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Cheryl Qi

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Associate Professor
B.S. (Beijing Normal University), M.S. (University of Kaiserslautern), Ph.D. (Purdue)
DMS 7122
613-562-5800 x 4700
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Qianru (Cheryl) Qi is an Associate Professor of Finance in the Telfer School of Business at the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining Telfer, Professor Qi has conducted research and taught in the Stern School of Business at New York University, the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and Fudan University, Shanghai, China. She has also served as a consultant for Morgan Stanley, New York and Citigroup, Shanghai.

Professor Qi is a financial economist who primarily studies financial and insurance technology. In addition, she studies the role technology plays in eliminating the inefficiencies in highly regulated industries such as banking, healthcare, and education. Her work has appeared in leading academic journals including Management Science and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation in the US and the Chinese National Science Foundation as well as eight other national-level grants.

Professor Qi received her PhD in Financial Economics from Purdue University, her MS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, and her BS in Management Science from Beijing Normal University, China.

Research Areas

Professor Qi’s current research spans four areas: AI-powered business decision-making, the value of risk management and economic resilience, new business models to bring down drug prices, and field experiments of personalized education for soft skills development.

Teaching Areas

Financial/Insurance Technology, Healthcare Finance, Financial Intermediation, Risk Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, Data science.

Publications during the last 7 years

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Qi, Q(C)., Saadi, S. and Ben Omrane, W. 2023. Cryptocurrency Markets, Macroeconomic News announcements and Energy Consumption. Annals of Operations Research, (Accepted).
  • Qi, Q(C)., Saadi, S., Ben Omrane, W. and Guesmi, K. 2022. The High-frequency Impact of Macroeconomic News on Jumps and Co-jumps in the Cryptocurrency Markets. Annals of Operations Research, (Accepted).
  • Qi, Q(C). and Mishra, B. 2022. Rethinking cancer drug discovery business model, post-COVID. Review of Business, (Accepted).
  • Qi, Q(C). and McConnell, J. 2021. Does CEO Succession Planning Create Shareholder Value? Journal of Finance and Quantitative Analysis, (Accepted).
  • Qi, Q(C). and Wang, J. 2021. Debt Structure Instability Using Machine learning Journal of Financial Stability. Journal of Financial Stability, (Accepted).
  • Qi, Q(C)., Wang, J. and John, K. 2020. Bank Integration and the Market for Corporate Control: Evidence from Cross-State Acquisitions. Management Science.


  • Qi, Q(C). The Role of Disclosure in Motivating Top Executives. Saarbrücken, Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, 2018.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2023-2025 SSHRC Insight Development Grant Leveling the Playing Field: Synthetic Data Solutions for Labor Market Equality R C PI $ 68,919
2023-2024 SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant Detection of Criminal Activity in Decentralized Finance R C PI $ 24,889
2023 University of Ottawa, Library OER Grant The FinTech Explorer: A Comprehensive Guide to Case Studies, Course Notes, and Emerging Trends P I PI $ 7,489
2023 Telfer School of Management, Telfer Nation Fund Experiential learning in Portfolio Management P I PI $ 5,000
2022-2026 SSHRC Insight Grant Cyberattacks on Private Sector: Determinants and Consequences R C Co-A $ 62,250
2020-2022 Telfer School of Management Research Grants (SMRG) Artificial Intelligence for Labor Market Equality R I PI $ 13,000
2019-2020 Shenzhen Stock Exchange Machine learning for Network analysis: Evidence from Corporate Production Network R O Co-I $ 15,000
2018 National Science Foundation - Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Bio-Unified Research Project Agent O F PI $ 50,000


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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