Dr. Charles Davis
Charles currently teaches and conducts research on management and policy in industries that produce experience goods – with special interest in innovation and new product development in the software and content layers of mediated creative industries. He is currently involved in research projects on media product innovation, media labour, media industry clusters, audience responses to media offerings, corporate governance of innovation, and digital entrepreneurship.
His graduate and undergraduate teaching includes courses in media management, new product development, political economy of media industries, audience analysis, innovation in experience-producing industries, cultural economy, and media entrepreneurship. Charles teaches in Ryerson’s MA in Media Production program, in the Ryerson/York MA/PhD program in Communication and Culture, and in Ryerson’s MBA/MSc in Management of Technology and Innovation program.
Projects & Publications
- Fans, Blockbusterisation, and the Transformation of Cinematic Desire: Global Receptions of The Hobbit Film Trilogy, by C. Michelle, C. Davis, C. Hight, and A. Hardy. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
- Making Global Audiences for a Hollywood ‘Blockbuster’ Feature Film: Marketability, Playability, and The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey, by C.H. Davis, C. Michelle, A. Hardy, and C. Hight. Journal of Fandom Studies 4(1): 105-126.
- The Hobbit hyperreality paradox: Polarization among audiences for a 3D high frame rate film, by C. Michelle, C.H. Davis, C. Hight, and A. Hardy. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. Published online 19 May 2015. DOI: 10.1177/1354856515584880. Print version forthcoming.
- Pleasure, disaffection, ‘conversion’ or rejection? The (limited) role of prefiguration in shaping audience engagement and response, by C. Michelle, C.H. Davis, A. Hardy and C. Hight. International Journal of Cultural Studies. Published online 12 Mar. 2015. Print version forthcoming.
- An Unexpected Controversy in Middle-earth: audience encounters with the ‘dark side’ of transnational film production, by Carolyn Michelle, Ann Hardy, Charles H. Davis, and Craig Hight, Transnational Cinemas 6(1), 49-66.
- Framing Audience Prefigurations of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The Roles of Fandom, Politics and Idealised Intertexts, by Charles H. Davis, Carolyn Michelle, Ann Hardy, and Craig Hight, Participations 11(1): 50-87, 2014.
- Value Propositions of Opera and Theatre Live in Cinema, by Florin Vladica and Charles H. Davis.
- Beyond the Qualitative-Quantitative Divide: Reflections on the Utility and Challenges of Q Methodology for Media Researchers, by Carolyn Michelle and Charles H. Davis. Pp. 1-23 in Blackwell Companion to Methods in Media Studies, v. 7: Research Methods in Media Studies, ed. F. Darling-Wolf. New York: Wiley, 2014.
- Audience Value and Transmedia Products, by Charles H. Davis. Pp. 175-190 in T. Storsul and A. Krumsvik (eds.), Media Innovations (Göteborg: Nordicom), 2013.
- Understanding Variation in Audience Engagement and Response: an Application of the Consolidated Model to Receptions of Avatar, by Carolyn Michelle, Charles H. Davis, and Florin Vladica, The Communication Review 15: 106-143, 2012.
- Q Methodology in Audience Research: Bridging the Qualitative/Quantitative ‘Divide’? by Charles H. Davis and Carolyn Michelle, Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies 8(2): 559-593, 2011.
- Consumer Value and Modes of Media Reception: Audience Responses to the Computer-animated Psychorealist Documentary Ryan and its Own Documentation in Alter Egos, by Charles H. Davis and Florin Vladica, Palabra Clave 13(1): 13-30, 2010.
- Photographic Images, Culture, and Perception in Tourism Advertising: a Q Methodology Study of Canadian and Chinese University Students by Keith Dewar, Wei M. Li, and Charles H. Davis, Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing 22(2): 36-44, 2007.
Innovation Management and Policy in Creative/IT Industries
- Transnational Over-the-Top Video Distribution as a Business and Policy Disruptor: the case of Netflix in Canada, by E. Zboralska and C.H. Davis. Journal of Media Innovations, in press.
- Platform proliferation and its implications for domestic content policies, by R. Picard, C.H. Davis, F. Papandrea, and S. Park (2016). Informatics and Telematics 33(2), 683-692.
- Domestic Content Policies in the Broadband Age: a Four-Country Analysis by S. Park, C.H. Davis, F. Papandrea, and R.G. Picard. University of Canberra (March 2015).
- Innovation and Toronto’s Cognitive-Cultural Economy, by Charles H. Davis and Nik Mills,pp. 59-91 in David A. Wolfe (Ed.) Innovating in Urban Economies: Economic Transformation of Canadian City-regions. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
- Innovation and Experience Goods: a Critical Appraisal of a Missing Dimension in Innovation Theory, by Richard Hawkins and Charles H. Davis, Prometheus 30(3): 1-25, Fall 2012.
- Media Industry Clusters and Public Policy, by Charles H. Davis, pp. 72-98 in C. Karlsson and R. Picard, eds., Media Clusters: Spatial Agglomeration and Content Capabilities. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2011.
- The Toronto Media Cluster: between culture and commerce, by Charles H. Davis, pp. 223-250 in C. Karlsson and R. Picard, eds., Media Clusters: Spatial Agglomeration and Content Capabilities. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2011.
- La production audiovisuelle canadienne indépendante: Aides financières, diffusion et écoute, by Jean-Pierre Le Goff, Johanne Brunet, Charles H. Davis, Daniel Giroux, and Florian Sauveageau. Sainte-Foy, QC: Centre d’études sur les medias, Université Laval, 2011. An English version has been published as Canada’s Independent Television Production: funding, supply and audience.
- Innovation and Knowledge Flows in the Financial Services and ICT Sectors of the Toronto Region, by David Wolfe, Charles H. Davis, Nicola Hepburn, Nik Mills, and Gale Moore. Report prepared for the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, the Toronto Region Research Alliance, and the City of Toronto, November, 2011.
- International Production Outsourcing and the Development of Indigenous Film and Television Capabilities – the case of Canada, by Charles H. Davis and Janice Kaye. In G. Elmer, C. Davis, J. McCullough, and J. Marchessault, eds., Locating Migrating Media, Lexington Books, 2010.
- Applying an Innovation Cluster Framework to a Creative Industry: the case of screen-based media in Ontario, by Charles H. Davis, Tijs Creutzberg, and David Arthurs, Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice 11(2): 201-214, 2009.
- Business Innovation and New Media Practices in Documentary Film Production and Distribution: Conceptual Framework and Review of Evidence, by Florin Vladica and Charles H. Davis, in A. Albarran, P. Faustino and R. Santos (eds.), The Media as a Driver of the Information Society. Lisbon: Media XXI/Formalpress and Universidade Catolica Editora, 2009.
- Indicators to Support Innovation Cluster Policy by David Arthurs, Erin Cassidy, Charles H. Davis, and David Wolfe, International Journal of Technology Management 46(3/4): 263-279, 2009.
Labour and Entrepreneurship in Creative Industries
- Telling Our Stories: Screenwriters and the production of screen-based Culture in English-speaking Canada, by M. Coutanche, C.H. Davis, and E. Zboralska. Canadian Journal of Communication 40(2). ISSN 1499-6642. Available at: <http://www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/2995>. Published online 14 May 2015. Print version forthcoming.
- Screenwriters in Toronto: Centre, Periphery, and Exclusionary Networks in Canadian Screen Storytelling, by Charles H. Davis, Jeremy Shtern, Michael Coutanche and Elizabeth Godo. Pp. 77-98 in J. Grant (ed.), Seeking Talent for Creative Cities: the Social Dynamics of Innovation. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
- The 2012 Report on Canadian English-language Screenwriters, by Michael Coutanche and Charles H. Davis.
- Roundtable on Cultural Diversity in the Toronto Screen Media Production Industry. Report and Action Plan, by Charles H. Davis, Jeremy Shtern, and Paul de Silva, June 2012.
- ‘If It Ain’t on the Page, It Ain’t on the Stage’: Screenwriting, National Specificity and the English-Canadian Feature Film, by Janice Kaye and Charles H. Davis, Journal of Screenwriting 2(1): 61-83, 2011.
- New Firms in the Screen-based Media Industry: Startups, Self-employment, and Standing Reserve, by Charles H. Davis. In M. Deuze, ed., Managing Media Work, Sage Publications, 2010.
- International Television Co-productions and the Cultural Discount: the Case of Family Biz, a Comedy, by Charles H. Davis and James Nadler. Pp. 359-378 in I. Bernhard (ed.), Uddevalla Symposium: the Geography of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Trollhattan, Sweden: University West, Research Reports, 2009.
- Business Capabilities of Small Entrepreneurial Media Firms: Independent Production of Children’s Television in Canada by Charles H. Davis, Florin Vladica, and Irene Berkowitz, Journal of Media Business Studies 5(1): 9-39, 2008.
GEM Ontario Reports
- Entrepreneurship in Ontario. GEM Ontario 2015 report by S. Haber, M.Lo and C.H. Davis (September 2016). Summary.
- Entrepreneurship in Ontario. GEM Ontario 2014 report by N. Wolff et al. (January 2016).
- Entrepreneurship in Ontario. GEM Ontario 2013 report by C.H. Davis, D. Valliere, H. Lin, and N. Wolff (November 2014).
- Q-methodology in audience research, compiled by Charles H. Davis
- A Macro-ergonomics Perspective on Customer Interaction Centers, by C.H. Davis and F. Moro. Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Management of Technology, Washington, April 2004.
- Adoption and Use of Internet Technologies and e-Business Solutions by Canadian Micro-enterprises, by C.H. Davis and F. Vladica, Proceedings of the Conference of the International Association for the Management of Technology [IAMOT], Vienna, 2005.
- Adoption of Internet Technologies and e-Business Solutions by SMEs in New Brunswick, by C.H. Davis and F. Vladica. Commissioned report, 2004.
- Broadband, ICTs, and the Expansion of Ontario SMEs: Towards a Research Agenda by C.H. Davis. Report prepared for the Ontario Ministry of Government Services, 2007.
- Business Development Capabilities in Information Technology SMEs in a Regional Economy by C.H. Davis and E. Sun, Journal of Technology Transfer 31: 145-161, 2006.
- Customer Data Collection and Analysis: How do Firms Develop Competence in Customer Intelligence Management? by C.H. Davis, in C. Fleisher and D. Blenkhorn, eds., Controversies in Competitive Intelligence: the Enduring Issues, Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003, pp. 145-159.
- Development Dynamics of a Startup Innovation Cluster: The IT Sector in New Brunswick by C.H. Davis and N. Schaefer, in D. Wolfe, ed., Clusters Old and New: the Transition to a Knowledge Economy in Canada’s Regions. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2003, pp. 121-160.
- Demand for e-Business Support Services among New Brunswick SMEs, by C.H. Davis and F. Vladica. Presented at the Atlantic Schools of Business Conference, Halifax, 2005.
- Electronic Markets and Innovation – the Canadian Experience, by P. Rosson and C.H. Davis, International Journal of Information Technology and Management 3(1): 41-58, 2004.
- Enterprise Integration in Business Education by C.H. Davis and J. Comeau, Journal of Information Systems Education 15(3): 287-300, 2004.
- Les regions metropolitaines canadiennes et la promotion locale de innovation technologique,by C.H. Davis, Revue de conomie Regionale et Urbaine no. 1, 115-130, 1992.
- Managing Virtual Customers, by C.H. Davis. Presented at the conference of the International Association for Management of Technology, Lausanne, March 2001.
- Measuring Technology Clusters: the National Research Council’s Approach by E. Cassidy, C.H. Davis, D. Arthurs, and D. Wolfe, Journal of New Business Ideas and Trends 3(2): 30-39, 2006.
- Organizational Culture in Scanlon Firms, by C.H. Davis. Pp 171-190 in P.W. Davis and L. Spears, eds., Scanlon EPIC Leadership. Scanlon Foundation, 2008.
- Perceived Effects of ERP on Jobs and Work in a Contact Center by C.H. Davis. Proceedings of Working with Computer Systems 2004 (WWCS2004), Kuala Lumpur, June 2004.
- The Rapid Emergence of Electronic Commerce in a Developing Region: the case of Latin America, by C.H. Davis, Journal of Global Information Technology Management 2(3): 25-40, 1999.
- Realising the Development Potential of North-South Business Process Outsourcing: the Case of Fiji, by C.H. Davis, J. McMaster, and J. Nowak, in R. Davison et al., eds., Information Systems in Developing Countries: Theory and Practice. City University of Hong Kong Press, pp. 227-252, 2005.
- Segmenting the Travel Destination Product. A Q-Method Study of Bay of Fundy Summer Visitor Experience Preferences, by C.H. Davis and R. Khare. Proceedings of the 2002 Atlantic Schools of Business Conference, Antigonish.
- Traveler Perceptions as a Source of New Product Concepts by C.H. Davis, Proceedings of the Tourism and Travel Research Association-Canada Annual Conference, Saint John, New Brunswick, October 2003.
- Use and Business Impacts of Internet Technologies and e-Business Solutions among Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Atlantic Canada by C.H. Davis, C. Lin, and F. Vladica. 7th World Congress on e-Business Management, Halifax, 2006.
- Using the WWW to Develop Cultural Heritage Destinations: an Exploratory Study, by L. Joliffe, C.H. Davis and T. Rowe. Proceedings of the Tourism and Travel Research Association-Canada Conference, October 2001.
- Value of Internet technologies and e-Business Solutions to Microenterprises in Atlantic Canada by C.H. Davis and F. Vladica, in S. Barnes, ed., e-Commerce and V-Business. Butterworth-Heinemann, Amsterdam, 2007.
- Value Structures in International Development Research Management: the case of a Canadian R&D funding agency, by C.H. Davis, pp. 263-296 in T. Shinn et al., eds., Science and Technology in a Developing World. Kluwer, Netherlands, 1997.
- Venture Capital in Canada: a Maturing Industry, with Distinctive Features and New Challenges by Charles H. Davis, pp. 175-206 in D. Cetindamar, ed., The Growth of Venture Capital: A Cross-Cultural Comparison, Greenwich, CT: Quorum Books, 2003.
- What Indicators for Cluster Policies in the 21st Century? by C.H. Davis, D. Arthurs, E. Cassidy, and D. Wolfe. Paper presented at Blue Sky II, Ottawa, Sept. 2006.