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Calof, Jonathan

Calof, Jonathan

Full Professor
B.A. (Carleton), M.B.A. (UWO), Ph.D. (UWO)
DMS 7117
613-562-5800 x 4779
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Research Areas
  • Application of Knowledge for Innovation
  • Business analytics
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Complex organizational failure
  • Foresight
  • Innovation
  • International Decision Making
  • Management
Teaching Areas
  • Competitive intelligence
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Strategy


Dr. Calof is recognized as one of the leaders in intelligence and foresight. A full professor of International Business and Strategy at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Calof combines research and consulting in competitive intelligence, technical foresight and business analytics to help organizations develop key insights on their competitive environment.

Jonathan has given over 1000 speeches, seminars and keynote addresses around the world on intelligence, foresight and analytics and has helped several companies and government agencies around the world enhance their capabilities on these areas. In recognition of his contribution to making fact based decision making a reality, Jonathan has been given several honours including Frost and Sullivan's life time achievement award in competitive intelligence; Fellow award from the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals; Honorary Professor at Yunnan Normal University in China; Appointment to the international advisory board for the Russian Foresight Committee of HSE; Honorary member of the Russian Society of Competitive Intelligence Professional; Board of advisors for the Centre en Intelligence Economique et Management Stratégique(CIE'MS/Center for Competitive Intelligence and Strategic Management in Morocco and Extraordinary Professor at North-West University in South Africa. He was also recently awarded SCIP's member of the year award for his influence on the practice and the field of competitive intelligence.

Interest in his work has also resulted in several interviews on radio and in print around the world and has been featured in national publications as Forbes, Business Week, CIO Magazine, Financial Times, The National Post, Globe and Mail, Canadian Business, and others.

He is a prolific author with over 150 publications to his credit. As well, Jonathan is the author and co-editor of several books on competitive intelligence including co-editor of the Competitive Intelligence Foundation's Conference and Trade Show Intelligence book. He also pens a column on event intelligence for Competitive Intelligence Magazine and is executive editor for Frontline Safety and Security. In addition to his involvement in the consulting and academic world, Dr. Calof is also a director with RoboCoder, a Canadian software company and Success Nexus, a Malaysian biofuel company. Recently Dr. Calof released the results of a global study looking at lessons learned from the largest corporate failure in Canadian corporate history. The study results have led to new tools and skills for boards of directors, measurements for organizational resiliency and understanding of how the black cloud of customer doubt begins how it can be measured and managed. He is also in the middle of a study looking at competitive intelligence practices around the world.

Publications during the last 7 years

Chapters in Books

Calof, J.L., Richards, G.S. and Smith, J.E. Foresight, Competitive Intelligence and Business Analytics for Developing and Running Better Programmes. In Meissner, D.. Deploying Foresight for Policy and Strategy Makers Creating Opportunities Through Public Policies and Corporate Strategies in Science, Technology and Innovation. Boston, MA, USA : Springer, 2016.

Calof, J.L. Creating impactful intelligence : Communication Lessons From The Corporate environment and Competitive Intelligence . In Arcos, R. and Pherson, R.. Transforming intelligence: Communicating analysis in the 21st century. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Calof, J.L. and Fox, B. Trade Show Intelligence. In Hohhof, B.. Competitive Intelligence Anthology . Competitive Intelligence Foundation, 2010.

Papers in Refereed Journals

Calof, J.L. 2017. Reflections on the Canadian government in competitive intelligence – programs and impacts. Foresight (Cambridge), 19(1): 31-47.

Calof, J.L. 2016. Government sponsored competitive intelligence for regional and sectoral economic development: Canadian experiences. Journal of Intelligence Studies in Business, 6(1): 48-58.

Calof, J.L., Richards, G.S. and Smith, J.E. 2015. Foresight, competitive intelligence and business analytics - tools for making industrial programs more efficient. Foresight Russia, 9(1): 68-81.

Calof, J.L., Mirabeau, L. and Richards, G.S. 2015. Towards an Environmental Awareness Model Integrating Formal and Informal Mechanisms - Lessons from the Demise of Nortel. Journal of Intelligence Studies in Business, 5(1): 57-69.

Calof, J.L. 2014. Evaluating the impact of technical intelligence. Journal of Intelligence Studies in Business, 4(3): 79-90.

Calof, J.L. 2013. The Role of Intelligence for Developing Better Government Programs : Managing What's Outside the Government Using Foresight, Intelligence, Business Analytics and Dashboards. Securité et Stratégie, (12): 15 pages.

Calof, J.L., Miller, R. and Jackson, M. 2012. Towards Impactful Foresight: Viewpoints from Foresight Consultants and Academics. Foresight (Cambridge), 14(1): 82-97.

Calof, J.L. and Smith, J.E. 2012. Foresights Impact from around the World: A Special Issue. Foresight (Cambridge), 14(1): 5-14.

Calof, J.L. and Smith, J.E. 2010. The Integrative Domain of Foresight and Competitive Intelligence and Its Impact on R&D Management. R&D Management, 40(1): 31-39.

Calof, J.L. and Smith, J.E. 2010. Critical Success Factors for Government-led Foresight. Science and Public Policy, 37(1): 31-40.

Invited Contributions and/or Technical Reports

Calof, J.L., Richards, G.S., Mirabeau, L., Vasudev, P.M., Mouftah, H., MacKinnon, P. and Chapman, P. 2014. "An Overview of the Demise of Nortel Networks and Key Lessons Learned", University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada, n/a, 35 pages.

Vasudev, P.M. and Calof, J.L. 2014. "Rethinking the Role of Directors in the Wake of Nortel's Demise", Institute of Corporate Directors, Ottawa, ON, Canada, n/a, 4 pages.

Calof, J.L. 2014. "Developing an intelligence network for food lab technology investments", March, 28 pages.

Calof, J.L. 2011. "Trends Analysis on Human Resource Intelligence", The Alliance for Sector Councils (HRDC), Ottawa, ON, Canada, March, 6 pages.

Calof, J.L. 2011. "Russian Nanotechnology foresight research and report", World Bank, Moscow, Russia, n/a.

Calof, J.L. and Smith, J.E. 2011. "A foresight strategy review. Discussion paper, options and opportunities in the application of foresight to SSHRC priorities for 2020", SSHRC, Ottawa, ON, Canada, March, 91 pages.

Calof, J.L. and Smith, J.E. 2010. "Health Canada Foresight, Trends-Drivers, Issues and Impacts for 2020 and 2030", May, 21 pages.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2011-2014 Private Group Understanding the Demise of Nortel Networks C O PI $ 120,000
2008-2010 Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) Role of the Competitive Intelligence Manager R I PI $ 4,000

*Purpose = C: Contract (R and D), E: Equipment Grant, R: Research Grant, S: Support Award, P: Pedagogical Grant, O: Other, U: Unknown

**Type= C: Granting Councils, G: Government, F: Foundations, I: UO Internal Funding, O: Other, U: Unknown

Role: PI = Principal Investigator, Co-I = Co-Investigator, Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator