What we do
JR Shaw School of Business researchers are committed to generating real-world solutions. Our applied research projects are designed to generate new knowledge with identifiable, immediate and practical applications for businesses, organizations and industry in Alberta, Canada and beyond.
In the School of Business, our applied research includes examining how entrepreneurs create new wealth and drive innovation; technology applications for business and society; and addressing other challenges in the trades and business.
Entrepreneurship and New Venture
Entrepreneurship involves the creation of new wealth through new ventures or existing businesses. There are four themes in this area of applied research.
- Entrepreneur examines how individuals and teams drive innovation in new and existing organizations
- New Venture examines new business formation and the transformation of ideas to new products, services, business processes and business models
- Innovation Systems research examines the processes, policies and practices influencing entrepreneurship and innovation at the organizational, regional and national levels
- Innovation Evaluation and Measurement examines the outcomes of entrepreneurial and innovative activities, at different levels, e.g., organizational, regional, and national
Technology Applications for Business and Society
JR Shaw has strong capabilities in meta-analysis. This process combines data from multiple independent studies to develop a more statistically powerful conclusion. Our work in this area includes the creation of software tools that collect and synthesize scientific research for use by academic and non-academic audiences. This research seeks to organize an ever-expanding volume of data generated by the global scientific community and to provide academics and practitioners in different fields with new tools to access and use “big data.”
Other research projects that examine technological and innovative advances and their impact on business and society include:
- Social media and technology and effects on business practice
- Integration of social media into pedagogy and teaching
Contemporary Topics in the Trades and Business
- Women’s entry and experience in the trades
- Safety knowledge sharing in the trades
- Collective bargaining in the trades
- Statistical skills in the workplace
- Immigrants and small business