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John F. Wood Chair in Entrepreneurship, University of Guelph

Felix Arndt is the John F Wood Chair in Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management of the Gordon S Lang School at the University of Guelph, a Research Fellow at the Center for Business and Sports of the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Agder, Norway.

Dr Arndt’s research intersects strategy, entrepreneurship, and innovation. He looks at how firms use organisational renewal and technological innovation to stay ahead of the competition. A second field of interest is best captured by the question how entrepreneurs overcome extreme challenge (e.g. of socio-economic or medical nature). His research has frequently used the Chinese context. Some of his research uses corporate social responsibility questions and the context of contested industries (tobacco, nuclear power etc.).

Teaching has been a passion and privilege. Felix has taught in top MBA and EMBA programs around the world. He was involved in the foundation of several entrepreneurship centers, entrepreneurship and executive programs teaching a range of topics from innovation, entrepreneurship, strategy, leadership to international business.

Felix is an active entrepreneur and investor. As an engineer by training, he is fascinated by new technologies and their application. He has held patents, has experience as an entrepreneur (including scaling and exits), on the director level in consulting, and as a lobbyist.

Prior to coming to Guelph, Felix has been affiliated to universities in the UK (Leicester Castle Business School), USA (Wharton School), China (University of Nottingham) in various faculty and director positions.

He has appeared in print, radio and TV media outlets, is an executive and start-up coach, and also provides consulting services to the private sector and policy advice to the government.


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    John F. Wood Chair in Entrepreneurship, University of Guelph