New Associate Dean, MBA Programs, Named

Posted on September 11, 2009

Elspeth Murray, Associate Professor of Strategy and New Ventures and CIBC Fellow in Entrepreneurship, has been named QSB’s new Associate Dean, MBA Programs.

“Professor Murray brings strong management skills and deep experience in Queen’s MBA programs to this important role,” said QSB’s Dean Saunders in his announcement to faculty and staff.

In addition to extensive teaching experience in Queen’s MBA programs, Professor Murray, BSc’85, MBA’87, PhD (UWO), led the committee that recommended the successful strategic redesign and repositioning of Queen’s full-time MBA.

Since 2004, Professor Murray has been the Director of Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing. Under her leadership, the Centre initiated a multi-million dollar venture capital fund, leads the development of entrepreneurship courses and competitions in the School, and conducts practitioner-oriented research into small- and medium-sized businesses.

As a complement to her work in the new venture field, she specializes in the management of change. In 2002, she co-authored a book, Fast Forward: Organizational Change in 100 Days, with QSB Strategy and Organization Professor Peter Richardson.

Prior to joining Queen’s in 1996, Professor Murray worked in industry at Canada Systems Group, IBM and Canadian Tire. She takes over the role of Associate Dean from Professor Bill Blake, who held the position from 2003 until his term expired on July 1, 2009.