Ruben Burga | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Ruben Burga

Assistant Professor
Department of Management
Email: 
rburga@uoguelph.ca
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 ext. 54463
Office: 
MAC 220

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About

Expertise in research and teaching in areas of Corporate Social Responsibility, project management, accountability, social entrepreneurship, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Biography

Grew up and educated in many locations and fortunate enough to acquire language skills in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and smatterings of Japanese and Cantonese...and enough in other languages to order meals or travel in foreign locations.

Educated as a Mechanical Engineer with experience in high technology manufacturing and new business development in business-to-consumer and business-to-business environments. Professional Engineer since 1986 and involved in business development and executive management of multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams in various organizational settings and structures in Canada, the US, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Focused interest in leadership and management issues through graduate education but actively participated in social issues leading Youth Church groups, volunteering with NGO's in Brazil, participating on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Lung Association, actively working in the Experience Committee of Professional Engineers Ontario, and  founding a chapter of Toastmasters at Sheridan College for business students and leading senior roles at this Chapter and the Providence RI Chapter.

 

Education

Ph.D. 2017

University of Guelph

 

MBA (Honours) 2007

Bryant University, Rhode Island

 

Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering 1984

University of Toronto

 

Awards and Honours

2018: College of Business & Economics D.F. Forster Doctoral Award nominee

2017: Certificate of Appreciation from Aim2Flourish at the Fourth Global Forum 2017, Aim2Flourish & Case Western University Fowler Center for Business

2017: John Dobson Enactus Fellow, John Dobson Foundation & Enactus Canada

2016: Ontario Graduate Fellowship (OGF) - University of Guelph, Canada

2016: Winner with co-authors (Joshua Leblanc and Davar Rezania) of Barry Armandi Award for Best Student Paper in Management Education and Development presented by the Academy of Management (AOM) for “An analysis of the effects of teaching approach on engagement, satisfaction and future time perspective among students in a course on CSR” presented at the AOM Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, August 2016.

2016: Graduate Certificate in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, University of Guelph and Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA UK)

2014/2015: Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) - University of Guelph, Canada

2014: Board of Graduate Studies Research Scholarship (BGSRS) - University of Guelph, Canada

2007: Academic Achievement Award (awarded by faculty) - Bryant University, RI USA

2007: MBA Leadership Award (awarded by peers) - Bryant University, RI USA

1984: AB Platt Award for BASc Thesis on "Fretting Fatigue Analysis on Aluminum Parts" (awarded by ASLE) - University of Toronto, Canada


Research

Research Interests

Organizational Leadership and Management Issues in the context of social entrepreneurship/enterprises and viewing them through the lenses of knowledge transfer, stakeholder theory, and accountability principles and their effect on firm performance. Management control systems in the context of project management and organizational leadership.

Publications

Management Publications

LeBlanc, J., Burga, R., & Rezania, D. (2018). Evaluating Significant Learning Experiences: Preparing Students to Work in the Changing Labour Market.   In the Proceedings of the 2018 International Society for the Study of Work and Organizational Values (ISSWOV) Conference, Trieste Italy.

Burga, R. (2017) A Study of the Inter-relationship of Management Control Systems in Information Technology Projects. Ph. D. Dissertation. http://atrium.lib.uoguelph.ca/xmlui/handle/10214/11543

Burga, R., Leblanc J., Rezania, D. (2017). Analysing the effects of teaching approach on engagement, satisfaction and future time perspective among students in a course on CSR,  International Journal of Management Education,15(2), 306-317. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijme.2017.02.003 

Burga, R., Rezania, D. (2017). Project accountability: an exploratory case study using actor-network theory. International Journal of Project Management, 35(6), 1024-1036, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2017.05.001

Aung, M., Bahramirad, S., Burga, R., Hayhoe, M., Huang, S., & LeBlanc, J. (2017): Sense-making Accountability: Netnographic Study of an Online Public Perspective, Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, DOI:10.1080/0969160X.2017.1284601

Rezania, D., Baker, R., Burga, R. (2016). Project Control: an Exploratory Study of Levers of Control in the Context of Managing Projects. Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change, 12(4).

Burga, R., Rezania, D. (2016). Stakeholder Theory in Social Entrepreneurship: a descriptive case study. Journal of Global Entrepreneurship Research, 6(4), DOI: 10.1186/s40497-016-0049-8. http://journal-jger.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40497-016-0049-8

Burga, R., Rezania, D. (2015). A Scoping Review of Accountability in Social Entrepreneurship, SAGE Open Oct 2015, 5 (4) DOI: 10.1177/2158244015614606. http://sgo.sagepub.com/content/5/4/2158244015614606

Technical Publications

Hsin-yu Lu;   Adams, R.;   Saad, M.;   Orsini, P.;   Burga, R.;   Chen, L.R.;  “Mechanically Induced Long Period Gratings in ZBLAN fibers”,  Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., McGill Univ., Montreal, QC, Canada; presented at the ICO 2011 International Conference on Information Photonics, Ottawa 2011.

Burga R.; “Spot On: A new generation of advanced infrared spot-curing systems delivers optimal curing quality “, published in Adhesives and Sealants Industry online publication, June 2009; retrieved January 23, 2012 at http://www.adhesivesmag.com/Articles/Feature_Article/BNP_GUID_9-5-2006_A_10000000000000595429

Seguin F.; Saad M.; Burga R.; “Fluoride glass fibers enable high-power laser transmission in the mid-IR”, published in Laser Focus World, 2008, vol. 44, no8, pp. 111-113

Burga R.; Tausek A.; “Control of adhesive dispensing parameters during transition from research to production environments”; this paper appears in: Electronics Packaging Technology, 2003 5th Conference (EPTC 2003) Singapore

Burga R.; “Applications of UV Radiation”, Proceedings of RadTech Asia ’97, p192 (1997).

Burga R.; RadTech Europe Conference Proceedings, 425, Lyon (France), 1997.

 

Presentations

Refereed Conference Presentations

LeBlanc, J., Burga, R., & Rezania, D. (May 2018). Evaluating Significant Learning Experiences: Preparing Students to Work in the Changing Labour Market. Administrative Science Association of Canada Conference, Toronto, Ontario, to be presented May 27-29.

LeBlanc, J., Burga, R., & Rezania, D. (July 2018). Evaluating Significant Learning Experiences: Preparing Students to Work in the Changing Labour Market. 2018 International Society for the Study of Work and Organizational Values (ISSWOV) Conference, Trieste Italy, to be presented July 1-4.

Rimanoczy, I., Laszlo, C., Onwuegbuzie, H. N., Burga, R., Indrajaya, A. N., Pandey, A., Ivanova, E. A., Manalastas, P. (August 2017). What if the dream world of business already existed? Panel presentation and discussion moderated by Rimanoczy, PRME Working Group on the Sustainability Mindset. Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Leblanc, J., Burga, R., Rezania, D. (August 2016). Analyzing the Effects of Teaching Approach on Engagement, Satisfaction and Future Time Perspective. Paper presented at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Awarded the Barry Armandi Award for best student paper in Management Education and Development.

Leblanc, J., Burga, R., Rezania, D. (April 2016). Assessing Student Future Time Perspective, Engagement and Satisfaction in a Course on Corporate Social Responsibility. Paper presented at the 29th Annual Teaching and Learning Innovation Conference, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.

Burga, R. (June 2015). Relating Mindfulness to Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship. Paper presented at the Administrative Science Association of Canada Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Bahramirad, S., Burga, R., Hayhoe, M., Huang, S., Leblanc, J., Merchant, S., Rahmati, M. (June 2015). A Descriptive Study of Reactions to the Ontario Power Plant Closures from the Online Community. Paper presented at the Administrative Science Association of Canada Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Burga, R. & Rezania, D. (March 2014). Stakeholder Salience and Social Issue Values in a Social Entrepreneurship: a Descriptive Case Study. Paper presented at the Winter Meeting of the Canadian Business Ethics Network, Toronto, Ontario.

Bahramirad, S, Burga, R., Rahmati, M. (May 2014). The Measures of Accountability: A Review of the Accountability Literature. Paper presented at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference, Muskoka, Ontario.

Burga, R. (May 2014). For-profit Social Entrepreneurship: The Effect of Stakeholder Factors in the Accountability Relationship with the Firm. Paper presented at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference, Muskoka, Ontario.

Burga, R. & Rezania, D. (May 2014). A Scoping Review of Accountability in the Context of Social Entrepreneurship. Paper presented at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference, Muskoka, Ontario.


Teaching

Present Courses

MGMT*3020 DE & O1- W19 - Corporate Social Responsibility

MGMT*4060 02 W19 - Business Consulting (Campobello Island Community Engagement)

Past Courses

University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada:--

BUS*4050 F18 - Independent Study (Circular Food Economy Compare & Contrast study)

MGMT*4060W18 & MGMT*4050S18 - Business Consulting (Campobello Island Community Engagement)

MGMT3020 (F14/W15/S15/F15/W16/S16/F16/F17/W18/S18/F18) - Corporate Social Responsibility

MGMT*3320 DE F18 - Financial Management

UNIV2200 (F16) - Towards Sustainability

HROB3050 (W14) - Employment Law

BUS2090DE (F13/W14/F14)-Individuals and Groups in Organizations

Graduate Teaching Assistant HROB3100 (F13, W14) - Developing Management and Leadership Competencies

Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Mississauga, ON Canada:--

Instructional Designer (ID) for Digital Marketing Management (DMM) program of 6 courses (with FCAPS at Sheridan)

Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Instructional Designer (ID) for MDP70022 - Marketing Planning and Development (FCAPS Course at Sheridan using D2L)

Instructor (F16) - Business Fundamentals BUSM10000D (1st year BBA)

Instructor (S16) - Organizational Behaviour HRMT14000 (2nd year BBA)

Instructor (S16)- Applied Research in Business BUSM20000D(2nd year BBA)

Instructor (W15/W16) for HEAL48081 - Leadership (4th year BAHS)

Instructor (F13, W13,F12) for MKTG27583 - Marketing Analysis and Planning (second year Diploman Business Course)

Instructor (W13/W15) for BUSM14717 - Business Ethics and Law (second year Diploma Business Course)

Instructor (W13) for MKTG33272 - Global Marketing (second year Diploma Business Course);

Humber College, Toronto, ON Canada:--

Instructor (S12) for Principles of Management (second year Diploma Business Course)


Area of Research

organizational management