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Andrew von Nordenflycht

Academic Director, EMBA

Associate Professor, Strategy / Business and Society


Room: SGL 3945

Phone: 778.782.7720


Curriculum Vitae: View


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


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

Gillis, A., Steen, J., Dunbar, W. S., & von Nordenflycht, A. (2024). What causes mining asset impairments? Resources Policy, 90.

Gillis, A., Steen, J., von Nordenflycht, A., & Dunbar, W. S. (2023). What drives shareholder returns in mining companies? Resources Policy, 86.

von Nordenflycht, A. (2023). Clean up Your Theory! Invest in Theoretical Clarity and Consistency for Higher-Impact Research. Organization Science, 34(5), 1981-1996.

McCarthy, I. P., Silvestre, B. S., von Nordenflycht, A., & Breznitz, S. M. (2018). A typology of university research park strategies: What parks do and why it matters. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M, 47, 110-122.

Smets, M., Morris, T., Von Nordenflycht, A., & Brock, D. M. (2017). 25 years since 'P<sup>2</sup>': Taking stock and charting the future of professional firms. Journal of Professions and Organization, 4(3), 91-111.

Von Nordenflycht, A. (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 Organization, 1(2), 137-160.

Briscoe, F., & Von Nordenflycht, A. (2014). Which path to power? Workplace networks and the relative effectiveness of inheritance and rainmaking strategies for professional partners. Journal of Professions and Organization, 1(2), 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. (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. (2010). What is a professional service firm? Toward a theory and taxonomy of knowledge-intensive firms. Academy of Management Review, 35(1), 155-174.

Bamber, G. J., Gittell, J., Kochan, T. A., & von Nordenflycht, A. (2009). Contrasting management and employment-relations strategies in european airlines. Journal of Industrial Relations, 51(5), 635-652.

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

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

Gittell, J. H., von Nordenflycht, A., & 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), 163-180.

books 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 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. ILR Press.

Bamber, G. J., Gittell, J. H., Kochan, T. A., & von Nordenflycht, A. (2013). Up in the air: How airlines can improve performance by engaging their employees. Cornell University * Johnson Graduate School of Management.

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

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

Related Teaching Material

Briscoe, F., & Von Nordenflycht, A. (2016). The effectiveness of inheritance vs. Rainmaking strategies in building books of business for female and minority partners. In Headworth, S., Nelson, R. L., Dinovitzer, R., & Wilkins, D. B. (Eds.), Diversity in Practice: Race, Gender, and Class in Legal and Professional Careers (pp. 328-356). Cambridge University Press.

Gittell, J. H., von Nordenflycht, A., Kochan, T. A., Mckersie, R., & Bamber, G. J. (2009). Labor Relations and Human Resource Management in the Airline Industry. In Belobaba, P., Odoni, A., & Barnhart, C. (Eds.), The Global Airline Industry (pp. 275-311). Wiley (UK).