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Qi Qianru (Cheryl)

Qianru (Cheryl), Qi
Assistant Professor
Assistant 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 Assistant 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


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

Chapters in Books

  • Qi, Q(C). “Trust and Financial Regulation: A Survey and Its implication for Shanghai FTA". In Zhigang Yuan. New Strategic Research On China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone. Shanghai: World Century Publishing Corporation, 2015.

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Qi, Q(C). and McConnell, J. 2021. Does CEO Succession Planning Create Shareholder Value? Journal of Finance and Quantitative Analysis.
  • Qi, Q(C)., John, K. and Wang, J. 2020. Bank Integration and the Market for Corporate Control: Evidence from Cross-State Acquisitions. Management Science.
  • Qi, Q(C). and Wang, J. 2020. Debt Structure Instability Using Machine learning Journal of Financial Stability. Journal of Financial Stability.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
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
2015-2016 Ministry of Science and Technology (China) Accelerating Translational Research and Commercialization in Scientific Parks R G Co-I $ 65,000
2014-2016 National Science Foundation of China Trust Repair in Corporations: Experimental Approaches R F PI $ 36,000
2013-2015 Social Science Project of Fudan University The micro-foundation of the real estate bubble R F Co-I $ 17,000
2011-2014 Social Science Foundation of Ministry of Education of China The Impact of Information Disclosure on Top Managers' Incentives R F PI $ 10,000


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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