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SFU Beedie appoints professor of strategy and entrepreneurship

November 07, 2013

Eric Gedajlovic, SFU Beedie, 778.782.9203,
Ross MacDonald-Allan, SFU Beedie, 778.782.9492,
Dixon Tam, SFU media relations, 778.782.8742,


Eric Gedajlovic, a professor with the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, has been appointed as the school’s professor of strategy and entrepreneurship for a five-year term.

The newly created professorship focuses on scholarship that is relevant to business strategy and entrepreneurship at both global and local levels – and outreach activities that disseminate academic research.

Gedajlovic's research is widely cited by scholars working in the fields of strategy, organizational theory, entrepreneurship, international business, and family business, as well as industrial economics and sociology.

It has been included in graduate and undergraduate-level textbooks in the fields of strategic management and industrial economics.

“Our increasingly multi-polar, interconnected and turbulent world presents managers and entrepreneurs with momentous challenges and opportunities,” said Gedajlovic.

“In my role, my teaching and research will revolve around helping people and organizations meet these challenges, and also identify and act upon opportunities that create value for themselves and their communities."

Through his scholarship, Gedajlovic seeks better explanations of strategic and entrepreneurial processes by considering the institutional, historical and organizational contexts in which they are embedded.

“Eric is an outstanding scholar whose work reflects our strategic research themes as a business school, especially the realms of entrepreneurship, innovation and global business," said Daniel Shapiro, dean of the Beedie School of Business.

"As a teacher, he has shown a proclivity for classroom creativity and I am delighted that Eric will serve in this role – one that is a testament to his impressive track record of research and academic impact.”

In addition to his research and teaching, Gedajlovic is serving as co-chair of the Academy of International Business Annual Meeting in Vancouver next summer. The event is one of the world’s largest gatherings of scholars devoted to international business, drawing more than 1,000 attendees.

The $1-million endowed professorship is funded by the record $22-million donation made by Ryan and Keith Beedie in February 2011, which established the Beedie School of Business. Ryan Beedie has waived his naming rights to the professorship, in order to encourage new donations to the professorship.

Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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