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Neil Abramson

Retired Faculty, Strategy


Room: WMC 4327

Phone: 604.250.0965


Curriculum Vitae: View


B.A. (Hons.) (Saskatchewan), M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D. (Western)


After earning a master's degree in social psychology (sociology), Neil Abramson pursued an eclectic career in business. He was a partner and manager in his own human resource management consulting and training company, an advertising company, and an import/export company that popularized the Dungeons and Dragons game in Canada. Weary of day-to-day business, Neil returned to university to complete an MBA and PhD at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Dr. Abramson joined the Beedie School of Business in 1992. His research interests include strategies for international business; cross-cultural management and decision making; international organizational theory and how to do business in China, Southeast Asia and the US. His keen interest in ethics finds its way into many of his courses. Neil also studies theology and ethics through the Education for Ministry, a distance education program of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. He's interested in applying theology to the study of effective leadership. Outside of academia, Neil has an avid interest in Chinese and Japanese culture that includes learning how to write haiku poetry, doing Chinese brush painting, and, perhaps, creating a Japanese garden for meditation upon his eventual (though not for awhile) retirement.

Research Interests

Strategies for International Business; Cross-Cultural Management and Decision Making; Doing Business in China, Southeast Asia and the U.S.; International Organizational Theory.

Selected Publications

articles and reports

Abramson, N. R. (2011). Kierkegaardian Confessions: The Relationship Between Moral Reasoning and Failure to be Promoted. Journal of Business Ethics, 98(2), 199-216.

Abramson, N. R., & Senyshyn, Y. (2010). Effective punishment through forgiveness: Rediscovering Kierkegaard's knight of faith in the Abraham story. Organization Studies, 31(5), 555-581.

Abramson, N. (2010). Internal reliability of the Keirsey Temperament Sorter II: Cross-national application to American, Canadian and Korean samples. Journal of Psychological Type, 70(2), 19-30.

Abramson, N. (2010). Why punishment fails or succeeds: Existential reflections from one being punished. Philosophy for Business, 2-5.

Abramson, N. R. (2010). Despair in the face of a need for change. Compass, 10-15.

Abramson, N. R., & Senyshyn, Y. (2009). Punishment and forgiveness: A phenomenological analysis of archetypal leadership patterns and the implications for educational practice. Interchange, 40(4), 373-402.

Keating, R. J., & Abramson, N. (2009). A new framework in the quest for cultural understanding using Australia, Thailand and Japan as an example. International Journal of Business Studies, 17(1), 45-59.;dn=383802923590424;res=IELAPA

Abramson, N. (2009). What do I do now? Three Kierkegaardian strategies after failing to be promoted. Philosophy for Business.

Abramson, N. R. (2007). The leadership archetype: A Jungian analysis of similarities between modern leadership theory and the Abraham myth in the Judaic-Christian tradition. Journal of Business Ethics, 72(2), 115-129.

Abramson, N. (2006). Measuring the independent effects of national culture and personality on marketing behavior: A Canadian-Korean comparison using the cognitive theory of strategy. Journal of Current Research in Global Business, 9(14), 1-19.

Abramson, N., & Keating, R. J. (2006). Knowledge management through the lens of the cognitive theory of strategy: American, Chinese and Thai decision-making capabilities. Journal of Global Business, 17(34), 27-42.

Abramson, N. (2006). Applying the cognitive theory of strategy process: A comparative analysis of Japanese and Chinese strategic preferences. Journal of Current Research in Global Business, 8(13), 1-13.

Related Teaching Material

Moran, R. T., Abramson, N. R., & Moran, S. V. (2014). Managing Cultural Differences (9th Edition). Routledge.