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Driving Knowledge Management for Innovation

(The Conference Board of Canada, 32 pages, May 2015)
Good knowledge management (KM) and innovation are strongly connected. Drawing on a literature review and interviews with innovative organizations, this briefing identifies and explores KM best practices.

Navigating and Managing Technology-Driven Change: A Guide for Planning and Action

(The Conference Board of Canada, 8 pages)
Technology can improve the performance and productivity of organizations. But many face barriers to selecting, implementing, and using technologies to achieve benefits. This Planning and Action Guide can help.

Navigating and Managing Technology-Driven Change: What It Is and How to Deal With It

(The Conference Board of Canada, 27 pages, March 2015)
This briefing addresses why Canadian firms lag on information and communication technologies (ICT) investment, the consequences for innovation and productivity, and what can be done to stimulate more effective ICT adoption.

Driving Creativity and Commercialization: Innovation by Design

(The Conference Board of Canada, 25 pages, November 2014)
This briefing examines three initiatives—innovation ecosystems, sandboxes, and harnessing the power of big data—implemented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create a thriving innovation culture.

Adopting Digital Technologies: The Path for SMEs

(The Conference Board of Canada, 138 pages, February 2014)
This briefing addresses the issue of digital technology adoption for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It examines lessons learned and identifies best practices for and barriers to adoption.

Leading Innovation for Business Value and Growth

(The Conference Board of Canada, 14 pages, November 2013)
The role of the Chief Information Officer has changed. This briefing examines how CIOs can influence—and drive—innovation in their organizations.

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Surveying Automation Trends in Canada: Major Forces 2022

Automation requires organizations to reshape themselves to enter the future world of work. Organizations—and governments—need to transform structures and practices for automation in the Canadian economy.

Impact Paper | 26 pages | May 2022 | Daniel Carpenter, Zafer Sonmez | The Conference Board of Canada

Nordic Innovation Champions: Lessons From the Nordic Innovation Study Tour

This impact paper discusses how Nordic countries build world-class innovation ecosystems. It also presents lessons for Canadian organizations to improve the country’s innovation performance.

Impact Paper | 27 pages | March 2022 | Darren Gresch | The Conference Board of Canada

Strengthening Canada’s Digital Defences: A Cybersecurity Playbook

IBM Canada and The Conference Board of Canada brought together a diverse group of Canadian leaders to talk about the cyber threats facing Canadian organizations and what we can all do about them. This impact paper looks at the results of those discussions.

Impact Paper | 26 pages | March 2022 | The Conference Board of Canada

Patient Capital: Financing Small Modular Nuclear Reactors to Commercialization

Canada’s small modular reactor (SMR) ecosystem suffers from a substantial investment gap. As part of this impact paper, seven strategic actions are recommended to position SMRs for commercialization and allow them to contribute to Canada’s net-zero transition.

Impact Paper | 21 pages | January 2022 | Babatunde Olateju, Jesse Steinberg | The Conference Board of Canada

Race Against Time: How the GCC Region Can Become a Globally Competitive Innovation Leader

How the GCC Region Can Become a Globally Competitive Innovation Leader

Report | 58 pages | December 2021 | The Conference Board, Inc.

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