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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.

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University of Ottawa professor Barbara Orser and alumna Margo Crawford (MBA ’97) suggest that developing a robust, inclusive economy not only requires a policy reboot for Canada’s feminist recovery plan but also a better understanding of who our business leaders are. Read more ›

Professor Qianru Qi

Qianru Qi was recently hired as an assistant professor of finance at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. We interviewed her to learn more about her interests in finance and innovation research. Read more ›

Building Smart Factories through Advanced Analytics

Bijan Raahemi, full professor at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management, has partnered with Ciena Canada, a well-known telecommunications equipment vendor that provides digital platforms and advanced professional services to support the delivery of 5G services. Raahemi will develop state-of-the art analytic tools to help Ciena automate its manufacturing facility and processes, increase efficiency and improve service quality. His research will be funded by the ENCQOR 5G Ontario Centre of Excellence Academic Technology Development Program. Read more ›

Photo of professor Harshit Rajaiya

Harshit Rajaiya, an assistant professor of finance, is our newest faculty member. He completed his PhD at Boston College. We interviewed him to learn more about his research on entrepreneurial finance. Read more ›

What Role Does Financing Play in the Success of Immigrant-Owned Businesses?

Postdoctoral fellow Anoosheh Rostamkalaei and Professor Mark Freel have received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant to study immigrant entrepreneurs’ access to bank loans. Read more ›

The Impact of Financialization on Commodity Markets

Associate Professor Fabio Moneta will examine how passive investment and financialization influence the oil futures market and other commodity futures markets. To carry out this research, he has been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanity Research Council Insight Development grant. 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 ›

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 ›

Understanding the Emergence and Evolution of Cryptocurrencies

Professor Mariam Humayun received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Grant to study how different cryptocurrencies emerge and evolve, how these communities shift and how consumers are navigating the new frontiers of crypto-assets.  Read more ›

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