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Fred Pries

Associate Professor Emeritus, Accounting
Department of Management
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Fred Pries is a retired Associate Professor in the Department of Management at the University of Guelph. 

Fred teaches primarily in the areas of accounting, entrepreneurship and innovation management. Fred won The Howard Teall Award for Innovation in Accounting Education from the Canadian Academic Accounting Association in 2009.

Fred’s research deals with how new technologies arising from university research are put into commercial use. He is a member of BioFuelNet Canada, a Network of Centre of Excellence, working to identify and address the challenges to growth of the advanced biofuels industry.

Fred is a member of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. The Auditing and Assurance Standards Board sets generally accepted auditing standards for financial statement audits and standards for other assurance services in Canada.

Prior to joining the academic community, Fred was a partner in KPMG, one of Canada’s largest professional services firms. At KPMG, he spent almost ten years in the national office for the Canadian practice where he dealt with complex accounting, auditing and professional ethics issues.

  • FCPA, FCA, Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
  • PhD Management Sciences, University of Waterloo 2006
  • MASc Management Sciences, University of Waterloo 2001
  • BMath Mathematics, University of Waterloo 1982

Fred’s interests in the strategic management of innovation focus on the ‘innovation gap’ between the generation of ideas and their being put into use in the form of new products or services. These new products and services drive economic growth and provide solutions to health, environmental and other problems facing society. Fred’s current research focuses on how new technologies arising from university research are put into commercial use.

  • Pries, F., Scott, S. (2015). Lakeview Hotel Investment Corp. Issues in Accounting Education, 30(2), 105-112.
  • Sparling, D., Pries, F., Cheney, E. (2013). Greening manufacturing Supply Chains - Introducing Bio-based Products into Manufacturing Supply Chains. Advanced in Production Management Systems. Competitive Manufacturing for Innovative Products and Services (pp. 600-607). Berlin: Springer.
  • Pries, F., Guild, P. (2011). Commercializing Results from University Research: Analyzing the Impact of Technology Characteristics on Subsequent Business Models. Technovation, 31, 151-160.
  • Ismail, K. Pries, F. (2011). Super 8 Model - Guelph. Case Research Journal, 31(3), 1-13.
  • Pries, F., Baker, R. (2010). A Proposal for Teaching Introductory and Intermediate Accounting in an Environment of International Financial Reporting Standards and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for Private Enterprises. Accounting Perspectives, 9(1), 15-27.
  • Hoye, K. and Pries, F. (2009). ‘Repeat Commercialiers,’ the ‘habitual entrepreneurs’ of university-industry technology transfer.  Technovation, 29(10), 682-689.
  • Pries, F. and Guild, P. (2008).  Analyzing the impact of technology characteristics on the business models used to commercialize new technologies arising from university research.  Proceedings of the R&D Management Conference 2008, 1-11.
  • Pries, F. and Guild, P. (2007). Commercial exploitation of new technologies arising from university research: start-ups and markets for technology. R&D Management, 37(4), 319-328.
  • Pries, F. (2007). Maximizing the economic development impacts of university spin-offs. Applied Research in Economic Development, 4(1), 102-111.
  • Hoye, K. and Pries, F. (2007). ‘Repeat commercializers’ in university-industry technology transfer: A minority of faculty inventors account for a majority of commercialized inventions. Proceedings of the Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology 2007.
  • Hoye, K., Pries, F., Guild, P. and Roe, P. (2006). Investigating the role of inventors in technology transfer activities: An exploratory study. Proceedings of the Second European Conference on Management of Technology.
  • Pries, F. and Guild, P. (2006). Start-ups and markets for technology in commercializing the results of university research. Proceedings of the 34th Annual conference of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada.
  • Pries, F. and Guild, P. (2005). Build, rent or sell: Options for commercializing new technologies arising from university research. In T.R. Anderson, T.U. Daim & D.F. Kocaoglu (Eds.), Technology management: A Unifying Discipline for Melting the Boundaries (pp. 470-479). Portland, OR: PICMET.