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Rotman Magazine Speaker Series - Angèle Beausoleil: The Era of Human and Machine Innovation


Rotman School of Management
Assistant Professor

Dr. Angèle Beausoleil is a 'pracademic' who teaches design methodologies for business innovation and leads field (action) research inside organizations on innovation process design, navigation and management. A former communications designer, senior strategist and innovation lab executive, she applies her 25 years of business experience to crafting high impact teaching and student-centred learning experiences. As Rotman's assistant professor of Business Design and Innovation, Dr. Beausoleil teaches MBAs and senior commerce students Business Design Practicum, Creativity and Business Innovation, Design Research and Data Storytelling, and the International Design Study Tour. She taught for five years at UBC's Sauder School of Business and remains a visiting lecturer at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Dr. Beausoleil is Canada's first PhD to focus on innovation literacy (innovativeness/innovatorship) using business/strategic design (design thinking) processes and methods.

Academic Positions


Assistant Professor - Teaching Stream, Rotman School of Management 2017-2018

Lecturer, UC Berkeley Haas School of Management 2016-2018

Sessional Lecturer, UBC Sauder School of Business 2016-2018

Academic-In-Residence, UBC and CreativeBC 2012-2016

Adjunct Professor, UBC Sauder School of Business Non-Academic Positions 2011-2016

CEO, Agent Innovateur Inc. 2011-2014

Board Member, Vancouver International Film Festival Society 2012-2016

Board Member, Telus Health Fund 2015-2017

Board Director, Interface Health Society 2006-2011

VP, Strategy and Innovation, Cossette Corp. 2004-2006

VP, Marketing and Interactive Media, Chalk Media 2001-2004

Consultant, Strategy and Marketing, Technology Corporations 1998-2001

VP, Product Marketing, Ideas That Play Entertainment Inc. 1994-1998

Producer and UX Designer, BCIT 1990-1994

Communication Designer, Worldwide Marketing Corporation

Selected Publications - Papers

The case for design-mediated innovation pedagogy (Dissertation: December 2016) Beausoleil

UBC 2016

Decoding culture, creativity and innovation through visual analytics Beausoleil



International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation (IJANTTI) Beausoleil


Issue:3 2014

Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

Creative BC Strategic Framework and Action Plan Beausoleil



Recent Presentations

Strategic design-driven innovation and studio learning: a visual case study of the Sauder School of Business Art of Management Conference, Copenhagen Business School


Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Beausoleil is championing the pedagogy and practice of Business Design at Rotman. She aims to introduce 'Creativity and Business Innovation ' and 'Design Research and Data Storytelling' to both MBAs and Commerce students at Rotman. Her applied (action) research explores the innovation process at the intersections of education, sociology and economics. She investigates the role and practice of design methods as both an art and science within organizations. She works closely with industry and governments on assessing and building individual and organizational innovativeness -- applying a strategist's mindset and designer's toolset.

Honors and Awards


Teaching Excellence - New Elective, UC Berkeley Haas 2017

Teaching Excellence, UBC Sauder School of Business 2016-2018

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, UBC 2015-2017

Public Scholar Fellowship Award, UBC 2014

Academic Achievement Award, UBC


  • PhD in Innovation Process and Design Pedagogy, University of British Columbia
  • MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Business/Sociology/Computer Science), University of British Columbia
  • BAA in Communication Design and Business, Ryerson University

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