Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Innovative Organizational Practice

School of Business
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Closing date: 
Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 17:00
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Five-year initial term
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This is a new position.

A unique place with a unique history, Royal Roads University is situated on 565 acres of land on a national historic site, with a seawater lagoon, old growth forests, and historic gardens.

Royal Roads University (RRU) is a special-purpose university that delivers high-quality applied and professional programs.  Established by the provincial government in 1995 through the Royal Roads University Act, RRU was created with a unique mandate and governance structure to respond to the labour market needs of British Columbia. The Act states that the university is to:

  • offer certificate, diploma and degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in solely the applied and professional fields,
  • provide continuing education in response to the needs of the local community, and
  • maintain teaching excellence and research activities that support the university's programs in response to the labour market needs of British Columbia.

To achieve this, RRU programs are specifically designed to be convenient to working professionals; embrace technology in their delivery model; and, employ independent scholar-practitioner faculty to teach many of the courses. Since inception, RRU has developed an enviable national and international reputation for delivering high-quality programs designed specifically for aspiring and experienced professionals who want to advance in the workplace. The majority of RRU programs have an applied research thesis or major project component. These programs draw on an interdisciplinary knowledge base, are delivered to students in cohorts, and are designed as competency-based curricula. RRU’s innovative educational model provides a distinctive vehicle for economic and social development grounded in expertise sharing and cross-sector communication, learning and collaboration.

While only 20 years old, RRU has over 20,000 alumni in 65 countries.

Research at Royal Roads University
Guided by strategic research themes—“innovative learning,” “thriving organizations,” and “sustainable communities, livelihoods and the environment”—RRU integrates applied research and student learning, as a key component in advancing the university’s mandate from government to undertake research in applied and professional areas Key to the realization of this integrated approach is the production of applied knowledge. This entails a curriculum that is solution oriented and real-world focused, developed and guided by research conducted by faculty, students, and staff. Research is highly interdisciplinary, and often transdisciplinary, involving stakeholders integrally in its design and implementation. Students gain much of their knowledge, practical skills, and experience through applied research and action learning, through research projects, case studies, and other learning activities. The tremendous value of these competencies lies not only in their response to global, national and community-based problems, but also in their inherent capacity to transfer seamlessly to organizational settings.

Consistent with its mandate, research at RRU responds to and seeks to address critical issues of our time. Engagement with stakeholders and communities is a defining feature of the way we do research, as well as reflective of our applied focus.

Thriving organizations, as a research theme, focuses on the spectrum of development in organizations, systems and sectors, and how these adapt, innovate and lead with a vision of the future. Research explores human and operational dimensions, seeks to foster individual and organizational capabilities, and considers communication a fundamental enabling process. From a local to global context, research examines innovative leaders, leadership, and how to create sustainable, effective and socially responsible entrepreneurial organizations.

Canada Research Chair in Innovative Organizational Practice
The Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Innovative Organizational Practice enables Royal Roads University to develop and promote research and scholarly activity that complements the applied and professional nature of the School of Business’s programming.  The School currently offers a Master of Business Administration in Executive Management, a Master of Global Management, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Sustainability and International Business, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management. It is in the process of developing a proposal for a doctoral degree, to complement the establishment of a CRC in Innovative Organizational Practice.

Applicants to the CRC in Innovative Organizational Practice may have an academic background in any of the relevant areas including strategy, leadership, finance, accounting, entrepreneurship, human resources, marketing, international businesses, environment and sustainability. 

The CRC in Innovative Organizational Practice will be expected to develop and lead an interdisciplinary team of scholars, students and practitioners in research that focuses on improving innovative leaders, leadership, and how to create sustainable, effective and socially responsible entrepreneurial organizations

Royal Roads University’s academic culture values applied research, creativity, and the timely transfer of knowledge that meets the needs of our communities and our knowledge driven society.  The CRC position is an integral part of RRU’s overall plan to promote and develop its research enterprise and to support the university’s unique mandate.

The Chair will have established relationships in both the academic and non-academic community and a portfolio demonstrating business strategy development and breakthrough thinking. The Chair will have demonstrated capacity and success with regards to obtaining research and other funding from diverse sources, the potential for leading large collaborative research initiatives, establishing and maintaining business, industry and/or community relationships, supervising student research, publishing in leading peer-reviewed publications, and disseminating via presentations or otherwise to diverse audiences.

The Chair will develop an exemplary scholarly and creative presence, complement and enrich research and scholarship among faculty and graduate students, and participate in local and international research networks.  While based in the School of Business, the Chair will collaborate with other units within RRU as appropriate including the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, the Centre for Coaching and Workplace Innovation, and the Eric C. Douglas Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs, tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field.

In addition to a collegial learning community, RRU offers a comprehensive compensation package to core faculty, with a starting salary based on qualifications and experience.  This is an initial five-year probationary appointment with the possibility of conversion into a continuing appointment, subject to performance and program needs.

The successful candidate for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Innovative Organizational Practice will be offered the rank of assistant or associate professor. The successful candidate will work with the Office of Research Services to prepare the formal CRC nomination.  It is important to note that this core faculty appointment is not contingent upon the successful nomination approval from the CRC Secretariat.


Tier 2 nominees should:

  • be excellent emerging researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity;
  • have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition in their fields in the next five to ten years; 
  • be proposing an original, innovative research program of high quality; and,
  • as a Chairholder, have the potential to attract excellent trainees, students and future researchers.

The key foci of the position will be as follows:

  1. Undertake relevant (nationally and internationally as appropriate), high quality applied research in the area of “management strategies for thriving organizations”. The Chair will be expected to provide a detailed research plan outlining key research areas and questions, research partnerships and collaborations, and potential funding sources.
  2. Develop/expand networks, partnerships and collaborations within the public, private and/or non-profit sectors  to support the research agenda, including building linkages with faculty and associate faculty at RRU and other academic institutions; 
  3. Pursue and obtain research funding from diverse sources, including federal, provincial, public and private, to finance the research agenda;
  4. Purse an active dissemination strategy that targets diverse audiences and stakeholders, i.e. academics, practitioners, and policymakers, at the local, provincial, national and international level;  
  5. Contribute to Canada’s research profile nationally and internationally, consistent with the goals of the CRC program. The Chair will work with the Faculties to raise the profile of the Chair, the school(s), and the university 
  6. Develop and support student and post-doctoral training and research and assist in the support and development of the new doctoral program.

Required Qualifications & Competencies

  • PhD degree or other doctorate in a relevant/aligned discipline is essential;
  • Demonstrated excellence in developing, resourcing and conducting research projects in relevant fields;
  • Broad understanding of the fields of innovative and strategic thinking, decision making, and the changing contextual  and transactional environment and structures in which organizations will be operating in; 
  • A strong interest and demonstrated success in knowledge transfer, including conventional academic publications, as well as professional and public education and extension activities;
  • Demonstrated interest in building networks of both internal and external interests and stakeholders, including organizations in the public sector, non-governmental organizations and the private sector;
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence (using the principles of adult learning and applied learning) in both face-to-face and distance learning environments, preferably with experience teaching international students;
  • A passion for experiential learning, interactive methodologies, and high student engagement online and in the classroom;
  • Teaching and supervisory experience at the graduate level;
  • Ability to liaise effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, both internally and externally, and maintain a professional approach to working relationships and conflict resolution;
  • Excellent decision-making skills and problem-solving abilities;
  • Exceptional communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills;
  • Comfortable working in a team-based, collaborative environment;
  • Experience in developing and managing research and administrative budgets.
Application submission information: 

To apply please forward, via e-mail, the following (preferably in one document and PDF format):

  • your cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, and evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • a copy of 3 recent publications (please explain the significance of the selections)
  • a statement of research achievements (as it relates to a Tier II level of achievement)
  • a detailed research proposal (~3-4 pages) appropriate to the goals and objectives of the CRC program at the Tier II level
  • a statement regarding how the proposed research program connects with RRU’s mission, vision, strategic directions and goals

E-mail address: rru-career-opportunities@royalroads.ca 

Competition #15-085
Human Resources - Career Opportunities
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC V9B 5Y2
Fax: (250) 391-2570 Tel: (250) 391-2511

The competition begins on July 28, 2015 and will close on September 18, 2015 however, the competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.
For more information on the Canada Research Chair nomination process please use the following link: http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/nomination-mise_en_candidature-eng.aspx

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates chosen for further consideration will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide the names and contact information for three referees, and to arrange for the forwarding of degree transcripts directly from the granting institutions.

RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however, according to Royal Road’s internal policies, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration.