M. Hassan Wafai

Associate professor

Program head, Doctor of Business Administration


Dr. M. Hassan Wafai is an associate professor of operations and supply chain management and technology and innovation management in the Faculty of Management. Wafai’s research is within the areas of global value chains, technology and knowledge transfer, innovation management, lean applications and construction management. Wafai is currently examining what capabilities Canadian small-medium sized enterprises should have to better integrate into global value chains. He is also investigating the relationship between technological-related innovation and management related innovation in Canadian organizations. In addition to his academic experience, Wafai has extensive professional experience working and consulting in various organizations in industries including manufacturing and engineering. 


Prior to Royal Roads, Wafai taught at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, the Business Department at Guelph University and the IT and Engineering School at Conestoga College. Internationally, he taught at the University of Kalamoon and German-Syrian University, both in Syria, and at both European University and Heriot-Watt University (international campus). Wafai has received a number of awards and recognitions for his teaching. Professionally, Wafai is a Certificated Canadian Management Consultant and has worked as a consultant, project manager and industrial coordinator. He worked in different industries and also served in leadership roles in not-for-profit organizations, where he was involved in research projects related to regional innovation and social development.  


PhD in Technology Transfer

Salford University

Master of Business Administration

Dundee University

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Al Baath University


Wafai, M. H., & Aouad, G. (2022). Innovation transfer in construction: re-interpreting factor-based research from the perspective of the social construction of technology (SCOT). Construction Innovation, (ahead-of-print). Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-08-2017-0070

Wafai, H. & Bernard, M (2022) (Ed). Socially Engaged Applied Doctoral Research in Canada: Approaches to Contemporary Social and Management Opportunities and Challenges. Conference ProceedingsRoyal Roads University (August 20-22, 2021). Victoria, Canada.

Wafai, H. (2020). Innovation Management: Exploring the Energy between Management Innovation and Technological Innovation in the Context of Global Value Chains. Journal of the university of applied sciences. Vol 4. No.1, 19-25. http://dx.doi.org/10.18576/jasu/04103 (doi:10.18576/jasu/040103)

Wafai, H.(2019).Innovation Transfer in Construction: A Factors Based Approach. Construction Innovation Journal. (Forthcoming)

Wafai, H, Waines, LeeAnn and Wilsonmah, R (2018).  System Breakdown at McCunn. The Case Journal, 14 (1), 54-68, https://doi.org/10.1108/TCJ-02-2017-0011

Wafai, H, Waines, LeeAnn and Wilsonmah, R (2018). System Breakdown at McCunn. The Case Journal, 14 (1), 54-68, https://doi.org/10.1108/TCJ-02-2017-0011.

Wafai, H. (2016). The Integration of Canadian SMEs into Global Value Chains:  Theoretical Framework. The Proceedings of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Edmonton, Canada

Wafai, H (2016). The TPP opens up access to global value chains – but are Canadian companies ready?  Material Management and Distribution (MM&D): Canada’s Supply Chain Magazine, Jan/Feb, p12.

Wafai, H (2016). The TPP opens up access to global value chains – but are Canadian companies ready?  Material Management and Distribution (MM&D): Canada’s Supply Chain Magazine, Jan/Feb, p12. 

Wafai, H. (2015).  Global value chains (GVCs):  The quest for integrative capabilities.  Asia Pacific Perspective, 4, 4-11.

Wafai, H. (2015). Global Value Chains:  The quest for integrative capabilities.  The Proceedings of the 30th Pacific Economic Community Seminar, Taipei, Twain.