Neil Abramson

Associate Professor, Strategy
B.A. (Hons.) (Saskatchewan), M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D. (Western)

Burnaby Room: WMC 4327
Burnaby Phone: 604.250.0965

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After earning a master's degree in social psychology (sociology), Neil Abramson pursued an eclectic career in business. He was a partner and manager in his own human resource management consulting and training company, an advertising company, and an import/export company that popularized the Dungeons and Dragons game in Canada. Weary of day-to-day business, Neil returned to university to complete an MBA and PhD at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Dr. Abramson joined the Beedie School of Business in 1992. His research interests include strategies for international business; cross-cultural management and decision making; international organizational theory and how to do business in China, Southeast Asia and the US. His keen interest in ethics finds its way into many of his courses. Neil also studies theology and ethics through the Education for Ministry, a distance education program of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. He's interested in applying theology to the study of effective leadership. Outside of academia, Neil has an avid interest in Chinese and Japanese culture that includes learning how to write haiku poetry, doing Chinese brush painting, and, perhaps, creating a Japanese garden for meditation upon his eventual (though not for awhile) retirement.

Specialization and Research Interests

Strategies for International Business; Cross-Cultural Management and Decision Making; Doing Business in China, Southeast Asia and the U.S.; International Organizational Theory.

Selected Publications

Articles and Reports

Neil Abramson

Kierkegaardian confessions: The relationship between moral reasoning and failure to be promoted

2011 | Journal of Business Ethics. 98(2): 199-216

Neil Abramson; Yaroslav Senyshyn

Effective punishment through forgiveness: Rediscovering Kierkegaard’s Knight of Faith in the Abraham story

2010 | Organization Studies. 31(5): 555-581

Neil Abramson

Internal reliability of the Keirsey Temperament Sorter II: Cross-national application to American, Canadian and Korean samples

2010 | Journal of Psychological Type. 70(2): 19-30

Neil Abramson

Why punishment fails or succeeds: Existential reflections from one being punished

2010 | Philosophy for Business. (57): 2-5

Robert J. Keating; Neil Abramson

A new framework in the quest for cultural understanding using Australia, Thailand and Japan as an example

2009 | International Journal of Business Studies. 17(1): 45-59

Neil Abramson

What do I do now? Three Kierkegaardian strategies after failing to be promoted

2009 | Philosophy for Business. (51)

Neil Abramson; Yaroslav Senyshyn

Punishment and forgiveness: A phenomenological analysis of archetypal leadership patterns and the implications for educational practice

2009 | Interchange. 40(4): 373-402

Neil Abramson

The leadership archetype: A Jungian analysis of similarities between modern leadership theory and the Abraham myth in the Judaic-Christian tradition

2007 | Journal of Business Ethics. 72(2): 115-129

Neil Abramson; R J. Keating

Knowledge management through the lens of the cognitive theory of strategy: American, Chinese and Thai decision-making capabilities

2006 | Journal of Global Business. 17(34): 27-42

Neil Abramson

Measuring the independent effects of national culture and personality on marketing behavior: A Canadian-Korean comparison using the cognitive theory of strategy

2006 | Journal of Current Research in Global Business. 9(14): 1-19

Neil Abramson

Applying the cognitive theory of strategy process: A comparative analysis of Japanese and Chinese strategic preferences

2006 | Journal of Current Research in Global Business. 8(13): 1-13

Neil R. Abramson

Despair in the face of a need for change

2010 | Compass. : 10-15

Teaching Related Material

Robert T. Moran; Neil R. Abramson; Sarah V. Moran

Managing Cultural Differences, 9e

2014 | Book, Textbook - New

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