It may sound paradoxical to plan for surprises, but there are things companies can do to foster the happy accidents that lead to innovation, says management expert.

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2018

While accident implies a lack of planning, a University of Alberta business professor says organizations can be proactive in managing the serendipity that leads to accidental innovation.

“As scholars of innovation and management, it became clear to us that there are organizational processes and practices that both foster and harness happy accidents,” said Joel Gehman, Francis Winspear Associate Professor of Business at the U of A, who worked with colleagues from the United States and France to study examples of how happy accidents were fostered by a culture of serendipity.

“The punchline was that, while you cannot schedule innovation, you certainly can organize for it—and against it.”

The team reviewed a number of accidental discoveries, such as how Corning turned a century of glass and ceramic expertise into the development o...

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September
2018

COMMENTARY || The politics of fear on proportional representation

Concerns that electoral system will lead to fascist governments ignore differences between pre-WWII Europe and modern Canada, argues U of A historian.

As we approach the referendum on proportional representation in B.C., the “Yes” and “No” camps have
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September
2018

6 simple, positive ways to engage with someone with autism

U of A autism expert gives advice to help you interact in a supportive way with children and adults on the spectrum—and check your own biases.

“You’ve met one person with autism, then you’ve met one person with autism.” This saying is an
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September
2018

Why teachers should embrace digital devices in the classroom

It doesn’t matter what tools you have, it’s about how you use them to teach, says education expert.

France’s recent decision to pass a law banning the use of cellphones, tablets and smart watches at
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September
2018

High-intensity interval training provides significant benefits to survivors of testicular cancer, study shows

Exercise helps reduce increased risk of cardiovascular disease caused by cancer treatments.

Testicular cancer survivors have a markedly better chance of staving off cardiovascular disease