Loren  Falkenberg Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Loren Falkenberg

Haskayne School of Business

With more than 35 years of teaching, researching and participating on university committees I understand the factors influencing innovation and responsiveness within university communities. Given my leadership roles in the Haskayne School of Business, and active involvement in corporate governance and strategic planning, I understand how to adapt and apply business research to the context of higher education.


Loren has been a professor in the Haskayne School of Business for over 30 years.  She was the Senior Associate Dean (Graduate and Professional Programs), and led the development of the Doctor of Business Administration and the Master of Management programs.  She is an Academic Director for the Directors Education Program, offered through the Institute of Corporate Directors.  She has facilitated strategic planning sessions for multiple organizations, and led the University of Calgary strategic planning process in 2011, and again in 2016. She received the Order of the University of Calgary for her work in the university’s strategic planning processes.  

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Strategic planning, higher education, board governance


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Innovations in Education and Teaching International

Why massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been resisted: A qualitative study and resistance typology.

Published: Feb 11, 2020 by Innovations in Education and Teaching International
Authors: Stackhouse, M., Falkenberg, L. , Drake, C. & Mahdavimazdeh, H.
Subjects: Education, Business, Management and Accounting

This study explored faculty reactions to Massive Open Online Courses using a netnographic approach. The findings expand on why some innovations are immediately adopted and others create resistance, and the need to understand the basis of the resistance. In the early stages of innovation resistance can provide critical information as to the refinements needed, while immediate adoption may in the long run be a detriment to optimizing adoption.

Industry and Higher Education

The rigor-relevance gap in professional programs: Bridging the "unbridgeable in higher education.

Published: May 19, 2018 by Industry and Higher Education
Authors: Finch, D., Falkenberg, L., McLaren, P.G., Rondeau, K. & O'Reilley, N.
Subjects: Education, Business, Management and Accounting

The tension between the rigour and the relevance of higher education research remains an important and hotly contested topic. This debate is most evident in professional programmes where scholars are challenged to pursue new knowledge independent of its immediate relevance to practice while simultaneously contributing actionable knowledge to their profession. The results show that the context of the profession has a significant influence on the level of integration between academia and industry.

Academy of Management: Learning and Education

Institutional biography and knowledge dissemination: An analysis of Canadian business school faculty.

Published: Jun 01, 2017 by Academy of Management: Learning and Education
Authors: Finch, D. O'Reilly, N., Deephouse, D., Falkenberg, L. & Foster, W.
Subjects: Education, Business, Management and Accounting

Creating new knowledge is a central purpose of business education. Faculty disseminate new knowledge to stakeholders using a range of different mediums and activities. A question of growing importance is: knowledge for whom? To address this question, we build on institutional theory and work to argue the value that individual faculty ascribe to these different mediums (e.g., academic journals, books) depends on both institutional biographical and contextual factors.

Academy of Management Perspective

Value creation in knowledge-based firms: Aligning problems and resources

Published: May 01, 2008 by Academy of Management Perspective
Authors: Woicehsyn, J. & Falkenberg, L.
Subjects: Business, Management and Accounting

The “value shop” framework describes how professionally oriented organizations, including architecture, law, health care, and energy exploration, can be best structured to solve unique problems. This framework identifies the resources required for problem solving (knowledge base, networks, and technical and managerial systems) and their alignment into bundles to enhance value creation for specific problems.