Information Studies Seminar Series: "Trust, Organizational Culture, & Knowledge Sharing." Dr. M. Evans

Thursday, November 6, 2014 12:30to14:00
Peel 3661 3661 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1X1, CA

Join us for a McGill School of Information Studies (SIS) Seminar Series talk on the role of trust in organizational knowledge sharing with Dr. Max Evans.


Interpersonal and organizational trust is the foundation of a successful organizational culture. A culture of trust increases firm performance, fosters a capacity for individual and collective action, increases organizational learning, reduces problem complexity and uncertainty, and helps to uncover innovative solutions. Trust also plays a critical role in information and knowledge sharing – enhancing collaboration and cooperation, as well as encouraging knowledge creation and transfer. To gain a broader perspective of trust in organizations, we will examine the basic definition of trust and look at how it relates to information and knowledge sharing. In addition, we will discuss characteristics of a trusting organizational culture and tactics for gauging and measuring trust and organizational culture. We will conclude by proposing some imperative individual and leadership behaviours for building trust in the organization.


Dr. Max Evans (BSc, MISt, PhD) is an Assistant Professor at the McGill School of Information Studies (SIS), and an associated researcher at the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI). His research interests include: information and knowledge management; human, social and technological enablers to knowledge sharing; knowledge continuity management; and management of technological innovation. Dr. Evans has worked with clients ranging from start-up companies to top Fortune 100 organizations in a number of professional areas, including finance (investor relations), marketing, strategic management (business and technology), operations, and technology deployment. His professional experience includes project management, strategy consulting, operations analysis, business process reengineering, and information systems analysis, architecture, and design. He has been a participant and manager in projects involving the design, development, and implementation of small and large-scale enterprise information systems and technologies. Dr. Evans’ research on trust and knowledge sharing is currently featured in an exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto.

This talk is free and open to all. Please arrive early to secure a seat.

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