Samer Faraj

Authors: Srinivas Kuduravalli, Samer Faraj and Steven L. Johnson

Publication: MIS Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 1, March 2017

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Despite the recognition of how important expertise coordination is to the performance of software development teams, understanding of how expertise is coordinated in practice is limited. We adopt a configural approach to develop a theoretical model of expertise coordination that differentiates between design collaboration and technical collaboration. We propose that neither a strictly centralized, top-down model nor a largely decentralized approach is superior. Our model is tested in a field study of 71 software development teams. We conclude that because design work addresses ill-structured problems with diverse potential solutions, decentralization of design collaboration can lead to greater coordination success and reduced team conflict. Conversely, technical work benefits from centralized collaboration. We find that task knowledge tacitness strengthens these relationships between collaboration configuration and coordination outcomes and that team conflict mediates the relationships. Our findings underline the need to differentiate between technical and design collaboration and point to the importance of certain configurations in reducing team conflict and increasing coordination success in software development teams. This paper opens up new research avenues to explore the collaborative mechanisms underlying knowledge team performance.

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Published on: 17 Oct 2017

A research paper authored in part by Desautels Professor and Canada Research Chair in Technology, Management, and Healthcare Samer Faraj compared the traditional management style (where the most experienced person is in charge) with the more self-driving teams that are a hallmark of agile systems development.

Classified as: Samer Faraj, Information Systems, Focus on Health Care
Published on: 12 May 2017

Authors: Faraj, S., Krogh, G., Monteiro, E., Lakhani, K.R.

Publication: Information Systems Research 

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Published on: 10 Feb 2017

The researchers examined police data from an infamous 2011 murder – where a Dutch criminal was shot whilst under surveillance, but the assailant evaded capture due to police failings – to highlight the challenges of adaptability in high intensity situations.

Faraj says: “Our research examined a high-profile case which showcased the difficulties in coordination faced by a large multidisciplinary police team in a fast-paced environment."

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Published on: 22 Sep 2016

Researchers from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University have examined police data from an infamous 2011 murder – where a Dutch criminal was shot whilst under surveillance, but the assailant evaded capture due to police failings – to highlight the challenges of adaptability in high-intensity situations.

Samer Faraj is the Canada research chair in technology, management and healthcare at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management in Quebec

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Published on: 22 Sep 2016

There are five key questions to ask when adapting to surprise situations in business, according to Samer Faraj, Canada Research Chair in Technology, Management and Healthcare at Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University.

The researchers examined police data from an infamous 2011 murder – where a Dutch criminal was shot whilst under surveillance, but the assailant evaded capture due to police failings – to highlight the challenges of adaptability in high intensity situations.

Classified as: Samer Faraj
Published on: 15 Sep 2016

There are five key questions to ask when adapting to surprise situations in business, according to Samer Faraj, research chair at McGill University.

In 2011, a Dutch criminal under surveillance was shot in plain sight. The assailant evaded capture due to police failings, which is why researchers at McGill examined police data on this case to study the challenges of adaptability in high intensity situations.

Classified as: Samer Faraj
Published on: 15 Sep 2016

There are five key questions to ask when adapting to surprise situations in business, according to Samer Faraj, Canada Research Chair in Technology, Management and Healthcare at Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University.

The researchers examined police data from an infamous 2011 murder – where a Dutch criminal was shot whilst under surveillance, but the assailant evaded capture due to police failings – to highlight the challenges of adaptability in high intensity situations.

Classified as: Samer Faraj
Published on: 13 Sep 2016

Congratulations to Professor Samer Faraj and Dr Hani Safadi, PhD’14, on being awarded Best Published Paper 2016 by Organizational Communication & Information Systems (OCIS) for “The Emergence of Online Community Leadership"

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Classified as: Samer Faraj, PhD Program, Information Systems
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Published on: 19 Aug 2016

AuthorsSchakel, J.K,  Fenema, P.C, Faraj, S. 

Publications: Organization Science

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Published on: 30 Jun 2016

Imagine you work for the police and are involved in large covert surveillance of a notorious criminal. The team is experienced and includes a helicopter, cars, a high tech listening post, and over a dozen agents observing the site. Just after your team has taken positions, your subject gets shot. You can see the shooter, but are unable to move. Your colleagues cannot see what is happening, but you have difficulty getting into contact with them. The local police do not have a clue of what is going on – it’s a covert operation after all. They can’t start helping you out of the blue.

Classified as: Samer Faraj
Published on: 30 Jun 2016

Authors: Zablith, F., Faraj, S., Azad, B.

Publication: Business Process Management Journal

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Published on: 3 Feb 2016

AuthorsFaraj, S.Kudaravalli, S., and Wasko, M.

PublicationMIS Quarterly

Classified as: Samer Faraj, Information Systems, online communities, online leadership, network analysis
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Published on: 19 Nov 2015

This is Karl Moore of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University with Talking Management for The Globe & Mail. Today I am delighted to speak to one of our senior I.T. professors at McGill, Samer Faraj.

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Published on: 13 Aug 2015

Authors: Johnson, S.L., Safadi, H., Faraj, S.

Publication: Information Systems Research

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Published on: 29 May 2015

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