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.
|2018-2019||Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship||Inclusive Innovation (I2) Action Strategy in collaboration with Ryerson Diversity Institute||C||G||PI||$ 224,900|
|2018-2019||SSHRC Insight Grant||Overconfidence in financial decisions among self-employed Canadian||R||C||Co-I||$ 34,000|
|2018-2019||SSHRC Partnership Grant||Federal SME Procurement, in collaboration with Public Services and Procurement Canada||R||C||PI||$ 24,900|
|2017-2020||Status of Women Canada||Empowering Women Leaders in Health: Health Care, Health Sciences & Indigenous Health||S||O||Co-I||$ 400,000|
|2017-2019||SSHRC Partnership Grant||Financial literacy and Canadian business owners||R||C||Co-I||$ 24,900|
|2017-2018||SSHRC Partnership Grant||Partnership Engage Grant, Financial literacy and CDN Business Owners in collaboration with The Business Development Bank of Canada||R||C||Co-I||$ 24,900|
|2016-2017||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|
|2016-2017||US Embassy & Consulates||Perspectives about Women’s Enterprise||E||G||PI||$ 18,000|
|2014-2018||SSHRC Insight Grant||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 Enterprise Growth, Innovation and Small Business Policy||R||I||PI||$ 2,500|
|2011-2012||Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF Leverage)||Network for Women's Enterprise 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