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James Tiessen

Dr. James Tiessen

Director, Health Services Management | Associate Professor
DepartmentHealth Services Management
EducationBSc, MSc, PhD
OfficeTRS 2-040
Phone416-979-5000 Ext 2545


James (Jim) H. Tiessen is Associate Professor and Director of the School of Health Services Management.  He earned degrees at the University of Alberta (B.Sc.), Guelph (M.Sc.) and York University’s Schulich School of Business (Ph.D.).  Jim was a DeGroote School of Business McMaster University faculty member for 10 years before joining Ryerson in 2008.  He served as MBA Director at both universities.  Prior to his university career, Jim lived in Japan and later worked for the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).    Dr. Tiessen’s research has been published in the Journal of Business Venturing, International Marketing Review, Canadian Journal of Administrative Studies and other journals.  He has served as President of the Japan Studies Association of Canada.  He was a visiting Scholar at the Asian Institute, Munk Centre of Global Affairs, University of Toronto and visiting research fellow at the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, Tokyo Japan.

Dr. Tiessen studies Japanese healthcare, particularly its hospitals, which sit at the centre of that system.  He teaches courses on healthcare management and research methods.

Ryerson University hosts the Japan Studies Association of Canada, external link, opens in new window Annual Conference- October 17 to 19, 2014.  A recent PDF filepublication, external link, opens in new window with Dr. Ito Peng, external link, opens in new window (University of Toronto) for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute examined healthcare in Japan, Korea and Taiwan.