Learn from experts in their fields

EMBA professors are experienced and internationally-recognized teachers and researchers. They combine exceptional academic credentials with real-world business experiences and engaging, dynamic teaching styles. Below is a selection of some of the professors you’ll work with on the program.

KAREL HRAZDIL

Academic Director, EMBA

Associate professor of accounting Karel Hrazdil, who joined the Beedie School of Business in August 2007, comes from a long family line of professors. Originally from the Czech Republic, Hrazdil moved to Canada in 1997 to complete his education, graduating with a PhD in accounting from the University of Alberta (UA) in 2007. He enjoys teaching as well as researching financial accounting and reporting in capital markets. A sports enthusiast, Hrazdil enjoys Judo (holds a black belt), scuba diving (PADI Divemaster), and skiing. He also regularly competes in tournaments in Racketlon, which combines the four most popular racquet sports in a single match (table tennis, badminton, squash and tennis).

ANDREW HARRIES, MBA (Simon Fraser University)

Professor of Practice 

Andrew Harries is the Tom Foord Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at SFU’s Beedie School of Business and is a business advisor and corporate director. He received his MBA from Simon Fraser University. He chairs the board of directors at Bsquare Corporation (NASDAQ: BSQR), which delivers enterprise Internet of Things software solutions, and chaired the board at Contractually through its acquisition by Coupa Software in December 2015.

He also serves on the boards and is the past-chair of the Beedie School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board and of Science World British Columbia, where he chaired the organization through the successful completion of a $38m renovation and expansion and a major capital campaign.

ANDREW VON NORDENFLYCHT, PhD (MIT)

Associate Professor

With a BA in History from Standford University and six years of work experience as a software product manager and management consultant, Dr. Andrew von Nordenflycht brings an interesting perspective to his teaching and research in the field of corporate governance. He joined the Beedie School of Business at SFU in 2004 after earning his PhD in Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dr. von Nordenflycht's mployee research interest includes employee involvement in corporate governance (professional partnerships, ESOPs, high commitment work systems); history of corporate governance and ownership forms.

DAVID HANNAH, PhD (University of Texas at Austin)

Associate Professor

David R. Hannah is an Associate Professor of Management at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He was the 2005 winner of the SFU Faculty of Business TD-Canada Trust Teaching Excellence Award, and the 2008 winner of the Western Academy of Management Ascendant Scholar Award. He also won the 2016 Management Teaching Review Best Paper award for the best paper for his original teamwork exercise.

His teaching interests include Negotiations, Leadership, Teamwork, Decision-Making, and Communications Skills. He has taught in Executive and Masters Programs at Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas A&M University. He has also worked with numerous local and international corporations, including Samsung, B.C. Hydro, MDA Inc., PMC-Sierra, and the Beijing Media Group, and across multiple industries including high-tech, government, forestry, medicine, and education.

His research focuses on how we can navigate the dilemmas that frequently arise in our working lives. His work has been published in numerous leading journals, including Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Sloan Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Business Horizons, Journal of Management Inquiry, and the Journal of Business Ethics.

SUDHEER GUPTA, PhD (McGill University)

Professor

Dr. Sudheer Gupta holds a B.Eng. (India), an MBA and PhD (McGill).  He was previously an Assistant Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has also been a visiting professor at many universities around the world, including University of California at Berkeley, University of Texas at Austin, HEC Paris, and Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.  

Dr. Gupta is the director at the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies. His research interests include supply chain management, environmental sustainability, emerging markers and economic development, and, innovation and technology adoption.


JING LI, PhD (Indiana University)

Associate Professor

Dr. Jing Li joined the Beedie School of Business in 2004 from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University where she earned her PhD. She has published over 20 articles in various international business and strategy journals and sits on the editorial review boards of multiple journals, including Strategic Management Journal and Journal of Management Studies. She also serves as Senior Editor for the Asia Pacific Journal of Management and as the Associate Director of the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies.

Dr. Li's  research interests include international investment strategies of firms, emerging market multinational enterprises, and management of international joint ventures. 

JAN SIMON, PhD (University of Essex)

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Jan Simon is a Senior Lecturer at Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and has been an Assistant Professor at IESE Business School. In 2008, Dr. Simon held a Visiting Scholarship at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He received his MBA from the University of Navarra and his PhD in Finance from the University of Essex.

Dr. Simon teaches Investments, Capital Markets, Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Ethics and Finance, Financial Management, Markets and Managers, Entrepreneurial Finance and Entrepreneurship at graduate level (MBA, EMBA, GEMBA, AMP and MOT). He also teaches senior executives in custom programs, this has included Anglo American, BMW, DNV, IFF, Rabobank, Santander, and Teleflex; as well as open enrollment programs such as Finance for Non-Specialists and Global Finance and Strategy for Senior Executives.

MICHAEL PARENT

Professor

Dr. Michael Parent received his MBA and PhD degrees from Queen’s University and qualified for the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D designation. Before becoming an academic, he spent over a decade in the high technology industry. Before joining Beedie, he was an assistant professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business from 1996-2002

An award-winning teacher, he has also received several research grants and awards. His current research interests center on governance practices at the Board level, e-business and social media, and luxury brands. Dr. Parent sits on the editorial review board for Journal of Advertising Research. He has published in practitioner-oriented journals like California Management Review and Business Horizons, as well as both MIS and Marketing academic journals like JMIS, JA, JSIS, I&M, IEEE and JAR. He has also written over 40 teaching case studies and co-authored three case teaching books.

STEPHANIE BERTELS

Associate Professor

Stephanie is the Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability and an Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business. She studies how organizations make the transition towards sustainability by undertaking practitioner informed research on sustainable operations, embedding sustainability and sustainable innovation

Stephanie founded and leads the Embedding Project (www.embeddingproject.org), a collaborative initiative between researchers and practitioners working to embed sustainability. She brings together companies from across industries and around the world, helping them learn from one another and to understand their own sustainability journeys. To date, Stephanie has worked with over two dozen global firms. She has developed an online knowledge portal featuring a curated selection of the most relevant tools and resources – including practical guides and worksheets developed through her own research – to help practitioners everywhere more effectively embed sustainability into their organizations.

Stephanie teaches courses in managing innovation and change; sustainable operations; and managing for sustainability in both the undergraduate and MBA programs. Stephanie has a BSc in Geological Environmental Engineering, a MSc in Petroleum Engineering and a PhD in Strategy and Global Management and Sustainable Development. She has also worked in industry as an environmental engineering consultant with Golder Associates.