Ian McCarthy

  • Research Centre Director, CPA Innovation Centre
  • Professor, Strategy
  • B.Eng, M.Sc., Ph.D. C.Eng., IMechE.

    Segal Room: SGL 3955
    Segal Phone: 778.782.5298
    Surrey Room: SUR 5013
    Surrey Phone: 778.782.5156

    Email Address: imccarth@sfu.ca

    Curriculum Vitae: View


    Dr. 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 Professor of Technology and Operations Management in the Beedie School of Business at SFU, Ian's research and teaching focus on how organizations should be designed and managed so as to succeed in different industries. This includes linking operations, innovation, marketing and legal concepts. His work analyzes how these linkages impact how organizations should design and manage their business processes. 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.

    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

    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

    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). Game on: Engaging customers and employees through gamification. Business Horizons. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2015.08.002

    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, 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. http://doi.org/No DOI

    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

    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

    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.

    Bliemel, M., & McCarthy, I. P. (2008). Networks of dedicated biotechnology and service firms in Vancouver. Journal of Commercial Biotechnology, 14(3), 265-273.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    McCarthy, I. P. (2005). Toward a phylogenetic reconstruction of organizational life. Journal of Bioeconomics, 7(3), 271-307.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    McCarthy, I. P. (2003). Technology management - A complex adaptive systems approach. International Journal of Technology Management, 25(8), 728-745.

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

    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.

    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.

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

    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.

    Tsinopoulos, C., & McCarthy, I. P. (2000). Achieving agility using cladistics: An evolutionary analysis. Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 107(1-3), 338-346.

    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.

    McCarthy, I. P., Ridgway, K., Leseure, M., & Fieller, N. (2000). Organisational diversity, evolution and cladistic classifications. Omega, 28, 77-95.

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

    McCarthy, I. P., Leseure, M., Ridgway, K., & Fieller, N. (1997). Building manufacturing cladograms. International Journal of Technology Management, 13(3), 269-286.

    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.

    Books, Book Chapters and Monographs

    Plangger, K. A., McCarthy, I. P., Kietzmann, J. H., Robson, K. E., & Pitt, L. F. (2019). Dynamic Game Plans. 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

    Teaching Related Material

    Chan, C., & Johnson, M. (2013). Business statistics (3rd revision). Burnaby, Canada: BCIT.

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