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Orser, Barbara

Orser, Barbara

Full Professor
Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprises
B.A. (Hon.) (Waterloo), M.B.A. (Schulich, York), Ph.D. (Bradford)
Location
DMS 6104
Telephone
613-562-5800 x 4570
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Biography

Professor Orser is a Full Professor and the Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprises. Her research, teaching and advocacy focus on entrepreneurship, enterprise growth and women’s economic empowerment. She is a member of UNWomen WE Empower Advisory Group Canada, Women’s Enterprise Policy Group (30-country academic consortia), Canadian delegate to the T20, board member of Women’s Economic Imperative, and advisor to the Government of Canada.

In 2018, Dr. Orser received honourable mention by Startup Canada as Entrepreneur of the Year Award for ‘outstanding impact in Canadian entrepreneurship’. In 2017, she was recognized among Canada 150 Women for ‘professional contributions and as a ground-breaking role model and feminist leader.’ In 2010, she received the Women's Executive Network 100 Most Power Women in Canada (Champion Category) award, and The International Alliance of Women World of Difference 100 Award.

She is the former Chair of the Taskforce for Women's Enterprise Growth (2009 to 2011), a Canadian non-partisan consortium of prominent women business owners, service agencies, academics and industry associations. Prior to joining Telfer School of Management in 2005, she was an Associate Professor at Carleton and Ryerson University, and Program Manager of the Conference Board of Canada Centre of Excellence for Women's Advancement.

Research Interests

Dr. Barbara Orser conducts research about entrepreneurial feminism, small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) growth, and public policy. She is the co-author of bestseller Feminine Capital. Unlocking the Power of Women Entrepreneurs (Stanford University Press, 2015), co-author of two books on small business finance, and has led numerous large-scale studies about women’s enterprise growth.

Her work has been published in over 100 academic and trade journals, including Small Business Economics, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, Journal of Small Business Management, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences and Gender in Management: An International Journal. The quality of her research has been recognized through awards from academic organizations, such Emerald Publishing, Canadian Journal of the Administrative Sciences, Administrative Science Association of Canada and Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and International Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Teaching Areas

Barbara Orser teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Entrepreneurship.

Research Areas
  • Entrepreneurial feminism
  • Internationalization of SMEs
  • Public Policy
  • Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Growth
  • Small business finance
  • Women’s enterprise growth

Publications during the last 7 years

Books

  • Orser, B.J. and Elliott, C. Feminine Capital: Unlocking the power of women entrepreneurs. Palo Alto, California: Stanford University Press, 2015.

Chapters in Books

  • Elliott, C. and Orser, B.J. Feminist entrepreneurial identity: Reproducing gender through strategic decision-making. In Brush, C.G. and Greene, P.. Research Agenda for Women and Entrepreneurship. The Construction of Social Identity: The Case of Women Entrepreneurs. London, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc., 2018.
  • Orser, B.J. Strategies to Redress Entrepreneurship Gender Gap in Canada. In Henry, C., Nelson, T. and Lewis, K.. Routledge Companion to Global Female Entrepreneurship. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • Henry, C., Orser, B.J., Coleman, S., Foss, L. and Welter, F. Women's Entrepreneurship Policy: A 13 Nation Cross-Country Comparison. In Brush, C.G. and Manolova, T.. A Comparative Analysis of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Growth of Women’s Entrepreneurship. London, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc., 2017.
  • Orser, B.J. Women Entrepreneurs in Canada's Advanced Technology Sector. In Kariv, D.. Female entrepreneurship and the new venture creation. London and New York: Routledge, 2012.

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Orser, B.J., Riding, A.L. and Weeks, J. 2018. The Efficacy of Gender-Based Federal Procurement Policies in the United States. Small Business Economics.
  • 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.
  • Coleman, C., Henry, C., Orser, B.J., Foss, L. and Welter, F. 2018. Policy support for women entrepreneurs’ access to financial capital: A comparative analysis of Canada, Germany, Ireland, Norway and the U.S. Journal of Small Business Management.
  • Orser, B.J. and Riding, A.L. 2017. Procurement, gender and innovation. Small Business Economics.
  • Henry, C., Orser, B.J., Coleman, S., Foss, L. and Welter, F. 2017. Women's Entrepreneurship Policy: A 13 Nation Cross-Country Comparison. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 9(3): 206-228.
  • Orser, B.J. and Riding, A.L. 2016. Women entrepreneurs in Northern Canada: Contexts and challenges. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 27(2/3): 366-383.
  • Neville, F., Orser, B.J., Riding, A.L. and Jung, O. 2014. Do Young Firms Owned by Recent Immigrants Outperform Other Young Firms? Journal of Business Venturing, 29(1): 55-71.
  • Leck, J.D. and Orser, B.J. 2013. Fostering Trust in Mentoring Relationships: An Exploratory Study. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 32(4): 410-425.
  • Orser, B.J., Elliott, C. and Leck, J.D. 2013. Entrepreneurial feminists: Perspectives about opportunity recognition and governance. Journal of Business Ethics, 115(2): 241-257.
  • Riding, A.L., Orser, B.J., Spence, M. and Belanger, B. 2012. Financing New Venture Exporters. Small Business Economics, 38(2): 147-163.
  • Riding, A.L., Orser, B.J. and Chamberlin, T. 2012. Investing in R&D: SME Financing Preferences. Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, 14(2-3): 199-214.
  • Orser, B.J., Elliott, C. and Thompson-Findlay, S. 2012. Women-focused small business programming: Client motives and perspectives. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 4(3): 236-265.
  • Orser, B.J., Riding, A.L. and Stanley, J. 2012. Perceived Career Challenges and Response Strategies of Women in the Advanced Technology Sector. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development: An International Journal, 24(1/2): 73-93.
  • Orser, B.J., Riding, A.L., Dathan, M. and Stanley, J. 2011. Women in Advanced Technology: Examining the Influence of Role Orientation and Firm Structure on Perceived Gender Challenges. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development: An International Journal, 24 (1): 1-22.
  • Spence, M., Orser, B.J. and Riding, A.L. 2011. A Comparative Study of International and Domestic New Ventures. Management International Review, 51(1): 3-21.
  • Orser, B.J., Elliott, C. and Leck, J.D. 2011. Feminist attributes and entrepreneurial identity. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 26 (8): 561-589.

Invited Contributions and/or Technical Reports

  • Riding, A.L. and Orser, B. 2018. "Strengthening Financial Knowledge Among Canadian Entrepreneurs", n/a.
  • Riding, A.L., Orser, B. and Liao, D. 2018. "Benchmarking Small and Medium Enterprises as Suppliers to the Government of Canada - Inclusion, Innovation and International Trade", n/a.
  • Orser, B., Riding, A.L. and Liao, D. 2018. "Action strategy to increase diversity of SME suppliers, Ottawa: Telfer School of Management", n/a.
  • 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.
  • Liao, D., Orser, B.J. and Riding, A.L. 2017. "Canadian Federal Procurement As A Policy Lever to Support Innovation and SME Growth. Executive Summary", May, 2 pages.
  • Orser, B.J., Kassun-Mutch, P., Elliott, C. and Levine Ruben, R. 2016. "Strengthening Ontario through Women's Enterprise. Women Entrepreneurs Ontario (WEO) Collective Access", Women Entrepreneurs Ontario (WEO) Collective, n/a.
  • Orser, B.J. and McGregor, B. 2013. "Missing Numbers", Roundtable on Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Trades, Business, Public Policy and the Law, University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management, n/a.
  • Orser, B.J. and Riding, A.L. 2011. "Women's Entrepreneurship in Northern Canada", Status of Women Canada, Canada, n/a, 42 pages.
  • Orser, B.J. 2011. "Action Strategies to Support Women's Enterprise Development", The Canadian Taskforce for Women's Business Growth, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, n/a, 7 pages.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2018-2019 Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Inclusive Innovation (I2) Action Strategy in collaboration with Ryerson Diversity Institute C G PI $ 224,900
2018-2019 SSHRC Insight Grant Overconfidence in financial decisions among self-employed Canadian R C Co-I $ 34,000
2018-2019 SSHRC Partnership Grant Federal SME Procurement, in collaboration with Public Services and Procurement Canada R C PI $ 24,900
2017-2020 Status of Women Canada Empowering Women Leaders in Health: Health Care, Health Sciences & Indigenous Health S O Co-I $ 400,000
2017-2019 SSHRC Partnership Grant Financial literacy and Canadian business owners R C Co-I $ 24,900
2017-2018 SSHRC Partnership Grant Partnership Engage Grant, Financial literacy and Canadian Business Owners in collaboration with The Business Development Bank of Canada R C Co-I $ 24,900
2016-2017 CREWW (Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work) The Impact of Female-focused SME Interventions in Advanced Technology Sectors (Renewed) R O PI $ 5,000
2016-2017 US Embassy & Consulates Perspectives about Women’s Enterprise E G PI $ 18,000
2014-2018 SSHRC Insight Grant Financing and the Growth of SMEs R C Co-I $ 82,070
2014 CREWW (Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work) The Impact of Female-focused SME Interventions in Advanced Technology Sectors R O PI $ 5,000
2011-2014 SSHRC The Performance of Immigrant-Owned SMEs (PI: Allan Riding, uOttawa) R G Co-I $ 46,975
2011-2013 Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) Women's Enterprise Growth, Innovation and Small Business Policy R I PI $ 2,500
2011-2012 Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF Leverage) Network for Women's Enterprise Growth R I PI $ 1,982
2010-2011 Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) Women-Focused SME Services Intermediaries: Market Needs, Operational Challenges and the Implications for Program Delivery R I PI $ 5,000
2010-2011 Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) Taskforce for Women's Enterprise Growth R I PI $ 2,000
2008-2015 SSHRC The Internationalization of SMEs - Entrepreneurship Strategic Knowledge Cluster (PI: Rob McNaughton, University of Waterloo) R C Co-I $ 1,950,000
2008-2012 SSHRC - Research in MBF Wanted: Mentors (PI: J. Leck, uOttawa) R C Co-I $ 124,150
2007-2012 SSHRC Disconnections: Gender and Trust in Mentoring Relationships (PI: J. Leck, uOttawa) R C Co-I $ 120,000

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

**Type= C: Granting Councils, G: Government, F: Foundations, I: UO Internal Funding, O: Other, U: Unknown

Role: PI = Principal Investigator, Co-I = Co-Investigator, Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator

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