Lisa Papania

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Lisa Papania teaches product development, innovation and business marketing - with a focus on sustainability and creating a circular, community-focused economy - at Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business. She has a PhD from SFU in Canada, and an MBA from Wits Business School in South Africa. Her research interests include: how individuals create ideas; how and under what conditions individuals successfully communicate their ideas to others; and which environments and circumstances support the development of innovations and effective performance in teams. She has extensive experience at major multiñnational corporations developing products and leading product development teams in environments facing numerous social and sustainability challenges. As a case writer, she has written many teaching cases that require students to ëunpackí, understand and grapple with complex problems in which the interests of business and society are intertwined. Her teaching focuses on engaging students in developing innovative solutions in consideration of local and broader social and environmental issues, especially focusing on reducing and diverting waste and uplifting local communities. Lisa has published articles, case studies and book chapters on innovation and sustainability.

Research Interests

Product development and innovation; Sustainability/ circular economy; Idea-sharing, collaboration, team communication and performance

Selected Publications

Articles and Reports

Papania, L., & Rowan, M. (2015). The circular economy: 11 case studies from the Lower Mainland. Vancouver, Canada: Vancouver Economic Commission.

Bertels, S., Papania, L., & Papania, D. (2010). Embedding sustainability in organizational culture: A systematic review of the body of knowledge. London, Canada: Network for Business Sustainability.

Jurgens, M., Berthon, P., Papania, L., & Shabbir Ahmed, H. (2010). Stakeholder theory and practice in Europe and North America: The key to success lies in a marketing approach. Industrial Marketing Management, 39(5), 769-775.

Campbell, C. L., Papania, L., Parent, M. M., & Cyr, D. (2010). An exploratory study into brand alignment in B2B relationships. Industrial Marketing Management, 39(5), 712-720.

McMullan, K., Rehal, P., Read, K., Luo, W. T., Wu, H., Pitt, L. F., ... Campbell, C. L. (2009). Selling the Canadian Forces' brand to Canada’s youth. Marketing Intelligence and Planning, 27(4), 474-485.

Papania, L., Campbell, C. L., Opoku, R. A., Styven, M., & Berthon, J. (2008). Using brand personality to assess whether biotechnology firms are saying the right things to their network. Journal of Commercial Biotechnology, 14(3), 247-255.

Peloza, J., & Papania, L. (2008). The missing link between corporate social responsibility and financial performance: Stakeholder salience and identification. Corporate Reputation Review, 11(2), 169-181.

Papania, L., Shapiro, D., & Peloza, J. (2008). Social impact as a measure of fit between firm activities and stakeholder expectations. International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, 4(1), 3-16.

Pitt, L. F., & Papania, L. (2007). In the words: Managerial approaches to exploring corporate intended image through content analysis. Journal of General Management, 32(4), 1-16.

Papania, L., & Heil, D. (2005). Sir Sam Jonah: Leading in Africa (Case Study). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Papania, L., Whittaker, L., Soicher, A., & Duffy, N. (2004). IT governance. Johannesburg, South Africa: University of the Witwatersrand.

Pitt, L. F., Papania, L., & Hall, J. K. (2009). Flying West to get to the East: Service innovation at YVR. Vancouver, Canada: BC Innovation Council.

Silvestre, B., Hall, J. K., & Papania, L. (2009). Vancouver as an innovation hub for Asia and Latin America & Caribbean. Vancouver, Canada: BC Innovation Council.

Papania, L., & Hall, J. K. (2008). Ballard's fuel cell bus project: Next stop - changing the world. Vancouver, Canada: BC Innovation Council.

Papania, L., & Viedge, C. (2005). Avis Rent-a-Car, South Africa. N/A, Canada: Publisher Unknown.

Teaching Related Material

Papania, L. (2015). Forming Business Relationships to Learn about Forming Business Relationships. Burnaby, Canada: SFU Teaching and Learning Centre.

Shapiro, D., Vahcic, A., & Papania, L. (2008). Seaway: Building boats in Slovenia. In Aidis, R., & Welter, F. (Eds.), The Cutting Edge: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in New Europe. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar.

Papania, L., Shapiro, D., & Egri, C. P. (2007). Methanex: Developing an integrated strategy.

Papania, L., Shapiro, D., & Egri, C. (2007). Methanex: An integrated strategy. Babson park, United States: The Case Centre - ECCH.

Papania, L. (2005). Maanda Manyatshe: A South African postal revolution. Babson park, United States: The Case Centre - ECCH.

Papania, L., & Cook, J. (2005). Dolly Mokgatle: Catching the next train. Babson park, United States: The Case Centre - ECCH.

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