Ian McCarthy

Professor, Technology and Operations Management / Strategy / Business and Society / Innovation and Entrepreneurship

W.J. VanDusen Professor


Room: SGL 3955

Phone: 778.782.5298

Email: imccarth@sfu.ca

Curriculum Vitae: View


B.Eng, M.Sc., Ph.D.


Ian McCarthy is the W.J. VanDusen Professor of Innovation and Operations Management. He 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.

Ian's research and teaching focus on operations management, change and innovation management, and social media. His research has been published in many top journals, including: Academy of Management Review, Industry and Corporate Change, California Management Review, Technovation, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, R&D Management, Business Horizons and OMEGA. My research has featured in other publication media, including The Economist Magazine, the Huffington Post, Business Insider and The Globe and Mail. He is also Director of the CPA Innovation Centre at the Beedie School of Business.

Ian enjoys monitoring the progress of the biggest and best football club in England - Everton F.C.

Ian also blogs about the management of innovation, operations and strategic change at It Depends.

Research Interests

Operations management; outsoucing; mass customization; innovation management; user innovation; creative consumers; new product development; social media; gamification; taxonomy; cladistics; complexity theory; organizational design; change management

Selected Publications

articles and reports

Kietzmann, J. H., Lee, L., McCarthy, I. P., & Kietzmann, T. C. (2020). Deepfakes: Trick or treat? Business Horizons, 63(2), 135-146. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2019.11.006

Lee, L. W., Dabirian, A., McCarthy, I. P., & Kietzmann, J. (2020). Making sense of text: artificial intelligence-enabled content analysis. European Journal of Marketing, 54(3), 615-644. http://doi.org/10.1108/EJM-02-2019-0219

McCarthy, I. P., Hannah, D. R., Pitt, L. F., & McCarthy, J. (2020). Confronting indifference toward truth: Dealing with workplace bullshit. Business Horizons, 63(3), 253-263. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2020.01.001

Robertson, J., McCarthy, I. P., & Pitt, L. F. (2019). Leveraging social capital in university-industry knowledge transfer strategies: a comparative positioning framework. Knowledge Management Research & Practice, 1-12. http://doi.org/10.1080/14778238.2019.1589396

Baccarella, C. V., Wagner, T. F., Kietzmann, J. H., & McCarthy, I. P. (2018). Social media? It's serious! Understanding the dark side of social media. European Management Journal, 36(4), 431-438. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.emj.2018.07.002

McCarthy, I. P., Silvestre, B., Von Nordenflycht, A. G., & Breznitz, S. (2018). A typology of university research park strategies: What parks do and why it matters? Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 47, 110-122. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jengtecman.2018.01.004

McCarthy, I. P., Collard, M., & Johnson, M. R. (2017). Adaptive organizational resilience: an evolutionary perspective. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 28, 33-40. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2017.07.005

Ruckman, K. E., & McCarthy, I. P. (2017). Licensing speed: Its determinants and payoffs. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 46, 52-66. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jengtecman.2017.11.002

Ruckman, K. E., & McCarthy, I. P. (2017). Why do some patents get licensed while others do not? Industrial and Corporate Change, 26(4), 667-688. http://doi.org/10.1093/icc/dtw046

Bogers, M., Zobel, A., Afuah, A., Almirall, E., Brunswicker, S., Dahlander, L., ... Wal, A. l. (2017). The open innovation research landscape: established perspectives and emerging themes across different levels of analysis. Industry and Innovation, 24(1), 8-40. http://doi.org/10.1080/13662716.2016.1240068

de Beer, J., McCarthy, I. P., Soliman, A., & Treen, E. R. (2016). Click here to agree: Managing intellectual property when crowdsourcing solutions. Business Horizons, 60(2), 207 - 217. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2016.11.002

Wang, E. J., Berthon, P., Pitt, L. F., & McCarthy, I. P. (2016). Service, emotional labor, and mindfulness. Business Horizons, 59(6), 655-661. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2016.07.002

Bliemel, M., McCarthy, I. P., & Maine, E. (2016). Levels of multiplexity in entrepreneur's networks: Implications for dynamism and value creation. Entrepreneurship Research Journal, 6(3), 247-272. http://doi.org/10.1515/erj-2015-0001

Hannah, D. R., McCarthy, I. P., & Kietzmann, J. H. (2015). We're leaking, and everything's fine: How and why companies deliberately leak secrets. Business Horizons, 58(6), 659-667. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2015.07.003

Robson, K. E., Plangger, K. A., Kietzmann, J. H., McCarthy, I. P., & Pitt, L. F. (2015). Game on: Engaging customers and employees through gamification. Business Horizons, 59(1), 29-36. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2015.08.002

Bogers, M., McCarthy, I. P., & Pitt, L. F. (2015). Leveraging users as innovators: Managing the creative potential of individual consumers. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 37, 3-5. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jengtecman.2015.09.001

Berthon, P. R., Pitt, L. F., Kietzmann, J. H., & McCarthy, I. P. (2015). CGIP: Managing consumer-generated intellectual property. California Management Review, 57(4), 43-62. http://doi.org/10.1525/cmr.2015.57.4.43

Robson, K. E., Plangger, K. A., Kietzmann, J. H., McCarthy, I. P., & Pitt, L. F. (2015). Is it all a game? Understanding the principles of gamification. Business Horizons, 58(4), 411-420. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2015.03.006

Prpic, J., Shukla, P., Kietzmann, J. H., & McCarthy, I. P. (2015). How to work a crowd: Developing crowd capital through crowdsourcing. Business Horizons, 58(1), 77-85. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2014.09.005

Johnson, M. R., & McCarthy, I. P. (2014). Product recovery decisions within the context of extended producer responsibility. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 34, 9-28. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jengtecman.2013.11.002

Robson, K. E., Plangger, K. A., Kietzmann, J. H., McCarthy, I. P., & Pitt, L. F. (2014). Understanding gamification of consumer experiences. Advances in Consumer Research, 42, 352-356.

Bliemel, M. J., McCarthy, I. P., & Maine, E. (2014). An integrated approach to studying multiplexity in entrepreneurial networks. Entrepreneurship Research Journal, 4(4), 364-402. http://doi.org/10.1515/erj-2014-0007

Malek, K., Maine, E., & McCarthy, I. P. (2014). A typology of clean technology commercialization accelerators. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 32, 26-39. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jengtecman.2013.10.006

McCarthy, I. P., Silvestre, B., & Kietzmann, J. H. (2013). Understanding outsourcing contexts through information asymmetry and capability fit. Production Planning & Control, 24(4-5), 277-283. http://doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2011.648765

Kitcher, B., McCarthy, I. P., Turner, S., & Ridgway, K. (2013). Understanding the effects of outsourcing: Unpacking the total factor productivity variable. Production Planning & Control, 24(4-5), 308-317. http://doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2011.648543

Xie, Z., Hall, J. K., & McCarthy, I. P. (2012). Review and some ideas on the research of sustainable development innovation. Keji Jinbu yu Duice [Journal of Science & Technology Progress and Policy], 29(24), 191-195.

Kietzmann, J. H., Silvestre, B., McCarthy, I. P., & Pitt, L. F. (2012). Unpacking the social media phenomenon: Towards a research agenda. Journal of Public Affairs, 12(2), 109-119. http://doi.org/10.1002/pa.1412

Campbell, C. L., Berthon, P., Pitt, L. F., McCarthy, I. P., & Plangger, K. A. (2012). Making a face: graphical illustrations of managerial stances toward customer creativity. Australasian Marketing Journal, 20(1), 9-15. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ausmj.2011.10.009

Berthon, P., Campbell, C. L., Pitt, L. F., & McCarthy, I. P. (2011). Creative consumers: Awareness, attitude and action. Journal of Consumer Marketing, 28(7), 500-507. http://doi.org/10.1108/07363761111181482

Kietzmann, J. H., Hermkens, K., McCarthy, I. P., & Silvestre, B. (2011). Social media? Get serious! Understanding the functional building blocks of social media. Business Horizons, 54(3), 241-251. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2011.01.005

McCarthy, I. P., Lawrence, T. B., Wixted, B. L., & Gordon, B. R. (2010). A multidimensional conceptualization of environmental velocity. Academy of Management Review, 35(4), 604-626. http://doi.org/10.5465/AMR.2010.53503029

Pitt, L. F., & McCarthy, I. P. (2008). Connecting product innovation management and marketing. Journal of Commercial Biotechnology, 14(3), 197-200. http://doi.org/10.5912/jcb242

Bliemel, M., & McCarthy, I. P. (2008). Networks of dedicated biotechnology and service firms in Vancouver. Journal of Commercial Biotechnology, 14(3), 265-273. http://doi.org/10.1057/jcb.2008.17

Berthon, P., Pitt, L. F., McCarthy, I. P., & Kates, S. M. (2007). When customers get clever: Managerial approaches to dealing with creative consumers. Business Horizons, 50(1 (January-February)), 39-47. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2006.05.005

McCarthy, I. P., Pitt, L. F., Campbell, C. L., Van Der Merwe, R., & Salehi-Sangeri, E. (2007). Exploiting the business opportunities in bio-tech connections: The power of social networks. Journal of Commercial Biotechnology, 13(4), 245-257. http://doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.jcb.3050063

McCarthy, I. P., Tsinopoulos, C., Allen, P., & Rose-Anderssen, C. (2006). New product development as a complex adaptive system of decisions. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 23(5), 437-456. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5885.2006.00215.x

McCarthy, I. P. (2005). Toward a phylogenetic reconstruction of organizational life. Journal of Bioeconomics, 7(3), 271-307. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10818-005-5245-5

Rose-Anderssen, C., Allen, P. M., Tsinopoulos, C., & McCarthy, I. P. (2005). Innovation in manufacturing as an evolutionary complex system. Technovation, 25(10), 1093-1105. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.technovation.2004.03.006

McCarthy, I. P. (2004). The what, why and how of mass customization. Production Planning & Control, 15(4), 347-351.

McCarthy, I. P. (2004). Manufacturing strategy - Understanding the fitness landscape. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 24(2), 124-150. http://doi.org/10.1108/01443570410514858

McCarthy, I. P., & Anagnostou, A. (2004). The impact of outsourcing on the transaction costs and boundaries of manufacturing. International Journal of Production Economics, 88(1), 61-71. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0925-5273(03)00183-X

McCarthy, I. P. (2003). Technology management - A complex adaptive systems approach. International Journal of Technology Management, 25(8), 728-745. http://doi.org/10.1504/IJTM.2003.003134

McCarthy, I. P., & Tsinopoulos, C. (2003). Strategies for agility: An evolutionary and configurational approach. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 14(2), 103-113. http://doi.org/10.1108/09576060310459401

Rakotobe-Joel, T., McCarthy, I. P., & Tranfield, D. (2003). A structural and evolutionary approach to change management. Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory, 8(4), 337-364. http://doi.org/10.1023/A:1025420718857

McCarthy, I. P., & Menicou, M. (2002). A classification schema of manufacturing decisions for the GRAI enterprise modelling technique. Computers in Industry, 47(3), 339-355. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0166-3615(02)00002-7

Fernandez, P., McCarthy, I. P., & Rakotobe-Joel, T. (2001). An evolutionary approach to benchmarking. Benchmarking: An International Journal, 8(4), 281-305. http://doi.org/10.1108/14635770110403783

McCarthy, I. P., Rakotobe-Joel, T., & Frizelle, G. (2000). Complex systems theory - Implications and promises for manufacturing organizations. International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 2(1-7), 559-579.

McCarthy, I. P. (2000). Manufacturing competitiveness and fitness landscape theory. Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 107(1-3), 347-352. http://doi.org/10.1108/10.1016/S0924-0136(00)00687-7

Tsinopoulos, C., & McCarthy, I. P. (2000). Achieving agility using cladistics: An evolutionary analysis. Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 107(1-3), 338-346. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0924-0136(00)00675-0

Lowe, A., Ridgway, K., McCarthy, I. P., & Atkinson, H. (2000). An evaluation model for determining the business process benefits of thixoforming. Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Proceedings. Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 214(1), 11-23. http://doi.org/10.1177/095440540021400101

McCarthy, I. P., Ridgway, K., Leseure, M., & Fieller, N. (2000). Organisational diversity, evolution and cladistic classifications. Omega, 28, 77-95. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0305-0483(99)00030-4

McCarthy, I. P., & Ridgway, K. (2000). Cladistics: A taxonomy for manufacturing organizations. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 11(1), 16-29. http://doi.org/10.1108/09576060010303631

McCarthy, I. P., Leseure, M., Ridgway, K., & Fieller, N. (1997). Building manufacturing cladograms. International Journal of Technology Management, 13(3), 269-286. http://doi.org/10.1504/IJTM.1997.001664

McCarthy, I. P., & Ridgway, K. (1995). The implementation of a marketing orientation and focused manufacturing techniques in a hand tool company. Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Proceedings. Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 209, 237-243.

McCarthy, I. P., & Ridgway, K. (1995). Re-engineering manufacturing systems at presto engineers cutting tools. Business Change & Re-engineering, 2(4), 31-33.

McCarthy, I. P. (1995). Manufacturing classification: Lessons from organisational systematics and biological taxonomy. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 6(6), 37-49. http://doi.org/10.1108/09576069510099365

books chapters and monographs

Plangger, K. A., McCarthy, I. P., Kietzmann, J. H., Robson, K. E., & Pitt, L. F. (2019). Dynamic Game Plans. In Tuncdogan, A., Lindgreen, A., Volberda, H., & van den Bosch, F. (Eds.), Strategic Renewal: Core Concepts, Antecedents, and Micro Foundations (pp. 15). London, United Kingdom: Routledge (UK).

McCarthy, I. P., Pitt, L. F., & Berthon, P. (2010). Service customization through dramaturgy. In Fogliatto, F. S., & da Silveira, G. J. C. (Eds.), Mass customization: Engineering and managing global operations (pp. 43-64). London, United Kingdom: Springer-Verlag (UK). http://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-84996-489-0

McCarthy, I. P., & Gordon, B. R. (2010). Leveraging dynamic capabilities: A contingent management control system approach. In Wall, S., Zimmerman, C., Klingebiel, R., & Lange, D. (Eds.), Strategic Reconfigurations: Developing Dynamic Capabilities in Rapid-Innovation Based Industries (pp. 13-33). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. http://doi.org/10.4337/9781849805629.00010