Felix Arndt | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Felix Arndt

John F. Wood Chair in Entrepreneurship
Department of Management
Phone number: 
ext. 53585
Macdonald Hall (MAC), Room 318


Felix Arndt is the John F Wood Chair in Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management, 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 (dynamic capabilities, ecosystems, business models). 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 emerging market context (e.g. China). Some of his research uses corporate social responsibility questions and the context of contested industries (tobacco, nuclear power etc.). His work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Business Venturing Insights, Industrial and Corporate ChangeEntrepreneurship and Regional Development, Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeTechnovation among others. 

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. Felix is a recognized executive and start-up coach, provides consulting services to the private sector and policy advice to the government. He is currently a board member of Innovation Guelph.

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.