Chris Scherpereel

Professor of Management

Chris Scherpereel

Spring 2013 Fulbright scholar

At NAU since 2000

(928) 523-7831

Office Number: 406

On Fulbright Fellowship Spring 2013

Educational Background

Ph.D. Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, Industrial Engineering, 2001
M.S. Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, Industrial Engineering, 1998
M.B.A. New York University, New York, New York, Marketing and International Business, 1993
M.S.M.E. The Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, Mechanical Engineering, 1987
B.S.M.E. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, Mechanical Engineering, 1986

Courses Usually Taught

Business Block - Integrated Business Core (Business Plan Writing)
New Venture Planning
Technology Commercialization
Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Business Strategy
Operations Management
Engineering Economics / Corporate Finance
Managerial Economics

Employment History

Academic Experience
Associate Professor of Management, Northern Arizona University (August, 2007 - Present)
Assistant Professor of Management, Northern Arizona University (2001 - July, 2007)
Teaching Assistant, Northwestern University (1996 - 2000)
Instructor, Northwestern University (2000 - 2001)
Teaching Assistant, The Georgia Institute of Technology (1987 - 1987)
Research Assistant, The Georgia Institute of Technology (1986 - 1986)

Non-Academic Experience
Director, Commercialization Practice, Foresight Science and Technology (2008 - 2009).
Partner, PriSim Business War Games (1999 - 2001).
New Business Analyst, International Business Machines Corporation (1994 - 1993).
Program Manager, International Business Machines Corporation (1993 - 1992).
Research Liaison, International Business Machines Corporation (1992 - 1991).
Lead Manufacturing/Equipment Engineer, International Business Machines Corporation (1991 - 1987).
Consultant, MBA Enterprise Corps, Hungary(1994 - 1995).

Area(s) of Emphasis

New Venture Planning
Technology Commercialization
Peer Evaluation
Business Simulation Creation
Decision analysis
Manufacturing management
Computer integrated manufacturing
Valuation methodologies (real options)
Operational business strategy
Alignment (business, information, and the internet)
Conceptual mapping and visualization of complex systems.
Supply chain / design chain integration

Technology Commercialization
Complexity and complex systems theory
Agent based simulation modeling
Complex systems theory
Internet Economics (enabling technologies)
Economic theories of the firm, innovation, entrepreneurship, and transactions.
Empirical research methodologies
Structural Equation Modeling (statistical modeling)
Taxonomic theory


Scherpereel, C.M. & Savage, K. (Forthcoming). Muddling Through: The Aerial Chair. Business Case Journal.
Scherpereel, C. M. & Bowers, M. Y. (2009). Team Teaching: Don't get stuck in the solo silo. Journal of Business and Training Education, 2009.
Scherpereel, C. M. & Summers, G. J. (2008). Decision making in product development: Are you outside-in or inside-out. Management Decision, 46 (9), 1299-1312.
Bowers, M. Y. & Scherpereel, C. M. (2008). BizBlock: An innovative approach to team teaching and team learning. Business Communication Quarterly, 71 (2), 221-226.
Scherpereel, C. M. (2007). The Options-creating Institution: A Real Options Perspective on Economic Organization. Strategic Management Journal, 29, 455-470.
Jacobs, N., Savage, K. S. , & Scherpereel, C. M. (2006). PFS at the Strategic Tipping Point. Case Research Journal.
Scherpereel, C. M. (2006). Alignment: The duality of decision problems. Management Decision, 44 (9).
Scherpereel, C. M. & Lefebvre, J. R. (2006). Shocking the legacy mindset: management development and the Internet. Journal of Management Development, 25 (3), 232-248.
Scherpereel, C. M. (2006). Decision orders: a decision taxonomy. Management Decision, 44 (1), 123-136.
Scherpereel, C. M. (2005). Seeking the dimensions of decision-making: An exploratory study. Review of Business Research, 5 (3), 144-160.
Scherpereel, C. M. (2005). Changing mental models: Business simulation exercises. Simulation & Gaming: An International Journal of Theory, Practice & Research, 36 (3), 388-403.
Scherpereel, C. M. (2004). Clouds on the horizon: IQsoft ltd. The CASE Journal, 1 (1), 79-96.
Gerety, M. S., Savage, K. S. , & Scherpereel, C. M. (2004). Raising Williams Arizona: Al's Railroad Museum. Case Research Journal, 24 (1), 21-34.

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