Associate Professor


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Location: E7 2446

Margaret Dalziel, PhD, is an Associate Professor with the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business and VP Research, The Evidence Network. Previous experience includes a faculty position at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, and managerial roles at the Canadian Space Agency and the Centre for Intelligent Machines at McGill University. Margaret regularly advises governments on innovation policy and has served on expert panels related to the evaluation of business support for Canada's Treasury Board Secretariat, the Ontario Ministry of Finance, the Council of Canadian Academies, and the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Science and Technology. She has also served on the Governing Council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. At the Conrad School, she teaches BET 608 - Business Model Validation and BE 606 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


  • Understanding the structure of the economy, the roles of organizations within it, and the impact of government interventions designed to promote sustainable economic growth
  • Measuring the impact of organizations that support business, research, and entrepreneurship



  • PhD Administration (Technology Management), Université du Québec à Montréal, 2002
  • MBA, McGill University, 1994
  • ARCT, Piano Performance, Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, 1994
  • BSc, Mathematics Major, Computer Science Minor, McGill University, 1983

Academic positions

  • Associate Professor, Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business, University of Waterloo. 2013 - present

  • Associate Professor, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. 2008 - 2012

  • Visiting Professor, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. 2008 - 2009

  • Assistant Professor, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. 2001 - 2007

Industry experience

  • Co-founder and VP Research, The Evidence Network. 2009 - present

  • Director, Strategy and Marketing, PRECARN Inc. 1996 - 1999

  • Technology Development Officer, Canadian Space Agency. 1994-1996

  • Manager, Centre for Intelligent Machines, McGill University. 1989 - 1993

  • Computer Graphics Programmer, Centre for Intelligent Machines, McGill University. 1987 - 1989

  • Computer Aided Design Instructor, Compuserve Ltd. 1986 - 1987

  • Computer Aided Design Programmer, Accugraph Corp. 1985 - 1986

Research interests

Margaret's research focuses on understanding the structure of the economy, the roles of organizations within it, and the impact of government interventions designed to promote sustainable economic growth. Current projects include investigations of the effect of Waterloo’s Co-op program on the equity-financed ventures of alumni entrepreneurs, the effect of reduced-fare transit passes for low-income riders and the factors that affect the commercial exploitation of scientific knowledge-based on a case study of the godfathers of artificial intelligence.   

    Selected publications​

    • Dalziel, M.  2018.  Why are there (almost) no randomised control trial-based evaluations of business support programmes?  Palgrave Communications 4(1): 12.  Available at:
    • Dalziel, M., Yang, X., Breslav, S., Khan, A., Luo, J.  2018.  Can we design an industry classification system that reflects industry architecture?  Journal of Enterprise Transformation, (2018):  1-25.
    • Dalziel, M.  2017. Evaluating Business Support Programs:  A Guide for Government.  Review commissioned by Treasury Board Secretariat for the Horizontal Innovation and Clean Technology Review.
    • Dalziel, M., Wolfe, D.A., Cummings, D. 2014. Report of the Expert Panel Examining Ontario’s Business Support Programs. Chair of the three-member panel that authored the report on behalf of the Ontario Minister of Finance and Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.  179 pp.  Available at's_Business_Support_Programs
    • Dalziel, M.  2012.  Strategies for challenger firms from emerging economies in the era of open innovation.  International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 5(4):  331-345.
    • Dalziel, M., Rowsell, J., Tahmina, T.N., & Zhao, X.  2012.  A review of academic investigations of the impact of government investments in research and innovation.  Optimum Online:  The Journal of Public Sector Management, 42(2):  19-31.
    • Dalziel, M. & Parjanen, S.  2011.  Measuring the impact of innovation intermediaries:  A case study of Tekes.  In V. Harmaakorpi & H. Melkas (Eds.) Practice-Based Innovation:  Insights, Applications, and Policy Implications.  Finland, Springer.

    • Dalziel, M.  2009.  Foregoing the flexibility of real options:  When and why firms commit to investment decisions.  British Journal of Management, 20(3):  401-412.
    • Dalziel, M.  2008.  The seller’s perspective on acquisition success:  Empirical evidence from the communications equipment industry.  Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 25(3):  168-183.
    • Dalziel, M.  2008.  Immigrants as extraordinarily successful entrepreneurs:   A pilot study of the Canadian experience.  Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 21(10): 23-36.
    • Dalziel, M. 2007.  The importance of target firm customers in acquisitions of technology-based firms.  In C.L. Cooper & S. Finkelstein (Eds.) Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions, 6: 157-170.  The Netherlands, Elsevier

    • Dalziel, M.  2007.  A systems-based approach to industry classification.  Research Policy, 36(10): 1559-1574.
    • Dalziel, M.  2007.  Games of innovation:  The roles of nonprofit organizations.  International Journal of Innovation Management, 11(1): 191-214.
    • Dalziel, M.  2006.  The impact of industry associations.  Innovation:  Management, Policy & Practice, 8(3): 296-306.
    • Dalziel, M.  2004.  Creating user networks for technology-market linking:  An action research report.  International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organizations, 2(4): 353-366.

    Selected awards and honours

    2020 Co-applicant, SSHRC Partnership Grant:  Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship Network (IIE-Net), led by Wendy Cukier, $2.5 million over six years
    2019 Member, Governing Council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

    Collaborator, SSHRC Partnership Grant:  Partnership for the Organization of Innovation and New Technologies (4POINT0), led by Catherine Beaudry, $2.5 million over six years

    2017 Member, Horizontal Innovation and Clean Technology Review Expert Panel, Treasury Broad Secretariat, Canada
    2017 Co-applicant, SSHRC Partnership Grant:  Greening Growth Partnership, led by Stewart Elgie, $2.5 million over six years
    2017 Co-Principal Investigator, Region of Waterloo Affordable Transit Pilot Project, Ontario Trillium Foundation, $125,000

    Chair, Expert Panel Examining Business Support Programs, Government of Ontario


    Using Interfirm Transaction Networks to Characterize Sector and Value Chain Architecture

    SSHRC Insight Grant, $155,000 over 3 years, lead applicant

    Proposal rank:  6/74 applications


    Member, Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on the Socio-Economic Impacts of Innovation Investments


    Measuring the Impact of Investments in Higher Education R&D SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant, $17,500, lead applicant


    Paper entitled ‘A comparison of acquirer and target perspectives on acquisition success’ Best Paper Proceedings of the 2006 Academy of Management Meeting


    Member, Prime Minister’s Advistory Council on Science and Technology roundtable on the diffusion and adoption of advanced technologies and business practices


    The Nature and Evolution of Large-Small Firm Partnerships

    SSHRC Research Grant, New Economy Initiative $104,388 over three years, lead applicant

    Proposal rank: 4/44 applications; 2/7 new scholar applications


    Managing Innovation in the New Economy.

    SSHRC Collaborative Research Initiative Grant, New Economy Initiative

    $3 million over five years, Project Leader: Prof. Roger Miller, one of 16 coapplicants

    Proposal rank:  1/65 applications

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