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Welcome to Innovative Thinking, a new platform created to share the latest in knowledge development at Telfer School with the community, academics, and potential research collaborators.

Be inspired by a selection of innovative research ideas, from articles published by our faculty in top-management journals to award-winning research projects. Telfer School’s Innovative Thinking shows our commitment towards research excellence without losing sight of our impactful role in the community.

The Impact of Employee Well-being Policies on Corporate Debt Maturity

Debt maturity decisions are the choices companies make between long-term and short-time debt financing. As companies make important choices regarding debt maturity, does their commitment to employee well-being policies lead these firms to make long-term or short-term debt decisions? This is one of the questions motivating Professor Chourou and an international group of researchers. They shared these key results in an article published in the European Management Journal. Read more ›

In Search of Greater Social Impact: The Challenge of Innovation in UN Agencies

Can UN agencies embrace innovation by going digital like many other organizations have done? How can UN innovators streamline processes in these highly bureaucratic organizations and still manage the tensions that arise? Saouré Kouamé has received an Insight Development grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to answer some of these pressing questions. Read more ›

Rewriting History to Adapt during Challenging Times

As businesses change and evolve, the stories that define their culture, structure, and decisions evolve, too. How do managers adapt to the changing reality without betraying the principles upon which the company was founded? This is one of the questions that motivated Peter Jaskiewicz and other international researchers to write an article published in the Strategic Management Journal. Read more ›

Do “Shared Mental Models” Improve Decision-Making and Planning for Health Care Teams?

Professor Agnes Grudniewicz received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant to study to what extent interprofessional teams use shared mental models and to what degree the structure of an organization influences their use by interprofessional teams. Her study will compare two types of primary care environments: the community health centre and the family health team. The two differ in their strategic efforts, governance and physician renumeration. Read more ›

How Ottawa-Gatineau Residents Perceive Radon Health Risks

Ottawa-Gatineau residents can be exposed to an increased concentration of radon gas due the geographical location of the area, combined with long winters and building design. Selim Khan and Telfer Professor Samia Chreim sought to determine what encourages and hinders residents to test their homes and when they felt the need to adopt appropriate preventive measures. Read more ›

Do Employees with Mental Illness Benefit from a Supportive Workplace Environment?

Professors Jennifer Dimoff and Laurent Lapierre received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant to develop a tool to measure how employees perceive their workplace mental health climate and study the extent to which a supportive mental health climate influences employee work and mental health outcomes. Read more ›

How Can Digital Technologies Promote Behavioural Change?

Professor Pavel Andreev received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant to study how behavioural change support systems can facilitate sustained change through habit formation and to develop habit formation support system design principles. Read more ›

Telfer Forum - From Recovery to Resilience: Digital Transformation during COVID-19 and for the Future

COVID-19 has shaken up the world, forcing businesses to reconsider their digital transformation strategies and implement them rapidly. Now that Canada’s economy is recovering, it’s not clear if businesses will continue their digital transformation at a similar pace or if innovation will slow down in a post-COVID-19 era. On July 28, four experts discussed the future of digital transformation. The panel shared practical and evidence-based advice to help businesses continue driving innovation after the pandemic. Read more ›

When Businesses Compete and Cooperate: “Coopetition” during the Pandemic

Researchers know relatively little about what really happens when companies decide to engage in coopetition during economic turmoil. What are the benefits? Does coopetition really help companies overcome the negative effects of a world crisis with the dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic? To address this knowledge gap, Professor Crick and his co-author examined how organizations have used coopetition partnerships to cope with some of the challenges brought by the pandemic. Read more ›

Impact Investing: Benefits for Private Foundations and their Philanthropic Missions

A new form of investment, called impact investing, may help private foundations fulfil their philanthropic missions while generating financial returns. Graduate student Weiqing Liu has prepared a video to explain the social and financial benefits of impact investing. She works with group of researchers at the Telfer School of Management. Read more ›

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