Beedie Profs Kietzman and McCarthy achieve highest ranked paper over five years…
August 2016 Edition
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Beedie Profs Kietzman and McCarthy achieve highest ranked paper over five years…

The music industry has Billboard, the business world has Forbes 500. Now, ranking successful academic papers has been made possible by Google Metrics and Beedie School of Business professors Jan Kietzmann and Ian McCarthy are stars in business and management.

Kietzmann and McCarthy’s seminal paper, “Social Media? Get Serious! Understanding the functional building blocks of social media,” is the highest ranked paper over five years in the Business, Economics and Management category of Google Metrics. As of June 2016 it has been cited 1,741 times, leading its closest competitor by 300 citations. The paper introduces the “Social Media Honeycomb,” which illustrates how people engage with social media and how to develop social media practices in an organization.

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James Yang: Crowdfunding Memorial Campaign
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It is with great sadness that we share the news that James Yang, Graduate from the Full-Time MBA 2011 Class passed away on Monday, July 11th, after several months’ battle with cancer.

As one of our faculty, Dr. Stephanie Bertels remarked: “As everyone will tell you, James brought cheer and warmth to whatever room he entered. He was also deeply interested in the world around him and the people in it. Both clever and kind, he was the kind of person that we tag as 'one to watch'. We were saddened to learn that such a promising leader and such a good person has been taken from us so young. Our hearts go out to his family and friends-–he will be missed by his MBA colleagues and by the faculty and staff who had the pleasure to get to know him.”

We have been informed by a group of high school friends have created a crowdfunding memorial campaign for his 7-month-old son Jordan Peter "JP" Yang. If you are interested in contributing, please see As well, there is a very moving video and as mentioned on the site: “His spirit lives on with his beautiful son and wife, caring mother and father, and the hundreds of people who had the fortune to cross his path.”

Events & Educational Opportunities
Flat and Open: The Rise of Radical Transparency and De-structured Supervision in Contemporary Organizations.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Technology firms such as Zappos have garnered extensive media coverage for "holocratic" or anti-hierarchical organizational structures. There are many other firms within emerging technology sectors but also traditional industries that are exploring non-standard organizational forms. What is all the buzz about and are these organizational forms here to stay or fanciful and temporary expressions of their entrepreneurial founders' interests in breaking norms?

Click here to register for the complimentary event.

Attention All Recruiters!
Friday, August 12, 2016

If you are interested in recruiting from universities, join us for a half-day seminar to connect with experienced campus recruiters. Your morning will be packed with speakers, panels, Q&As, and networking opportunities where you will discover on-campus recruitment strategies to attract top talent for your organization!

Refresh your Job Posting Speaker:
Sarah Blackmore, Bench Accounting

Make a Splash on Campus Panelist:
Andrea Lindsay, RBC
Deepti Tivel, Rogers Communications

Dive into the Talent Pool Student Panelist:
Ivan Chan (Management of Technology MBA)
Mahad Farrukh (Master of Science in Finance)
Rylan Dobson (Full-time MBA)
Eunice Cao (BBA Marketing)

Limited seats available. Click here to register now for the Campus Recruitment Seminar.

For more information, please contact the Employer Relations team at or 778.782.9569.

SFU Executive Education CIOCAN Leadership Development Program
Application Deadline: Friday, August 12, 2016

The role of the CIO is among the most dynamic in the enterprise, and you have decided to make it your challenge. To get there, you will need experience, contacts, and a broad technological and strategic perspective. You are focused on developing these skills, and are looking for a way to kick-start the learning. This program is designed to do just that by introducing you, the (future) CIO, to the key concepts and realities associated with CIO success.

Click here for more information about the program.

SFU Alumni Event in Calgary
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Enjoy the great outdoors with your fellow SFU alumni during a hike to the Johnston Canyon waterfalls and the ink pots! The trail starts in Johnston Canyon where you can see about seven waterfalls. Family and friends are welcome to join as well!

Click here to register for this event by August 17.

Ottawa: SFU & UBC Alumni Casual Social
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Let’s celebrate summer! Join SFU and UBC alumni for a casual social at the Clocktower Brew Pub. Come meet other alumni and expand your network over complimentary appies. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Click here to register for the complimentary event.

Save the date for the following events

BBA Alumni Social (Vancouver)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Toronto Alumni Reunion

Thursday, October 27, 2016

EMBA Alumni Event (Vancouver)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Online Workshop: Building a Professional Resume

Your resume speaks volumes about you before an employer gets to meet you. Learn from the feedback of hundreds of employers on what they look for in a resume! Discover how to convey your qualified experience and skills more effectively to get the job. You can go through the workshop step-by-step as you create your resume or skip ahead to focus on a specific component. Go at your own pace and transform your resume so that it speaks to employers.

Click here to access the complimentary workshop.

Involvement Opportunities
Call for Speakers ApparelCamp Vancouver

ApparelCamp Vancouver is a user-driven, collaborative “unconference” for people who work in the apparel and soft goods industry.

To submit a topic proposal, please email:

Topics of interest include: developing local industry, innovation, manufacturing, wholesale, retail, sustainability, design, sourcing and supply chain. Unlike your standard conference format, the list of presenters will not be finalized until the day of the conference when the audience decides on the schedule through their votes. This event is being organized by Vanessa Fors is a current student in the part-time MBA program at Beedie. She has 16 years’ experience in Vancouver’s apparel industry and currently works as a product manager for Helly Hansen. Together with co-organizer, Pete Hill, Vanessa envisions ApparelCamp as an important space for dialogue in one of Vancouver’s fastest growing industries.

For more information please visit

Saturday October 1st, 2016
SFU Segal Building, 500
Granville St., Vancouver

Conduct a Mock Interview with a MBA Student

Support our students by providing them with an opportunity to hone their interviewing skills and gain valuable insights from your functional area or industry! You will be matched with a MBA student (with an average of 10 years work experience) and we will provide you the student’s resume ahead of time.

A mutually agreed upon day and time with the matched student – with a timeline between September 1st and October 1st , 2016
A mutually agreed upon location with the matched student

If you are interested in helping out, please contact Haena Cho by August 15, 2016.

Join the Beedie Speakers on Campus Program

If you enjoy speaking to students, sharing your expertise and experiences in order to enhance the learning experience, then you are welcomed to join the Speakers on Campus Program. Guest speakers are regularly needed for a variety of activities, including panels, student club events, and in-class special topic experts. If you are looking to volunteer your time and share your expertise, please register here or contact Paulette Sangalang.


If you are interested in mentoring or conducting mock interviews but cannot meet the in-person demands, consider registering as an advisor on CareerTalk to connect with students online. Experienced alumni and working professionals from all functional areas and industries are regularly needed to serve as virtual advisors for informational interviews, mock interviews and resume critiques. To register to become an advisor, click here. If you have questions about the program, feel free to connect with Christine Sjolander.

Need Extra Help? Hire a Co-op Student

There are many students who are eager to learn how to help your organization grow. If you have a co-op work experience opportunity suitable for a Beedie undergraduate student, consider posting your job at, or contact us for more information at

Be Part of our Giving Community at SFU

Want to help improve education and make it more accessible? Pave the way for future SFU alumni and make a gift in support of students, research or community programs. Click here to learn how you can make a difference today.

Upcoming Info Sessions
Part-Time MBA Information Session
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Want to know more about our part-time MBA program? Experience a mini-case delivered by one of our renowned faculty members and listen as our alumni and/or students share their experiences. Hear our Career Management Center talk about how an MBA can advance your career and the Admissions team will give an overview of the program and its requirements. Meet our team one-on-one; opportunities for individual advising will also be available.

Click here to register for the August 4th session or here for the September 28th session.

Full Time MBA Information Session
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Meet alumni and/or current students who will be present to share their experiences of the Full Time MBA program. Hear from our Career Management Centre about how an MBA can advance your career. Learn about the program and its requirements from our Admissions Team. Opportunities for one-on-one advising will also be available after the session.

Click here to register for the session.

Hot Jobs

Looking for your next opportunity? Here are just a few of the jobs currently posted on Beedie Community for SFU Beedie alumni. Login as an alumni using your SFU user id and password.

Senior Risk Management Consultant, BC Public Service Agency (Job ID 12948)
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Executive Director, Strategy, Business Intelligence and International Marketing, BC Public Service Agency (Job ID 12941)
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Manager of Human Resources, Make a Future: Careers in BC Education (Job ID 12923)
Friday, August 19, 2016
Digital Marketing Specialist, Point Grey Research (Job ID 12924)
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Want to receive jobs like these as they’re posted? Log into Beedie Community as a Beedie alum. Click on “Jobs/Interviews” on left side menu. Create your search and save it for overnight updates of new postings in the system.

Got Career Questions?

Asking questions is the best way to prepare yourself in the career of your choice. Got some career, job search, or education questions you need answered? Bring them to our drop-in career advising! No appointment will be necessary, as it will operate on a first come first serve basis for up to 30 minutes per person. Two of our knowledgeable advisors will always be present and it will rotate every week.

Every Wednesday from August to December (with the exception of August 17)
12:00pm to 3:00pm
Room 1800, Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver

Alumni Achievements

Congratulations to our alumni on their recent professional achievements:

Brynessa Gradley (MBA 2014)
Senior Consultant, Deloitte
Min S. FitzGerald (BBA 2008)
Global Solutions Program Participant, Singularity University
Sam Thiara (BBA 1986)
Affordable Life Coach, Ignite the Dream Coaching

If you have any news, such as promotions, awards, or honours, you would like to share with Beedie's alumni community, please let us know! We would love to feature you in the next newsletter. You can send the info along with your name, program, and graduation year to

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