Business: Best of 2010

SFU Business a global business-research leader  
In 2010, an International Business Review study ranked SFU Business as one of the world’s most prolific institutions in the study of international business.  The journal ranked SFU 38th out of more than 1,200 institutions worldwide, based on the total number of academic articles (almost 4,000) published from 1998-2008. SFU was one of only two Canadian universities in the top 40.


Grades alone no longer enough to get into SFU Business
SFU Business announced a new ‘broad-based’ admissions policy for the spring 2011 semester that considers students’ extracurricular activities as well as grades when determining which applicants to accept. The school sees an annual 1,400 applicants for just 450 seats.


Business ethics pioneer honoured  
SFU Business professor Mark Wexler has spent 30 years researching business ethics and corporate responsibility, and pioneered the teaching of ethics at SFU in one of Canada’s first MBA ethics programs.  In 2010, the Confederation of University Faculty Associations recognized his lifetime commitment to this important topic with the Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award.


Krishnan wins Verity research award 
SFU Business assistant professor Rekha Krishnan co-authored the most outstanding management research paper published in 2009 in the Canadian Journal of Administration Sciences.  In 2010, she received the magazine’s 2009 Verity Award for excellence in management research for her paper, Conform or Rebel: When Does Keeping to the Rules Enhance Firm Performance? Krishnan’s research focuses on international alliance performance.


Business grad student wins teaching award
SFU Business PhD student and teaching assistant, Kirk Plangger, beat out 80 PhDs and seasoned university teachers from around the world to win an outstanding teaching award from a U.S. university clinic renowned for its instruction in entrepreneurship. He won the 2010 award after attending a four-day experiential classroom program at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business where he co-taught a detailed entrepreneurship case to a class of undergraduates.


Second Life research wins SFU Business researchers an international marketing award
2010 was the third year in a row that SFU Business researchers won the Pearson Education Prize for best case study at the Academy of Marketing Conference, the largest of its kind in the United Kingdom. SFU Business professors Leyland Pitt and Michael Pitt, and PhD students Anjali Bal (SFU Business) and Wade Halvorson (Lulea University of Technology, Sweden) won for their in-depth investigation of business and marketing practices on Second Life, titled Cashing in on the Green Dots: Marketing Ireland.