Campus Directory: Dan Kazakoff

University of Lethbridge

Dan Kazakoff
Area Chair
Mgt - Human Resource Mgt & Org Studies
Office: M4144 (Markin Hall)
Phone: (403) 329-2028
Email:
Director
Management - TIP Progs
Office: M4144 (Markin Hall)
Phone: (403) 329-2028

Degrees

B.Comm. (Accounting); B.A. (Organizational Sociology); MBA (Organizational Analysis/Behavior)

Expertise

Strategic planning, Small business development, Executive education, Team building, Mentoring, Theory into practice program development, Organizational behavior

Research Areas

Multi-generational small business development, Management education, Program development, Mentoring

Previous Research Areas

Strategic planning, Small business development, Executive education, Team building, Mentoring, Theory into practice program development, Organizational behavior

About Me

Dan has worked as a coordinator and consultant in various private organizations and community-related areas. His experience serves him well as he teaches and directs the Faculty of Management's Applied Consulting Program, Integrated Management Experience Program, and other related activities of the position of Director of Theory Into Practice (T.I.P.) Programs. Dan is also Chair, HRM & Organizational Studies Area and the Chair, Small Business Institute Advisory Council.

Education

BComm, University of Calgary
BA, University of Calgary
MBA, University of Alberta

Awards

2014-15, Professor of the Year, Management Students Society
2014, Best Paper The Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference
2013-14, The Friends of MSS Award
2013, University of Lethbridge Book Award
2011, University of Lethbridge Book Award
2009, Inaugural Faculty A.C.T. Award
2008-9, Professor of the Year, Management Students Society
2008, Inaugural "The Last Lecture" Series Presenter, University of Lethbridge
2007, Inaugural "Tip of the Hat" Award, Management Students' Society
2007, Inductee, CAETL Teaching Circle of Excellence, University of Lethbridge
2007, Arnoldi Award, Inter-Collegiate Business Competition, Queen's University
2006, Advisory Council Distinguished Community Service Award
2004, University of Lethbridge Nominee, National 3M Teaching Award
2004, University of Lethbridge Nominee, Leaders in Management Education
2003-4, Professor of the Year, Management Students Society
2003, University of Lethbridge Nominee, Leaders in Management Education
2002-3, Professor of the Year, Management Students Society
2002, J.W. McConnell Foundation National Award for Innovation in Teaching and Research in the New Economy (administered by York University), only person in Canada to win the award two years in a row
2002, University of Lethbridge Nominee, Leaders in Management Education
2001-2, Professor of the Year, Management Students Society
2001, J.W. McConnell Foundation National Award for Innovation in Teaching and Research in the New Economy (administered by York University).
2000-1, Professor of the Year, Management Students Society
2000, Community Recognition Award, Lethbridge Community Futures Development Corporation

Dan has been chosen by the Management Students' Society (M.S.S.) as the Professor of the Year six times; for four years in a row: 2003-4, 2002-, 2001-2, and 2000-1, in 2008-9, and in 2014-15. He was named by MacLean's University Guide as "What's Hot—Popular Profs" at the University of Lethbridge in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.

In 2001 and 2002, Dan received national awards for Innovation in Teaching and Research on Strategic Management in the New Economy. The awards were from the Schulich School of Business (York University) and funded by the JW McConnell Family Foundation. He is the only person in Canada to have won the awards in both years.

At the 2007 convocation dinner, Dan received the inaugural "Tip of the Hat" Award from the Management Students' Society for his dedication to providing time and opportunities for the professional development of management students.

Expertise

Strategic planning
Consulting processes
Management education
Project management
Non-profit sector fundraising
Team building
Small business management

Publications

Recent Publications


Hunter, M. Gordon and Kazakoff, Dan. Small Business: Journey to Success. (Academic Publishing International, 2012).
Hunter, M. Gordon and Kazakoff, Dan. Multi-Generation Small Business Response to the Recent Financial Crisis. Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship. (January, 2012).
Hunter, M. Gordon and Kazakoff, Dan. Little Empires: Multi-Generation Small Businesses in Southern Alberta, Canada. (Heildelberg Press, 2008).
Kazakoff, Dan. Strategic Planning for Small Business: Making Your Pot Of Gold At The End Of The Rainbow. Haney Farms Quarterly (Issue 5:Winter 2004).

Selected Invited Presentations

2014, CCBN "Small Business"
2014, ATB Financial Small Business Institute Speaker Series, Blairmore, Alberta
2014, ATB Financial Small Business Institute Speaker Series, Taber, Alberta
2014, ATB Financial Small Business Institute Speaker Series, Claresholm, Alberta
2014, ATB Financial Small Business Institute Speaker Series, Coaldale, Alberta
2013, ATB Financial Small Business Institute Speaker Series, Lethbridge, Alberta
2013, ATB Financial Small Business Institute Speaker Series, Brooks, Alberta
2013, ATB Financial Small Business Institute Speaker Series, Cardston, Alberta
2013, ATB Financial Small Business Institute Speaker Series, Medicine Hat, Alberta
2013, ATB Financial Small Business Institute Speaker Series, Vulcan, Alberta
2012, ATB Financial Small Business Institute Speaker Series, Pincher Creek, Alberta
2012, "Small Business", Word on the Street Festival, Lethbridge
2012, "Small Business", Original Lethbridge Business Breakfast Club
2012, "Work and Organizations in the 21st Century", Kate Andrews High School
2009, Keynote Address, Annual General Meeting, Cardston & District Chamber of Commerce (with G. Hunter)
2009, Keynote Address, South Grow Regional Initiative - Second Annual Recognition Event (with G. Hunter)
2008, Inaugural "The Last Lecture" Series, University of Lethbridge
2006, "The Integrated Management Experience Program", Alberta Business Deans' Conference
2004, "Teaching Tips", University of Lethbridge Teaching Retreat
2002, "Theory Into Practice Programs — Getting students out into the community for the benefit of all", Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce
2002, "Using Teams", University of Lethbridge Teaching Retreat
2001, "The Integrated Management Experience", University of Lethbridge Teaching Effectiveness Seminar Series
2000, "How to make Multiple-Choice Exams work in the classroom", University of Lethbridge Teaching Retreat
1999, "Mentoring — How it can work for you", Lethbridge Public Library

Teaching

I aim to provide value to the students who take my courses. I define value as having students gain knowledge and/or skills they can use once they have left this institution to start a career. I believe our students should see their education here as part of their career/personal development. Moreover, I beleive in providing both support and challenge in my teaching. By trying to impart some of my passion and practical experiences to the students, I feel I provide a positive environment to learn and better illustrate certain concepts, so the knowledge is more accessible for them.

My practical experience also provides a realistic view on various subject matters. I believe in integrating theory and practice, and I strive to attain this in my course development. As well, I feel we as educators of future management professionals have the responsibility of providing a sound foundation in ethics for our students. The students with whom I interact consider it is essential to understand why ethics is important. Students need to understand how to manage ethical relationships in a global environment.

Moreover, they must understand that they are part of a larger community, and they need to have opportunities to give back to their communities. I try providing these opportunities through various projects. I want students to be not only successful management professionals but successful individuals in life.

As well, I believe generally that a diversity of assessment measures help to ensure a realistic appraisal of student work. I am more concerned with students demonstrating the level of knowledge they attained and bias myself against trying to provide any "dogmatic" solutions or answers, at the same time, illustrating the fact that there are better answers than others. I stress the importance of understanding the context of issues throughout my teaching.

I love teaching, and I feel this attitude is transferred to my students. I put a great deal of weight on opinions of students and fellow colleagues, and I use their comments to better my teaching and course development.

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Little Empires Lethbridge, Southern Alberta University of Lethbridge, $5,000, 2 years.

M. Gordon Hunter, University of Lethbridge


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