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The Fall of a Canadian Giant: 

What Went Wrong with Nortel Networks?


Dr. Jonathan Calof

Do you want to learn how to avoid a corporate failure? What really drove the spectacular demise of Nortel Networks? This is what the study that an interdisciplinary team of University of Ottawa professors looks to unfold.

Professors from the Telfer School of Management, the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Law were commissioned by former Nortel executives  to get to the core reasons why Nortel failed with an objective of learning from Nortel's demise and to help grow Canadian companies.

The research group interviewed close to 50% of all Nortel officers and Nortel Fellows from 1996 to January 2009, as identified in annual reports. They interviewed key customers, key competitors and key partners in Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as politicians, government officers and leading industry consultants. This comprehensive research study started in November 2011 strongly focused on learning from those who would have the best knowledge on factors that contributed to the downfall of a Canadian giant.

Team Leader and Telfer Executive MBA Professor Jonathan Calof and his team provided the key lessons learned to former executives and special guests on March 17 at the official release of the executive summary of the study to the media.

Key Lessons Learned at March 17th official Release

Nortel Study

The Telfer Executive MBA faculty provides outstanding academic instruction and they were available any time to provide additional assistance to participants.
Kevin O'Keefe, EMBA 1998, Partner, CFN Consultants