Mark Klassen

Assistant Professor (on leave)

PotashCorp Centre
25 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
S7N 5A7
Phone: 306-966-1300
Fax: 306-966-2514
Email: mklassen@edwards.usask.ca

Education

Ph.D. (Lancaster University)
MBA (University of Saskatchewan)
B.Comm (University of Saskatchewan)
CPA, CMA (CPA Saskatchewan)
FCPA, FCMA ()

Biography

Mark Klassen is an Assistant Professor at the Edwards School of Business in the Department of Accounting.  Mark joined the faculty at the Edwards School of Business in 2004 as a term instructor while he pursued his Ph.D. at the Lancaster University Management School, which was completed in 2013.  He has taught various classes in management accounting, accounting theory and information systems in the undergrad, MPacc and MBA programs.  Mark has an extensive practitioner background as previous to joining the University of Saskatchewan, he was employed as a senior manager at Deloitte Consulting and EDS.

As a teacher, Mark was awarded the MPacc Professor of the Year Award in 2013 and strives to blend his practitioner background with his academic and accounting knowledge.  Professionally, Mark has been an active member in the accounting profession and in 2010 was awarded a fellowship by his professional peers (FCPA, FCMA).  He has been actively involved in student organizations and received the John Dobson Fellowship Award from SIFE Canada (now Enactus) for his contributions.  Mark has been actively researching in the field of management control and innovation and currently has 5 peer reviewed publications in international journals. 

Courses

Mark Klassen’s teaching interests are primarily in management accounting and control and information systems. In 2013, he was awarded MPacc Professor of the Year.

Comm 438: Management Control Systems

This course examines the management control systems that organizations use to achieve their strategic goals. To proactively move the organization forward, or in some cases to respond to reactionary forces, business leaders utilize different management tools and techniques. The course is taken by accounting majors typically in their fourth year of study.

Comm 413: Contemporary Accounting Issues

This course consists of an enquiry into various contemporary issues facing the accounting profession. As part of the course, students are exposed to various academic and professional accounting writings. The delivery is primarily through a seminar format where articles are discussed including informal and formal debates. The course is taken by accounting majors in their fourth year of study.

Comm 210: Introductory Management Accounting

This course introduces students to the vital role that modern management accounting information plays in running a business in today’s economy. Understanding of the management accounting information, examining the usefulness of the information from management’s perspective, and understanding the limitations of accounting information and the potential dysfunctional behavior that may arise from its use are the primary focus areas of this course. The course is mandatory for all ESB students and is typically taken in the second year of their studies.

COMM 337: Accounting Information Systems

This course is an introduction to Accounting Information Systems (AIS). The course explores the fundamental role of AIS is to support and facilitate achieving the objectives of a business by enabling managers. The four key objectives of AIS that are emphasized in the course are 1) to make decisions that add value to the business, 2) to control vital business processes and thereby ensure that the processes function correctly, 3)to develop accurate, timely, reliable and consistent reports on the financial and non-financial performance of the business and 4) to assure internal and external parties that the reporting of business’s performance is in accordance with established rules and procedures for reporting such as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

MPACC 804: Strategic Management Accounting

This is a course in strategic management accounting which serves to blend traditional management accounting with best practice management concepts. The course focuses on developing a solid understanding of management control systems, with a particular focus on performance management. Building on the concepts of strategy formulation and implementation, this course aims to provide a holistic view of performance management. In addition the course also revisits traditional cost accounting methods and techniques. This course is taken by all students completing the Masters of Professional Accounting Program.

MPACC 807: Information Systems: Design, Control and Audit

This is a course that focuses on information systems from a design, control and audit perspective. There is an emphasis placed on internal controls. Although this is not a UFE prep course, the material covered in this class has been vetted against the UFE competency map and contains sufficient coverage of the competency map. Similar to MPACC 804, MPACC 807 was a required course for all students completing the Masters of Professional Accounting Program.

MPACC 821: Performance Management II

This course focuses on the vital role that modern management accounting information plays in running a business in today’s economy in the context of performance management, and leverages technical management accounting techniques that are used to make strategic operational business decisions.

MBA 832/838: Management Information Systems (Renamed to: Leveraging Information Technology in Business in 2008/2009)

This is an applied course in management information systems which serves to give managers the tools they need to operate in a world influenced by technology. This is not a bits and bytes course where Java and XML are defined, explored and taught. What the course teaches is exploring is how technology integrates with many of the concepts that are mission critical for successful business professionals. The course was required by all MBAs to complete their MBA degree.

MBA 837: Accounting for Planning and Decision Making

This course introduces students to the vital role that modern management accounting information plays in running a business in today’s economy. This course assumes that most students taking this course will be in a management position in a non-accounting functional area in the future. Understanding the management accounting information, examining the usefulness of the information from management’s perspective, and understanding the limitations of accounting information and the potential dysfunctional behavior that may arise from its use are the primary focus areas of this course. The course was required by all MBAs to complete their MBA degree.

Publications

PUBLISHED

Klassen, M.*, and Kalagnanam, S. (2011), Mountain city transit: Management control and performance measurement. Accounting Perspectives 10 (3): 225.

Klassen, M.*, and Kalagnanam, S. (2011), Western cabinets – building a cabinet or building a transformation? IMA Educational Case Journal, 4(4).

Dobni, C., Klassen, M. and Nelson, W. (2015), Innovation strategy in the US: top executives offer their views, Journal of Business Strategy, 36(1): 3-13.

Dobni, C., and Klassen, M. (2015), Advancing an innovation orientation in organizations: Insight from North American business leaders. Journal of Innovation Management, 3(1).

Dobni, C, Klassen, M. and Sands, D. (2015), Clarity, Journal of Business Strategy. Accepted for publication September 29, 2015.

WORK IN PROCESS

Papers Completed and Under Review at Journals

Dobni, C. and Klassen, M (2014), Linking innovation measurement to an implementation framework: A case study of a financial services organization. Working Paper, University of Saskatchewan.

Klassen, M., Kalagnanam, S. and Vasel, V. (2015), Management Control in Value-Based Organizations, Working Paper, University of Saskatchewan.

Klassen, M. and Otley, D. (2015), Value logics and management control systems, working paper, University of Saskatchewan.