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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.

Woman buying in a sustainable shop

A new study co-authored by Hajmohammad suggests that the sum of strategic actions by companies to manage this risk can curtail suppliers’ poor social and environmental practices and, ultimately, improve the overall level of sustainability within an industry. The study provides invaluable insights to businesses, activist organizations and policy makers seeking to reduce the environmental and social impact of supply chains and their associated risks. Read more ›

The Fake News of Science: Dangers of Predatory Publishing for Students, Our Future Leaders

Until recently, there was a lack of consensus in the scientific community about what makes a journal predatory and how to identify it. But an interdisciplinary group of leading scholars from around the globe, including Professor Grudniewicz, realized that to fight these unreliable sources that disseminate poor scientific information, they first needed to understand what exactly they are fighting. Their consensus definition was published in Nature. 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 ›

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 ›

Understanding How Gender Diversity and Government Involvement Can Influence Innovation and Firm Survival

Professors Imed Chkir, Walid Ben Amar, and Samir Saadi received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight grant to examine the determinants and outcomes of innovation. Read more ›

How to Rebuild after the Pandemic: Thought-Provoking and Ethical Reflections

In a virtual special issue that he prepared for the Journal of Business Ethics, Professor Riaz emphasizes the need for in-depth reflection. Organizations attempt to address the immediate problems and the underlying societal challenges that will endure beyond the current crisis. However, it may not be that easy to heal the scars left by the pandemic in our globally connected socioeconomic, ecological, and production systems. Read more ›

The Business of Accelerating Sustainable Urban Transformations in Canada

Professor Daina Mazutis has received a Knowledge Synthesis grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council to review the existing research on the topic. By doing so, she hopes to determine key issues, best practices, limitations, and knowledge gaps around the governance and capacity-building required to accelerate the role of business in sustainable urban transformation projects in Canada. Read more ›

Construction and development workers

A recent study co-authored by Associate Professor Daina Mazutis suggests that leadership plays a major role in driving forth sustainable urban transformations. In the article published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, the authors analyzed the case of the Zibi Development. We interviewed Professor Mazutis to find out about the role of leadership in bringing radical change to the sector. Read more ›

How can businesses be more sustainable by improving their supplier relationships?

Sara Hajmohammad joined the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa as an Assistant Professor in July 2019. We interviewed her to learn more about her research interests in sustainable operations and supply chain management. Read more ›

The Impact of Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement on the Global Financial Industry

Professor Darlene Himick has launched a research program to examine how investors respond to the fossil fuel divestment movement. Her project has just received a new Insight grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Read more ›

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