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Abdoulkadre Ado

Ado, Abdoulkadre
Assistant Professor
International Business and Global Management
B.Sc. (Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University), M.B.A. (Wuhan University of Technology), Ph.D. (uLaval)
DMS 7152
613-562-5800 x 4719
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Professor Ado completed his higher education in Africa, Asia, and North America. He is an emerging scholar specializing in international joint-ventures and cooperation with southern countries. His current research looks at corporate partnerships in emerging countries, particularly Sino-African business alliances. More specifically, he explores the dynamics between FDI, internationalization, learning and knowledge transfer in joint ventures with focus on China-Africa settings and informalities. He has published in leading IB journals while attending prestigious IB conferences around the world including in Africa, China, Brazil, UK, US, Germany, Australia, India, and UAE.

He has a solid experience in teaching and research at various Canadian higher education institutions. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, he taught at McMaster University, Ryerson University, and Laval University. He was a visiting doctoral scholar at UN Headquarters in New York, advocating and conducting studies on international development under the supervision of Secretary General’s office (OSAA). His expertise in international business has put him in roles of advising several executives as well as being officially invited by various academic and not-for-profit organizations worldwide. His experience also spanned corporate consulting, banking, public sector, and NGOs. So far, his work in international business has taken him to more than forty countries.

He received the prestigious Vanier scholarship from the Federal Government of Canada as well as a "World-Class Scholar" certificate from the Canadian Senate. He also received best doctoral dissertation award from his Alma mater. His favorite hobbies include international trips and learning about other cultures. He is fluent in three languages and has some knowledge of Mandarin and Arabic.

Publications during the last 7 years

Chapters in Books

  • Chrysostome, E., Ado, A., Munthali, T.M. and Nnadozie, E. Capacity Building in Africa: Toward A Mindset Transformation. In Capacity Building in Developing and Emerging Countries. United Kingdom: Spinger Nature, 2019.
  • Ado, A. Improving Africa's Competitiveness through Knowledge Transfer: Lessons from Partnerships with China and the Way Forward. In Ifedapo, A. and Esposito, M.. Africa’s Competitiveness in the Global Economy. UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018.

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Ado, A. and Wanjiru, R. 2018. International Business Research Challenges in Africa: Knowledge Creation and Institutional Perspectives. Critical Perspectives on International Business, 14(2/3): 188-209.
  • Ado, A., Su, Z. and Wanjiru, R. 2017. Learning and Knowledge Transfer in Africa-China JVs: Interplay between Informalities, Culture, and Social Capital. Journal of International Management, 23(2): 166-179.
  • Ado, A., Su, Z. and Chrysostome, E. 2016. Examining Adaptation Strategies of Sub-Saharan African Immigrant Entrepreneurs in China: An Exploratory Study in Guangdong. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 21(4): 1-25.
  • Ado, A. and Su, Z. 2016. China in Africa: A Critical Literature Review. Critical Perspectives on International Business, 12(1): 40-60.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2019-2020 Telfer School of Management Role of Guanxi in Knowledge Transfer in China-Africa Joint Ventures R I PI $ 11,906
2018-2020 Telfer School of Management Telfer Research Start Up Fund R I PI $ 20,000
2017 Ryerson University Professional Development Fund O O PI $ 1,000
2016 FSA ULaval, Université Laval Best doctoral thesis award O O PI $ 3,000
2012-2015 SSHRC Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship O C PI $ 150,000
2011 FSA ULaval, Université Laval Dean’s outstanding performance doctoral award S O PI $ 10,000
2011 Stephen-A-Jarislowsky Chair in International Excellence award S F PI $ 1,000
2011-2017 Stephen-A-Jarislowsky Chair in International Business Research Funding R O PI $ 20,000
2010-2013 FSA ULaval, Université Laval Financial Support Stipend/Grant S O PI $ 24,000


C: Contract (R and D) | E: Equipment Grant | R: Research Grant | S: Support Award | P: Pedagogical Grant | O: Other, U: Unknown

C: Granting Councils | G: Government | F: Foundations | I: UO Internal Funding | O: Other | U: Unknown

PI = Principal Investigator | Co-I = Co-Investigator | Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator

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