Director: Ian McCarthy came to SFU from the University of Warwick, England where he was a Reader and Head of the Organizational Systems Strategy Unit. He worked for several years as a manufacturing engineer before earning his PhD in operations strategy from the University of Sheffield.
As the Canada Research Chair in Management of Technology and Operations Management in the Beedie School of Business at SFU, Ian’s research focuses on the design and operational performance of technology-based organizations. He is particularly interested in operational complexity, customization, organizational networks and new product development. He is a specialist in taxonomy and uses evolutionary classification methods to map the operational and technology strategies in industries. He is also head of the new SFU Business Centre for Research in Biotechnology Management.
Ian enjoys Vancouver’s ski hills and cycling opportunities. He also likes to monitor the progress of the biggest and best football club in England – Everton F.C.
Associate Director: Stephanie Bertels joined SFU Beedie School of Business in 2008 from the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she spent two years on a post-doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). She holds a PhD in strategy and global management and sustainable development from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. Prior to earning her PhD, Stephanie worked in industry as an environmental engineer.
An Assistant Professor in Technology and Operations Management at SFU Surrey, Stephanie’s research interests include innovations related to sustainability, institutional change, inter-organizational collaboration, and resilience and reliability. Her current research bridges organization theory and the issues surrounding sustainable development to explore how organizations can develop and implement innovative strategies for a more sustainable future. Stephanie currently teaches Sustainable Innovation and Business, Society and Ethics.