Tim Haats is an experienced product designer, entrepreneur, researcher, and educator with expertise in product development, service design and small business management. As an Assistant Professor in the School of Industrial Design at Carleton University, Tim utilizes his practical skills, knowledge and passion for design and business to explore the relationship between design and entrepreneurship, and how emerging design practices support innovation. Tim is a pracademic and works towards fostering industry relationships and strengthening the links between research, academia, and professional practice.
Tim’s research interests revolve around design, entrepreneurship, and business, and the emerging design practices that support innovation. Some of the general areas of inquiry include design entrepreneurship / intrapreneurship, design thinking, business design, organizational culture, intellectual property, and design tools and methods. Tim is also exploring the value of industry-academia partnerships within design to understand how these relationships foster experiential learning in design education, and how they benefit practitioners, businesses, and the overall economy.