Sunday, September 29, 2013

Professors Faraj and Vaast's Grant Ranked First

Professors Samer Faraj and Emmanuelle Vaast’s Insight Grant to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), entitled: "Complex Collaboration in Communities of Innovation," was ranked 1st out of 90 applications in Committee 435-3C and was awarded $189,409 in the competition year 2012-2013.

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 17, 2013

GCC student awarded Quebec doctoral grant

GCC PhD student Mahmood Zargar was awarded a Quebec Research Fund for Culture and Society (FQRSC) doctoral research grant to study collaboration in multi-disciplinary research units. FSQRC doctoral grants secure government funding for a three-year period and are allocated further to a province-wide competition.

Canada Research Chair in Technology, Management and Health Care renewed

Professor Samer Faraj's Canada Research Chair in Technology, Management and Health Care (TMH) has been renewed. Canada Research Chairs are granted to outstanding scholars and provide stable funding for career-defining projects with the potential to lead in the field. The TMH Chair was established in 2008 as a Tier 2 chair with the ambition to study how information technology is transforming work and the provision of health care. The Canada Research Chairs program allocates the grants based on peer assessments, and has reaffirmed the eligibility of TMH for a five-year funding plan.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Prof. Samer Faraj wins "Best Supervisor Award"

Prof. Samer Faraj won this year's "Best Supervisor Award" at McGill's Desautels Faculty of Management. Every year, the doctoral students at Desautels hold a vote to choose the most supportive, most available mentor and teacher in the program. He shared the honor with Marketing Professor Ashesh Mukherjee.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

GCC students Hani and Diego receive excellence in teaching awards

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

Two GCC papers accepted for the next EGOS Colloquium

Two submissions from our 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.

Press Release from the Future Science Group

Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics publishes a special issue on “Theranostics for Innovation in 21st Century Healthcare”. For the Press Release, click here.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Prof. Samer Faraj wins Best Publication of 2012 Award

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