Associate Dean (Faculty Affairs and Accreditation)
Dr. Anna Danielova is an instructor and researcher whose interests lie in the area of empirical corporate finance and corporate governance. Anna has studied divestitures and internal capital markets, convertible and exchangeable debt offerings, and value effects of movie product placements. She has taught several courses at both undergraduate and graduate level, including investments, financial management, applied corporate finance, and valuation.
Anna’s research has been published in a number of leading business journals including Financial Management, The Journal of Corporate Finance, The Financial Review, and The Journal of Marketing,. Her research has been profiled in TheNew York Times and she has been frequently featured in International Business Times magazine.
Director of the McMaster Digital Transformation Research Centre (MDTRC)
Dr. Khaled Hassanein is a Professor of Information Systems, Associate Dean (Graduate Studies & Research), and Director of the McMaster Digital Transformation Research Centre (MDTRC) at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. His interdisciplinary research interests span the areas of digital technology adoption of e-Commerce, m-Commerce, and e-Health applications; human computer interaction; decision support systems including data analytics; and Neuro-Information Systems. His research has been supported on an ongoing basis through funding from federal (SSHRC, NSERC, CFI), provincial (ORDCF, ORF-MRI) and private sector sources. This funding was used to mount an active research program involving collaboration with colleagues and graduate students. Since returning to academia in 2000, he has supervised, co-supervised or is currently supervising over 50 students and post-doctoral fellows. To date, his research activities have resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals, conference proceedings, and books.
Wayne C. Fox Chair in Business Innovation, Academic Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation
Dr. Milena Head is a Professor of Information Systems at DeGroote, the Wayne C. Fox Chair in Business Innovation and Academic Director of the EMBA program at the DeGroote School of Business. She specializes in electronic business (eBusiness) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI), having published over 100 papers in academic journals, books and conferences. Her research interests include trust, privacy and adoption of electronic commerce and new technologies; interface design; and cross-cultural, gender and age issues related to technology use. She also examines the potential negative impacts of technology, including identity theft, techno-stress and cyber-bullying. Milena has received numerous teaching and research awards and is frequently called upon by the media and by community groups to speak about her research.
Beyond her academic roles, Milena has acted as a personal consultant on topics of eCommerce strategy, usability and fraud management, and has been an invited speaker at numerous corporate events and meetings. She also developed a senior MBA course at the DeGroote School of Business in partnership with AT Kearney, enabling students to work with real clients on real consulting projects.
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Organizational Behaviour
Dr. Catherine Connelly holds aCanada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Organizational Behaviour, and is a member of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). She is an associate editor of Human Relations. Her research focuses on the attitudes, behaviours, and experiences of non-standard workers (e.g., temporary agency workers, contractors, temporary foreign workers), the effects of leadership styles on leader well-being, and knowledge hiding in organizations. Catherine also conducts applied research with several Canadian organizations in both the private and non-profit sector.
In addition to her research success, Catherine is a past winner and frequent teaching award nominee for her teaching in the MBA and PhD programs. She has made presentations about her research to industry and academic groups across Canada and the US, and in Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Germany, Spain, and Portugal. Her research has been featured in the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and on CTV and CBC radio and TV.
Over the past 30 years Rick has provided consulting to a variety of companies, including Hatch, RCMP, Marion Merrell Dow, General Motors, ABB, AFG Glass, IBM China and Hong Kong Post. He has also led a number of global executive workshops and presentations around leading effective teams, HR management best practices and HR resources planning and utilization. Rick has held a number of past executive positions, including serving on the board of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada and for Assessment Strategies, Inc.
Benson Honig (Ph.D. Stanford University) is the Teresa Cascioli Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. Studying entrepreneurship worldwide, his research interests include business planning, nascent entrepreneurship, transnational entrepreneurship, ethics in scholarship, social entrepreneurship, social capital, and entrepreneurship in environments of transition.
He has published widely in leading academic journals and the media, and serves on six editorial boards, including the Journal of Business Venturing and the Journal of Management Studies. He is currently a blogger for the Academy of Management’s Ethicist site. He is past chair of the Academy of Management Ethics Education Committee, and is a past president of the CCSBE (Canadian Counsel of Small Business and Entrepreneurship). He is also an active board member of the Africa Academy of Management. Dr. Honig served for seven years as an editor for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and is the 2009 winner (with Per Davidsson) of the Grief price from the University of Southern California for the most cited entrepreneurship article in the previous five years, as well as the winner of the most cited article for the Journal of Business Venturing in 2009.
He has published in the Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Academy of Management, Learning and Education, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Management Studies, European Management Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development and the Journal of World Business, among others.
Dr. Honig is a member of the Academy of Management, The African Academy of Management, the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, the Canadian Counsel of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and the European Group for Organizational Studies.
Dr. Mahmut Parlar is the Distinguished Business Research Professor for the DeGroote School of Business and is a Professor of Management Science, specializing in the applications of operations research techniques to supply chain management decisions. Prior to focusing on research, Dr. Parlar spent several years as a consultant, working with clients such as Canadian National Railways, and the Systems Science Research Institute (Ankara, Turkey).
Mahmut is a highly accomplished and recognized leader in his field; a study by the University of Alberta’s School of Business reported that the citations received by his publications between 1990-1999 placed him in the top 1% among all Canadian business academics.
Dr. Kacker’s interests revolve around addressing managerial problems in the intersecting domains of marketing strategy, distribution channels, entrepreneurship and small business. His primary area of interest is in addressing substantive and methodological questions pertaining to the design and management of interorganizational exchange relationships in marketing, with a particular interest in issues of structure, strategy and performance in franchise systems. Other areas of interest in marketing strategy include the marketing-finance interface and organizational and consumer adoption and use of new products and technologies.
Dr. Veenstra is a Chartered Professional Accountant (Ontario) and a CFA charter holder. He earned his CA/CMA designations while working in the audit practice at Ernst & Young LLP (Kitchener). Subsequent to leaving Ernst & Young LLP, he worked in the internal audit department at Wal-Mart Canada and in the corporate accounting department at Canadian Tire.
Kevin is a member of the American Accounting Association and the Canadian Academic Accounting Association and has delivered numerous workshops and led seminars in accounting.
Dr. Teal McAteer is an Associate Professor in Human Resources and Management at DeGroote, specializing in the areas of Leadership Development, Change and Stress Management, and Strategic Career Development. Her experience includes human resource management functions with Shell Canada Ltd. and Domtar Inc., employee benefits consulting with Johnson & Higgins Willis Faber Ltd., career relocation counseling with Peat Marwick Thorne, and EAP counseling in the area of workplace issues for Corporate Health Consultants Inc.
Currently, Teal maintains her own leadership coaching practice. She leads numerous executive workshops and is a regular instructor with DeGroote’s Executive Education Department.
Dr. Nick Bontis is recognized internationally as a leading strategy and management guru. With humour and passion, he empowers individuals, teams and organizations to build their brainpower for high performance and sustainable competitive advantage. Tom Stewart, former editor of Harvard Business Review and Fortune Magazine, states that “he is not only a pioneer in the field of intellectual capital, but one of the world’s real experts as well.” His dynamic delivery and concrete advice leaves audiences enlightened, inspired and ready for action.
His expertise has been tapped by several Fortune 500 companies and even the United Nations who hand picked him for a high profile initiative. His ground-breaking doctoral dissertation is the #1 selling thesis in Canada, in all fields of study. Nick is an award-winning tenured professor of strategy having won over a dozen teaching awards and several research awards. Maclean’s magazine has identified him as one of McMaster University’s most popular business professors for six years in a row. He is also a 3M National Teaching Fellow, an exclusive honour only bestowed upon the top university professors in the country.
Principal of the Directors College, Executive Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation, Co-Director, Health Leadership Academy
Dr. Michael Hartmann is a Professor of Human Resource Management at the DeGroote School of Business and Principal of The Directors College. Prior to joining DeGroote, Dr. Hartmann was Deputy Director, Manchester Business School and Assistant Dean, Rotman School of Management.
Dr. Hartmann has over 20 years of academic and professional experience teaching executive leadership and innovation programs to organizations in Asia, Europe, the UAE, and the Americas. He has taught graduate degree programs and corporate workshops in the areas of governance, leadership, strategy, innovation and design thinking and change management. His recent teaching and consulting assignments include work for Novartis, Ziraat Bank, Thales Group, JCB, Omantel, Al-Futtaim Group, Manchester Airports Group, British Sky Broadcasting, Sky Betting & Gaming, Dentsu Aegis Network, and NBCUniversal.
Director, McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching & Learning Associate Professor, Finance & Business Economics
Prior to joining McMaster, Arshad spent several years teaching in the EMBA program at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business and has taught executive programs and workshops around the world. He has also consulted in the private sector in Canada and overseas including firms in Advertising, Appliances, Banking, Beverage, Engineering, Pharmaceuticals and Technology.
In addition to his financial expertise, Arshad has a Phd in educational psychology and has focussed on online and blended learning, curriculum design and teaching strategies. Arshad has served as President of Canada’s Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Vice-President of The International Consortium for Educational Development consisting of 24 member organizations worldwide. Both organizations aim to enhance the quality of the student learning experience. In 1992, Arshad was recognized with a lifetime 3M National Teaching Fellowship and has won several teaching excellence awards locally and overseas.
Associate Professor, Communications Management, Department of Communication Studies & Multimedia
Lead Professor, Master of Communications Management Program Adjust Professor, Communications Management (Syracuse University)
Dr. Terry Flynn is an Associate Professor of Communications Management in the Department of Communication Studies & Multimedia and lead professor and founding director of the Master of Communications Management (MCM) program. Terry joined McMaster University in 2004 after a 20-year communications consulting career, having built an international reputation specializing in crisis and risk communications and having worked with such organizations as: the Town of Walkerton, Ontario (e-coli crisis); the U.S. Navy Public Health Agency (leukemia cluster); the U.S. Army Centre for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (base closures and environmental cleanups); the Chemical Manufacturers’ Association; the American Gas Association; Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada; and the Vinyl Council of Canada.
His advice and counsel has also been internationally recognized by: the Canadian Public Relations Society; the International Association of Business Communicators; the Community Relations Awards; and the United States Secretary of Defense Environmental Restoration Award. Terry’s scholarly work has been published in the Journal of Public Relations Review, Corporate Communications, Public Relations Journal and Journal of Professional Communications and has also been recognized by the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications and the Arthur W. Page Society International Case Study. Dr. Flynn is also an award-winning teacher having won a number of student teaching awards for his engaging, challenging and stimulating communication courses.
Paul Tedesco (MBA, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University) has been an instructor in Marketing at the MBA level for over 15 years. Paul’s area of focus is in the Data and Analytics area and he has been an instructor in Brand Management, Marketing Communications and Service Design.
A 25-year marketing industry veteran, Paul has spent his career focusing on using data and analytics to deliver the right message to the right customer at the right time. This journey has led from mass advertising to promotions, shopper marketing and 1:1 CRM. Paul currently heads up the North American operations of Track DDB,, a leading data, analytics, direct marketing and digital agency.
Paul’s specific area of research and interest is in decision science. Focused on how to use diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive analytics and modelling to make better business decisions.
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