Jonathan Calof

Jonathan Calof, Full Professor, University of Ottawa, Canada

Keynote Topic : The need for a centralized organization anticipatory system based on artificial intelligence, market research and more

Date : November 26, 2020 at 16h00 (GMT+1)

Biography :

Dr. Calof is recognized as one of the leaders in intelligence and foresight and in particular the application of these techniques to innovation. 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 to help drive the kind of innovation that responds to the external environment of tomorrow.

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 awards including Frost and Sullivan’s life time achievement award in competitive intelligence; Fellow award from the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals; and SCIP’s distinguished member award for his influence on the practice and the field of competitive intelligence.

In addition to numerous awards, Dr. Calof has been given several honorary appointments and positions including: Honorary Professor at Yunnan Normal University in China; Leading Research Fellow of the Research Laboratory for Science and Technology Studies at the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics and Knowledge (ISSEK) National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, Extraordinary Professor at North-West University in South Africa and Adjunct professor, University of New Brunswick (University Senate appointment).

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 the past 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 a board of advisors member with FintruX, a block chain loan company. He is an advisor with the Pearson Center for Progressive Policy where he co-chairs their Economy for tomorrow program – a series of panels held across Canada that in true foresight fashion focuses on the issues that will confront Canada in the coming years and ideas on policies and programs that can help address these issues.

Dr. Calof recently 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 wrapping up a study of intelligence practices around the world.

Keynote abstract :

With the speed of change increasing, global disruptions being the new norm and increasing data availability and complexity a new approach may be needed to help organizations cope and remain competitive and innovative. This presentation brings together research streams in competitive intelligence, open intelligence, environmental scanning, organizational failure and collective intelligence to build the case for the need for an integrated organizational wide anticipatory system. Examples from the telecommunications industry are provided to demonstrate this need including one taken from a study that examined one of the largest corporate failures in the telecommunications industry and another taken from the Moroccan telecommunications industry.