About Jo-Louise

Jo-Louise Huq (Ph.D., MBA, CCMP)

When I started this blog, I had recently completed my dissertation (that helped me earn a PhD in Strategic Management and Organization, from the University of Alberta School of Business) and I was looking for ways to share some of what I had learned about innovation and change. A few years have passed, and now I am working on and teaching about change and innovation. I work mostly in the health care sector, and generally I teach and co-supervise post-graduate students (Masters and Doctoral) business students at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.

 

Some of my learnings about change and innovation —

  • Change and innovation processes are emergent and iterative and can be guided but not directed. Semi-structured processes that allow for flexibility and engagement are needed.
  • Collaborating seems to work better than imposing or directing change and innovation.
  • People in organizations might support change even when their actions suggest otherwise. It’s important to dig into ‘resistance’ to understand why it is happening and what it means.
  • Even when people agree that change is needed and with the future vision, they may not know how to change their behaviors and ways of working. Slow adoption can happen because of many reasons.

This blog is linked to CCIG: Collaborative Change and Innovation Group (ccigsolutions.com). I co-founded CCIG with Kathryn York (MBA, CHE, B.Comm) and we support sectors, organizations, and individuals who want to encourage collaborative change and innovation to better address social and organizational challenges.

Links to my published works are available on my Linkedin page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jo-louise-huq-b5824028/