Dr. Ojelanki Ngwenyama: Solving Business Problems Through Innovation

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Dr. Ojelanki Ngwenyama
Professor, Global Management Studies
Ted Rogers School of Business Management
Director, Institute for Innovation and Technology Management

While Canadians are eager to adopt new technologies for personal use, Canadian companies continue to operate as late adopters, which affects productivity, growth and sustainability.

It’s a situation that Dr. Ojelanki Ngwenyama says leaves Canada consistently lagging behind, and near the bottom of OECD (the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) rankings for innovation. For Dr. Ngwenyama, the issue is ripe for investigation.

“I am fascinated with the potential for new technologies to transform the way we live and work and to improve the conditions of human life,” says Dr. Ngwenyama. “I have always wanted to help Canadian organizations grow and become stronger and more competitive by adopting new technologies. For decades, Canadian businesses have not been able to break out of the late adopter mind frame, and this has cost us in economic growth.”

Dr. Ngwenyama’s work as the director of the Institute for Innovation and Technology Management focuses on understanding and overcoming barriers to technology adoption from different industry perspectives, including health care, retail, transportation and manufacturing. The institute works to overcome these barriers by developing business analytics models that can assist managers in making better decisions about technology adoption and developing approaches for organizational learning and innovation with new technologies.

“Ryerson is at the forefront of building a new industry-academic collaboration that is much needed in a century already marked by constant technology development and change. To maintain the type of life we are accustomed in Canada we will need to continually embrace new technologies to solve organizational, social and ecological problems.”

This research profile originally appeared in Think, Act, Connect: Ted Rogers School of Management Research Report 2015. To read the full report, visit Research at the Ted Rogers School of Management.