Hanlon Scholar in International Business
Richard J. Long passed away on May 15th 2016 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Rick held the position of Professor in the Edwards School of Business of the University of Saskatchewan.
Rick grew up in Edmonton, where he received his bachelors and MBA degrees from University of Alberta, followed by his PhD from Cornell University. He joined the University of Saskatchewan in 1977, achieving the rank of full professor in 1982 at the age of 31. His long career encompassed over 100 publications, including eight in Relations industrielles. He was widely respected as an expert on compensation, and gave testimony as an expert witness before a committee of the Canadian Senate. Rick was the author of two books, New Office Information Technology: Human and Managerial Implications, and more recently, the textbook Strategic Compensation in Canada. In 2011, his textbook was named the “Number 1 Best Seller” on the Globe and Mail list of top business books.
His students will remember him for his course in compensation, which he designed around a complex simulation and used the TV reality show, Survivor, as the organizing theme. With many of his students, he developed mentoring relationships that lasted long beyond the student’s graduation. He received the university’s coveted Master Teacher award in 2014.
In his personal life, Rick was proud of hiking the entire British Colombia segment of the Trans Canada Trail, and used his spare time to travel the world, achieving his goal of visiting as many countries as his years of age. Rick is survived by his wife and three sons. Our deepest sympathies go to the Long family and those for whom he cared deeply.