Delve podcast: How Information Technology Can Drive Efficiency and Spark Creativity, with Alain Pinsonneault
What do Cirque du Soleil, American Airlines, and Canadian Tire have in common? They’ve all shifted their perspective on the value of Information Technology. On the Delve podcast, Desautels Faculty of Management Professor Alain Pinsonneault discusses how the overall mindset towards Information Technology’s value is changing, especially in times of broader turbulence like the COVID pandemic.
Delve: Occupational Evolution or Extinction?
Despite being essential in organizations across sectors, data scientists wrestle with the implications of writing the code that will replace their own jobs.
Aix-Marseille University awards honorary doctorate to Professor Alain Pinsonneault
In honour of his exceptional commitment to academic excellence, France’s Aix-Marseille University recently conferred the title of Doctor Honoris Causa upon Professor Alain Pinsonneault.
McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA blends online and in-person learning
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA program has introduced a bimodal learning style that allows students to choose between online courses and in-person instruction.
Even standard IT can impact front-end innovation
When employees are motivated to master computer technologies like business analytics programs, point-of-sale systems, and knowledge management systems, creativity ensues.
First-ever Henry Mintzberg PhD Teaching and Mentorship Award goes to Professor Alain Pinsonneault
Professor Alain Pinsonneault recently received the inaugural Henry Mintzberg PhD Teaching and Mentorship Award in recognition of his high-quality teaching and commitment to student progress. He was nominated for the honour by PhD students and alumni.
Delve: Finding the Silver Lining of Workplace Interruptions
Can e-mail interruptions actually boost your productivity at work? New research from Prof Alain Pinsonneault says yes; the key is to be mindful and determine task relevance.
This article is brought to you by Delve, the official thought leadership publication of McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management.
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.
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.
How to maximize innovation at work
Recent research co-authored by Professor Alain Pinsonneault has shown that giving people time and resources to pursue innovation projects can produce extraordinary outcomes — but only if organizations match their “slack strategy” to employee type.
Reinvention is key for businesses in the digital age
With the rise of Information Technologies, leaders of large corporations are forced to reinvent both themselves and their organizations.
Desautels Professor Alain Pinsonneault comments on the broad appeal of digital platforms enabled by new technologies, the threat they pose to traditional businesses and how the later can adapt.
Alain Pinsonneault: frequent little promotions work best for IT employee retention
It’s a vicious cycle: Companies cut back on promotions to try to minimize big salary loads, but more promotions keep employees around longer. According to a piece at incentiveandmotivation.com, the answer could be more frequent, but smaller, promotions.
McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA offers yearly aboriginal scholarship
Every year, the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program offers a $50,000 scholarship for aboriginal managers. The first recipient of the scholarship was Mi’kmaq urban councillor Manon Jeanotte in 2014. Her EMBA experience prompted her to make a successful run for chief of the Gespeng Mik’maq Nation in 2015.
Diversity is big on campus
As the world becomes ever more diversified and globalized, it’s time for the C-suite to reflect that reality. At the head of the pack, the joint McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program has aimed to keep its classes as diverse as possible. There is a fellowship in place for nominations from the non-profit space, and another for aboriginals. The program also takes advantage of conferences to reach out to women and entrepreneurs.
How to Minimise Massive Turnover of IT Professionals
Smaller but more-frequent promotions are key to minimising the high turnover of IT professionals, says Alain Pinsonneault of McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management.
IT professionals are far less likely to leave a company when their chances of promotion are higher, yet businesses cut back on these to avoid the costs of large salary increases. Therefore, smaller but more frequent promotions increase employee retention whilst keeping costs low.