The Strategy area enables students to pursue the study of broad strategic issues related to business. The area encourages students to study strategy, both from the perspective of corporate managers making strategic decisions and organizing their resources to implement them, and from the perspective of those responsible for government regulatory policy or management of state-owned enterprises.

Strategy is the most interdisciplinary of the areas within the Business Faculty. The area includes members trained in strategy, economics, sociology, social psychology, philosophy, and law. Area members have published extensively in the areas of strategy, innovation, adoption of new technology, business ethics, natural resource policy, and business ideology. Faculty members have also written texts and provided extensive consultant research.

Strategy faculty teach courses in strategy and public policy in the Executive MBA, Management of Technology MBA, Global Asset and Wealth Management MBA, and undergraduate programs.

Faculty List & Specializations

NamePositionSpecialization & Research Interests
Robert AdamsonLecturer, Strategy Corporate governance, international and comparative corporate governance, risk management and risk governance, corporate and commercial law, regulation of financial institutions
Shafik BhallooAssociate Professor of Practice, Strategy

Commercial law, Labour and employment law, Human rights law and applied ethics

Daniela BlettnerAssociate Professor, Strategy /Technology and Operations Management Managerial and entrepreneurial cognition; Innovation; Strategic management; International management
Ed BukszarAssociate Professor, Strategy Strategy and Decision Making.
Kathleen BurkeSenior Lecturer, Strategy

Ethical decision making, Ethics pedagogy, Leadership and Communication.

Anthony ChanLecturer, Strategy, Innovation and Technology
Srabana DasguptaAssociate Professor, Marketing and Strategy Durable goods; pricing; choice models; models of information asymmetry
Eric GedajlovicBeedie Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship Strategic Management, Social and Commercial Entrepreneurship, Corporate Governance; Family Business; Asian Business Enterprise, Innovation and Organizational Capabilities.
Ian McCarthyProfessor, Technology and Operations Management / Strategy

Operations management; outsoucing; mass customization; innovation management; user innovation; creative consumers; new product development; social media; gamification; taxonomy; cladistics; complexity theory; organizational design; change management

Mark MooreSenior Lecturer, Strategy

Cost-benefit analysis; social discounting; privatization and regulation; public policy analysis.

Karen RuckmanAssociate Professor, Strategy Technology management, R&D strategy, imitation strategy, acquisition motivation, biotechnology, software, licensing in the biotech sector, business level strategy in the Indian IT sector.
Daniel ShapiroProfessor, Global Business Strategy

Competitive Analysis and Strategy, International and Comparative Business, Managerial Economics/Economics of the Firm, Business and Government and Industrial Economics

Jerry SheppardAssociate Professor, Strategy Business policy; corporate failure and survival; business, government and society; corporate governance; interorganizational arrangements.
Pek SohProfessor, Strategy / Technology and Operations Management

Technology Strategy, Ecosystem Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Social Networks, Strategic Alliances.

Andrew von NordenflychtAssociate Professor, Strategy

Disciplines: Strategy & Organization Theory

Research specialization: employee involvement in corporate governance (professional partnerships, ESOPs, high commitment work systems); history of corporate governance and ownership forms

Industry expertise: professional service firms; airlines

Eric WerkerAssociate Professor, Strategy and International Business
Mark WexlerProfessor, Management and Organization Studies / Strategy Business Ethics, Management, Business and Society, Knowledge Management.

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Awards & Achievements

  • Gedajlovic, Eric: SFU Institutional SSHRC Small Grant: Corporate entrepreneurship in emerging markets: A longitudinal study of Bollywood production houses (2013-2014)
  • Shapiro, Danny: Canadian Youth Business Foundation Grant: Youth entrepreneurship in rural BC (2013)
  • Soh, Pek-Hooi: SFU Institutional SSHRC Small Grant: University-industry collaborations in the global biotechnology industry: Trends and implications (2013-2014)
  • Vining, Aidan: SFU Institutional SSHRC Small Grant: First nation economic development: The institutional design and governance challenge (2013-2014)
  • von Nordenflycht, Andrew: SFU Institutional SSHRC Small Grant: Constructing a densely sampled employer-employee dataset of brokers and brokerage firms for an investigation of the impact of individual vs organizational factors on financial wrongdoing (2013-2014)

  • Gedajlovic, Eric: SSHRC Aid to Research Workshops & Conferences: Social capital and entrepreneurship: catalyst or retardant? A special issue conference (2012)
  • Vining, Aidan & Pavlov, Aidan: SSHRC Insight Grant: The profitability of regulated vs. unregulated industries (2012-2017)
  • von Nordenflycht, Andrew: SSHRC Insight Development Grant: Bad apples or bad trees? Patterns of professional misconduct within and between firms (2012-2015)

  • Hall, Jeremy: Genome Canada - Applied Genomics: Harnessing microbial diversity for sustainable use of forest biomass resources
  • Hall, Jeremy: Genome Canada - Large Scale Applied Research Project: Genomics-based forest health diagnostics and monitoring

  • Gedajlovic, Eric: SSHRC Standard Research Grant: The effects of top-management social capital on corporate entrepreneurship and internationalization in developing economies (2010-2013)
  • Vining, Aidan: BE Press - Kenneth Arrow Prize - Finalist (of two) for Senior Economist (2010)
  • Wexler, Mark: Confederation of University Faculty Associations (CUFA) - Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award (2010)

  • Hall, Jeremy: SSHRC Standard Research Grant: The impact of cash transfer policies on entrepreneurial activities in Impoverished Communities (2009-2012)
  • Ruckman, Karen & Saraf, Nilesh: SFU Institutional SSHRC Small: Imitation of service capabilities: An investigation of Indian information technology outsourcing vendors (2009-2010)
  • Vining, Aidan: Canadian Economics Association - John Vanderkamp Prize - Canadian Public Policy Best Article Winner (2009)

  • Vining, Aidan: Institute of Public Administration of Canada - J.E. Hodgetts Award - Canadian Public Administration Best Article Winner (2008)
  • von Nordenflycht, Andrew: SSHRC Standard Research Grant: Owning the experts: Corporation vs partnership in professional services (2008-2011)

  • Hall, Jeremy: Canadian International Development Agency: Research on policy and mechanism for regional eco-compensation of Yunnan, China (2007-2008)
  • Hall, Jeremy: SSHRC Standard Research Grant: Sustainable development innovation: Implications for Canadian business in a global economy
  • Shapiro, Daniel & Pitt, Leyland: SSHRC Standard Research Grant: CSR content analysis (2007-2010)

  • Vining, Aidan: MacArthur Foundation: The net benefits of public investment in human capital (2006-2007)

  • von Nordenflycht, Andrew: Academy of Management - Best Paper Proceedings: The transformation of authority at Continental Airlines (2005)

Recent Faculty Books

  • Moran, R.T., Abramson, Neil R. & Moran, S.V. (2014). Managing cultural differences. NY, USA: Routledge, 612 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0415717342

  • Boardman, Anthony E. & Vining, Aidan R. (2011). P3s in North America: Renting the money (in Canada), selling the roads (in the USA). In Graeme Hodge, Carsten Greve and Anthony Boardman (Eds.), International handbook on public–private partnerships (pp. 354-398). Northampton, USA: Elgar Publishers.
  • Boardman, Anthony E. & Vining, Aidan R. (2011). Assessing the economic worth of public – private partnerships. In Graeme Hodge, Carsten Greve and Anthony Boardman (Eds.), International handbook on public–private partnerships (pp. 159-186). Northampton, USA: Elgar Publishers.

  • Vining, Aidan & Weimer, D. (Eds.), (2009). Investing in the disadvantaged: Assessing the Benefits and Costs of Social Policies. Washington, USA: Georgetown University Press, 305 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1589015999.

  • Hall, J., Fergus A. & Matos, S. (2007). Aviones, vacas y política de comercio: el confl icto comercial aeroespacial Embraer-Bombardier y los desafíos de la exposición social. In D. Dutrénit, J. Amd Jasso and D. Villavicencio (Eds.), Globalización, Acumulación De Capacidades E Innovación. Los desafíos para las empresas, localidades y países. Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica Carretera Picacho-Ajusco.
  • Hitt, Michael A., Ireland, R. Duane, Hoskisson, Robert E., Sheppard, Jerry P. & Rowe, R. Glenn (Eds.) (2007). Strategic management: Competitiveness & globalization, 2nd Canadian Edition Updated, Instructor Notes, Cases. Toronto, Canada: Nelson Thompson Learning.
  • Hitt, Michael A., Ireland, R. Duane, Hoskisson, Robert E., Rowe, R. Glenn & Sheppard, Jerry P. (Eds.) (2007). Cases for strategic management: Competitiveness & globalization, 2nd Canadian Edition, Instructor Note Updated. Toronto, Canada: Nelson Thompson.
  • Ruckman, K. (2007). Acquiring Biopharmaceutical Research: Is Market Approval a Deal Breaker? In Gary Cooper and Sydney Finkelstein (Eds.), Advances in mergers and acquisitions. Oxford, UK: Elsevier JAI Press.
  • Vining, Aidan & Boardman, A. (2007). The choice of formal policy analysis methods in Canada. In L. Dobuzinskis, M. Howlett and D. Laycock (Eds.), Policy analysis in Canada (pp. 48-85). Toronto, Canada: Toronto University Press.

  • Hall, J. (2006). Environmental supply chain innovation. In Joseph Sarkis (Ed.), Greening supply-chain management. Greenleaf Publishing.
  • Vining, Aidan & Globerman, S. (2006). The outsourcing decision: A strategic framework. In P. Barrar and R. Gervais (Eds.), Global outsourcing strategies: An international reference on effective outsourcing relationships (pp. 3-16). Burlington, USA: Gower.
  • Vining, Aidan & Weimer, D. (2006). Policy analysis in representative government. In A. Gerber and Patashnik (Eds.), Promoting the general welfare: American democracy and the political economy of government performance (pp. 19-39). Washington, USA: Brookings Institution Press.
  • Vining, Aidan & Weimer, D. (2006). Efficiency and cost-benefit analysis. In B.G. Peters and J. Pierre (Eds.), Handbook of public policy (pp. 417-432). Thousand Oaks, USA: Sage.
  • Vining, Aidan, Globerman, S. & Shapiro, D. (2006). Location effects, location spillovers and the performance of Canadian information technology firms. In R. Lipsey and A. Nakamura (Eds.), Service industries and the knowledge-based economy (pp. 167-204). The Industry Canada Research Series. Calgary, Canada: University of Calgary Press.

  • Vining, Aidan, Boardman, A. & Poschmann, F. (2005). North American infrastructure P3s: Examples and lessons learned. In G. Hodge and C. Greve (Eds.), The challenge of public-private partnerships: Learning from international experience (pp. 162-189). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
  • Vining, Aidan & Weimer, D. (2005). Economic perspectives on public organizations. In D. Ferrin, L. Lynn and M. Pollitt (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of public management (pp. 209-233). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Vining, Aidan & Weimer, D. (2005). The P-Case: One strategy for creating the policy analysis “case”. In I. Geva-May (Ed.), Thinking like a policy analyst: A clinical approach to policy analysis (pp. 152-170). New York, USA: Palgrave Macmillan.

Research Papers

  • Hall, J. & Bachor, V. (2013). Editorial. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management 31.1: v–vi. doi: 10.1016/S0923-4748(14)00009-5
  • Vining, Aidan, Boardman, A.E. & Moore, Mark A. (2014). The theory and evidence pertaining to local government mixed enterprises. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics 85.1: 53-86. doi: 10.1111/apce.12029

  • Boardman, A.E., Laurin, C., Moore, M. & Vining, A. (2013). Efficiency, profitability, and welfare gains from the Canadian National Railway privatization. Research in Transportation Business & Management 6: 19-30. doi: 10.1016/j.rtbm.2012.11.011
  • Hall, J. & Bachor, V. (2013). Editorial. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management 30.2: v–vi.
  • Hall, J. (2013). Editorial. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management 30.4: v–viii. doi: 10.1016/S0923-4748(13)00073-8
  • Moore, Mark A., Boardman, A.E. & Vining, Aidan R. (2013). The choice of the social discount rate and the opportunity cost of public funds. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis 4.3: 401-409. doi: 10.1515/jbca-2013-0023
  • Moore, M., Boardman, A.E. & Vining, A. (2013). More appropriate discounting: The rate of social time preference and the value of the social discount rate. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis 4.1: 1-16. doi: 10.1515/jbca-2012-0008

  • Adamson, Robert (2012). Corporate governance reforms and our regulatory future. Business Horizons 55.6: 551-555. doi: 10.1016/j.bushor.2012.06.005
  • Boardman, A.E. & Vining, A. (2012). The political economy of public-private partnerships and analysis of their social value. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics 83.2: 117-141. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8292.2012.00457.x
  • Boons, F, Baumann, H. & Hall, J. (2012). Conceptualizing sustainable development and global supply chains. Ecological Economics 83: 134-143.
  • García, Francisco, Jin, Byungchae & Salomon, Robert (2013). Does inward foreign direct investment improve the innovative performance of local firms? Research Policy 42.1: 231-244. doi: 10.1016/j.respol.2012.06.005
  • Gedajlovic, Eric, Carney, M., Chrisman, J.J. & Kellermanns, F.W. (2012). The adolescence of family firm research: Taking stock and planning for the future. Journal of Management 38.4: 1010-1037. doi: 10.1177/0149206311429990
  • Hall, J., Matos, S. & Silvestre, B. (2012). Understanding why firms should invest in sustainable supply chains: A complexity approach. International Journal of Production Research 50.5: 1332-1348. doi: 10.1080/00207543.2011.571930
  • Hall, J., Matos, S., Sheehan, L. & Silvestre, B. (2012). Entrepreneurship and innovation at the base of the pyramid: A recipe for inclusive growth or social exclusion. Journal of Management Studies 49: 785-812.
  • Hall, J. & Wagner, M. (2012). Editorial: The challenges and opportunities of sustainable development for entrepreneurship and small business. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship 25.4: 409-416.
  • Hall, J., Matos, S. & Silvestre, B. (2012). A complexity approach to the triple bottom line in sustainable supply chains. International Journal of Production Research 50.5: 1332-1348.
  • Hall, J. & Wagner, M. (2012). Integrating sustainability into firms' processes: Performance effects and the moderating role of business models. Business Strategy and the Environment 21.3: 183-196.
  • Subramanian, A., Lim, K. & Soh, P. (2012). When birds of a feather don’t flock together: Different scientists and the roles they play in biotech R&D alliances. Research Policy 42.3: 595-612.
  • Xie, Z., Hall, J. & McCarthy, I. (2012). Review and some ideas on the research of sustainable development innovation. Science & Technology Process and Policy (in Chinese) 26.24: 191-195.

  • Gedajlovic, Eric, Qing Cao & Hongping Zhang (2011). Corporate shareholdings and organizational ambidexterity in high-tech SMEs: Evidence from a transitional economy. Journal of Business Venturing. doi: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2011.06.001
  • Hall, J., Matos, S., Silvestre, B. & Martin, M. (2011). Managing the technological, commercial, organizational and social uncertainties of industrial evolution: The case of Brazilian Energy and Agriculture. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 78: 1147-1157.
  • Rosen, L., Vining, A. & Weimer, D.L. (2011). Addressing the shortage of kidneys for transplantation: Purchase and allocation through chain auctions. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 36.4: 717-755. doi: 10.1215/03616878-1334695
  • Vining, A. (2011). Public agency external analysis using a modified ‘five forces’ framework. International Public Management Journal 14.1: 63-105. doi: 10.1080/10967494.2011.547819

  • Abramson, N.R. (2010). Internal reliability of the Keirsey Temperament Sorter II: Cross-national application to American, Canadian and Korean samples. Journal of Psychological Type 70.2.
  • Boardman, A.E., Moore, M. & Vining, A. (2010). The social discount rate for Canada based on future growth in consumption. Canadian Public Policy 36.3: 323-341. [Journal Abstract]
  • Carney, M., Gedajlovic, E. & Sur, S. (2010). Corporate governance and stakeholder conflict. Journal of Managing Governance. [Journal Abstract]
  • Gedajlovic, E. & Schulze, W.S. (2010). Wither family business? Journal of Management Studies 47.2: 191-204.
  • Hall, J. & Matos, S. (2010). Incorporating impoverished communities in sustainable supply chains. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management 40.1/2: 124-147.
  • Hall, J., Daneke, G. & Lenox, M. (2010). Sustainable development and entrepreneurship: Past contributions and future directions. Journal of Business Venturing 25.5: 439-448. [Journal Abstract]
  • Hall, J., Silvestre, B., Matos, S. & Figueira, L.A.P.A. (2010). Privatização: Bom Ou Ruim? Lições do Setor de Distribuiçãode Energia Elétrica do Nordeste Brasileiro. (Privatization: good or bad? Lessons from the electricity distribution sector in the northeast of Brazil). Revista de Administração de Empresas 50.1: 94-111.
  • Li, J., Chen, D. & Shapiro, D.M. (2010). Product Innovations in Emerging Economies: The Role of Foreign Knowledge Access Channels and Internal Efforts in Chinese Firms. Management and Organizational Review 6.2: 243-266. [Journal Abstract]
  • Maine, E., Shapiro, D.M. & Vining, A.R. (2010). The role of clustering in the growth of new technology-based firms. Small Business Economics 34: 127-146. [Journal Abstract]
  • Russell, B.I., Shapiro, D.M. & Vining, A.R. (2010). The evolution of the Canadian mining industry: The role of regulatory punctuation. Resources Policy 35: 90-97. [Journal Abstract]
  • Vining, A.R., Richards, J. & Weimer, D. (2010). Aboriginal performance on standardized tests: Evidence and analysis from provincial schools in British Columbia. Policy Studies Journal 38.1: 47-67. doi: 10.1111/j.1541-0072.2009.00344.x
  • Vining, A.R. & Weimer, D. (2010). An assessment of important issues concerning the application of benefit-cost analysis to social policy. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis 1.1: 1-38. [Journal Abstract]
  • von Nordenflycht, A. (2010). What is a professional service firm? Towards a theory and taxonomy of knowledge intensive firms. Academy of Management Review 35.1: 155-174.

  • Armstrong, J., Boardman, A.E. & Vining, A.R. (2009). Developing sound dental practice strategy: Really understanding your customers and your services. Dental Practice Management Winter 31-42.
  • Boardman, A.E., Laurin, C., Moore, M. & Vining, A. (2009). A cost-benefit analysis of the privatization of the Canadian National Railway. Canadian Public Policy 35.1: 59-84. doi: 10.1353/cpp.0.0005
  • Cao, Q., Gedajlovic, E. & Zhang, H. (2009). Unpacking organizational ambidexterity: Dimensions, contingencies, and synergistic effects. Organization Science 20.4: 781-796. [Journal Abstract]
  • Carney, M., Gedajlovic, E. & Yang, X. (2009). Varieties of Asian capitalism: Toward an institutional theory of Asian enterprise. Asia Pacific Journal of Management 26: 361-380. [Journal Abstract]
  • Hall, J., Matos, S., Severino, L. & Beltrao, N. (2009). Brazilian biofuels and social exclusion: Established and concentrated ethanol versus emerging and dispersed biodiesel. Journal of Cleaner Production 17: 577-585. [Journal Abstract]
  • Shapiro, D.M. & Globerman, S. (2009). Economic and strategic considerations surrounding Chinese FDI in the United States. Asia Pacific Journal of Management 26.1: 163-183.
  • Shepherd, J. & McKelvey, B. (2009). An empirical investigation of organizational Memetic Variation. Journal of Bioeconomics 11.2: 135-164. [Journal Abstract]
  • Weimer, D.L., Vining, A.R. & Thomas, R.K. (2009). Cost-benefit analysis involving addictive goods: Contingent valuation to estimate willingness-to-pay for smoking cessation. Health Economics 18: 181-202. [Journal Abstract]


Social Capital and Entrepreneurship: Catalyst or Retardant?
A Workshop in Preparation for a Special Issue of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice
April 19 - 22, 2012

Workshop Program

For more details, contact the conference organizer: Eric Gedajlovic at

Updated April 12, 2012