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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.

A new initiative to empower women leaders in health

Professor Ivy Bourgeault launched in 2017 a research project entitled Empowering Women Leaders in Health, Health Sciences and Indigenous Health. “The project’s ultimate goal is to build a strong and supportive community of established and emerging women leaders, helping them transform the health care system through their unique leadership skills, experiences, and contributions,” explains Professor Bourgeault. Read more ›

Beyond one-fits-all solutions for health care challenges

On September 11th, academics and health leaders explained why health managers should avoid looking for simplistic solutions to overcome the challenges of health systems Read more ›

When professionals don’t agree: Accountants, actuaries and economists’ views on public pension liabilities

In an article recently published in the prestigious journal Accounting, Organization, and Society, Professor Darlene Himick at Telfer School of Management and Marion Bivot (Université Laval) studied the shift from traditional accounting practices to the market-based approach to measure the value of pension plan liabilities in the United States. Himick and Bivot suggest that in the debate over judgment versus objectivity, it is not about who is getting the accounting right, but rather about who is telling policymakers the most compelling story. Read more ›

Coin with blockchain system on background

While Bitcoin has been in the headlines for many years, little was known about blockchain, the underlying technology that powers these digital currencies.. Blockchain is believed to improve the security of funds and data exchanged between users, major companies are adopting the technology for various reasons. This Telfer Forum will bring together industry and academic experts to discuss how blockchain technologies will continue impacting businesses. Read more ›

Health care workers in hospital

The Canadian Health and Human Resources Network will be hosting the 2018 Canadian Health Workforce Conference (CHWC) from October 4th to 6th. The goal of the conference is to showcase the latest research, cutting-edge technology, and innovation in health workforce policy, planning, and management across the country and to provide academics and practitioners with an opportunity to engage in knowledge exchange and meaningful discussion on a range of health workforce issues. Read more ›

student in front of bus stop

Using the power of big data and analytics, Telfer School of Management Professor Bijan Raahemi has partnered with SMATS Traffic Solutions to help public transit companies dynamically adjust schedules and ultimately reduce passenger wait times. Read more ›

Embracing Complexity in Health: Leadership and Policy Making in a Complicated System

Implementing change and reducing costs in health organizations may not be as straightforward as health managers and policymakers think. So, how can we implement new initiatives effectively in such an unpredictable system? Can complexity thinking help us achieve real transformation? To address some of these questions, the Telfer School of Management will be hosting Embracing Complexity in Health: Leadership and Policy Making in a Complicated System on September 11th at 5:00 pm. Read more ›

Happy workers

Professor Ivy Bourgeault and her research team will study how male and female knowledge workers experience mental health issues at work, what motivates them to stay at work or negotiate a mental health leave, and how they return to work after such a leave. Her team has been awarded a $1,425,000 SSHRC—CIHR Partnership Grant for this project. Read more ›

Team photo

Professor Barbara Orser and a research team from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa have examined diversity in small and medium enterprise (SME) suppliers to the Government of Canada. Conducted in collaboration with Public Services and Procurement Canada, the report, Benchmarking SMEs as Suppliers to the Government of Canada: Inclusion, Innovation and International Trade, provides the federal government with a roadmap to increase diversity in SME suppliers.  Read more ›

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Meet the recipients of the 2018 Research Excellence Awards at Telfer: Professors Raahemi and Li have been recognized for their impact on the academic community and collaborations with different sectors of the industry. Read more ›

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