Kristian Braekkan

Faculty

I am interested in the inner workings of our economic modalities. Specifically, I am interested in the relationships between the modes of production in society and our cognitions, the institutions we create to maintain the productive forces, and how change takes place in society. I am currently working on two book projects. One assesses the impact of extra-parliamentary oppositions and vanguard parties in industrialized societies. The other seeks to synthesize theological and Marxian perspectives on humanity. 

My teaching is to a great extent influenced by dialectic inquiries. Consistent with the writings of one of my main intellectual influences, Joseph Dietzgen, my teaching methods emphasize that reality is a single entity embracing all observable phenomena, past, present and future, where reality is infinite, having no beginning or end, and constantly changing. This philosophy assumes that the universe and all things in it consist of transformations of matter, which take place simultaneously and consecutively in space and time. I therefore emphasize through my own intellectual development and through my pedagogical endeavors that to solve for “the answer” is a futile and even harmful effort. Instead, I try to focus on mechanisms, processes, and change as opposed to rigid laws and predictions when working with students on issues relating to social behaviors.

When not working, I enjoy reading, spending time with my pets (2 dogs and 4 cats), being outdoors, and listening to music. I spend quite a bit of time reading historical and philosophical books, particularly relating to economic systems, post-WWII events, and international relations. I particularly enjoy Norwegian authors Knut Hamsun, Jens Bjørneboe, Dag Solstad, and Ingvar Ambjørnsen. Additionally, I spend more time than necessary reading mystery novels and other literature of no particular merit.

Education

Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech) 2010


Courses Taught

Current

E/M-353 (Operations Management), E/M-365 (Strategic Management), GWS-224 (Staying Alive), and PHI-244 (ST:Philosophy Soc Sci)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
E/M-365Strategic Management142015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
E/M-351Globalizatn/Int'l Orgs62015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA
E/M-353Operations Management52015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, and 2011/SP
FTS-100FTS:Workplace Justice32014/FA, 2013/FA, and 2012/FA
E/M-261Organizational Behavior32014/SP, 2013/SP, and 2012/SP
POL-351Globalizatn/Int'l Orgs22015/FA and 2014/FA
E/M-350Human Resource Management22015/SP and 2011/SP
GWS-224Staying Alive22015/SP and 2014/SP
E/M-344ST:Quality Mgmt12012/FA
E/M-268Career Exploration12012/JN