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Richard Donovan

Richard George Donovan
Professor of Practice, Information Systems
Degree(s): 

GRAD DIP, Instructional Technology, Concordia University, Canada
CERT, Public Relations, McGill University, Canada
BCom, MIS, McGill University, Canada

Area(s): 
Information Systems
Phone: 
+1 514 398 4665
Email Address: 
richard [dot] donovan [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Alternate Email Address: 
rola [dot] zoayter [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Address: 

Bronfman Building, [Map]
1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
Canada
H3A 1G5

Office: 
469
Biography: 

Prior to joining McGill in July 1997, Richard Donovan worked at a top Canadian life insurance company for 8 years, where he held positions such as Systems Consultant, Senior Training and Development Consultant, and as a Production Manager supervising a staff of eighteen. Since his arrival at McGill, he has won outstanding teaching awards and student life awards on seventeen (17) occasions including being listed in MacLean’s Guide to Canadian Universities (2006 ed.) as one of two Popular Professors in McGill Management as well as winning the Desautels Faculty of Management’s Distinguished Teaching Award for the 2007-2008 academic year.

In March 2006, he co-authored the 3rd Canadian Edition of Information Systems for the Information Age by McGraw-Hill after co-authoring the 2nd edition in February 2003.

As Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program from January 2001 to December 2004, Richard oversaw its’ growth from 1700 to 2400 students. He has since returned to be the Academic Director of the program overseeing its’ daily operations from September 2013 to October 2014.

He continues to design and teach courses at both the undergrad and graduate levels in the I.S. and Strategy areas including “Case Analysis and Presentation”, “Introduction to I.S.”, as well as more advanced I.S. courses.  He also teaches and consults for the Program for International Competitiveness where he has facilitated workshops in countries like Abu Dhabi, Indonesia, Ukraine, and Italy, McGill’s MBA / Japan program as well as at McGill’s International Executive Institute.

Richard specializes in Making Persuasive & Convincing Business Recommendations, Instructional Design, Cost/Benefit Analysis of IT projects and the integration of IT into organizations.

Selected Publications : 

Books and Edited Volumes

Co-Authored “Management Information Systems for the Information Age” 3rd Canadian edition – Haag, Cummings, Dawkins, Pinsonneault & Donovan (Completion: 01/2006; release: 04/2006)

Co-Authored “Management Information Systems for the Information Age” 2nd Canadian edition – Haag, Cummings, Dawkins, Pinsonneault & Donovan (Completion: 08/2002; release: 02/2003)

Awards, Honours, and Fellowships: 

Awards

Nominated – Principle’s Excellence Teaching Award (Mgmt – Faculty Lecturer) (06/2012)

Received “Prix de Reconnaissance” at 23th annual Jeux de Commerce (01/2011)

Received the Faculty of Management’s “Distinguished Teacher Award” (07-08 academic year)

Received “Prix de Reconnaissance” at 20th annual Jeux de Commerce (01/2008)

Listed in MacLean’s Guide to Canadian Universities as a Popular Prof at McGillU.(2006 ed.)

Received M.U.S. Teacher of the Year Award (04-05 academic year)

Received M.U.S. Teacher Award for Contribution to Student Life (1999-2000 academic year)

Received M.U.S. Teacher of the Year Award (1998-1999 academic year)

Received U3 M.U.S. Teaching Award for Teaching Performance (1997-1998 academic year)

Student clubs

The Bull & Bear

The Bull and Bear is the official student newspaper of the Desautels Faculty of Management. The monthly issues combine a variety of factual news reports, discussion pieces, and entertainment articles. The newspaper strives to be a relevant component of student life at McGill, especially within the Desautels Faculty of Management.

Student resources

The BCom offers a student-centric environment providing students access to many services and facilities to help further their studies and career development. The BCom Student Affairs Office and Career Services are just a few of the multiple student resources available at McGill to lend a hand to student success.

Career Services

The Desautels Career Resources portal contains valuable information, including new ‘Career Guides’ that were written by recent graduates from the different disciplines, and the new B.Com Career Handbook, which contains everything you need to know about recruiting, interviewing, CV and cover letter advice, and much more! On top of that, the Portal hosts the online Career Newsletter, where you can find the latest information for your job hunt – no matter what your level or field of interest.

Freshman approved courses

I. Society, Culture & Language

Art History
ARTH 199 FYS: Themes in Art History 3 Credits
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ARTH 201 Course not available


ARTH 204 Intro to Medieval Art & Arch 3 Credits
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ARTH 205 Introduction to Modern Art 3 Credits
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ARTH 207 Intro Early Mod. Art 1400-1700 3 Credits
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ARTH 209 Intro to Ancient Art and Arch 3 Credits
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ARTH 215 Introduction to East Asian Art 3 Credits
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ARTH 223 Intro Ital Renai Art 1300-1500 3 Credits
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ARTH 226 Intro to 18th C. Art & Arch 3 Credits
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(FYS: First Year Seminar)
    Canadian Studies
    CANS 200 Intro to the Study of Canada 3 Credits
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    Student activities

    Management students visit the world economies of tomorrow 

    The Desautels Faculty of Management’s Hot Cities of the World Tour is for management students to gain first-hand knowledge of a different economy on an international scale, learn about business successes and failures in that economy, become aware of the working conditions of low-wage workers, learn about women in leadership roles, and grasp another culture in order to better adapt to the ever-increasing international business needs.

    Class profile & information

    2012 Class Profile

    Entering class: 624 students

    • 32% come from Quebec
    • 27% come from other Canadian provinces
    • 41% come from international

    Languages spoken

    • 43% have English as their mother tongue
    • 27% have French as their mother tongue
    • 30% have neither English nor French as their mother tongue

    Total Students in BCom Program: 2,246 students

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    Current BCom students

    Congratulations on being in Canada’s premier undergraduate business program!

    Whether you’re a newly-admitted student entering your first year or you’re entering your graduating year, there are many decisions to make. For more information on topics such as scholarships, exchanges, registration issues, academic advising, and many others, please see the links below.

    If you cannot find the answer online, please come to the BCom Office or contact us at bcom [dot] mgmt [at] mcgill [dot] ca and we’ll be glad to help!

    Student life & resources

    BCom - Extraordinary Student LifeThe BCom program offers students a wealth of extra-curricular activities from which to choose. The award-winning Management Undergraduate Society provides students with an array of events and services steeped in the management traditions of philanthropy, fun, student orientation and, of course, academic excellence.

    The Faculty of Management is one of the few business schools that provides students such a direct voice in shaping their degree. In addition, the Faculty is housed at Canada’s leading university, in the truly remarkable, cosmopolitan city of Montreal.

     

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