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      Director

      Dr. Ojelanki Ngwenyama
      Room: TRS 3-090
      Email: ojelanki@ryerson.ca
      Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4203

      Project Coordinator

      Mohamed Elmi
      Room: TRS 3-179
      Email: Mohamed.elmi@ryerson.ca
      Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4918

      Mailing Address:

      Institute for Innovation and Technology Management
      Ted Rogers School of Management
      Ryerson University
      350 Victoria Street
      Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2K3

      Projects

      Accelerating Digital Technology Adoption in Canadian Companies (ADOPT-IT)

      The Adopt-IT project is a ground-breaking two-year project focused on advancing the adoption of new and innovative Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in multiple sectors of the Canadian economy:

      • Healthcare
      • Manufacturing
      • Retail
      • Hospitality
      • Transportation

      The Adopt-IT project is a partnership between academic researchers from Ryerson University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. These cross-disciplinary researchers are exploring the following Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) sectors:

      • Clouding/Context-Aware Computing
      • 3D Printing
      • Big Data
      • Mobile Technology

      The aim of Adopt-IT is to better understand the barriers to technology adoption, enabling the project team to overcome these obstacles by developing methods that utilize emerging technologies creatively in various businesses. The project team has been chosen for its potential for multidisciplinary collaboration, including several academic and industry partners that can contribute social sciences and humanities-related expertise.

      Click here to find out more

       

      Connected Workplace: The Transformation of Work in Canada

      Transformation of Work explores the role of mobile technologies in the rapidly evolving Canadian workplace. New technologies, including wireless and mobile devices, strong network infrastructure, web-based collaboration tools, Machine-to-Machine (M2M), pervasive and scalable cloud-based IT solutions, as well as analytics and applications can lead to dramatic improvements in productivity, development of new products and services, and more engaged employees and customers.

      This project will focus on generating actionable insights into the use of connected technologies in Canadian businesses for Rogers Communications. From these insights best practices will be proposed to help Canadian business maximize the benefits of connected technologies that Rogers can use to improve their services. Specifically this work we will focus on four questions:

      1. How is mobile technology transforming business?;
      2. What are the challenges, barriers to adopting mobile technology and how can businesses maximize the benefits;
      3. Do businesses see the value and understand the opportunities in connected technology; and
      4. Who/ what is causing the workplace to transform and become more connected?

      Click here to read the final report

       

      Information Technology Management and Organizational Learning

      A fundamental lesson from the 1990's is that achieving productivity gains with new ICT's requires specialized focused on organizational innovation and learning. Often firms underestimate the learning curve associated with new technologies and as a consequence suffer substantial losses in productivity and competitiveness. Implementation of new technologies is a strategic issue important to the practice of technology management. Our research in this area is guided by the following general question: (1) How to strategically time implementation of complex new technologies to rapidly achieve maximum productivity? We are developing theories, frameworks, methodologies and decision support tools to assist managers who must deal with complex technology management decisions.  

       

      Dynamic Design Capabilities

      A major challenge for software product development firms is how to develop new products with above-normal value to the users, as well as to the firm. Dynamic Design Capabilities (DDC) are essential not only to the software product industry but to other firms marketing high technology products or services. Our research focuses on the levels of the organization and product design and encompasses two dimensions:

      1. Developing enabling organizational conditions for excellence in design and innovation; and
      2. Developing theories, frameworks and methodologies for ensuring dynamic design capabilities in organization.

      We are currently involved in three distinct projects in collaboration with other universities and industry partners:

      1. Lead User collaboration in design of software products;
      2. Frameworks and methodology development for the Services Oriented Approach;
      3. Measuring the effectiveness of Software Process Improvement programs.

       

      Information Technologies and Economic Growth

      The rapid expansion of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure is significantly transforming business enterprises and national economies. The challenge for economies and enterprises in this dynamic global market is how to utilize ICT to maintain agility and competitiveness while continually achieving higher levels of productivity. Presently we are investigating how small and medium sized enterprises (SME) in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East can effectively utilize new and emerging ICTs to achieve higher productivity and contribute to economic growth. The research on these national economies focuses on:

      1. How to measure the contribution of ICT to national economic growth;
      2. How to structure ICT investment policy to foster innovation and development of SME's that participate in the global information economy.

       

      Other Research Projects

      Research Projects

      Partners

      Software Tools for Information Privacy on Mobile Computing Handsets

      University of Cape Town

      Samsung

      Dynamic Capabilities for Globally Distributed Software Development

      University of Aalborg;

      Copenhagen Business School

      Implementation of Software Process Innovations

      University of Aalborg;

      Copenhagen Business School

      Innovation Uptake in Open Source Software Development

       

      Indigenous Software Development Practices in South Africa 

      University of Cape Town

      The Impact of ICT on the Jamaican Diaspora in Canada

      University of The West Indies, Jamaica

      Research Methods for Critical Realist Inquiry

      Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

      The Impact of ICT on Social and Economic Development in Emerging Markets and Developing Countries

      Virginia Commonwealth University, USA; University of Cape Town, South Africa;

      University of The West Indies, Jamaica;

      American University of Yola, Nigeria.