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Are you in need of current information and knowledge to make informed decisions? Turn knowledge into action with our research! We produce a continuing flow of timely and practical research publications on topics such as driving national and provincial innovation performance, corporate innovation performance, and science, technology, and R&D policy.

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Driving Knowledge Management for Innovation

(The Conference Board of Canada, 32 pages, May 2015)
Good knowledge management (KM) and innovation are strongly connected. Drawing on a literature review and interviews with innovative organizations, this briefing identifies and explores KM best practices.

Navigating and Managing Technology-Driven Change: A Guide for Planning and Action

(The Conference Board of Canada, 8 pages)
Technology can improve the performance and productivity of organizations. But many face barriers to selecting, implementing, and using technologies to achieve benefits. This Planning and Action Guide can help.

Navigating and Managing Technology-Driven Change: What It Is and How to Deal With It

(The Conference Board of Canada, 27 pages, March 2015)
This briefing addresses why Canadian firms lag on information and communication technologies (ICT) investment, the consequences for innovation and productivity, and what can be done to stimulate more effective ICT adoption.

Driving Creativity and Commercialization: Innovation by Design

(The Conference Board of Canada, 25 pages, November 2014)
This briefing examines three initiatives—innovation ecosystems, sandboxes, and harnessing the power of big data—implemented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create a thriving innovation culture.

Adopting Digital Technologies: The Path for SMEs

(The Conference Board of Canada, 138 pages, February 2014)
This briefing addresses the issue of digital technology adoption for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It examines lessons learned and identifies best practices for and barriers to adoption.

Leading Innovation for Business Value and Growth

(The Conference Board of Canada, 14 pages, November 2013)
The role of the Chief Information Officer has changed. This briefing examines how CIOs can influence—and drive—innovation in their organizations.


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Wisdom of the Crowd? Crowdfunding and Canadian Innovation

What is crowdfunding, and how might it address the financing needs of Canadian innovators? This underdeveloped market has plenty of room for growth but faces some regulatory challenges.

Briefing | 19 pages | November 2017 | Michael Grant | The Conference Board of Canada

Sagesse populaire? Financement collectif et innovation canadienne

Qu’est-ce que le financement collectif et en quoi peut-il répondre aux besoins financiers des innovateurs canadiens? La marge de croissance de ce marché sous-développé est grande, mais il est confronté à quelques obstacles réglementaires.

Cette publication comprend un résumé en français, suivi d’une version anglaise du rapport intégral.

Note de recherche | 23 pages | November 2017 | Michael Grant | Le Conference Board du Canada

Bienvenue au Canada : investissement direct étranger et innovation

Les Canadiens déplorent souvent la « perte » d’une autre entreprise canadienne lorsqu’une société étrangère en fait l’acquisition. Ce rapport révèle une relation positive entre l’investissement direct étranger et l’innovation canadienne.

Rapport | 81 pages | November 2017 | Michael Grant | Le Conference Board du Canada

Welcome to Canada: Foreign Direct Investment and Innovation

Canadians often lament the “loss” of another Canadian company when it is acquired by a foreign company. This report, however, finds a positive relationship between foreign direct investment and Canadian innovation.

Cette publication comprend un résumé en français, suivi d'une version anglaise du rapport intégral.

Report | 74 pages | November 2017 | Michael Grant | The Conference Board of Canada

Inside the Labyrinth: Connecting Innovators to Risk Capital

The objective of this report is to improve the efficiency of the innovative start-up fund raising process by educating investors and investees about the process. It also suggests ways that the Conference Board’s Centre for Business Innovation (CBI) could improve innovation finance through the development of tools and templates for entrepreneurs.

Report | July 2017 | Michael Grant | The Conference Board of Canada

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