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Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 2:53pm

All of our professorial faculty members are active researchers. Most are available to supervise and work collaboratively with Haskayne PhD students on research projects.


Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:40pm

Dr. Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson’s research primarily focuses on three areas:

  1. Asymmetry in cost behaviour or cost stickiness
  2. Differences in executive compensation across industries and by gender
  3. The use of information technology to enhance productivity

Mark’s research has been published in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Accounting Research, Management Science and the Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance. He also serves on the editorial board for Contemporary Accounting Research.

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Dr. Irene Herremans

Irene Herremans’ research interests focus on many contemporary issues including management and environmental control systems, environmental performance, international business, intellectual capital, and performance evaluation.  Her teaching responsibilities are in the areas of accounting, tourism, and environmental management.

Irene has been named "Woman of the Year" by the American Business Women's Association and has been recognized for her overall contribution by being named one of the "Outstanding Young Women of America."

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Dr. Raj Mashruwala

Raj Mashruwala’s research interests revolve around the intersection of managerial and financial accounting, specifically in issues related to performance measurement, cost behaviour, and earnings management. His research has been published in leading accounting journals such as Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Management Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting Auditing and Finance, and European Accounting Review. He serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Management Accounting Research and Advances in Management Accounting, and as an ad-hoc reviewer for several high-quality journals.

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Dr. Abu Rahaman

Abu Shiraz Rahaman’s research focuses on studying accounting in its social and institutional contexts, using qualitative research methods. His research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Academic Accounting Association, and CMA Alberta. Dr. Rahaman currently serves on the editorial board of Contemporary Accounting Research, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, and the Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies.

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Dr. Hussein Warsame

Hussein Warsame’s teaching interests are in taxation and financial accounting. Prizes won by his research include: the Distinguished Research Award, from Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies, and the Vernon K. Zimmerman Best Paper Award presented by the Center for International Education and Research in Accounting. Dr. Warsame is an Associate Editor of and Accounting Education – An International Journal. He also consults with the United Nations and other interested parties on issues that relate to Somalia.

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Business Environment, Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 1:22pm

Dr. Chad Saunders

Chad's program of research spans three streams of activity.  The first deals with the impact of technology use in professional practices, the second explores the design and innovation of technology enabled knowledge management in organizations, and the third considers the support that entrepreneurs draw upon with a particular interest in the role of academic-industry collaborations and academics engaged in entrepreneurial activities.

Chad has published in leading journals including Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Research Policy, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, and the Ivey Business Journal.  Chad’s program of research is funded through various grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions (AIHS), and Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).

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Dr. Harrie Vredenburg – International Resource Industries and Sustainability Centre (IRIS)

Harrie Vredenburg’s is a leading scholar in the areas of competitive strategy, innovation, sustainable development and corporate governance in the global energy and natural resource industries and serves as the Suncor Energy Chair in Competitive Strategy and Sustainable Development. He was one of the visionaries who founded Haskayne’s Global Energy Executive MBA and has served as its Academic Director since its inception.

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Dr. Mohammad Keyhani

Mohammad Keyhani’s research interests revolve around the intersection of entrepreneurship and strategy, with a view towards disequilibrium-based foundations in subjectivist and Austrian economics. Mohammad is currently studying the performance, survival and acquisition of start-ups using the Kauffman Firm Survey, and also pursuing an interest in the applications of formal (e.g., game theoretical) and computational modelling as well as computational social science in general. His other research interests include the theory of the firm, value creation and capture, decision making, technology and innovation management, and technology ventures.

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Business Technology Management

Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 11:56am

Dr. Byungwan Koh

Byungwan Koh’s research focuses on App/platform economy, diffusion of information technology, evolution of digital markets, and economics of user profiling. Recent projects explores the impact of the intergenerational nature of services, via backward compatibility, on the adoption of multi-generational platforms and the impact of voluntary profiling policy on consumer surplus and social welfare. His research has been published in Operation Research, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, and Review of Network Economics.

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Dr. Victoria Mitchell

Victoria’s current research applies recent findings in the biological sciences to information networks in the business domain.  Using systems biology as a reference discipline, information networks are viewed as sophisticated communication channels that possess intricate regulatory, coordination, and control mechanisms. These mechanisms give rise to organizing principles in biological networks may be applied to information networks within firms, industries, and markets. Extending her work on IT strategy and process reengineering, a second research stream focuses on IT-enabled change in turbulent settings.

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Dr. Barrie Nault

Part of Dr. Nault’s current research is on how information technology affects productivity directly and indirectly, through outsourcing, through complementarity with other capital and labour, through transaction costs, and through relationships along the supply chain. He also studies ownership, incentives, membership and investment in new organizational forms and has recently done work on versioning strategies for information goods, entry into e-commerce markets, third-party logistics, and in environmental incentives for new energy technology conversion. In addition, he studies the relationship between information technology and inflation, trade and productivity, understanding the ways information technology value is created and how it affects the macroeconomy. For more information, including Dr. Nault’s publications visit

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Dr. Ray Patterson

Ray Patterson's research utilizes quantitative methods from management science and micro-economics to solve problems related to:

     1.  Analytics, big data, and heuristics;

     2.  Networks such as social networks, workflow control networks, distribution networks, and telecommunications networks;

     3.  Privacy, security, and ICT investment; and

     4.  Service customer satisfaction and healthcare.

Ray's research has been published in leading academic journals. He is also Editor-in-Chief for Information Technology and Management and serves on the editorial board for Decision Sciences.

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Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 1:25pm

Dr. Kyoung Jin (KJ) Choi

Kyoung Jin (KJ) Choi’s areas of research interest are Finance and Macroeconomics theories including investment, real options, dynamic contracting, asset pricing, taxation, and financial crisis. KJ currently teaches FNCE 445 (Futures and Options) at the undergraduate level and FNCE 799.07 (Topics in Corporate Finance and Asset Pricing) at the graduate level.

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Dr. Jess Chua - Finance, Family Business

Jess Chua’s two fields of research, reflecting his appointments, are family business governance and new venture financing. Within these two fields, he has published four books, two monographs, and over ninety papers in academic and professional journals. The research is well-cited and has received awards from numerous academic associations.

In addition to teaching and research, he has served the Haskayne School in various administrative roles and on the boards of public and private companies plus several professional organizations.

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Dr. Alex David

Alex David’s research focuses on the modelling of changing investors’ uncertainty about the state of economic fundamentals and their impact on asset prices. He has not only constructed structural models of changing uncertainty, but has also estimated these models structurally providing new methodologies for the joint estimation of the parameters of asset prices, volatilities, and fundamentals of the economy.

Alex also has an active research agenda in the area of energy finance. In particular, he has provided a new modelling framework that shows the strong link between the slope of the oil futures curve and long run exploration and production decisions of energy companies. Alex also studies the systemic implications of derivative contracts that are written between banks and, in particular, discusses why banks choose to be highly interconnected, and the role of renegotiation breakdowns between them in triggering off a chain of financial disruptions.

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Dr. Robert J Elliott

Robert Elliott’s recent work concerns stochastic processes and their applications in finance and engineering. In finance my current areas of interest include American options, term structure, the estimation of volatility and value at risk. In electrical engineering one is concerned with the optimal estimation of signals observed in noise. Applications of stochastic calculus and hidden Markov models gives rise to filters, smoothers and predictors.

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Dr. Yrjo Koskinen

Dr. Yrjö Koskinen is an associate professor of finance at the Haskayne School of Business. Previously he has served on the faculties of Stockholm School of Economics, Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Koskinen’s main research areas are corporate finance, corporate governance, and international finance. His current research focuses on corporate social responsibility and its relationship to firm risk, entrepreneurial finance and incentives, and financial crises (in particular the euro crisis). His research has been published in the leading finance journals, such as Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Review of Finance. He is the recipient of the Standard Life Investments Finance Prize for his research on CSR and firm risk.

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Dr. Alfred Lehar

Alfred Lehar is currently researching under what conditions renegotiations can facilitate a private sector workout of a financial crisis. He also works on how information produced by financial markets can be optimally used in bank regulation. In his previous research Alfred developed several methods on how to measure the probability of a financial crisis, analyzed conflicts of interest for financial Analysts, and looked at the empirical fit of alternative option pricing models. Alfred’s work has been published in Management Science, the Journal of Financial Intermediation, the Journal of Banking and Finance, and the Review of Finance.

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Dr. Ari Pandes

Ari Pandes’ primary research is on issues in empirical corporate finance, capital markets, and entrepreneurial finance, with a specific focus on investment banking, raising financing, securities issuance, private equity, and the going public decision. He has presented his research at top international Finance conferences and at various universities internationally. His past research on Canadian bought deals and private placements drew the interest of regulators, investment banks, and corporate law firms in both Canada and the U.S, and he was invited to present this research at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C.

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Dr. Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson teaches investments, portfolio management, new venture finance, and corporate governance to undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and executive education students.  He founded the Calgary Portfolio Management Trust (CPMT) program at the Haskayne School of Business in 1993. 

Dr. Robinson’s research has been published in leading academic and practitioner journals including Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Banking & Finance, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Small Business Management, Financial Analysts Journal and the Ivey Business Journal.  His research interests include private and junior public equity markets, market efficiency, and the methods of raising capital for developing firms.

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Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 11:29am

Dr. Loren Falkenberg

Loren Falkenberg is an expert in corporate social responsibility and her research interests focus on examining ethical and social responsibility issues in companies, and exploring the relationships between companies and not-for-profit organizations. Her current research is exploring how to companies can optimize value creation for both the company and community.  Loren’s research has been published in many leading journals and she is currently an editor for the Journal of Business Ethics.  In addition to her academic endeavours, Loren has consulted on corporate social responsibility programs and management of ethical issues for a number of companies, and acted as a facilitator for Boards and executive teams.

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Dr. Sandy Hershcovis

Sandy Hershcovis’s research focuses on understanding the social context of workplace mistreatment (e.g., workplace bullying, incivility, and abusive supervision). In particular, she is currently interested in witness reactions to workplace mistreatment with a focus on witness intervention. She has published her research in such outlets as Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Organizational Behaviour, and the Journal of Occupational & Organizational Psychology. Her research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities research Council of Canada.

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Dr. James Meurs

James Meurs’ research focuses on occupational health and well-being, political skill, and personality at work. Some of his particular research interests are in the development of stress theory, interpersonal conflict at work, how political skill influences work performance and career success, personality’s impact on work experiences, and the influence of the context of work. He has published articles in journals such as Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behaviour, and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

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Dr. Tunde Ogunfowora

Tunde Ogunfowora’s research interests include ethical leadership, abusive supervision, and personality in the workplace. Some of his recent work examines how and why ethical leaders, from frontline supervisors to CEOs, influence different stakeholders both within- and outside the organization. He is also exploring the impact of witnessing abusive supervision on non-targeted employees’ socio-emotional ties to the workgroup. He has published articles in journals such as Journal of Organizational Behaviour, Leadership Quarterly, and Human Relations.

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Dr. Peter Sherer

Peter Sherer’s teaching and research lies at the intersection between strategy and human resource management. He has been the recipient of six teaching awards and in 2005, was recognized as one of Canada’s top MBA professors by Canadian Business. He has published a number of articles in leading journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Organization Science, and Personnel Psychology . His research work (in collaboration with K. Lee) was awarded the ‘Best Paper’ in 2002 in the Academy of Management Journal and, in 2006, was recognized by the editorial board as one of the most interesting academic journal articles in management over the last 100 years.

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Dr. Piers Steel

Piers Steel research focuses on meta-analysis, including the creation of metaBUS ( He has done work on creating a unified theory of motivation and is testing a series of motivational apps to improve productivity. He is also working on several aspects of synthetic validity, a methodology for creating faster, more accurate, less expensive and easier to improve selection systems. Piers is a recognized authority on the science of motivation and is known internationally for his procrastination research, receiving widespread media coverage.

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Dr. Nick Turner

Nick Turner’s research focuses on transformational leadership, work design, and occupational health and safety. Some current projects deal with organizational practices related to high safety performance, the relationship between leadership and mental health, and the social construction of workplace safety. He has published articles among others in Journal of Applied Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

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Dr. Justin Weinhardt

Justin Weinhardt's research focuses on self-regulation and decision making in organizational contexts. Some current projects include the use of decision aids in selection, longitudinal study of mental health in the workplace, the role of overconfidence in motivation, computational models of organizational behaviour and the causes and consequences of abusive supervision. He has published articles in Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Management, Journal of Operations Management and Organizational Research Methods.

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Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 11:33am

Dr. James Agarwal

James’s research interests are in: (1) International & Global Marketing (e.g., internationalization and entry modes of firms, international services marketing, cross-cultural marketing research); (2) Marketing Ethics and Justice (e.g., ethical climate, consumer privacy and justice, relationship marketing, corporate reputation); and (3) Marketing Research & Statistical Methods (e.g., multivariate statistical methods, conjoint analysis, SEM, psychometric theory).

James has published over 30 papers in major refereed journals & proceedings (Google Scholar Citation 2675+) and is considered a prolific scholar in IB research (MSU CIBER research). He has received several honours and awards including multiple best paper awards from the American Marketing Association and Academy of Marketing Science. He sits on the editorial review board of several journals including Journal of International Marketing and International Marketing Review. 

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Dr. Mehdi Mourali

Mehdi Mourali’s research focuses on understanding how people make judgments and decisions in the marketplace. In particular, his work investigates how psychological factors, such as motivation and affect, interact with environmental factors, such as the social and physical contexts, to influence consumer judgment and decision-making. His research has been published in leading marketing journals, including the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Consumer Research, and the Journal of Consumer Psychology. He has also presented his work at several national and international academic conferences, and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for a number of high-quality publications, including the Journal of Consumer Research and the Journal of Consumer Psychology.

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Dr. Scott Radford

Scott Radford’s research on sustainability and design focuses on consumer responses to attributes such as visual product design, mass customization, and product sustainability. He also studies the influence of death and mortality salience on consumer decision making.  His work appears in the Journal of Product Innovation Management, European Journal of Marketing, Marketing Letters, and Journal of Consumer Culture. Scott is currently teaching Marketing Communication.

Scott previously worked in Montreal for several years where he was the Director of Advertising for R. Nicholls Distributors and then the Operations and Marketing Manager for Collins Safety.

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Operations and Supply Chain Management

Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 11:35am

Dr. Osman Alp

Osman Alp’s research interests are (i) Integrated inventory planning and transportation management, (ii) Integrated inventory planning and capacity management, (iii) Operational and tactical problems in the field of renewable energy, and (iv) Transportation of hazardous materials. His articles appeared in reputable journals including Operations Research, Production and Operations Management, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, and Transportation Science. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Computers & OR journal.

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Dr. Jaydeep Balakrishnan

Jaydeep Balakrishnan’s research interests include the design of facilities to make them more efficient, improving the effectiveness of supply chain operations, and spreadsheet decision support modelling. He has presented papers at various international conferences, co-wrote the textbook Operations and Supply Chain Management - The Core, and has published 40 articles on operations and supply chain management and other topics in reputable journals. He is also a member of the editorial board for the Production and Inventory Management Journal.

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Dr. Marco Bijvank

Marco's research interests focus on supply chain management, retail operations, health care operations and revenue management. The goal of his research is to reduce the gap between theory and practice in logistics activities, and to increase the understanding of the dynamics inherent in practical settings. Most of his work focuses on applying operation research techniques and deriving more powerful algorithms and more effective heuristic approaches for realistic models. One of the important aspects to test the applicability of the solution techniques is verification through case studies. His research has been published in leading academic journals such as Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research and Journal of the Operational Research Society.

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Dr. Diane Bischak

Diane Bischak teaches courses in management science, simulation, and spreadsheet modelling and analysis of business problems. Her research interests include health care operations management, statistical quality control, and behavioural operations management. Diane is Co-Director of the Healthcare Operational Excellence (HOPE) Laboratory at the University of Calgary, the mission of which is to conduct basic and applied research to improve operational aspects of the delivery of health services. She has published articles in numerous high-quality journals.

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Dr. Giovani da Silveira

Giovani da Silveira is a researcher in the areas of operations strategy, supply chain management, and mass customization. He has published numerous articles in the Journal of Operations Management, International Journal of Production Research, and International Journal of Operations and Production Management, among other scholarly journals. He has co-edited (with Flavio Fogliatto) the book Mass Customization: Engineering and Managing Global Operations published by Springer-Verlag. He has more than 2000 citations to his work in Google Scholar. His research is supported by a Research Professorship from the Haskayne School of Business.

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Dr. Alireza Sabouri

Alireza Sabouri’s research focuses on the theory and application of stochastic optimization and sequential decision making under uncertainty. In particular, he is interested in applying these techniques to facilitate decision making in areas such as healthcare operation management, inventory management, and supply chain management. Alireza received his Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of British Columbia. At the University of Calgary, he teaches Operations Management at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels.

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Risk Management and Insurance

Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 11:38am

Dr. Anne Kleffner

Anne Kleffner’s research focuses on three main areas: 1) Insurance regulation and insurer operations; 2) Automobile insurance; and 3) Enterprise risk management. The first two streams of research are closely linked. The insurance industry is very regulated with respect to both the solvency of insurers and the market conduct of insurers. The most regulated line of business, from a market conduct perspective, is automobile insurance. Thus, the impacts of regulation, the efficacy of regulation, and the design of regulation are important research questions. Regarding enterprise risk management, related topics include supply chain risk, sustainability and governance.

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Strategy and Global Management

Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 11:42am

Dr. Jim Dewald

Jim Dewald is the dean of the Haskayne School of Business and an associate professor in the strategy and entrepreneurship. A business leader who can provide an effective bridge between strategy theory and on-the-ground practice, his research interests are related to the micro-foundations of strategy formulation and implementation. His work has contributed to the constructs of cognitive resilience, entrepreneurial thinking and strategic response to disruptive innovations, most specifically business model innovations.

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Dr. Birgitte Grogaard

Birgitte Grogaard’s main research interests are international strategies and headquarter-subsidiary relationships.  Prior to her PhD studies, Birgitte held various commercial positions in Norway’s largest oil and gas company Statoil. Her experience from working with headquarter-subsidiary relations in international exploration and production has particularly influenced her subsequent research focus. Birgitte also worked as a management consultant for Gemini Consulting, primarily targeting strategic challenges in multinationals.

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Dr. Liena Kano

Liena Kano's research interests lie at the intersection of strategic management, international business and family business/entrepreneurship. Liena develops novel applications of comparative institutional analysis to study business phenomena such as the governance of family firms, emerging economy multinationals, multinational business networks/the global factory, trading favours and global sustainability crises.  Her particular focus is on microfoundations that underlie complex governance decisions. Liena’s work has been published in a range of leading journals including California Management Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of World Business and Business History Review.  Prior to earning her PhD, Liena enjoyed a dynamic career in strategic management in a range of Canadian and international industry sectors.

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Dr. Mohammad Keyhani

Mohammad Keyhani’s research interests revolve around the intersection of entrepreneurship and strategy, with a view towards disequilibrium-based foundations in subjectivist and Austrian economics. Mohammad is currently studying the performance, survival and acquisition of start-ups using the Kauffman Firm Survey, and also pursuing an interest in the applications of formal (e.g., game theoretical) and computational modelling as well as computational social science in general. His other research interests include the theory of the firm, value creation and capture, decision making, technology and innovation management, and technology ventures.

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Dr. Alain Verbeke

Dr. Alain Verbeke, McCaig Chair in Management, is a leading scholar in international business strategy. He has published over 30 books and has been cited over 10,000 times.  His work focuses on structural and strategic governance. He has successfully supervised 20 (graduated) PhD students. He is presently looking for motivated PhD students interested in the management of the world's largest companies, with a focus on governance design and managerial practices that improve competitive advantage. Dr. Verbeke is also interested in working with students expanding upon some of the concepts he developed himself, such as the bounded reliability concept as a micro-foundation for management; the subsidiary specific advantage concept; the concept of shelter-based strategies; the difference between location-bound and non-location-bound firm specific advantages; the bifurcation bias in family firms; etc.

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