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You are invited to participate in the development of a partnership of university researchers and public and private organizations to help accelerate digital technology adoption in Canadian organizations. We are especially interested in bringing together Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that are developing ICT innovations based on cloud, mobile, context-aware, 3D printing, and data analytics technologies, as well as organizations in healthcare, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, and transportation sectors that are interested in adopting these new ICT innovations.

The Adopt-IT project will advance competiveness and sustainable innovation for Canadian organizations. Specifically, it will:

  • Improve our understanding of the barriers to technology adoption as well as the processes that accelerate ICT adoption and innovation in Canadian organizations in the healthcare, manufacturing, retail, hospitality and transportation sectors, with a particular focus on SMEs.
  • Develop methodologies for envisioning and designing new businesses that exploit new emerging ICTs (e.g., cloud, mobile, and context-aware computing, 3D printing, and big data), including methods for strategy, business process innovation, and training.
  • Develop a culture of multidisciplinary research collaboration between academic institutions and industry, which would continue to assist Canadian organizations in continually adopting new technologies and business innovations.
  • Develop Canada's digital skills base by highlighting the multidisciplinary tools, skills, and talent needed to improve productivity through the appropriate technology adoption and innovation, with particular emphasis on social sciences and humanities research and skills.

The objective of this project is to help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) improve and expand their services so that they can grow larger. An important aspect of this work is to develop a deep understanding of the challenges that SMEs face in growing and expanding in the Canadian IT market. There are several mechanisms in the project that will help us devise strategies and methods to resolve these challenges:

  1. A forum in which representatives from SMEs can meet and discuss issues with university researchers;
  2. Joint projects in which graduate students (supervised by university experts) spend 3-4 months working on specific problems that SMEs face (co-funded by MITACS);
  3. Specific training events designed to help SME managers deal with specific issues.

Applications are invited for six funded research studentships in the Master of Management Science degree program at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in Humanities, Social Science, Computer Science, Technology and Engineering are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to students with expressed interests in technology adoption and business innovation in SMEs in the Manufacturing, Retail, Health Care, and Transportation sectors, and new emerging ICTs (cloud, mobile, and context aware computing, 3D printing, and big data).

The six successful candidates will work under the supervision of Professor Ojelanki Ngwenyama, earn a research assistantship and summer research stipend funded by SSHRC and co-sponsored by MITAC. Each student researcher will receive intensive research training and participate in field research in a company upon which they will a thesis. MMSc students with appropriate background and qualifications can expect a full time commitment of 18 months for the course work, field research and thesis development.

Application Procedure

Details on the Masters in Management Science program, admission requirements and where to apply can be found at:

In addition to the online MMSc application procedure, candidates interested in this research studentship must send a letter of interest and one page statement explaining their fit with this research project to:

Professor Ojelanki Ngwenyama

Director, Institute for Innovation and Technology Management
Ted Rogers School of Management,
Ryerson University

Are you looking for research support? Interested in working with IITM?