Upgrading Academic Title – From PhD Student to PhD Candidate

Its official, PhD Candidate is my new academic title! I officially passed my comprehensive exams. I remember when I was a kid, at the age of 8, I was compiling and computing hockey statistics and getting to University seemed far away from me. I finally reached that level like a “grinder” in hockey, with hard-nosed […]

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…And the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics Goes to Diamond, Mortensen, and Pissarides

As an alumnus in economics (BSc, U. de Montréal, 2005), I must admit that I always try to keep myself updated with the Nobel Prize winners in economics. Switching from economics to marketing, was a hard but inevitable decision for me at the time, since the research I am currently conducting is related to economics, […]

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Story of my First Scientific Publication – Four Years Later

Since the publication process is always a hard thing, I must share the fact that, yes, I finally have my first scientific publication, so here is the reference to my first publication: Bélisle, Jean-François and H. Onur Bodur (2010), “Avatars as Information: Perception of Consumers Based on Their Avatars in Virtual Worlds.” Psychology & Marketing, […]

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Is Clotaire Rapaille Feeding or Failing Marketing?

Last week, brands’ psychoanalyst (sometimes referred as cultural anthropologist) Clotaire Rapaille was fired by the Quebec City mayor Regis Labeaume from his role as a brand management (image) consultant for the city because mainly of curriculum vitae falsifications. The news arrived more than a month after being hired to a $300,000 3-month contract to propose […]

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Think Twice Before Pressing the “Send” Button to Send an Email to Professor Galloway

Like most people, I look at my e-mail box several times a day and answer my emails by order of priority. I am generally efficient as I classify my emails according to methods shown in best-seller books such as the “Hamster Revolution”. However, every once in a while I receive one of these impersonal emails […]

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Top 10 Posts on This Blog and an Overview of the Ranking Phenomenon

This super cool blog has been online for 6 months, and for this half-year life anniversary, I decided to highlight the top 10 posts on this blog based on unique pageviews. So here they are: 1. The 10 Most Hi-Tech Cities in the World 2. Canada in the Worldwide Top 3 for Internet Penetration Rate […]

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A Reply to Mashable – 5 Reasons Why the Cost of Education Will Not Be Zero in the Future

A recent debate concerning the impact of technology on the cost of education took place on the Mashable blog (a blog I place in my Top 5 when it comes to social media information). In this intriguing article, the author argued that technology was driving the cost of education to zero, citing as examples the […]

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