Management group honours Wexler

November 18, 2004, vol. 31, no. 6
By Diane Luckow

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Whether he's instructing a class of senior executives, a room full of dentists, or a lecture hall filled with first-year undergrads, Mark Wexler's teaching style never fails to engage his students.

It's one of the reasons the SFU business professor recently received the 2004 Leaders in Management Education (LIME) award for Western Canada.

The award, which is sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, honours faculty who exhibit exceptional performance as classroom teachers and who, through their other professional activities, have helped to improve management practices in Canadian organizations.

During his 27 years at SFU, Wexler has won four teaching awards and has never been bumped from the teaching honour roll, which recognizes the faculty's top 10 per cent of teachers based on student evaluations.

“I think it's because I have a good rapport with my students,” says Wexler. “I take teaching very seriously.”

The LIME award also recognizes Wexler's considerable contributions to the field of business ethics - he has published more than 80 journal articles on the topic and his work has appeared in eight books. Unlike many academics, however, Wexler applies his knowledge - he has worked as a negotiator; helped to train ombudspersons, consulted with firms in the area of applied ethics, worked with legal teams on sexual harassment cases and even appeared as an expert witness in tobacco lawsuits.

His most recent book, Leadership in Context: The Four Faces of Capitalism, will be published in 2005.

LIME award recipients are chosen by a selection committee composed of senior leaders drawn from business, government and the academic community.

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