Svan Lembke

Svan Lembke Bio

Brief Introduction:

Svan had over 20 years of industry experience working with large multi-national corporations in sales, consulting, development and support when she discovered the Okanagan. She was looking for a change in lifestyle, and moved to Canada from Europe in 2012. She initially worked at both Kelowna higher education institutions but is now fully dedicated to teaching and research at the Okanagan College, School of Business. Svan brings her knowledge from industry and local research into the classroom, providing many examples from big and small business environments. If not in the classroom or in the field (doing research), you will find her mountain biking or hiking in the summer, snowboarding in the winter or just having fun with her family all year around.  Svan loves the outdoors and will happily talk to you about new trails to explore in the Okanagan – which is ‘the best place to live in the world’ (her words).

Professors Credentials and Education:

  • PhD in Management; 1993-1997 (awarded 1998) from the University of Auckland (NZ)
  • Undergraduate degree in Psychology; 1988-1991 from Swansea University (UK)
  • High School (Abitur) 1987 from Hamburg, Germany

Industry Experience:

  • University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus): Lecturer & Adjunct Professor
  • Deutsche Telekom/T-Systems: Head of Smart Metering, Head of SI Sales (UK)
  • SAP: VP (EMEA), Director (UK), Consultant (UK)
  • Deloitte: Technology Consultant, Strategy Consultant (Asia Pacific Region)

Past and Current Courses Taught:

  • BUAD 308 – Multicultural Management
  • BUAD 340 – Strategic Management
  • BUAD 401 – International Trade Management
  • BUAD 491/2 – Business Research Methods/Project

Svan has also taught Business Conditions Analysis, Globalization, Business Communications, Information Technology for Management at UBC


Lembke, S. & Cartier, L. (2019). Producing good wine just is not enough: The role of management in building a competitive industry cluster. International Journal of Business and Globalization. Vol 22(3), pp432-458.

Lembke, S, Cartier, L, Fountain, J, Cradock-Henry, N & Dana, L. (2018). Toward an Understanding of Industry Cluster Development among New World Wineries: a comparative study of the Okanagan Valley, Canada and the Waipara region, New Zealand. Presentation at the 12th Annual American Association of Wine Economists Conference 2018 in Ithaca, NY (June 10 – 14, 2018).

Cartier, L. & Lembke, S. (2018). The Okanagan Tree Fruit Industry: Opportunities for Value Chain Innovation. Presentation at the 52nd Annual Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference in Tacoma WA (May 22 – 24, 2018) Retrieved from:

Lembke, S & Wilson, M.G. (1998). Putting the ‘Team’ into Teamwork: Alternative Theoretical Contributions for Contemporary Management Practice. Human Relations, Vol 51(7), pp927-944

Lembke, S & Wilson, M.G. (1996). The Psychology of Teamthink: A Journey Towards Highly Productive Teamwork. Proceedings from The 1996 International Conference on Work Teams (University of North Texas), pp189-197.

Research and Community Involvement:

  • Member of the Advisory Committee for the BC Tree Fruit Competitive Fund (2018 – present)
  • Research collaborations with BC Wine Industry:Cluster analysis / industry strategy (2017) – presented at BC Wine Institute‘s Annual Conference (2018) Market segmentation / consumer behavior (2018)
  • Research collaborations with the BC Tree Fruit Industry:Value chain and cluster analysis (2016) Grower readiness for precision agriculture (2019) Design of an Industry Information Agriculture (2019)