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- Enterprise Growth
- Entrepreneurial Decision Making
- Internationalization of SMEs
- Small Business Policy
- Women & Enterprise
Professor Orser is a Full Professor and the Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprises. In 2010, Dr. Orser was recognized by the Women's Executive Network as a 100 Most Power Women in Canada (Champion Category) and The International Alliance of Women World of Difference 100 Awards. In 2011, she received the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management Award for Service, Teaching and Research.
She is an active advisor to the federal government and the former Chair of the Taskforce for Women's Enterprise Growth (2009-2011), a Canadian non-partisan consortium of prominent women business owners, SME service agencies, academics and industry associations. Prior to joining Telfer School of Management in 2005, she was an Associate Professor at Carleton and Ryerson University and Program Manager of the Conference Board of Canada Centre of Excellence for Women's Advancement.
Dr. Barbara Orser conducts research about small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) growth, including entrepreneurial decision-making, gender influences, internationalization of SMEs, and public policy. She recently co-authored Feminine Capital. Unlocking the Power of Women Entrepreneurs, a book on women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial feminists (Stanford University Press, 2015). She has co-authored two books on small business finance and led numerous large-scale studies about enterprise growth.
Her work has been published in over 100 academic and trade journals including Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice, Journal of Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences and Gender in Management: An International Journal. The quality of this work has been recognized through a number of awards from academic organizations such as the Canadian Journal of the Administrative Sciences, Administrative Science Association of Canada and Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and International Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Barbara Orser teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Entrepreneurship and Services Marketing. She has also taught in the areas of marketing and diversity management.
Publications during the last 7 years
Orser, B.J. and Elliott, C. Feminine Capital: Unlocking the power of women entrepreneurs. Palo Alto, California: Stanford University Press, 2015.
Chapters in Books
Orser, B.J. Strategies to Redress Entrepreneurship Gender Gap in Canada. In Henry, C., Nelson, T. and Lewis, K.. Routledge Companion to Global Female Entrepreneurship. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.
Elliott, C. and Orser, B.J. Feminist entrepreneurial identity: Reproducing gender through strategic decision-making. In Brush, C.G. and Greene, P.. Research Agenda for Women and Entrepreneurship. The Construction of Social Identity: The Case of Women Entrepreneurs. London, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc., 2016.
Orser, B.J. Women Entrepreneurs in Canada's Advanced Technology Sector. In Kariv, D.. Female entrepreneurship and the new venture creation. London and New York: Routledge, 2012.
Orser, B.J. and Leck, J.D. Physician as Feminist Entrepreneur: The Gendered Nature of Venture Creation and the Shirley E. Greenberg Women’s Health Centre. In Brush, C.G., Gatewood, E.J., de Bruin, A.M. and Henry, C.. Women's Entrepreneurship and Growth Influences: An International Perspective. London, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc., 2010.
Papers in Refereed Journals
Orser, B.J. and Riding, A.L. 2016. Women entrepreneurs in Northern Canada: Contexts and challenges. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 27(2/3): 366-383.
Neville, F., Orser, B.J., Riding, A.L. and Jung, O. 2014. Do Young Firms Owned by Recent Immigrants Outperform Other Young Firms?. Journal of Business Venturing, 29(1): 55-71.
Leck, J.D. and Orser, B.J. 2013. Fostering Trust in Mentoring Relationships: An Exploratory Study. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 32(4): 410-425.
Orser, B.J., Elliott, C. and Leck, J.D. 2013. Entrepreneurial feminists: Perspectives about opportunity recognition and governance. Journal of Business Ethics, 115(2): 241-257.
Riding, A.L., Orser, B.J., Spence, M. and Belanger, B. 2012. Financing New Venture Exporters. Small Business Economics, 38(2): 147-163.
Riding, A.L., Orser, B.J. and Chamberlin, T. 2012. Investing in R&D: SME Financing Preferences. Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, 14(2-3): 199-214.
Orser, B.J., Elliott, C. and Leck, J.D. 2012. Women-focused small business programming: Client motives and perspectives. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 4(3): 236-265.
Orser, B.J., Riding, A.L. and Stanley, J. 2012. Perceived Career Challenges and Response Strategies of Women in the Advanced Technology Sector. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development: An International Journal, 24(1/2): 73-93.
Orser, B.J., Riding, A.L., Dathan, M. and Stanley, J. 2011. Women in Advanced Technology: Examining the Influence of Role Orientation and Firm Structure on Perceived Gender Challenges. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development: An International Journal, 24 (1): 1-22.
Spence, M., Orser, B.J. and Riding, A.L. 2011. A Comparative Study of International and Domestic New Ventures. Management International Review, 51(1): 3-21.
Orser, B.J., Elliott, C. and Leck, J.D. 2011. Feminist attributes and entrepreneurial identity. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 26 (8): 561-589.
Orser, B.J., Spence, M., Riding, A.L. and Carrington, C. 2010. Gender and Export Propensity. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 34(5): 933-957.
Orser, B.J. and Leck, J.D. 2010. Gender Influences on Career Success Outcomes. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 25(5): 386-407.
Invited Contributions and/or Technical Reports
Orser, B.J., Kassun-Mutch, P., Elliott, C. and Levine Ruben, R. 2016. "Strengthening Ontario through Women's Enterprise. Women Entrepreneurs Ontario (WEO) Collective", Women Entrepreneurs Ontario (WEO) Collective, n/a.
Orser, B.J. and McGregor, B. 2013. "Missing Numbers", Roundtable on Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Trades, Business, Public Policy and the Law, University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management, n/a.
Orser, B.J. and Riding, A.L. 2011. "Women's Entrepreneurship in Northern Canada", Status of Women Canada, Canada, n/a, 42 pages.
Orser, B.J. 2011. "Action Strategies to Support Women's Enterprise Development", The Canadian Taskforce for Women's Business Growth, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, n/a, 7 pages.
Orser, B.J. and Findlay Thompson, S. 2010. "Supporting Women's Enterprise: The Impact of Women-focused Business Management Programming", Mt. Saint Vincent University Centre for Women in Business, n/a, 45 pages.
Orser, B.J. 2010. "Blueprint for Economic Growth", The Canadian Taskforce for Women's Business Growth, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, n/a, 4 pages.
Funded Research during the last 7 years
|2016-2017||Business Development Bank of Canada||WE Space Initiative||P||G||PI||$ 25,000|
|2016-2017||EY||WE Space Initiative (2)||R||O||PI||$ 15,000|
|2014-2017||SSHRC||Financing and the Growth of SMEs||R||C||Co-I||$ 82,070|
|2014||CREWW (Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work)||The Impact of Female-focused SME Interventions in Advanced Technology Sectors||R||O||PI||$ 5,000|
|2011-2014||SSHRC||The Performance of Immigrant-Owned SMEs (PI: Allan Riding, uOttawa)||R||G||Co-I||$ 46,975|
|2011-2013||Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF)||Women's Entrepreneurship and Innovation||R||I||PI||$ 5,930|
|2011-2012||Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF Leverage)||Network for Women's Enteprise Growth||R||I||PI||$ 1,982|
|2010-2011||Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF)||Women-Focused SME Services Intermediaries: Market Needs, Operational Challenges and the Implications for Program Delivery||R||I||PI||$ 5,000|
|2010-2011||Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF)||Taskforce for Women's Enterprise Growth||R||I||PI||$ 2,000|
|2008-2015||SSHRC||The Internationalization of SMEs - Entrepreneurship Strategic Knowledge Cluster (PI: Rob McNaughton, University of Waterloo)||R||C||Co-I||$ 1,950,000|
|2008-2012||SSHRC - Research in MBF||Wanted: Mentors (PI: J. Leck, uOttawa)||R||C||Co-I||$ 124,150|
|2007-2012||SSHRC||Disconnections: Gender and Trust in Mentoring Relationships (PI: J. Leck, uOttawa)||R||C||Co-I||$ 120,000|
*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