University of Calgary

Chad Saunders

  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty [ENTI]

Research Interests

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Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.



Dr Saunders joined the Haskayne School of Business as an Assistant Professor in 2007 and holds adjunct appointments with the Department of Community Health Sciences and the Department of Medicine at the Cumming School of Medicine, where he is the eHealth Services and Strategy Lead with the healthcare innovation incubator the Ward of the 21st Century ( 

Dr Saunders received a BSc (Applied Mathematics, 1996) and MBA (Information Systems, 2000) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a PhD (Management Information Systems, 2006) from the Haskayne School of Business. 

Chad has developed and taught various courses in entrepreneurship, innovation management, information systems, project management, qualitative research methods, and strategy at the University of Calgary, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Athabasca University, and the University of San Francisco.

Chad currently teaches the graduate Introduction to Entrepreneurship for non-MBA students (ENTI 781) and the undergraduate Principles of Entrepreneurship (ENTI 381).  Chad also teaches Management Information Systems and serves as a Project Coach in the Executive MBA program.  Chad’s areas of expertise focus on the management and governance of innovation within organizations, leveraging social enterprises and the effective use of technology by professionals.

Chad's program of research spans three streams of activity.  The first deals with the impact of technology use in professional practices, the second explores the design and innovation of technology enabled knowledge management in organizations, and the third considers the support that entrepreneurs draw upon with a particular interest in the role of academic-industry collaborations and academics engaged in entrepreneurial activities.

Chad has published in leading journals including Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Research Policy, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, and the Ivey Business Journal.  Chad’s program of research is funded through various grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions (AIHS), and Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).


Selected Publications

Hawkins, R., Langford, C., & Saunders, C. (2015). “Assessing the Practical Application of Social Knowledge: A Survey of Six Leading Canadian Universities”, Research Policy, 44(1), 83-95. 

Marcolin, B. & Saunders, C. (2015). “A Roadmap for Academic-Industry Collaborations in Information Systems Research: Avoiding Rigor Mortis”, Database for Advances in Information Systems, 46(3), 23-51. 

Fotheringham, S. & Saunders, C. (2014). “Social Enterprise as Poverty Reducing Strategy for Women”, Journal of Social Enterprise, 10(3), 176-199.

Saunders, C., Hawkins, R. & Langford, C. (2012) “Policy Implications of the Entrepreneurial Activities of Academics in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) for Higher Education Research and Development (HERD). SSHRC Synthesis Report, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). May 15, pp. 1-35.

Scott, R.E., Saunders, C., et al., (2010). “Healthy e-health? Think 'environmental e-health'!”  Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 161: p. 132-138.

Scott RE, Saunders C. (2010). “Comment on Editorial "Telemedicine Is Green"”. Telemed J E Health, 16(1): 118-119.

Scott RE, Saunders C, Loewen L, Twynstra T, Battcock A, Stayberg S. (2009). “The Potential Impact of e-Health on our Environment: Introducing a New and Essential Concept.” Int J Excellence in Healthcare Management. 2009;2(2) (ISSN: 1993-8640).

Scott RE, Saunders C, Hebert M. (2009) “Environmental eHealth: A Social Responsibility for eHealth Proponents” Global Telemedicine and eHealth Updates, 2:94-98.

Hanlon, D. and Saunders, C. (2007)“Marshalling Resources to Form New Small Ventures: Towards A More Holistic Understanding of Entrepreneurial Support” to Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. 31(4). ET&P is on the Financial Times top tier list. 

Saunders, C. (2006). “Knowledge management systems and patenting”, University of Calgary (PhD Thesis). 

Coffin, C., Saunders, C., et al. (2005) “Validity of ICD-9-CM Administrative Data for Determining Eligibility for Pneumococcal Vaccination Triggers” American Journal of Medical Quality, 19(5), 1-6.

Chiasson, M. and Saunders, C. (2005) “Reconciling diverse approaches to opportunity research using the structuration theory” Journal of Business Venturing.  20(6), 747-767.

Parsons, J. and Saunders, C. (2004) “Cognitive Heuristics in Software Engineering: Applying and Extending Anchoring and Adjustment to Artifact Reuse” IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 30(12), 873-885.

Saunders, C. and Chan, Y. (2002).  “Rapid-Growth Firms: The Challenge of Managing Information Technology”. Ivey Business Journal, 66(3), 62-67




  • PhD - Management Information Systems
    University of Calgary, 2006
  • MBA - Management Information Systems
    Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2000
  • BS - Applied Mathematics
    Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1996


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