready to face any challenges with the same tenacity that made Volume 12 possible.