Fonds F-42 - Faculty of Business Administration fonds

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Faculty of Business Administration fonds

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  • 1967 - 2004 (Creation)
    Beedie School of Business

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5.82 m of textual records
23 photographs

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(1979 - )

Administrative history

The Faculty of Business Administration has its origin in the Department of Economics and Commerce that was established in February 1964 by the Board of Governors. The Department was responsible for promoting research and the development and delivery of economics and commerce programs.

In 1968 the Department of Economics and Commerce began offering a Master of Business Administration program (one of the oldest in Canada). In September 1979 the Department underwent a reorganization and was subsumed by the new School of Business Administration and Economics in the Faculty of Arts. The School consisted of the Department of Business Administration and the Department of Economics. Each school had their own chair, faculty and support staff. In November 1981 the School was dissolved into two separate entities. The Department of Economics remained as part of the Faculty of Arts while the Department of Business Administration was restructured as the Faculty of Business Administration, reporting to the Vice-President, Academic. Later, the Faculty established a Dean's External Advisory Board comprised of industry professionals who provide expertise, guidance, and direction in supporting relevant education and research focused on the changing needs of business and the economy.

The Faculty of Business Administration offers undergraduate, graduate (MBA), and Ph.D. programs in cooperation with various faculties. Curriculum concentrations include accounting, finance, international business, marketing, management information systems, management and organizational studies, policy analysis, and technology and operations management. The structure of undergraduate program allows students to combine academic studies with cooperative and intern work opportunities, and student exchange agreements are in place with business schools throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. The Faculty also offers non-credit programs at the director, executive and management levels. The undergraduate business program is offered at both the Burnaby and Surrey campuses, while the Segal Graduate School of Business - located in downtown Vancouver - officially opened in May 2006 as the site of the Faculty's MBA and graduate programs.

The Faculty of Business Administration is also home to a number of different research institutes and centres that enable faculty to be involved in a range of research activities. In 1990 the W.J. VanDusen B.C. Business Studies Institute was established and funds research on issues relevant to B.C. industry and government and supports an executive-in-residence program and special public lectures. In 2000 the Time Business Centre opened to support research, teaching, and innovation in technology and management partnerships between Simon Fraser university and technology based businesses. In 2005 the CMA Centre for Strategic Change and Performance Management and the CIBC Centre for Corporate Governance and Risk Management opened. As of 2006 corporate support is also being sought for additional research centres including the Centre for Technology and Innovation, the Centre for Building Sustainable Enterprises, and the Centre for Global Asset and Wealth Management.

The Faculty of Business Administration has achieved international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and, as of 2006, is in the process of acquiring European Quality Improvement System (EFMD Equis) accreditation.

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The fonds consists of records relating to the academic development of the Faculty of Business Administration and its programs, centres and institutes. Activities, topics and events documented include the Dean's correspondence with Business Administration faculty and program directors, the greater university community, student clubs, local and the international business community, and provincial and national organizations; participation on university committees; and planning and delivery of projects, programs, and workshops; student intercollegiate business competitions held at Emory and Queens Universities; liaison with the Faculty's External Advisory Board; the Dean's participation on the board of the Canadian Federation of Deans of Management and Administrative Studies; and establishment of international business programs in Asia and North America.

The types of documents include meeting agendas, minutes, and supporting papers; correspondence and reports; annual reports; budgets and financial working papers; contracts; program and instructor evaluations; and publications including program brochures, student handbooks, student resume books, seminar and workshop flyers, newsletters, newspaper clippings, faculty discussion papers, and student MBA project reports. The fonds also includes photographs.

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The records were transferred to Archives through the regular application of university Records Retention Schedules and Disposal Authorities (RRSDAs).


The material was arranged by the Archivist according to the original filing system of the creator. Within each series records have been arranged chronologically.

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Some files may contain personal or confidential information. Access to these files may be restricted as required by law. Files marked 'pending review' must be reviewed by an archivist prior to release, and as a result of the review access restrictions may apply. Please see the file lists and consult the archivist for more details.

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Finding aids

A file list is available.

Appendix 1 contains a list of MBA Projects from 1970-1977, listed alphabetically by author. Appendix 2 contains an index to all Access Points assigned to the fonds. Appendix 3 contains a detailed list of all Faculty of Business Administration officers including Deans, Associate Deans, program Directors, and Chairs dating 1965-2006. These appendices are only available in the hard copy version of the finding aid.

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Associated materials

For further records related to the history of and programs offered by the Faculty of Business Administration, please see the finding aids for the Department of Economics fonds (F-8); Media and Public Relations Office fonds (F-61); Ceremonies and Events Office fonds (F-91); Office of Continuing Studies fonds (F-94); Office of the President (F-193); Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost fonds (F-200); Office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic fonds (F-201) and Academic Planning Services fonds (F-202).

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All accessions have been processed as of June 2006. Further accruals are expected.

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The predominant dates for this fonds are 1967-1999. Five files in Series 7 (Publications) date 2000-2004.


The Faculty of Business Administration has undergone a number of name changes that include:

Department of Economics and Commerce (1964- 1979)
School of Economics and Commerce (1979)
School of Business Administration and Economics (1979 - 1981)
Faculty of Business Administration (1981 - )

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 12 photographs located in F-42-1-1-08
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 11 photographs located in F-42-3-3-1-28

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Financial assistance for the arrangement and description of the records and production of the finding aid was generously provided by the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration.

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Finding aid prepared by Lisa Beitel (June 2006).

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