media release

Inaugural W.J. VanDusen Professor appointed at SFU

August 19, 2011

Derek Moscato, 788.782.5038,
Carol Thorbes, PAMR, 778.782.3035,

The Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University has appointed Tom Lawrence as the school’s inaugural W.J. VanDusen professor.

The newly-created professorship emphasizes scholarship that is relevant to the growth, renewal and diversification of business and economic activity in British Columbia – and outreach activities that disseminate academic research.

“In addition to being a great scholar, Tom is an outstanding teacher and colleague,” said Daniel Shapiro, dean of the Beedie School of Business. “I am delighted that Tom will serve in this role – one that is a testament to his impressive track record of research and academic impact.”

The W.J. VanDusen Professorship is supported by the W.J. VanDusen Endowment Fund — established in 1987 with donations from the W.J. VanDusen Foundation, the Vancouver Foundation, other private donors and with a grant from the provincial government.

Backgrounder on Tom Lawrence

An award-winning scholar and teacher, Lawrence researches the dynamics of power, change and institutions in organizations and organizational fields. His studies cover a diverse range of social and economic settings, from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to Vancouver Island’s Clayoquot Sound, the backdrop of the so-called war of the woods forestry conflict.

His numerous academic awards have included the 2010 (Lloyd) Greif Research Impact Award, awarded by the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Southern California; and the 2003-04 Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize, awarded to the outstanding Sloan Management Review article on planned change and organizational development. presented Lawrence a Rising Star award based on Thomson Scientific’s Essential Science Indicators. His work ranked in the top one per cent of citations in the field of economics and business from 1997 to 2007.

Lawrence is also a recipient of the Research Excellence Award. The Beedie School of Business bestows the award on an outstanding senior scholar for research achievement over the past three years.

Lawrence acts as the director of the Certified Management Accountants (CMA) Centre for Strategic Change and Performance Measurement, and serves as the academic director of the Beedie School of Business’ PhD program.

Lawrence came to the Beedie School in 2002 from the University of Victoria. He has taught as a visiting scholar at several universities, including the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, McGill University, Royal Roads University and the University of British Columbia.

In 2001, the Western Academy of Management recognized Lawrence’s work with its Ascendant Scholar award.

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