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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 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 ›

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 ›

Organizing for Social Impact: Social Interventions to Address Education Inequalities across the Globe

In a new research project, Professor Suhaib Riaz will examine how corporations, NGOs, government agencies and humanitarian organizations innovate to develop effective, sustainable solutions to improve primary and secondary education. Riaz’s team has just received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development grant. Read more ›

Telfer Forum Presents

Four experts from the University of Ottawa, Public Services and Procurement Canada and Deloitte Canada discuss how leaders can tackle employee burnout and foster a healthier workplace environment. They shared the latest evidence-based insights and best practices on the subject at a Telfer Forum entitled Breaking Burnout: Improving Employee Mental Health and Well-being. The event was held on March 4, 2020 at the Telfer School of Management. Read more ›

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 ›

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