Sunday, September 29, 2013
With the overall objective of gaining a deeper understanding of open innovation, Profs Faraj and Vaast’s research focuses on how online communities focused on innovation create, share, and evolve knowledge artifacts. Specifically, the grant will explore the development, evolution, and knowledge dynamics in a Community of Innovation centered on an open-source Electronic Medical Record (EMR) named OSCAR. This community is primarily Canadian, has been in existence for a decade, and has developed an EMR that is rapidly diffusing (currently used by over 1500 Canadian doctors to follow over a million patients). The OSCAR EMR is a freely available open-source software and is gaining market share against commercial products typically costing $25,000 per year per user. Given the complexity of such software, the mission-critical nature of patient records for solving Canadian and world health issues, and the fact that the vast majority of users (family doctors) are not computer savvy, this success is unusual and significant. The research contributes theoretically by exploring the knowledge exchanges and innovation dynamics in these Communities of Innovation that involve very different groups of participants (e.g., doctors, programmers, nurses, administrators, private firms). For practitioners, this study will shed light on an important class of innovation communities, ones where Canada is a leader and where the innovation outcomes are helping computerize healthcare in Canada.
SSHRC is the federal agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. The SSHRC Insight program aims to support and foster excellence in social sciences and humanities research intended to deepen, widen and increase our collective understanding of individuals and societies, as well as to inform the search for solutions to societal challenges. Committee 435-3C covers grant applications in Canada on the topics of business, management and related fields.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Prof. Faraj delivered a keynote address on "technology and sociomaterial performation" at the 2nd European Theory Development Workshop, Paris on June 21.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
PhD Students Hani Safadi and Diego Mastroianni received today from the Desautels Doctoral Student Society (DDSS) the excellence in teaching award for their achievements in courses taught in 2012. Hani conducted the course Managing Data & Databases in the Winter term, while Diego taught the course Managing Knowledge with IT in the Fall term.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
PhD students Mahmood Zargar and Diego Mastroianni were accepted for presentation at the 29th EGOS Colloquium 2013 in Montreal. They will both present at Sub-theme 54 (Rethinking the Social, Technical and Material Foundations of Organizations). Their papers are entitled "Managing knowledge boundaries in bioinformatics research units" and "Entanglement or imbrication? Bridging the divide of sociomateriality literature", respectively.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Professor Samer Faraj is the winner of the Best Publication of 2012 Award, a joint award given by the Association of Information Systems and the International Conference on Information Systems for the following article: Faraj, S., Jarvenpaa, S. and Majchrzak, A. et al., Organization Science. “Knowledge collaboration in online communities.”
Source: McGill Desautels website