Andrew von Nordenflycht

  • Associate Professor, Strategy
  • PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA); BA, (Stanford University, Stanford, CA.)

    Segal Room: SGL 3945
    Segal Phone: 778.782.7720

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    With a BA in history 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 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). "I'm combining my interest in history and institutional change with an issue that's very relevant to corporations today - corporate governance," says Andrew. "Power structures are often hard to change and can be a source of relative efficiency or inefficiency for both corporations and governments."

    Research Interests

    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

    Selected Publications

    Articles and Reports

    von Nordenflycht, A. G. (2014). Does the emergence of publicly traded professional service firms undermine the theory of the professional partnership? A cross-industry historical analysis. Journal of Professions and Organizations, 1(2), 137-160.

    Briscoe, F., & von Nordenflycht, A. G. (2014). Which path to power? Workplace networks and the relative effectiveness of inheritance vs. rainmaking for professional partners. Journal of Professions and Organizations, 1(1), 33-48.

    von Nordenflycht, A. G. (2011). Let's get testing: Making progress on understanding professional service firms. Academy of Management Review, 36(1), 180-187.

    von Nordenflycht, A. G. (2011). Firm size and industry structure under human capital intensity: Insights from the evolution of the global advertising industry. Organization Science, 22(1), 141-157.

    von Nordenflycht, A. G. (2010). What is a professional service firm? Toward a theory and taxonomy of knowledge intensive firms. Academy of Management Review, 35(1), 155-174. DOI

    von Nordenflycht, A. G. (2007). Is public ownership bad for professional service firms? Ad agency ownership, performance and creativity. Academy of Management Journal, 50(2), 429-445.

    Gittell, J. H., von Nordenflycht, A. G., & Kochan, T. A. (2004). Mutual gains or zero sum? Labor relations and firm performance in the airline industry. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 57(2), 163-179.

    Books, Book Chapters and Monographs

    von Nordenflycht, A. G., Malhotra, N., & Morris, T. (2015). Sources of homogeneity and heterogeneity across professional services. In Empson, L., Muzio, D., Broschak, J., & Hinings, C. (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Professional Service Firms (pp. 137-160). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

    von Nordenflycht, A. G., Gittell, J. H., & Clark, P. F. (2014). Context, process, and outcomes of collective bargaining in the U.S. airline industry. In Stanger, H., & Frost, A. (Eds.), Collective Bargaining Under Duress: Case Studies of Major US Industries. Ithaca, United States: ILR Press.

    von Nordenflycht, A. G. (2010). The great expropriation. The Dutch east India company and the innovation of 'permanent capital'. In Koppell, J. G. S. (Eds.), The Origins of Shareholder Advocacy (pp. 89-98). Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd (UK).

    Bamber, G. J., Gittell, J. H., Kochan, T. A., & von Nordenflycht, A. G. (2009). Up in the air! How airlines can improve performance by engaging their employees. Ithaca, United States: Cornell University * Johnson Graduate School of Management.

    Chandler Jr., A. D., & Hikino, T. (2005). Inventing the electronic century: the epic story of the consumer electronics and computer industries. Cambridge, United States: Harvard University Press.

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