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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.

25
September
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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14
September
2018

How one U of A entrepreneur found the sweet spot for a flexible part-time business

Bubble Cream is a pop-up food concept that’s flourishing for busy student Steven Chen and partners.

When university students pine for the perfect weekend job, it likely includes pretty decent money—it is a fantasy, after all—and maybe a forgiving boss in case of late-night, ahem, studying on
07
September
2018

Integrating IT security into corporate culture is hard to do well but pays off in long run, study shows

Organizations that adopt “window dressing” measures leave themselves more open to data breaches over time, says security researcher.

Organizations that invest in targeted IT security measures and integrate them into their culture and processes are safer than those that routinely upgrade to get the latest and greatest technology,
01
August
2018

How two U of A students started baking up an alternative business with bugs

The dream began with a taste of grasshopper; now Camola bakery is offering a sustainable baked goods alternative to Albertans.

Will they bite? That’s usually a question entomology students ask about the insects they’re studying. But two University of Alberta bug scholars—student Silvia Ronzani and recent graduate Claudio
17
July
2018

There’s no ‘I’ in team but there is in sales, new research shows

When it comes to customer service, ‘I’ beats the corporate ‘we’ for boosting satisfaction and buying behaviour.

The adage “there is no ‘I’ in team” is a handy refrain used to emphasize the importance of teamwork in just about any setting, but new University of Alberta research shows that “I” works best alone
09
July
2018

Is it possible to love your job?

U of A business researcher thinks you can and argues it is in an organization’s best interest to nurture that affection.

By MICHAEL BROWN You can be immensely satisfied with your job, but can you actually love it? A University of Alberta organizational behaviour expert seems to think so and used an interpersonal
12
June
2018

New business accelerator opens up opportunities for Alberta entrepreneurs in China

U of A partnership with Tsinghua University leads to “accelerator exchange” aimed at breaking down cultural barriers to international business.

A new business incubator that will facilitate access to the Chinese market for Alberta technology innovators officially opened its doors today, thanks in large part to a long-standing relationship
31
May
2018

Will placement of Edmonton cannabis dispensaries thwart the black market?

New research suggests “supply deserts” in the city could discourage legal consumption, while retail expert says access problems will be solved over time.

The distribution of legal cannabis dispensaries in Edmonton may not be wide enough to displace the black market, at least initially, according to a new study by a master’s student in urban
16
May
2018

University of Alberta’s executive education program rises in world ranking

Professional development programs for business leaders make strong gains thanks to focus on client relationships, continuous improvement.

The University of Alberta has surged up the ranks of the world’s top executive education programs. In the open-enrolment category of the Financial Times ranking of professional development
27
April
2018

How drones could improve crop damage estimates

Bird’s-eye view could help farmers and insurers get faster, more accurate picture of damage due to weather.

Farmers and insurance companies may soon get more accurate estimates of weather-related crop damage thanks to a University of Alberta researcher working with existing drone
17
April
2018

COMMENTARY || How NAFTA restricts Canada’s ability to lower carbon emissions

Energy proportionality rule makes it difficult for Canada to scale back oil and gas production—its largest and fastest-growing source of emissions.

NAFTA jeopardizes Canada’s climate commitments. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared himself a champion of the Paris climate change agreement. Yet, Canada’s NAFTA negotiations show the
16
April
2018

Poor planning by railways leading to losses for farmers

Bottlenecks in grain transportation could threaten Canada’s competitive edge, warns UAlberta expert.

Western Canadian grain farmers may reap financial losses in the billions in years to come, unless the country’s railroads ramp up their capacity to get crops to market, says a University of Alberta