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The Telfer School of Management is mapping the future of research by creating four areas of strategic impact. The establishment of our research excellence around these four interdisciplinary areas will position our faculty members as research leaders in their respective fields of expertise. These four groups will also leverage their existing research strengths to discover knowledge that can support organizations in their efforts to embrace digital transformations and implement equity, diversity, and inclusion strategies.

Globalization, Governance, and Sustainability

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Interconnectedness is at the heart of our global economic system. The globalization of business was always intended to serve as a platform for broader collaboration on serious geopolitical problems related to economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Nevertheless, the manner and pace of globalization to date have been neither universally well received, nor universally well governed. This research group will advance the kind of knowledge that businesses need to overcome these challenges, so that they may contribute to economic shifts toward global sustainability and mitigate the disruptions that may arise from such transformations. Read More

Health Systems Innovation and Management

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Health care is the largest service industry in Canada and affects all Canadians. However, the sector presents some of the most complex management challenges facing researchers, policymakers, and professionals. These challenges cannot be addressed effectively by one single discipline or siloed healthcare delivery models. Through an innovative systems-based approach to management and strong collaborations with hospitals, clinics, and community-based organizations, this research group will generate the knowledge needed to overcome these challenges, enhance the efficiency of the health system, and improve care for all Canadians. Read More

Thriving Organizations and Societies

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The workforce has been transforming and so has the nature of work. As this research group examines the impact of these transformations on our workforce, organizations, and society, they aim to gain a better understanding of thriving. Thriving implies greater well-being and high-performance. Therefore, research conducted under this multidisciplinary and timely theme requires a look beyond the productivity and financial performance of individuals, organizations, and societies. This research group will delve into the conditions that encourage thriving and the factors that prevent our workforce and organizations from doing so. Read More

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Strategic Management

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Strategic Management

To succeed in today’s global and dynamic economy, entrepreneurs and organizational leaders need to be innovative decision-makers and moderate risk-takers. In this context, how can they navigate the process from the conception of an idea to the launch of a new product to its sustained impact on the economy? This group of interdisciplinary scholars will examine how novel ideas are conceived, developed into new products, services, and programs, how they are strategically managed, and finally if and how this trajectory can be sustained and rejuvenated for generations to come. Read More

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