The Latest Projects in Business Education

Initiatives promote gender equity, compare cultural contexts for innovation, and protect research from cyberattacks.

LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD

Researchers at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer Centre for Executive Leadership and Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute in Toronto are working on the Ontario Inclusive Innovation (I2) Action Strategy to promote gender equity. The 12-month project is supported by a CAN$225,000 award from Canada’s Brookfield Institute of Entrepreneurship + Innovation. Led by University of Ottawa professor Barbara Orser, I2 will encompass several projects to promote gender equity in the Ontario entrepreneurial environment. These include preparing a report on the state of women’s enterprise, developing a certification program, and hosting a conference to showcase evidence-based practices for empowering women entrepreneurs.

Industry partners include Women in Communication and Technology, WEConnect International Canada, Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council, WBE Canada, the YWCA, and Youth Employment Services. “Diversity drives innovation,” says Wendy Cukier, director of Ryerson’s Diversity Institute. “We can leverage what we know about innovation to level the playing field.”

DEFINING INNOVATIVE DIFFERENCES

A faculty member at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark has received a grant of DKK5,497,230 (approximately US$861,000) to compare the research and innovation policies of Denmark, China, and the United States. Alan Irwin, a professor in the department of organization, hopes his analysis will shine light on what drives investments in innovation in different cultural contexts, and how countries balance copying other nations’ policies or creating their own.

MAKING RESEARCH MORE CYBER-SECURE

Indiana University in Bloomington has received US$4.9 million from the National Science Foundation to create a center dedicated to protecting U.S. research from cyberattacks. Led by IU, the virtual Research Security Operations Center (ResearchSOC) also will involve Duke University in Durham, North Carolina; the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center in Pennsylvania; and the University of California San Diego. The institutions will tailor existing services, training, and informationsharing capacities to the needs of the research community to help protect networked computing devices—such as telescopes, microscopes, and sensing devices—from cyberattacks.