David Foord

Associate Professor

Management, Faculty of

Tilley Hall 342


1 506 292 7411

Dr. David Foord is an Associate Professor. He teaches innovation and entrepreneurship in the Faculty of Management BBA and MBA programs, as well as a reading course on sociotechnical transitions for thesis and dissertation students. He taught previously in St. Thomas University’s Science and Technology Studies Programme (2010-2016) and the UNB Faculty of Engineering’s Technology Management and Entrepreneurship Program (2017-2019). He is the recipient of the UNB Student Union Red Award for Teaching Excellence (2021), UNB Teaching Scholar Award (2022) and UNB Merit Award (2022).

He has authored histories on the upper limb powered prosthetics industry, US carbon black industry, marketing in the Canadian electric utility industry, and science, technology and innovation policy in New Brunswick. He has published studies of science, technology and innovation in lighting, power and biomedical engineering industries.

Dr. Foord’s professional service work has included university and private sector management, board and advisory board positions. He is currently a member of the UNB Faculty of Management Coordination Committee and the Interdisciplinary Studies Executive Committee. He was a board member of Q1 Labs and serves on the board of Inversa Systems. He is an advisory board member of the Emera and NB Power Research Centre and the Energy Modelling Hub.

Dr. Foord has a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies from the University of New Brunswick, a bachelor of laws from Dalhousie University and a bachelor of arts in history from Campion College at the University of Regina.

Recent peer reviewed publications

Foord, D., Kealey, H and McLaughlin, J. (2022). New Brunswick: Beyond the family compact. In Castle, D. & Phillips, P. Science and Innovation Policy in the Provinces. University of Toronto Press.

Foord, D. (2021), Industrial Transitions in the Black: US Government-Business Relations in the Mobilization of Carbon during World War II. Enterprise & Society.

Foord, D. (2021), Fitting places in knowledge translation: biomedical innovation in healthcare practice. Health Policy.

Foord, D. and Kyberd, P. (2021), The Location of innovation in the i-Limb, 1960-2010.  Prometheus.

Tantawy, M., Herbert, K., McNally, J. J., Mengel, T., Piperopoulos, P., & Foord, D. (2021). Bringing creativity back to entrepreneurship education: Creative self-efficacy, creative process engagement, and entrepreneurial intentions. Journal of Business Venturing Insights.

Foord, D., (2020), Changes in technologies and meaning of upper limb prosthetics: Part I - From Ancient Egypt to Early Modern Europe. Myoelectric Controls Symposium, 2020.

Venugopal, A., Foord, D., & Singaram, M. (2020). Lifting the lid off the toilet—Understanding the Indian context and a case on Samagra Empowerment Foundation.” In Socio-Tech Innovation (pp. 179-202). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland.

Foord, D., & McLaughlin, J. D. (2019). Embedded research in energy innovation: An examination of cases and theories of knowledge creation for power generation and lighting technologies. Energy Research & Social Science.

Recent peer reviewed presentations

June 20-23, 2022: Presenter, The Social Construction of Smart Grids: Policy Mixes in the Atlantic Canadian Technology Innovation System, 2009 to 2022. Energy Research and Social Science Conference, Manchester, UK.

November 4-7, 2021: Presenter, Changing Hands in Times of Crisis. CSTHA/AHSTC Virtual Conference, November 4-7, 2021, Science, Technology, and History in Times of Crisis / la science, la technologie et l’histoire en temps de crise.

October 5-8, 2021, Unsustainable homes: Residential energy efficiency programs in Canada, 1970-2020, International Sustainability Transitions Conference 2021, Karlsruhe, Germany.

July 29-August 4, 2021, Industrial transitions in the black: US innovation and scale-up of carbon production, 1864 to 1975, 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.

July 29-August 4, 2021, Fitting places into knowledge translation: biomedical knowledge production and innovation in healthcare practice, 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.

August 7-11, 2020, Public purchase: An examination of US World War II synthetic rubber and carbon black programs for rapid electric power system decarbonization, 80th Academy of Management Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC.

August 18-21, 2020, Public counting and social change: An examination of knowledge production and naturalization of environmental footprints, IST2020 (11th International Sustainability Transition conference). Track: Transitions in Practice and Everyday Life.

August 18-21, 2020, Mobilization models for rapid electric power system decarbonization, IST2020 (11th International Sustainability Transition conference).  Track: Power, Agency, and Politics in Transitions.

August 10, 2019: Lifting the lid off the toilet- Understanding the Indian context and a case on Samagra Empowerment Foundation, 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

May 11, 2019: Postmodern architecture and knowledge creation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1954 to 2018, 2019 Qualitative Analysis Conference, Fredericton, NB.

June 12, 2018: Location and technology: An examination of cases and theories of invention, development and innovation of power generation and lighting technologies, 9th International Sustainability Transition Conference, Manchester, UK.