Segal School of Business

Simon Fraser University

500 Granville Street.

Vancouver, British Columbia,

Canada V6C 1W6


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Eric Gedajlovic


Teaching Philosophy


“Effective teaching involves motivating students to teach themselves and to instill in them a sense that learning is an incremental and life-long pursuit. In pursuing this objective, I emphasize to my students the power and limits of theoretical explanations of real world phenomena and seek to deliver to them an appropriate balance of specialized and general knowledge in a climate of respect for the individual student and their unique talents and needs.”


Teaching Experience


I have taught a variety of core and elective courses in the fields of Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, International Business, the Management of Technology and Organizational Theory to undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA and PhD students.


Pedagogical Approach


My pedagogical approach involves the triangulation of theory, case studies and ‘real world’ contemporary events through guided discussions, group and individual projects as well as experiential exercises.


I believe there is nothing quite as practical as a good theory and my teaching approach involves couching directed and specialized knowledge, or ‘theory’ in terms of problems and issues which students need to confront and resolve. In my classroom, no theory is presented without discussing alternative explanations. I ask students to rigorously consider the strengths and limitations of particular theoretical approaches and most importantly to assess a theory’s “reasonableness” or face validity. In doing so, we consider the following questions,


1.  Does the theory make sense?

2.  Can we think of real examples in which the theory sheds insights on problems that individuals, teams, organizations and communities face?

3.  Can we think of real examples in which the theory does not seem to apply?

4.  Can we think of real situations where application of the theory would lead to dysfunctional outcomes?

5.  Can we identify contingency factors which help us understand when, where and at what level a particular theory is most usefully applied?


This approach is geared towards helping students develop a better ability to deal with ambiguous real world problems. Such problems are highly complex and are often intertwined with other problems. They are also multifaceted and persistent over time. I strive to have my students leave my course with a stronger sense of confidence in their ability to deal with practical real world problems, but also with a sense of humility stemming from the understanding that such problems frequently have no definitive solutions.




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