Simon Ford

  • Academic Director, Undergraduate Associate Dean
  • PhD, MA, MPhil, MEng (Cantab.)

    Surrey Room: SUR 5028
    Surrey Phone: 778.782.3868
    Burnaby Room: WMC 4373
    Burnaby Phone: 778.782.5561

    Email Address:


    After a two-year academic visit from the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, Simon joined the Beedie School of Business full-time in September 2018.

    At Beedie he teaches courses within the Innovation & Entrepreneurship concentration. During the 2018-19 academic year he's teaching:

    • Fall 2018: BUS 238 Introduction to Innovation and Entrepreneurship - D100 in Burnaby and D200 in Surrey
    • Spring 2019: BUS 238 Introduction to Innovation and Entrepreneurship - D100 in Burnaby; BUS 477 Startup Experience - D700 in Burnaby
    • Summer 2019: BUS 338 Foundations of Innovation - D100 in Surrey; BUS 450 Managing Emerging Opportunities - D100 in Surrey

    In addition to teaching, during 2018-19 Simon is also:

    Simon's most recent research explores the impact of 3D printing on society. His papers on this topic include:

    If you're interested, you can see Simon talk about 3D printing as part of Beedie's Inside Innovation series; read his research papers on ResearchGate; and connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

    Selected Publications

    Articles and Reports

    Ford, S., & Despeisse, M. (2016). Additive manufacturing and sustainability: An exploratory study of the advantages and challenges. Journal of Cleaner Production, 137(20), 1573-1587.

    Srai, J. S., Kumar, M., Graham, G., Phillips, W., Tooze, J., Ford, S., ... Tiwari, A. (2016). Distributed manufacturing: Scope, challenges and opportunities. International Journal of Production Research, 54(23), 6917-6935.

    Thiesse, F., Wirth, M., Kemper, H., Morar, D., Piller, F., Buxmann, P., ... Minshall, T. (2015). Economic implications of additive manufacturing and the contribution of MIS. Business and Information Systems Engineering, 75(2), 139-148.

    Ford, S. (2015). Co-evolutionary processes and positive feedbacks in the growth of the ultimate fighting championships. Sport, Business and Management: an International Journal, 5(1), 31-49.

    Ford, S., Routley, M. J., Phaal, R., & Probert, D. R. (2014). The industrial emergence of commercial inkjet printing. European Journal of Innovation Management, 17(2), 126-143.

    Mortara, L., Ford, S., & Jaeger, M. (2013). Idea competitions under scrutiny: Acquisition, intelligence or public relations mechanism? Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 80(8), 1563-1578.

    Ford, S., Mortara, L., & Probert, D. R. (2012). Disentangling the complexity of early-stage technology acquisitions. Research Technology Management, 55(3), 40-48.

    Phaal, R., O'Sullivan, E., Routley, M., Ford, S., & Probert, D. (2011). A framework for mapping industrial emergence. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 78(2), 217-230.

    Ford, S., Garnsey, E., & Probert, D. (2010). Evolving corporate entrepreneurship strategy: technology incubation at Philips. R and D Management Journal, 40(1), 81-90.

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