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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.

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 ›

Giving Caregivers and Dementia Patients a Break: An Innovative Adult Day Program Model

Professor Mirou Jaana, full professor at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, studied a new and innovative adult day program model developed at Ottawa’s Algonquin College in collaboration with a local community resource centre. 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 ›

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 ›

Informal Accommodations as Social Exchange: Canadian Managers’ Reactions to Employees with and without Disabilities

A new research project led by Professor Silvia Bonaccio will provide insights into, and help correct, continued pessimism that managers express about workers with disabilities. For this project, she has been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant. Read more ›

SMRG Funded Postdoctoral Fellow: Anoosheh Rostamkalaei

Anoosheh Rostamkalaei received a Telfer School of Management Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Support Grant to pursue her research interests and contribute to the Telfer School’s Area of Strategic Impact Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategic Management. Read more ›

COVID-19 Stories - 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 ›

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