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Allan Riding

Riding, Allan
Professor Emeritus
B.Eng. (McGill), M.Eng. (McGill), M.B.A. (Concordia), Ph.D. (McGill)
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Allan Riding is Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprises (with Professor B. Orser). This professorship was established to develop a better understanding of the business characteristics, strategies and environments that drive enterprise growth. In this context, Dr. Riding’s primary research is the financing of small and medium-sized firms. His work spans bank financing, loan-guarantee programs, angel and venture capital, and initial public offerings. Current research focuses on the structure of the Canadian venture capital sector, preferences for, and access to, financing sources for knowledge-intensive small firms, and financing impediments to international trade.

Publication Record

Among more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Riding has published in, among others, Small Business Economics, Management International Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, Venture Capital, and International Small Business Journal. He also has chapters in refereed books, and more than 60 papers to refereed conference proceedings (of which 10 received awards as Best Papers) He has acted as a consultant to, among others, Industry Canada, the Alberta Ministry of Economic Development, the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the Ontario Ministry of Innovation, the Canadian Bankers Association.

Teaching Areas

At the undergraduate level, Dr. Riding has taught courses in Equity Valuation, Fixed Income Securities, Finance Theory, Investments Analysis, Corporate Finance and Introductory Finance. At the graduate level, recent courses he has taught include Management of Growth Enterprises, Private Equity and Venture Capital and Enterprise Development. He is proud to have received the Carleton University Students’ Association award for excellence in teaching.

Research Areas

Publications during the last 7 years

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Rostamkalaei, A., Nitani, M. and Riding, A.L. 2022. Self-employment, financial knowledge, and retirement planning. Journal of Small Business Management, 60(1): 63-92.
  • Legendre, N., Nitani, M. and Riding, A.L. 2021. Are franchises really more viable? Evidence from Loan Defaults. Journal of Business Research, 133: 23-33.
  • Georgieva, V., Nitani, M. and Riding, A.L. 2021. Budgeting and Gender: Employees and Self-Employed. Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 49(4): 310-327.
  • Rostamkalaei, A., Nitani, M. and Riding, A.L. 2020. Borrower discouragement: the role of informal turndowns. Small Business Economics, 54: 173-188.
  • Rostamkalaei, A. and Riding, A.L. 2020. Immigrants, Financial Knowledge, and Financial Behavior. Journal of Consumer Affairs, 54(3): 951-977.
  • Nitani, M., Riding, A.L. and Orser, B. 2020. Self-employment, gender, financial knowledge, and high-cost borrowing. Journal of Small Business Management, 58(4): 669-706.
  • Orser, B.J., Riding, A.L. and Weeks, J. 2019. The Efficacy of Gender-Based Federal Procurement Policies in the United States. Small Business Economics, 53(2): 491-515.
  • Orser, B.J., Riding, A.L. and Li, Y. 2019. Technology adoption and gender-inclusive entrepreneurship education and training. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship.
  • Nitani, M., Riding, A.L. and He, B. 2019. On Equity Crowdfunding: Investor Rationality and Success Factors. Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, 21(2-3): 243-272.
  • Orser, B.J. and Riding, A.L. 2018. The Influence of Gender on the Adoption of Technology among SMEs. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 33(4): 514-531.
  • Neville, F., Forrester, J. and Riding, A.L. 2018. Why even bother trying? Examining discouragement among racial-minorities. Journal of Management Studies, 55(3): 424-456.

Invited Contributions and/or Technical Reports

  • Riding, A.L. and Orser, B.J. 2018. "Strengthening Financial Knowledge Among Canadian Entrepreneurs", March, Abandoned.
  • Riding, A.L., Orser, B.J. and Liao, D. 2018. "Benchmarking Small and Medium Enterprises as Suppliers to the Government of Canada, Inclusion, Innovation and International Trade", Access at
  • Orser, B.J., Riding, A.L. and Liao, D. 2018. "Action strategy to increase diversity of SME suppliers, Ottawa: Telfer School of Management", Access at
  • Liao, D., Orser, B.J. and Riding, A.L. 2017. "Canadian Federal Procurement As A Policy Lever to Support Innovation and SME Growth", May, 49 pages, In collaboration with Q. Duong and J. Catimel (Public Services Procurement Canada). English ISBN 978-0-88927-495-2, 49 pages. Access at French ISBN 978-0-88927-496-9, 55 pages. Access

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2018-2020 SSHRC Partnership Grant Financial literacy and Canadian business owners R C PI $ 24,900
2018-2020 SSHRC Insight Grant Over-confidence and financial decisions among self-employed Canadians R C PI $ 34,000
2014-2018 SSHRC Insight Grant Financing and the Growth of SMEs R C PI $ 82,070


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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