Building upon business experience in auditing, logistics and business development, Francine Schlosser received her Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo and is now an Associate Professor at the Odette School of Business, University of Windsor, Ontario. She researches factors that affect the career transition and employment relationships of aging workers, volunteers, and entrepreneurs. Her articles have been accepted for publication in academic journals including the Organizational Studies, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Business Research, and Journal of Managerial Psychology. Dr. Schlosser was founding Director of the Centre for Business Advancement and Research (2006-‐2010) and founding Director of the Centre for Enterprise and Law (CEL 2010-‐2013). CEL was the only multi-‐disciplinary clinical and experiential learning outreach program in Canada in which business and law students collaborated to help inventors and small businesses with commercialization, feasibility studies and intellectual property protection.
Since 2013, Dr. Schlosser has been the Director, Research and Interdisciplinary Learning at the Odette School of Business’ Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre and has worked with other faculties to develop an entrepreneurial culture on campus. Her collaboration with University of Windsor’s Law and Engineering faculties has attracted more than $1.7 million in funding in the past 5 years. She has been honoured with multiple research and teaching awards including the most innovative course in entrepreneurial education from the Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She serves as Secretary, CCSBE, and Associate Editor, Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She has published 34 journal articles, book chapters and cases and has delivered 55 conference presentations since 2004. She was recently awarded University of Windsor’s Golden Jubilee Professorship in Business.
Statement of Purpose
I am very interested in taking an active role at ICSB and accept the nomination for SVP Development. I have highlighted my accomplishments and qualifications below.
I have represented the University of Windsor as an institution engaged in strengthening the Canadian business academic scene. I have actively participated in the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC), serving in multiple capacities (Academic Reviewer, Program Chair, Division Chair) in their Human Resources Division, and in the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE). Additionally, I've presented my research at every CCSBE conference since 2010. I am a founding member of the USASBE business-law special interest group (2012) and participated in the USASBE conferences in 2011, 2012 and 2014. I presented my research at ECSB’s RENT conference in 2012 and my conference paper was included in the RENT Anthology.
My active involvement in the governance of uk replica watches CCSBE was immediate: beginning in 2010-2012 as VP Programs, co-chairing the CCSBE conference in 2012, becoming VP Communications from 2012 til 2013 and then taking on CCSBE Board Secretary for 2013-2015. In my role as Secretary for CCSBE (2013), I led a large $20,000,000 Networks Centres of Excellence grant application for the organization. Although reviewers commented on the usefulness of the research, the proposal was not viewed as a good fit with that particular call, and reviewers suggested we apply for a different, more applicable grant when the opportunity arises. I also participate in CCSBE in my role as Associate Editor of its affiliated journal, the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (2012-present).
My research addresses current trends that are of particular concern to ICSB and its efforts in support of the global economy. These include the greying of the workforce; the growing use of mobile technologies; the growing global economic uncertainty; increasingly mobile knowledge workers; and the 21st century phenomenon of temporary, less traditional jobs. These trends have made it important for workers to take control of replica watches uk their careers and roles. Hence, my most significant contributions contribute to understanding how employees and employers can stimulate entrepreneurial learning and innovative knowledge-based strategic involvement; and manage mid- and late-career transitions within a context of new technology and internal and industry restructuring.
My broad knowledge of entrepreneurial outreach will be useful to ICSB. The Odette School of Business is situated in a region experiencing high immigration and high unemployment. — a region of workers compelled to find new employment. Accordingly, I have developed my research and outreach to meet the needs of the regional context by developing new knowledge about career and industry transition, publishing articles on the emerging ‘green’ cluster, aging workers, and career transition to self- employment and volunteer work. I have been engaged in studying organizational and interpersonal factors influencing career transition to self-employment and entrepreneurial mentoring in rolex replica uk a variety of populations and conducted a SSHRC-funded study of student intellectual property rights and commercialization in Canada. My outreach has extended off campus and I have developed a network of entrepreneurial and government contacts. I have visited many entrepreneurial centers across Michigan, Ontario and California in order to develop best practices. I organized a University of Windsor Research and Pedagogy conference in 2011 that hosted 20 academics from interdisciplinary entrepreneurship programs across North America. Through all these visits and connections I have set the stage to create an agenda for inter-institutional collaboration, involving a sharing of resources to enhance the youth entrepreneurship experience. At
EPICentre, I am currently working with our Technology Transfer Office to coordinate the business model connecting our interdisciplinary network of incubation clusters on campus.
Finally, prior to my doctoral studies, I worked 12 years in wide ranging positions, encompassing the public and private sector, and the financial and energy sector. My roles included business development, marketing, auditing, and logistics. This experience provides a practical basis to my approach in helping businesses be successful.
Thank you for this opportunity to present myself as a candidate for the position of SVP, Development, ICSB.
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