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Jonathan Larry Calof

  • Jonathan Larry Calof has been at HSE University since 2016.

Education and Degrees

  • 1991

    University of Western Ontario

  • 1986

    Master's in Business Administration
    University of Western Ontario

  • 1983

    Carleton University

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

2020: Training course ""Organisation of the educational process at HSE: rules and principles, regulatory and methodological issues, use of ICT"

Editorial board membership

Regional Editor - North America, Foresight: The journal of futures studies, strategic thinking and policy (Emerald)

Member of Editorial Council, Foresight and STI Governance

2014 - present: Executive Editor, Frontline Safety and Security Magazine

2011- present: Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Intelligence Studies in Business

1996 - 2018: Editorial Review Board and Reviewer, International Management Review

2012 - 2013: Guest Editor, Foresight, The Journal of Future Studies, Strategic Thinking and Policy, Volume 14, Issue 1 (With Jack Smith)

2010 - 2012: Guest Editor, Foresight Journal, Special Issue on Foresight Impact

2008: Guest co-editor, European Journal of Marketing, Special Issue on Competitive Intelligence

2006: Member, Editorial Board and Guest Editor, Journal of Competitive Intelligence and Management, issue #4

2000 - 2010: Editorial Review Board and Reviewer, Journal of Small Business Management

Honors and Awards

2016: Distinguished members award, Strategic Competitive Intelligence Society

2015: Extraordinary Professor, North-West University South Africa

2015: Best Elective Course Professor, Part Time Telfer MBA students

2015: Extraordinary Professor, Potechefstroom Business School, North-West University, South Africa

2012: Telfer Research Award (For Nortel Research Program), Telfer School of Management

2010: Professor of the Year, MBA Students, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

2010: Fellow Award, Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP)

2009: 75th Anniversary Volunteer Award, Jewish Federation of Ottawa

2008: Professor Appreciation Award, MBA Students, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

2007: Appreciation Award, Competitive Intelligence Foundation

2007: Lifetime Achievement Award for Competitive Intelligence, Frost and Sullivan


Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Competitive Intelligence (2000-2016)

Government On Line (2006, 2005, 2004, 2002)

International Study Trip (EMBA) (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005)

Multinational Corporations and Strategies (2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005)

Multinational Corporations and Strategies (EMBA) (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005)

Multinational Management 1 (2004, 2003, 2002, 2001)

Multinational Management 2 (2004, 2003, 2002, 2001)

Seminar II: Competitive Intelligence (2011)

Seminar in Administration (2001)

Seminar in Administration 3 (2007, 2006)

Seminar: Competitive Intelligence (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001)

Seminar: International Market Evaluation and Strategy (EMBA) (2010, 2007, 2006)

Strategic Formulation and Implementation (2015, 2014)

Strategy Formulation and Implementation (EMBA) (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008)

Strategic Management (2015, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000)


Books Authored

Calof, J.L. (2001) Competitive Intelligence Handbook: An Everyday Approach, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Government of Canada Publications, Canada, 30 pages.

Books Edited

Calof, J.L., Hohhof, B., (Ed.)  (2007) Conference and Trade Show Intelligence, Competitive Intelligence Foundation, Alexandria, 263 pages.

Chapters in Books

Calof, J.L. (2015) “Creating impactful intelligence : Communication Lessons From The Corporate environment and Competitive Intelligence”, in Transforming intelligence: Communicating analysis in the 21st century, Arcos, R., Pherson, R (Eds.) , Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 72-87.

Calof, J., Fox, B. (2010) “Trade Show Intelligence”, in Competitive Intelligence Anthology, Hohhof, B (Ed.) , Competitive Intelligence Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia, pp. 37-43.

Calof, J.L., Potter, K., Potter, N. (2009) “Event Show Intelligence - Examples of Successful Competitive Intelligence Collection Projects”, in Competitive Technical Intelligence, Ashton, R., Hohhof, B (Eds.) , Competitive Intelligence Foundation, 4th volume on Topics in CI Series.

Calof, J. (2008) “Conference and Trade Show Intelligence: Jump-Start your New Function”, in Starting a Competitive Intelligence Function, Sawka, K., Hohhof, B (Eds.) , Competitive Intelligence Foundation, Alexandria, VA, 3rd volume in Topics in CI Series, pp. 121-128.

Calof, J.L., Dishman, P. (2007) “Knowledge Acquisition and Transfer”, in Trading Places: SMEs in the Global Economy - A Critical Research Handbook, Lloyd-Reason, L., Sear, L (Eds.) , Edward Elgar, UK, Chapter 9.

Calof, J.L., Fox, R. (2006) “Trade show intelligence: Intensive, exhaustive, and fun”, in CI Starter Kit, Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, pages 6-10.

Calof, J.L., Viviers, W. (2005) “Competitive Intelligence in a Foreign Environment: German and Canadian Firms Compared”, in Multinational Enterprises, Foreign Direct Investment and Growth in Africa: South African Perspectives, Gilroy, B.M., Gries, T., Naude, W.A (Eds.) , Heidelberg: Physica-Verlag, pp. 209-228.

Calof, J.L. (1997) “The Role of Ethnic Minorities in Building a Stronger Economy and a More United Country”, in The Battle Over Multiculturalism, Cardozo, A (Ed.) , Pearson Shoyama Publishers, Ottawa.

Calof, J.L., Beamish, P.W. (1996) “The Importance of International Attitudes”, in Strategic Management Text, Readings, and Cases, Beamish, P.W., Woodcock, P (Eds.) , Richard D. Irwin, Inc., Homewood, IL,  4th edition.

Beamish, P.W., Calof, J.L. (1991) “Sterling Marking Products Inc.”, in International Management: Text and Cases, Beamish, P.W., Killing, J.P., Lecarw, D., Crookell, H (Eds.) , Richard D. Irwin, Inc., Homewood, IL.

Beamish, P.W., Calof, J.L. (1990) “Caron Fourniture Ltee - Exporting to the US”, in Strategic Management: Text, Readings and Canadian Cases, Baetz, M., Beamish, P.W (Eds.) , Richard D. Irwin, Inc., Homewood, IL,  2nd Edition.

Beamish, P.W., Calof, J.L. (1990) “The Internationalization Process for Smaller Ontario Firms: Partial Bibliography on the Internationalization Process: Deciding Between Alternative Modes and Markets”, in Research in Global Business Management, JAI Press Inc., Greenwich, CT, 1, pp. 88-92.

Papers in Refereed Journals

Calof, J.L., Richards, G., Smith, J. (2015) “Foresight, competitive intelligence and business analytics - tools for making industrial programs more efficient”, Foresight Russia , 9(1): 68-81,.

Calof, J., Mirabeau, L., Richards, G. (2015) “Towards an Environmental Awareness Model Integrating Formal and Informal Mechanisms - Lessons from the Demise of Nortel”, Journal of Intelligence Studies in Business , 5(1): 57-69, June.

Calof, J.L. (2014) “Evaluating the impact of technical intelligence”, Journal of Intelligence Studies in Business , 4(3): 79-90.

Calof, J.L. (2013) “The Role of Intelligence for Developing Better Government Programs : Managing What's Outside the Government Using Foresight, Intelligence, Business Analytics and Dashboards”, Securité et Stratégie , (12): 15 pages, April.

Calof, J.L., Smith, J. (2012) “Foresights Impact from around the World: A Special Issue”, Foresight (Cambridge) , 14(1): 5-14, Winter.

Calof, J.L., Miller, R., Jackson, M. (2012) “Towards Impactful Foresight: Viewpoints from Foresight Consultants and Academics”, Foresight (Cambridge) , 14(1): 82-97, Winter.

Calof, J.L., Smith, J.E. (2010) “Critical Success Factors for Government-led Foresight”, Science and Public Policy , 37(1): 31-40, February.

Calof, J.L., Smith, J. (2010) “The Integrative Domain of Foresight and Competitive Intelligence and Its Impact on R&D Management”, R&D Management , 40(1): 31-39, January.

Calof, J.L. (2008) “Competitive Intelligence and the Management Accountability Framework”, Optimum Online: The Journal of Public Sector Management , 37(4): 31-36, December.

Dishman, P., Calof, J.L. (2008) “Competitive Intelligence: A Multiphasic Precedent to Marketing Strategy”, European Journal of Marketing , 42(7-8): 766-785, Spring.

Calof, J.L., Wright, S. (2008) “Competitive Intelligence: A Practitioner, Academic and Inter-Disciplinary Perspective”, European Journal of Marketing , 42(7-8): 717-730, Spring.

Wright, S., Calof, J.L. (2006) “The Quest for Competitive Business and Marketing Intelligence: A Country Comparison of Current Practices”, European Journal of Marketing , 40(5-6): 453-465, May.

Calof, J.L. (2006) “The SCIP06 Academic Program - Reporting on the State of the Art”, Journal of Competitive Intelligence and Management , 3(4): 5-13.

Calof, J.L., Brouard, F. (2004) “Competitive Intelligence in Canada”, Journal of Competitive Intelligence and Management , 2(2): 1-21, Summer.

Nash, J.C., Calof, J.L., Nash, M. (2003) “Statistical Process Improvement, Open-Source Software, and E-commerce”, The E-Business Review , 3: 125-128.

Calof, J.L., Nash, J.C. (2003) “Towards a Theory of Internet Strategy Development: applying the Stages Theory of Internationalization”, The E-Business Review , 3: 18-21.

Viviers, W., Calof, J.L. (2002) “International Information Seeking Behaviors of South African Exporters”, South African Journal of Information Management , 4(3): 11 pages, October, (http://general.rau.ac.za/infosci/raujournal/default.asp?to=peer3vol4nr3).

Calof, J.L., Viviers, W. (2002) “The Competitive Intelligence Practices of South African Firms”, South African Journal of Business Management , 33(3): 27-37.

Calof, J.L., Vivier, W. (2001) “Creating an Intelligence Society in South Africa”, Africa Insight , 31(2): 61-67, June.

Calof, J.L., Lithwick, D. (2001) “Tools for Planning Intelligence Projects - Let's Not Waste More Valuable Project Time”, Competitive Intelligence Review , 12(1): 24-31.



VIII International Academic Conference “Foresight and STI Policy”, November 15-16, 2018, Moscow, Russia. Presentation: "Challenges to the Sustainable Foresight in Government Departments and Agencies: Results of a Canadian Expert Panel"

XIX April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development, April 10-13, 2018, Moscow, Russia. Presentation: "History of Foresight in the Canadian Government – Timelines and lessons learned"

Calof, J.L. (2015) Competitive intelligence: European practices and challenges. La 3éme Rencontre Internationale  de  Dakhla: Les nouveaux territoires économiques Acteurs et facteurs de l’émergence Expériences internationales compares, December 3-4, Dakhla Morocco – 12 pages.

Calof, J.L.  (2015) Gaining insights into markets- Environmental scanning, foresight, and intelligence practices in Europe. International Academic Conference on Foresight and STI Policy, November 19-20, Moscow Russia

Mirabeau, Laurent, Richards, Gregory and Calof, Jonathan (2015) The Arrow of Failure: How the Black Cloud Led to Nortel’s Demise. Paper presented at Strategic Management Society Conference, Denver, USA, Awarded Finalist Award.

Richards, G., Mirabeau, L., Calof, J., Mignerat, M. (2014) “A process view of organizational failure: The case of Nortel” Proceedings, Academy of Management Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 40 pages, August.

Calof, J.L. (2013) “Lessons Learned for the Corporate Environment” Proceedings, Presenting Intelligence in the 21st Century. International Studies Association, annual conference, Toronto, ON, 11 pages, November.

Calof, J. (2012) “Where is intelligence going in North American - New Frameworks and Approaches” Proceedings, Information Systems and Economic Intelligence, 5th International Conference on Information Systems and Economic Intelligence (SIIE), Djerba, Turkey, page 12, February.

Calof, J.L., Bouthillier, F. (2011) “Evaluating Future Technology Foresight” Proceedings, The 4th International Seville Conference on "Future-Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA)", Seville, 15 pages, May.

Calof, J. (2011) “Foresight and intelligence combined: How to develop better policies and strategies” Proceedings, IEMA - 5 Alger 2011, L'Intelligence international, Sidi Fredj, May.

Calof, J.L., Jackson, M., Miller, R. (2011) “Towards impactful foresight - advice from the advisors” Proceedings, The 4th International Seville Conference on "Future-Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA), Seville, Spain, 9 pages, May.

Calof, J.L., Smith, J.E. (2009) “Critical Success Factors for Government Led Foresight” Proceedings, Russnano, Russian Nanotechnology Conference, Moscow, Page 543, October.

Calof, J.L., Smith, J.E. (2008) “The Integrative Domain of Foresight and Competitive Intelligence and its Impact on R&D Management” Proceedings, R&D Management Conference 2008, Ottawa, ON, June.

Calof, J.L., Smith, J.E. (2008) “The Use and Impacts of FTA for Policy and Decision Making” Proceedings, The 3rd International Seville Conference on Future Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA), Seville, pages 59-60, October.

Calof, J.L. (2008) “What Is the Domain of Intelligence? The First Phase of a Study?” Proceedings, European Competitive Intelligence Symposium, Lisbon, page 10, March.

Calof, J.L. (2007) “Trading Places: SME's in the Global Economy” Proceedings, The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Small Business Institute - USASBE/SBI Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, January.

Calof, J.L., Nash, J. (2005) “Learning Experiences: Open Source Software” Proceedings, International Conference on E-Government (ICEG 2005), Ottawa, ON, pages 69-75, October.

Calof, J.L., Miller, J. (2004) “Best practices and trends in CI-An International Comparison” Proceedings, Society of Competitive Intelligence, Boston, MA, 26 pages, March.

Calof, J.L. (2004) “Intelligence Research - Where Are We Now” Proceedings, Academy of Marketing Sciences Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, May.

Calof, J.L. (2004) “Knowledge for Innovation: Competitive Intelligence Practices in Small and Medium Sized Business” Proceedings, International Council for Small Business 49th World Conference, Johannesburg, 14 pages, June.

Calof, J.L., Dishman, P. (2004) “The Intelligence Construct in the Marketing Strategy Process” Proceedings, Academy for Marketing Sciences Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, May.

Calof, J.L., Dishman, P. (2004) “The Intelligence Process: Development and Measurement of a Concept” Proceedings, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Quebec, QC, June.

Calof, J.L. (2004) “Trade Show Intelligence - A Tool for Business Analysis” Proceedings, Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals - Europe Conference, Milan, 20 pages, October.

Calof, J.L. (2003) “Trade show experience in Canada A government, Industry, Association, Academic partnership” Proceedings, International Council for Small Business, 48th Annual Conference, Belfast, page 208, June.

Calof, J.L., Fox, B. (2003) “Trade Show Intelligence - A Networked Approach” Proceedings, Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, Anaheim, CA, March.

Calof, J.L., Breakspear, A. (2002) “Auditing the CI Function” Proceedings, Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, Cincinnati, OH, pages 515-519, April.

Calof, J.L. (2001) “Competitive Intelligence and the Small Firm = Requirements and Barriers” Proceedings, International Council of Small Business, Taipei, 19 pages, June.

Calof, J.L., Viviers, W. (2001) “Information Seeking Behaviors of South African Exporters” Proceedings, International Council of Small Business, Taipei, page 53, June.

Calof, J.L. (2000) “Teaching Competitive Intelligence” Proceedings, Intelligence and Education Conference, Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, Philadelphia, PA, December.

Calof, J.L. (2000) “The Internet and Intelligence” Proceedings, Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, pages 173-176, May.

Calof, J.L. (2000) “Towards a Competitive Intelligence Construct” Proceedings, Academy of Business Administration, Vancouver, BC, April.

Employment history

2016 - present: National Research University Higher School of Economics, Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, Research Laboratory for Science and Technology Studies, Leading Research Fellow

2015 - present: University of Ottawa, Telfer School of Management, Full Professor

1995 - 2014: University of Ottawa, Telfer School of Management, Associate Professor

1990 - 1995: University of Ottawa, Faculty of Administration, Assistant Professor

1988: University of Western Ontario, School of Business Administration, Research Assistant

1986 - 1987: Ontario Management Development Program, Lecturer

1985: Department of Regional and Industries Expansion, Small Business Secretariat, Consultant (Summer Session

1980 - 1984: Canadian Government Expositions Centre, Supply and Services Canada, Project Officer (Summer trade shows)

1978 - 1986: Calof Productions, President/Producer

Dr. Calof is recognized as one of the leaders in intelligence and foresight. 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.

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 honours including Frost and Sullivan's life time achievement award in competitive intelligence; Fellow award from the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals; Honorary Professor at Yunnan Normal University in China; Appointment to the international advisory board for the Russian Foresight Committee of HSE; Honorary member of the Russian Society of Competitive Intelligence Professional; Board of advisors for the Centre en Intelligence Economique et Management Stratégique(CIE'MS/Center for Competitive Intelligence and Strategic Management in Morocco and Extraordinary Professor at North-West University in South Africa. He was also recently awarded SCIP's member of the year award for his influence on the practice and the field of competitive intelligence.

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 ForbesBusiness WeekCIO MagazineFinancial TimesThe National PostGlobe and MailCanadian 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 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 Success Nexus, a Malaysian biofuel company. Recently Dr. Calof 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 in the middle of a study looking at competitive intelligence practices around the world.

Timetable for today

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‘I Can’t Think of a Better Time for Young Researchers to Work in Foresight’

Foresight and STI Policy are among the symposium topics of the XXIII Yasin International Academic Conference. How has foresight developed in Canada? How did academic life change during the pandemic? What can early-career foresight researchers expect? The HSE News Service discussed these questions with Jonathan Calof, one of the symposium’s speakers.

‘I Love Learning in a Multicultural Environment’

The Master’s programme in Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation at HSE University has long been popular with international students due to the versatility of its curriculum, strong practical focus, and talented faculty. International students of the programme talk about the advantages of the programme, their favourite courses, and career aspirations.

‘I Like That the Professors Are Invested in Our Learning’

The master’s programme in Governance of Science, Technology, and Innovation offered by HSE ISSEK aims to equip students with skills that are in short supply in the private and public sectors. Courses and internship work give students a global perspective on science, technology, and innovation in addition to showing them how to be effective managers and conduct evidence-based assessment. Students also have the option of pursuing a double degree with a partner university in Europe and Asia. Francisco Jose Contreras Alarcon (Chile) and Ilaria Billo (Italy) share their experiences working towards double degrees in the programme.

COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE: help your business compete

Prof. Jonathan Calof delivered a compact course on Competitive Intelligence from November, 26, till December, 12 to 1st year students. He introduced Competitive Intelligence as theoretical and practical concept for the company’s strategy formulation.

Foresight and STI Governance no 3, 2018

The new issue of the Foresight and STI Governance journal examines the experience of different countries in managing innovations in the public and private sectors.