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Keeping up with tech innovation in the workplace

Moderating the C2 Montreal panel entitled, The Research of Tomorrow, Today, Professor Jui Ramaprasad explored the pace and impact of technological innovation with Sabrina Geremia, Country Director for Google.

As Geremia underscored, upskilling and lifelong learning will become the norm for members of tomorrow’s workforce.

Published: 28 May 2019

Celebrating excellence in teaching at Desautels

Across programs and subject areas, the Desautels Faculty of Management recognizes the vital role that teaching plays in enriching the student experience and in inspiring the next generation of leaders.

On May 16, the Desautels community gathered to recognize faculty who have gone above and beyond in their teaching. Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2018-19 teaching awards!

Published: 21 May 2019

Collective Information System Use: A Typological Theory

Authors: Bogdan Negoita, Liette Lapointe and Suzanne Rivard

Publication: MIS Quarterly, Vol. 42 Issue 4, 1281-1301, 2018


As the nature of information systems (IS) has evolved from primarily standalone, to enterprise, and distributed applications, the need for a better understanding of collective IS use has become a research and practical necessity. In view of contributing to this understanding, we conceptually define collective IS use as a unit level construct, rooted in instances of individual-level IS use within the context of a common work process. Its emergence from the individual to the unit level is shaped by different configurations of task, user, and system interdependence between instances of individual-level IS use. On the basis of this definition, we propose a typology of collective IS use that comprises four ideal types, namely siloed use, processual use, coalesced use, and networked use. For each ideal type, we theorize on the emergence process from the individual to the unit level and we consider the measurement implications for each.

Published: 23 Apr 2019

Broadening knowledge on AI in healthcare

Desautels doctoral student Rania Afiouni Monla has found herself in the right place at the right time: studying the impact of AI in organizational learning and healthcare in a city that has emerged as an AI powerhouse.

She sits down to share her journey so far, including her involvement in the Montreal declaration on responsible AI and the challenges of returning to school after many years.

Published: 19 Mar 2019

Professor Ramaprasad appointed Associate Editor of Management Science

Jui Ramaprasad, Associate Professor in Information Systems, was recently appointed as Associate Editor to Management Science.

Published: 22 Feb 2019

A newly-launched coalition for responsible AI

Professor Emmanuelle Vaast is one among ten McGill members who comprise the new International Observatory on the Social Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies (OIISIAN) - a $7.5 million initiative spearheaded by the government of Quebec to explore interdisciplinary and intersectoral perspectives on the impact of AI and digital technology on individuals, organizations, and communities.

Published: 14 Dec 2018

Announcing the Desautels Faculty Scholars

The Faculty Research Workload Committee (RWC) has completed its review of applications submitted by tenured faculty to fill the currently vacant Faculty Scholar Award slots.

The Faculty is pleased to congratulate the following recipients of the Desautels Scholar Awards (effective September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2021):

Published: 11 Dec 2018

Why patients support each other in healthcare virtual support communities

Recent research co-authored by Professor Alain Pinsonneault examines the growing popularity of healthcare virtual support communities (HVSCs) as a means of complementing/supplementing face-to-face support.

The study’s findings reveal ways that virtual support community designers and healthcare organisations can optimize such platforms for effective social support exchanges.

Published: 7 Dec 2018

Extrinsic versus Intrinsic Rewards for Contributing Reviews in an Online Platform

Authors: Warut Khern-am-nuai, Karthik Kannan, Hossein Ghasemkhani

Publication: Information Systems Research, Forthcoming


Firms have considered various forms of incentives for writing reviews, including the use of extrinsic rewards to attract reviewers. Building on this literature, we study the implications of monetary incentives on online reviews in the context of a natural experiment, where one review platform suddenly began offering monetary incentives for writing reviews. We refer to this as the treated platform. Along with data from and using the difference-in-differences approach, we compare the quantity and quality of reviews before and after rewards were introduced in the treated platform. We find that reviews are significantly more positive but that the quality decreases. Taking advantage of the panel data, we also evaluate the effect of rewards on existing reviewers. We find that their level of participation after monetary incentives decreases but not their quality of participation. Last, even though the platform enjoys an increase in the number of new reviewers, disproportionately more reviews appear to be written for highly rated products.

Read abstract: Information Systems Research

Published: 20 Nov 2018

Developing a gamified mobile application to encourage sustainable energy use in the office

Authors: Divinus Oppong-Tawiah, Jane Webster, Sandy Staples, Ann-Frances Cameron, Ana Ortiz de Guinea, Tam Y. Hung

Publication: Journal of Business Research, Forthcoming

Published: 15 Nov 2018

Welcoming the next wave of management researchers

The Desautels Faculty of Management welcomed its new cohort of PhD students at a lunch reception in September organized by the Desautels Doctorate Student Society (DDSS).

This year’s cohort totals 65 students (26 women, 39 men) who originate from 16 countries across the world.

Meet the 2018 incoming PhD cohort

Published: 31 Oct 2018

EMBA program celebrates a decade of impact

Ten years ago, leadership from the Desautels Faculty of Management and HEC Montréal took up the ambitious challenge of joining forces to launch the McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA program.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Take a look back on how the EMBA program has evolved and the strides made since its founding.

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Published: 18 Oct 2018

Professor Faraj awarded six research recognitions

Over summer 2018, Professor Samer Faraj received six recognitions for the excellence of his completed and forthcoming research.

In recognition of his published research with students and collaborators, Professor Faraj was presented with the following:

Published: 14 Sep 2018

Alain Pinsonneault Awarded 2018 SSHRC Insight Grant

Congratulations to Alain Pinsonneault, Professor in Information Systems, awarded the 2018 SSHRC Insight Grant “The impact of explorative and exploitive use of information technology on individual performance”.

Published: 5 Sep 2018

Jui Ramaprasad and Alain Pinsonneault awarded 2018 SSHRC Insight Grant

Congratulations to Jui Ramaprasad, Associate Professor of Information Systems, and Alain Pinsonneault, Professor of Information Systems, awarded the 2018 SSHRC Insight Grant “Examining Value Creation in the Digital Economy: A Platform Engagement Perspective”.

Published: 5 Sep 2018