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Charlene Nicholls-Nixon - Ted Rogers School of Management. Toronto, ON, CA

Charlene Nicholls-Nixon Charlene Nicholls-Nixon

Associate Professor | Ted Rogers School of Management

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Dr. Charlene Nicholls-Nixon is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategy and Director of the Entrepreneurship Research Institute





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Dr. Charlene Nicholls-Nixon is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategy and Director of the Entrepreneurship Research Institute. Prior to joining TRSM, she held faculty appointments at IPADE Business School (Mexico), Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business and the University of Colorado in Boulder. Charlene holds a PhD from Purdue University and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Nicholls-Nixon began her post-MBA career helping to launch a university-based biotech start-up. Subsequently, through her academic research and case writing, she has interacted with senior executives, CEOs, entrepreneurs, scientists and managers at different organization levels to explore issues related to entrepreneurship, innovation and the commercialization of new technology. Her most recent work examines entrepreneurship in emerging economies.

Dr. Nicholls-Nixon’s research has been published in several of the top journals in management and entrepreneurship. She is a member of the editorial boards of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Journal of Management.

Dr. Nicholls-Nixon has taught at all academic levels, including participation in a wide range of international executive education programs.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Business Innovation Rapid Growth Venture Corporate Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurial Orientation Design Thinking Opportunity Creation

Accomplishments (1)

TRSM-FB PolyU Research Collaboration grant (professional)


TRSM-FB PolyU Research Collaboration grant ($15,000) for "Entrepreneurial Orientation in Family Businesses: A Comparative Study of Canada and China” (principal investigator)

Affiliations (1)

  • Chartered Professional Accountants Canada

Selected Media Appearances (1)

Student Startup Taps Soccer's Universal Appeal

StartUpHere Toronto  online


Soccer transcends national barriers. When Seokhoon Jun and James Jun moved from South Korea to Toronto in 2002, they discovered that, more than just a game, soccer could be a way to transition into a new life.

“I was a soccer player myself—I was involved in soccer all my life, volunteering, organizing games, coaching kids, etcetera,” said Seokhoon Jun, fourth-year entrepreneurship student and founder of the soccer non-profit STADIUM. “It was the biggest tool I had to adapt and get into the social groups here. I learned a lot from other people involved in sports, and it helped me through bad times when I had depression.”

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Selected Articles (1)

Technology sourcing and output of established firms in a regime of encompassing technological change Strategic Management Journal

Charlene L. Nicholls-Nixon, Carolyn Y. Woo


This paper argues that when the technological basis of an industry is changing, the firm's approach to technology sourcing plays a critical role in building the capabilities needed to generate new technical outputs. Using survey and archival data from the U.S. pharmaceutical industry during the period 1981–91, we find that different approaches to technology sourcing (internal R&D and external R&D) are related to different types of biotechnology-based output at the end of the period. Internal R&D was positively associated with patent output. Acquisition activity was positively related to number of biotechnology-based products. Greater use of R&D contracts and licenses was associated with stronger reputation for possessing expertise in biotechnology. These findings underscore the importance of taking a multifaceted approach to technology sourcing in order to build the absorptive capacity needed to generate new technical output. Surprisingly, we also found that involvement in joint ventures was negatively related to patent output. This raises interesting questions about the strategic use of joint ventures in a regime of encompassing technological change.

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