Beedie Newsroom » Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business Faculty of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:50:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Beedie School shines in FT 40 business schools research survey Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:05:18 +0000

*Total AACSB/EQUIS accredited schools in 2010 in Canada were 20. (18 AACSB accredited of which 7 were EQUIS accredited, plus two EQUIS accredited schools. The four accredited schools in 2010 that did not participate or did not have the appropriate data to participate are: Dalhousie, St. Mary’s, McMaster (all AACSB accredited) and UQAM (EQUIS accredited).
** 2005 data for the University of Manitoba was not available.

A new ranking of globally accredited Canadian business schools based on research productivity has positioned the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University as tops in Western Canada, and among an elite group of management schools across Canada.

The survey, published by the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria, was first presented to the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans (CFBSD) and focuses on schools accredited by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and/or AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

The Beedie School of Business is ranked second nationally in the report with a score of 1.69, only 0.02 points behind the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Rounding out the top five schools were the University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta and the University of Western Ontario.

The survey examined faculty research productivity per capita for the period 2005 to 2009 using the publication of peer reviewed journal articles in 40 top journals listed by the Financial Times (FT 40 journals) in its prestigious global business schools rankings.

“As a business school we have made a concerted effort over the past decade to become a research leader both within Canada and internationally,” said Daniel Shapiro, Dean of the Beedie School of Business. “This ranking highlights the excellence within our faculty, which continues to punch well above its weight in terms of the quality, depth and external relevance of research being generated.”

The Beedie School carries out research focused on the strategic themes of innovation and technology, sustainability and governance, globalization, and capital markets. Recent research has focused on specific topics such as entrepreneurship in emerging markets; corporate governance in publicly traded small firms; the intersection of marketing and social media; and sustainability within the Brazilian energy sector.

The FT 40 report also highlights the increasing research output from leading business schools across Canada. According to the study, “Authorship rates have increased at a much higher rate than have the number of faculty at the schools we studied, particularly FT 40 authorship. This indicates higher intensity of top tier research productivity of the schools studied in this period.”

To view the report in full, visit or download the PDF.

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EQUIS re-accreditation puts SFU’s Beedie among elite class of business schools globally Fri, 22 Jun 2012 16:14:04 +0000 VANCOUVER– The Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University has been awarded EQUIS re-accreditation for a five-year period, an achievement that puts the school among an elite class of business schools globally.

EQUIS is an international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration. The accreditation body is run by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), and strives to raise the standard of management education worldwide.

This past April, the Beedie School also maintained accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for a period of five years. Fewer than one per cent of the world’s business schools hold both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

The endorsements from the world’s leading business school accreditation bodies caps off an extraordinary 18-month period for Beedie. In February of 2011, the school received a record-setting $22 million gift from alumnus Ryan Beedie and his father Keith.

Since then, it has launched a number of ambitious initiatives, including the Americas MBA for Executives, with partners in Brazil, Mexico and the United States; an Executive MBA for Aboriginal Business and Leadership, the first program of its kind; Canada’s largest undergraduate student-managed investment fund; and a high-technology entrepreneurship incubator.

In addition, the school has vaulted into the world’s upper echelon of research business schools – placing among the top 75 for business research, and the world’s top 25 for management-specific research.

“The EQUIS accreditation establishes our place not only as a leading business school in Canada, but as a true reflection of British Columbia’s unique place in the global knowledge economy,” said Daniel Shapiro, Dean of the Beedie School of Business. “This is a testament to our prolific research culture, our innovative programs, and our sustained engagement with communities and economies both local and international.”

Institutions that are accredited by EQUIS must demonstrate not only high general quality in all dimensions of their activities, but also a high degree of internationalization and engagement with organizations. For students, EQUIS attaches particular importance to the development of managerial and entrepreneurial skills and the fostering of a sense of global responsibility.

For more information about EQUIS, visit:

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Beedie School maintains AACSB accreditation Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:11:00 +0000 The Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University is pleased to announce that it has maintained its accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for a period of five years.

The business school, with campuses in Burnaby, Surrey and downtown Vancouver, is home to Canada’s first Executive MBA program and one of Canada’s largest undergraduate programs. It was first accredited by AACSB in 2006. Since that time, it has continued to grow its reputation as one of the country’s leading teaching and learning settings, and for producing global-class research for the knowledge economy.

The renewed distinction puts Beedie in an elite class of business and management schools globally. AACSB accreditation is considered a hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business schools.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. Meeting the AACSB accreditation standards requires a high-quality teaching environment, a commitment to continuous improvement, and curricula responsive to the needs of businesses. In addition, as required by the AACSB standards, all accredited schools must go through a peer review process every five years in order to maintain their accreditation.

View announcement from AACSB International.

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